Impressive Array of Food Choices Offered on Garden Island
Everyone has their own favorite types of food and Kauai offers an array of dining choices with something for everyone. Kauai restaurants serve up tasty treats ranging from fine gourmet meals to exemplary local-style Hawaii cuisine. One thing is for sure: There’s no shortage of great food and restaurants on the Garden Island of Kauai.
East Side Kauai Dining – Taquerias, Thai and Saimin
In the Kapaa-Wailua area on the east side of Kauai visit Monico’s Taqueria for some excellent Mexican food. Dine inside or outside, or take it to go and eat at the beach. Some of the island’s finest sushi and sashimi is also found close by at Kintaro which also serves up delicious tempura and fresh seaweed salad. Steak lovers will enjoy the Bull Shed which boasts the island’s most generous prime rib servings along with a great salad bar.
In the Kapaa Shopping Center you’ll find Verde’s for those craving perfectly spiced New Mexican food. Sukhothai, named after the first capitol of Thailand and offers seafood as well as vegetarian dishes. Their Lemon Grass Vegetables with Coconut Tofu is exemplary! Also cooking up some tantalizing Thai food is the King & I restaurant in Wailua. Try their Tom Kha or Pad Thai.
If you want Italian food then you are also in luck as Kauai Pasta serves up some hearty servings of delicious pastas. Families may enjoy a visit to Brick Oven Pizza which serves up what many consider to be the island’s best pizza.
Also on the east side is Kauai’s commercial center of Lihue with no shortage of great restaurants. The famed Barbecue Inn is known for its fresh catch lunch specials and homemade pies among other delicious items. Owned by the same family since 1941, they offer up authentic Kauai Aloha!
Saimin lovers will enjoy the renowned Hamura’s which serves up hearty helpings of noodles laden with sweetened pork, wontons, hard-boiled eggs, vegetables and more. Hamura’s is also known for their teriyaki barbecue sticks. For a nice beachfront location check out Duke’s Canoe Club at the Kauai Marriott which has a great salad bar.
South Shore Kauai Dining – Fine Cuisine in Style
Lunch in Koloa is a treat at the Koloa Fish Market where you can get a plate lunch and head to the beach at sunny Poipu. More fresh fish and hearty steaks can be found at Kalaheo Steak & Ribs, or enjoy seaside dining at the Beach House Restaurant.
For fine Pacific Rim Cuisine in style try Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill offering hand-crafted tapas and focusing on fresh, local ingredients from area farmers and fishermen. Located in the posh Kukuiula Village Shopping Center in Poipu, Josselin’s will tantalize your palate.
North Shore Kauai Dining – Fresh Fish, Samba and Scenic Vistas
In the north shore town of Kilauea you’ll find some great dining including notable fish burritos at the Kilauea Fish Market which also serves up some tasty vegan dishes. Just across the road is Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza with delicious fresh-baked goods and tasty pizza pies!
Princeville and Hanalei provide more dining choices. For the view alone it is hard to beat the Makana Terrace at the St. Regis Hotel overlooking Hanalei Bay. Arrive just before sunset and sit out on the balcony for a memorable evening.
Head down the hill to Hanalei town to taste authentic Mexican/Brazilian food at Neide’s Salsa & Samba. Next door is the upscale Bar Acuda offering wine sipping and delicious tapas. Just down the road is Postcards Cafe known for their gourmet vegetarian cuisine as well as superbly prepared seafood.
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