10 Best Restaurants on Kauai for Fresh Seafood

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Kauai
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Kauai is surrounded by crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, and since fishing is part of local culture there's an abundance of locals who fish and sell fresh seafood to restaurants. Seafood restaurants can be found from the North Shore island wide to the West Side, so wherever visitors start to crave the sea's bounty, they can find it. The selection is so varied those in search of seafood can find local dishes, top notch sushi, and even Maine lobsters.

Out on the North Shore, the Hanalei Dolphin offers three great places to get seafood. Their fish market offers filets to cook at home, their adjacent sushi bar...  Read more »

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    Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant and Fish Market

    Famous for their fresh fish, the Hanalei Dolphin offers a sushi bar, fish market and restaurant all in one.

    Local Expert Tip: "Choose an outdoor table to enjoy the magical views of the Hanalei River."

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    Restaurant Kintaro

    Located across the street from the beach, the beach broiler serves up chart house style dishes made with local seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Restaurant Kintaro is only open for dinner and reservations are necessary. "

  • 3

    JJ's Broiler

    JJ's is known for their perfectly cooked steaks and broad selection of seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch is best here."

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    Bouchon's Hanalei

    Located in beautiful Hanalei, Bouchon's offers a delicious selection of fresh local seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call before hand to see if there's live music and make it more than dinner. "

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    Gaylord's at Kilohana

    Gaylord's uses locally sourced produce, meats and seafood to create exquisite gourmet dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dance on the outdoor dance floor under the stars."

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    Red Hot Mamas

    Red Hot Mamas purchases fresh fish daily caught by local fishermen.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a picnic table nearby, but go enjoy lunch on a nearby beautiful beach."

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    Koloa Fish Market

    Offering an abundance of local seafood caught by the island's fishermen, the fish market serves filets to cook at home and ready to eat dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the kalua pig, it's really good and always a great idea to try truly local dishes."

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    Kilauea Fish Market

    Located in lush Kilauea, the fish market serves fresh local fish in a number of healthy ways.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the ahi wrap."

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    The Shrimp Station

    It may be one of the few restaurants on the west side, but the Shrimp Station is known island wide for their delicious and huge portions.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the sweet chili garlic shrimp."

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    Fish Hut

    The Fish Hut offer fresh local fish and seafood galore prepared in many ways.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go for the ahi burger!"



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