10 Best Restaurants on Kauai Will Take Visitors on a Culinary Tour

Kaua`i may be the smallest of the main Hawaiian Islands, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in great food. In fact, Kaua`i has many truly amazing restaurants that range from casual to resort wear dress up, low to high priced, and all offer a variety of unique and charming atmospheres. There's also a nice wide array of cuisines. Whether you're in the mood or Italian, American, Pacific Rim, vegetarian or sushi, that and more is waiting for you on the Garden Island. 

A good rule of thumb while on Kaua`i is to experiment. The island is quite small and drives are short, so don't be afraid to drive to another part of the island to try something new. Try new things while eating on Kaua`i. Many local dishes are available at most restaurants such as unique local fish, tako (octopus), ox tail, interesting vegetarian options, haupia (coconut custard), and a lot more.

For the most well rounded selection of seafood on Kauai, make reservations at the Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant & Fish Market. Outdoor, riverside seating offers a unique tropical ambiance. On the southern shore, the Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe is Kauai's quintessential breakfast joint, with delicious food and coffee. For a hip and modern dinner experience, Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine is the place to go.

So enjoy a culinary tour of the Garden Island, thanks to our list of the ten best restaurants on the island.



Should you be in the mood for a leisurely meal, surrounded by tropical foliage and the charm of a restored home-turned-restaurant, this winsome cafe is a wonderful destination. The creative menu gains inspiration from island produce and seafood...  Read More



Healthy is the goal here with unique meals such as fish or tofu wraps, tacos, salads, satays and sandwiches. You'll find lots of veggies mixed in with the vegetarian options or the fresh local fish. They also make really great unique drinks such...  Read More



In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer, and Olympic athlete, this casual restaurant offers patrons a bit of island culture. An indoor waterfall, live Hawaiian music, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions...  Read More

Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine
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Hip, gleaming Bar Acuda is a chef-run business that has taken the island by storm. Intent on creating stylish atmosphere and scrumptious food, the North Shore place is a great destination for dinner and drinks with friends or with a romantic...  Read More



One of Kauai's most celebrated Asian establishments, Kintaro has built its reputation on sublime cuisine and unobtrusive service. The eater is hands down a local favorite. Amid serene Asian decor, folks dive into sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki,...  Read More

Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe
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Down in southern Kauai, this wonderful cafe makes for a terrific respite any time of day. Coffee options are legion and feature blends from South and Central America, Africa, Indonesia, and the islands of Hawaii themselves. Hot or chilled,...  Read More

Postcards Cafe
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Charm runs rampant at this delightful cafe, which brings a touch of Old Hawaii to guests via vintage photographs and island postcards. The menu does wonders with the local bounty, mixing fresh produce and seafood to great effect. In the...  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, this great restaurant offers well-prepared food at reasonable prices. The selection of pastas is...  Read More

Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant and Fish Market
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With a fish market next door, it's no surprise that impeccably fresh seafood is the house specialty. Diners indulge in their favorite preparations along the shores of the adjacent river, savoring baked shrimp, ceviche, crab, and incredible fish...  Read More


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