Best Restaurants for a Homestyle Experience on Kauai

Perhaps the best way to experience the true feel of a locale and its culture is through homestyle meals in a homey environment. And in Hawaii, food is used to express comfort, love, and warmth, and seeking out the best homestyle restaurants on the island can offer a unique experience. In order to guide travelers not only to great food, but to friendly service and a warm environment, we've compiled a list of the top ten homestyle restaurants on Kauai. So read on, eat, and relax.

At the Kountry Kitchen in Kapa'a, hungry diners will be happy to discover a menu of traditional breakfast fare. Pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, it's all there in the name of homestyle breakfast. True to its name, the decor and food make you feel like you're in a home kitchen.

Also in Kapa'a is Mermaids Cafe, where a different sort of homestyle food is offered. At this hole-in-the-wall eatery, you'll find the sort of delicious food cooked in the homes of health nuts and hippies. Healthy, fresh, and locally sourced, these dishes will make health conscious folks happy.

For a true local homestyle experience, Koloa Fish Market will introduce your palate to what islanders eat at home. From fish and poi, to meats and seaweed salad, this will be an entirely new experience.

Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza

Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza has that small town, homey feel that will keep you coming back. Renowned for its baked goods, this enterprise crafts top-quality ingredients into an array of sweet and savory temptations. If you're going for a...  Read More

Italian favorites served at reasonable prices make this caterer-run restaurant an enticing choice. Friendly servers start you off with delicious homemade garlic bread; after that, select from generously-sized pastas with rustic sauces, classics...  Read More

This small and quaint eatery in the heart of historic Hanalei is a friendly place that opens early and pulls in crowds of locals who enjoy its uncomplicated atmosphere and laid-back clientele. Adorned with surf-themed artwork and photographs,...  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

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...  Read More

This is a local style spot that serves up fresh fish and seafood to take home and cook as well as eat there and take out dishes. Very local and Hawaiian food like lau lau, kalua pig, and other local favorites that can be pretty darn good....  Read More

Owned and operated by two local friends who have a knack for making a great steak, Killah Steaks quickly became a local favorite as soon as the road side steak wagon opened. Very casual, and pretty quick, this eatery is a low key, low priced...  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

Kountry Kitchen
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Simple, unaffected fare is the name of the game at this easy-going spot. There's nothing fancy about the place, and that's a big part of its appeal. If you like being in control of things, create your own omelet from their selection of fillings....  Read More


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Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade