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Best Buffets on Kauai Offer an Abundance of Food and Cuisines



Buffets are often a vacation favorite because the family can fill up at what's generally an affordable price. On Kauai, there's plenty of buffets and what great is that the cuisines offered vary greatly. Kauai has buffets with Hawaiian food, local food, American food and traditional breakfasts buffets. From high end resort buffets to casual local style buffets, we're directing you to the top ten buffets on Kauai.

For a traditional breakfast buffet visit the Ilima Terrace or the Naupaka Terrace, both making a home in a resort. The latter also offers an Asian dinner buffet that reflects the food of local cultures. A famous Kauai buffet is the Brick Oven Pizza buffet, which offers a large amount of varied dishes, from pastas to pizzas to dessert. For a Hawaiian spin on buffet, make reservations for Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau. This is a full night of entertainment, food, dancing and music that's ideal for the whole family.

For a local experience at a low key buffet, the Hanama'ulu Restaurant is a local favorite. This buffet highlights local dishes that offer a variety of cuisines from Asian to Hawaiian. Meanwhile, the only Mexican buffet on the island is served at the Olympic Cafe, where a happy hour taco buffet can serve as the start to a night out in Kapa'a on a Friday night.

Look no further than our list for the details on the best buffets on Kauai, and eat to your heart's content.


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Naupaka Terrace is nestled inside of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, and is a naturally bright venue offering local cuisine and gorgeous Hawaiian scenery. The plantation-style restaurant features creative Hawaiian and Pan Pacific cuisine, Asian inspired dishes, fresh island catch, aged beef, salads, and pastas. Sitting on the terrace offers views of waterfalls, fish ponds and native foliage. Breakfast is served daily 6:30 to 11 a.m. and offers an all-you-can-eat buffet or and a la carte menu. Dinner is served daily 6 to 9 p.m and features steak and seafood entrees and local favorites with a Polynesian, Hawaiian and Asian touch. On Saturday evenings guests can enjoy our popular seafood buffet.

Recommended for Buffet because: The Asian buffet at the Naupaka Terrace serves a wide array of tasty Asian dishes that are unique from other restaurants in the area.

Local Expert tip: This buffet is Saturday nights only.

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Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau


The beautiful gardens surrounding this luau make for a magical setting, and one that you'll want to explore before the night kicks in. This is the traditional Hawaiian version of a buffet, with a feast of Polynesian food. When the conch is blown and the roasted pig set out, the feast begins. The buffet ensures that you won't go hungry and includes lomi salmon, mahimahi, chicken, beef, macaroni salad, and plenty of vegetables and desserts. A full bar is available throughout. The dramatic production that follows features a wealth of color, music, dance, and spectacle that represents the whole of the Pacific world. A wonderful environment.

Recommended for Buffet because: Smith's luau is one of the oldest Kauai luaus, and a Hawaiian version of a buffet.

Local Expert tip: Check out some of the nearby sacred Hawaiian places along the river before going to the luau.

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Surf to Sunset Oceanfront Luau


Partaking of a luau is de rigueur for first-time Hawaii visitors, and this oceanfront extravaganza on Poipu Beach is an ideal introduction to traditional Polynesian food and culture. As guests arrive, they're presented a lei and invited to view artisans at work. Then, the blowing of a conch shell marks the beginning of the festivities, and a royal processional kicks off the spectacle and the entertainment. Of course, the highlight is the food: kalua pig, poi, pineapple, poke and all the other authentic dishes. Plenty of song, dance, and exotic demonstrations also conspire to make the evening an unforgettable event.

Recommended for Buffet because: An abundance of Hawaiian food served buffet style on a beach equals great food and a beautiful atmosphere.

Local Expert tip: Make sure to try poi, a Hawaiian staple.

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Naupaka Terrace is nestled inside of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, and is a naturally bright venue offering local cuisine and gorgeous Hawaiian scenery. The plantation-style restaurant features creative Hawaiian and Pan Pacific cuisine, Asian inspired dishes, fresh island catch, aged beef, salads, and pastas. Sitting on the terrace offers views of waterfalls, fish ponds and native foliage. Breakfast is served daily 6:30 to 11 a.m. and offers an all-you-can-eat buffet or and a la carte menu. Dinner is served daily 6 to 9 p.m and features steak and seafood entrees and local favorites with a Polynesian, Hawaiian and Asian touch. On Saturday evenings guests can enjoy our popular seafood buffet.

Recommended for Buffet because: The Naupaka Terrace offers two buffets in one beautiful restaurant, the Asian dinner buffet and the breakfast buffet.

Local Expert tip: Try the homemade ice cream.

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Olympic Cafe
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Sunny and comfortable, with French doors thrown open to the street, this pleasant cafe invites patrons to stop in for a bite to eat or just a sweet snack. On Fridays during Happy Hour from 3 to 7 p.m. they offer a FREE taco buffet. Full-bodied espressos serve as a nice counterpoint to the variety of pastries (including muffins fragrant with pineapple and coconut), while breakfast features French toast, egg dishes, and omelets. Later in the day, you'll find fresh seafood, burgers, chicken, kalua pork, and other local favorites. Kick back for a while and enjoy the food and ambiance. Located in historic Kapa`a town on the eastern shore, the eatery is very close to many other restaurants and shops.

Recommended for Buffet because: They offer a FREE taco buffet during happy hour each Friday fro 3 to 7 p.m.

Local Expert tip: Lots of coffee, and big desserts at dinnertime.

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Located at the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort in Poipu, Red Salt combines elegant island style with the natural environment to offer the ideal dining setting. Located righto n the ocean, the contemporary open design brings a sense of modernity to tropical ambiance. Ocean and pool views are offered through large picture windows and the diverse menu fuses together the fresh seafood and produce available in Hawaii. Red Salt offers amazing meals throughout the day. A daily breakfast buffet combines traditional American fare with fresh tropical fruit, breakfast bakery selections, various juices and an omelet station. At dinner time the menu offers contemporary upscale cuisine. Enjoy lunch casually by the pool, or order any time through room service.

Recommended for Buffet because: The breakfast buffet is absolutely delicious with perfectly cooked traditional breakfast fare served in the elegant oceanfront restaurant.

Local Expert tip: Ask your server for tips on what to order, they will guide you in the right direction.

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Ilima Terrace
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A lovely setting comprised of lush foliage, water features, and graceful swans invites patrons to appreciate the hotel's natural beauty while they enjoy an array of delicious fare. The open-air venue is a perfect destination for breakfast or lunch, when you can opt for something light like a wrap, Cobb salad, or club sandwich. At the celebrated Sunday brunch, which is a gourmand's dream, you can feast on crepes, hot entrees, quiche, omelets, and much more. This is one of the most gourmet places for brunch around the island, and an ideal locale for family time or a romantic honeymoon breakfast.

Recommended for Buffet because: The atmosphere is a big draw at the Ilima terrace, and the Sunday brunch puts a gourmet spin on traditional breakfast buffets.

Local Expert tip: Bring you're parking lot ticket in to be validated and parking will be free.

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Brick Oven Pizza
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Travelers and locals alike lift up Brick Oven's as the best pizza on the island, and you will too once you sample the fragrant, hearth-baked pies. The family-owned establishment has honed its craft well over the past decades, and crisp crusts (white or whole-wheat), succulent sauces, and authentic toppings conspire to test your resolve. Local seafood, real cheeses, fresh vegetables, and even homemade sausage number among the options – and that's just to start! The menu also offers salads and sandwiches made with fresh-baked breads. They offer a good selection of local beer to accompany pizza or other classic Italian dishes.

Recommended for Buffet because: The food is awesome and the home style atmosphere makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Local Expert tip: Catch the buffet on Thursay, and remember there's one on both the south and east sides.

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