10 Best Restaurants on Kauai for Fresh Seafood

Kauai is surrounded by crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, and since fishing is part of local culture there's an abundance of locals who fish and sell fresh seafood to restaurants. Seafood restaurants can be found from the North Shore island wide to the West Side, so wherever visitors start to crave the sea's bounty, they can find it. The selection is so varied those in search of seafood can find local dishes, top notch sushi, and even Maine lobsters.

Out on the North Shore, the Hanalei Dolphin offers three great places to get seafood. Their fish market offers filets to cook at home, their adjacent sushi bar offers exquisite rolls and sashimi, and the restaurants is an upscale local style eatery with seafood prepared beautifully.

Down the road a while in Wailua is Restaurant Kintaro. This restaurant, open only for dinner, serves the best sushi and Japanese style seafood dishes on the island. They'll cook some dishes at your table with others prepared in the open kitchen.

For ready to eat seafood or to take home filets of mahimahi or yellow fin tune, check out the Kilauea Fish Market on the north side or the Koloa Fish Market on the south shore.

Wherever you are our list of the ten best seafood eateries on Kauai has you covered. You can find what you want, when you want it, wherever you are.

The Shrimp Station
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To peel or not to peel, that is the question at the Shrimp Station. Some dishes come with peeled shrimp, while others, like the coconut shrimp come peeled. Either way, all of the food is great and worth getting your hands a little messy...  Read More

Kilauea Fish Market
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There's a whole lot more than fish in store is the market's motto, and they're right! In addition to fresh local fish, they have an ahi fajita burrito, fish tacos, salads, plate lunches and great specials, along with grass fed beef. Seating...  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

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



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

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. Diners indulge in their favorite preparations along the shores of the adjacent river, savoring baked shrimp, ceviche, crab, and incredible fish...  Read More


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