10 Best restaurants for outdoor dining on Kaua`i bring you closer to nature

It's safe to assume that enjoying the warmth of Hawaii along with the amazing views of its lush jungles, serene ocean, long beaches, and gleaming stars would be the draw to the islands. So naturally, outdoor dining is one of the best ways to enjoy all of that. Here at 10 Best we've hunted out the best restaurants for outdoor dining and it turns out the options are amazing and varied. From upscale dining to casual and great food enjoyed at a picnic table, it's all here to satisfy your cravings.

If you're looking for high end outdoor dining, make a reservation at Oasis on the east side. Just steps from the fine white sand, you'll enjoy gourmet seafood and local produce while overlooking the ocean. For more unique yet formal dining, eating by the garden and under the stars at the Plantation Gardens in Poipu is an experience that won't be forgotten.

For a more casual outdoor dining experience, Mexican food with a new twist is served up at Island Tacos in Waimea. Here the options are outdoor seating, or even better, taking the food to eat at a nearby long white sand beach. If you're looking for sunset dancing and socializing, sitting on the porch at Duke's Canoe Club in Lihue is always sure to please.

So look no further than 10 Best for your top 10 outdoor dining restaurants on the Garden Island.



The awesome presence of the ocean is a constant at this lovely restaurant, which features a multi-level dining room with doors thrown open to the vista and the breezes. The menu boasts a contemporary island flair, thanks to a focus on local...  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. The oudoor dining area exposes you to the tranquil feeling of Hanalei, and when the waves are up you can hear them crashing in the distance....  Read More

Pa'ina o Hanalei


From their position along the shores of Hanalei Bay, visitors give themselves over to the charm of this delightful luau. This is perhaps the ultimate outdoor dining experience because you enjoy everything under the stars. Festivities begin with...  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

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 porch offers outdoor dining in the warmth of Kaua`i and a view of the stars. The menu does wonders with...  Read More



Illuminated by tiki torches and surrounded by trickling streams and tropical vegetation, this lively, open-air establishment proves irresistible to patrons. Under the canopy of a huge banyan tree, fish swim around a pond just feet from your...  Read More

Plantation Gardens


The name essentially tells the story of this place, which includes a historic home and tropical gardens that once belonged to a sugar cane plantation manager. While dining outdoors on the porch you'll be in full view of the historic garden the...  Read More

Heavenly Creations
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Outdoor dining at its finest and truest. Catering to couples or small groups looking to dine anywhere, but usually beach side, the small company uses only natural and organic ingredients in it's exquisite meals. Featuring an array of exotic...  Read More



The name says it all, the full bar and restaurant is truly a beach side Oasis. Breathtaking ocean views can be enjoyed, and sitting in the outdoor area brings you just steps to the long white sand beach. A unique and positive aspect at Oasis is...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

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