10 Best Restaurants on Kauai for a Romantic Experience

Sunsets, white sandy beaches, ocean splashing over the reef, warm tropical breezes, and great food, what other ingredients are needed for a romantic dinner? Luckily, Hawaii's Garden island is home to an abundance of romantic eateries to enjoy while exploring the island. With so many options it's a good thing to have us here at 10 Best to help guide you around the island to the most exquisite and romance inducing restaurants.

On the eastern side of Kauai in historic Kapa'a, you can overlook the Pacific from several different romantic restaurants. Enjoy locally sourced Pacific Rim fusion at Oasis, where the dimly lit eatery seats guests right by the sand, allowing them to feel as though they're in their own little world. At Lava's in Lihue, gourmet gourmet cocktails and food enjoyed by the ocean will inspire an evening beach walk.

Over on Poipu Coast, a Pacific Rim and Asian food restaurant called Red Salt is a place to take in one of the best sunset views on the island during dinner. Nearby is Duke's Canoe Club, and upscale yet local style eatery with Pacific Rim cuisine and a fun atmosphere along the beach. 

The options continue, and with our 10 Best list here you'll no doubt find the perfect meal and the right environment for to enjoy quality time with your ku'uipo (Hawaiian for sweetheart).

Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine
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Hip, gleaming Bar Acuda is a chef-run business in Hanalei that has taken the island by storm. Intent on creating stylish atmosphere and scrumptious food, the North Shore place is a great destination for dinner and drinks with friends or 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 n the ocean, the contemporary open design brings a sense of modernity to...  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



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



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



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

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 menu does wonders with the local bounty, mixing fresh produce and seafood to great effect. In the...  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



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


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