10 Best Kauai Restaurants Near the Cruise Port

Docking in Kauai is the moment when beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs, waterfalls and delicious restaurants all become reality. Cruise ships dock in Lihue at Nawiliwili Harbor, the main port of the island where barges, sail boats and tours all rest when coming to Kauai. Travelers arriving to the island by cruise ship for the day will be delighted to find a number of wonderful restaurants, many of which are just minutes from the harbor. 

Just down the street from Nawiliwili Harbor on Kalapaki Beach is Duke's Canoe Club. With locations on several Hawaiian Islands, Duke's is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Named after the Hawaiian hero and Olympic swimmer and surfer, Duke's serves tropical cocktails, steaks, salads, and fresh seafood dishes - all with a Pacific Rim twist.

Just a couple miles inland from the harbor is the newly reopened and revamped Gaylord's at Kilohana. Making a home on a 53-acre former sugar plantation, Gaylord's has a menu that serves locally sourced produce and proteins, much of which is produced on site. Dance under the stars in the courtyard if you go for dinner.

For those in search of fresh sushi, the best on the island can be found at Restaurant Kintaro. Amid serene Asian decor, folks dive into sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura, yakitori, and hot pot dishes.

While exploring Kauai by land, experience the best restaurants close to the port. Good food is the best accent to any visit.



Papaya's Natural Food Market
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Known for its selection of organic, vegetarian, and health-food fare, this market and gourmet deli is as good for eating as it is for shopping. Dining is available inside, but the best tables are outdoors, shaded by market umbrellas. Salads and...  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

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



One of Kauai's most celebrated Asian establishments, Kintaro has built its reputation on sublime cuisine and unobtrusive service. Amid serene Asian decor, folks dive into sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura, yakitori, and hot pot dishes. Chefs...  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 both outdoor and indoor seating are available. A unique and positive aspect at Oasis is that they serve a menu that...  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

Gaylord's at Kilohana


The flavor of old Hawaii runs strong at this circa-1930 Tudor estate, which was once the home of a sugar plantation executive. These days, the mansion and its surrounding 35 acres have been opened to the public as a series of quaint shops and...  Read More

Kukui's Poolside Restaurant and Bar
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A relaxed, poolside setting characterizes this hotel restaurant, favored by guests and frequented by other diners, too. Located at the Marriott in Lihue, the comfortable place features a menu whose inspiration is culled from Polynesian and Asian...  Read More



Kalapaki Bay makes a stunning backdrop for this lively restaurant, which is popular with visitors to eastern Kauai. The outdoor deck offers terrific ambiance, although the maritime-themed interior is inviting on its own. Ocean-fresh seafood is a...  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


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