10 Best Restaurants on Kauai's West Side

Kauai's Wild West manages to fit quite a few great places to eat into such a small area. There's a lot of variation of cuisines on the West Side too, from a true western style steakhouse to awesome road side tacos, you'll likely be able to find whatever you're craving. Down along the sunny coast and far up inland in the high elevation state parks, you can find delicious food from the mountains to the ocean on the West Side.

Marking the start of the West Side is Ele'ele, where you can start your western journey with traditional Thai food at Toi's, or go the other direction and have some great locally beer and food at the Kauai Island Brewing Co. As Kauai's only brewery, they serve a wide array of different beers that would make any beer lover happy.

Further down the road in Waimea lies several awesome places to eat. For a local treat drop into Jo-Jo's for one of the best shaved ices around, smothered with one of their 60 flavors. Down the street is Wrangler's Steakhouse, heavily decorated with a western theme as one would expect. Their perfectly cooked steaks are some of the best around, and surprisingly they serve a good amount of vegetarian food too. The Shrimp Station and Island Taco are more always good places to grab a bite, and these can be taken to go an enjoyed on nearby beautiful beaches.

We've got you covered on the west with these ten amazing restaurants.



High up in the cool climate of Koke'e State Park is the Koke'e Lodge, a restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. Their soups are a nice accent to the cool weather and their known for their homemade corn bread and banana bread. The Koke'e...  Read More



If you're looking for an intimate, low-key place where you can enjoy good conversation and fabulous pastas, Pomodoro is ideal. Family-owned and operated by "real" New York Italians, this great restaurant offers well-prepared food at reasonable...  Read More



Jo-JO's is famous for offering a whopping 60 flavors of very finely shaved, shaved ice. What's commonly called a snow cone in the continental U.S. is called ice shave or shaved ice in Hawaii. At Jo-Jo's you'll likely find a line, but it shows...  Read More

The Shrimp Station
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To peel or not to peel, that is the question at the Shrimp Station. Some dishes come with peeled shrimp, while others, like the coconut shrimp come peeled. Either way, all of the food is great and worth getting your hands a little messy for....  Read More



Hawaii's favorite ice cream, Lappert's is the brainchild of Walter Lappert, who retired only to build this frozen business almost as an afterthought. Insisting on premium ingredients (including practically all of Kauai's island fruits, along...  Read More

Island Taco
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Big portions of tasty food is what you'll get at Island Taco. The roadside eatery is simple, and resembles a Mexico taco stand, but totally clean, safe and awesome! It's order at the counter, where you can get a tiny peak into the kitchen, and...  Read More



The Kaua'i Island Brewing Co. is a microbrewery and brewpub that incorporates nightlife with great food and beer. Featuring 10 house beers on tap plus several rotating guest beers both on tap and in bottles, the brewery pours some of the best...  Read More



The allure of the Old West runs strong at Wrangler's, at least as it was interpreted by the cattle ranchers of the North Pacific! The establishment features a cowboy-themed decor, letting you know that the food is going to be both rustic and...  Read More


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