10 Best Restaurants to Eat, Drink & be Merry in Oceanside Poipu

Kauai may be the smallest Hawaiian Islands, but it's loaded with places to dine. Sunny and dry, Poipu is also known as the resort area of the island, is full of gourmet, hip and modern places to eat. Atmosphere and cuisines options in this area are as varied as the island's terrain itself, but the majority of restaurants out here are gourmet, elegant and modern, offering a unique culinary experience. Take breakfast to go enjoy on a beach, end a day in the sun with music and fresh fish, or have a romantic date at a high end restaurant.

For date night or a fun night out with the crew, Josselin's can't be beat. A chef run bar and restaurant, the hip place is perfect for group fun sharing tapas. Nearby is Merriman's, another fresh fish joint that utilizes locally sourced proteins and produce to create their gourmet menu.

For something a bit more low key, but with an exotic atmosphere of waterfalls and koi ponds, Keoki's Paradise is a local style hang out with delicious food and live music. Lava's on Poipu Beach is the go-to place in Poipu for a bit of nightlife, that includes beach side dining and exotic cocktails. 

Poipu's best restaurants will be able to fulfill any craving, so enjoy your food tour of Kaua'i in between the sights and things to do.

Long-lived and comfortable, Brennecke's attracts a wide variety of folks, from those who step in off the beach for a snack to those who come for a family dinner. Their signature kiawe-wood broiler imparts great flavor to steaks, burgers, chicken...  Read More

Illuminated by tiki torches and surrounded by trickling streams and tropical vegetation, this lively, open-air establishment proves irresistible to patrons. The welcoming ambiance compliments the menu, which boasts a wealth of fresh fish and...  Read More

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...  Read More


Elegance is paramount at this refined restaurant, which pays tribute to its Italian culinary inspiration via beautifully detailed murals and exquisite tiles. The food itself is spectacular – everything is homemade, composed of impeccably fresh...  Read More

At Lava's inside of the Sheraton Kauai, you can enjoy views of the sunset on Poipu Beach along with handcrafted and unique tropical drinks. Because it's located inside the Sheraton, there's a Sheraton dink of the day that changes daily. Happy...  Read More

Merriman's Fish House

Merriman's Poipu has quickly become a favorite for locals and visitors alike since it made a home in a new shopping center in sunny Poipu. Combining gourmet food with sustainability, the restaurants serves up amazing steaks, seafood and other...  Read More

Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Luau

Luaus are Hawaiian tradition, combining a big meal with all around celebration and festivities. This hotel-sponsored luau provides a healthy dose of spectacle, music, and authentic Hawaiian foods. The evening show, Havaiki Nui, begins with a...  Read More

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 on the ocean, the contemporary open design brings a sense of modernity to...  Read More


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