When a new restaurant opens on a small island like Kaua'i, it immediately draws the attention of visitors and locals alike. And in the case of Roy Yamaguchi’s (founder of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion) latest creation, The Tavern at Princeville, it already has a loyal following just months after opening. Roy is known state and nation wide for using local ingredients, Pacific rim culinary inspiration, and his own formal training to create unique cuisine that is pleasing to the eye and the belly. And at The Tavern, he’s done it again.
Housed in the Princeville Clubhouse, The Tavern opened in September of 2011, and has been described by Roy himself as “great comfort food and a moderately priced menu.” Perhaps the most unique element of the restaurant is the organic garden (planted a full year before the eatery opened) that provides produce and fresh herbs for The Tavern. Harvested daily by the staff, the garden boasts Japanese eggplant, leafy greens, herbs, and spices, all of which grow well. The motto is that if it doesn’t naturally grow well in the garden, then they don't force it, and find something that does.
Large portions make the Tavern a great place to share lunch and dinner, and the chalkboard menu that changes often includes dishes such as lamb, steamed clams, curry braised pork, and other exotic fare.
Open for lunch from 11-4 and dinner from 5-9:30 daily.