Kaua’i, the Garden Island of Hawai’i, is home to many delicious eats that us come back wanting more (and the beauty too, of course!). During our short 4-day stay, we somehow managed to devour our bodies with almost 10 different eateries and restaurants (yes, we gained 5 pounds each in case you were curious). Here is the list of all the restaurants we recommend you try when visiting Kauai (in no particular order).
1. Hanalei Bread Company
Owned by Bar Acuda, Hanalei Bread Co. is their latest venture. This brand-new organic bakery and coffee house offers breakfast, pastries, and lunch items before 2pm.
It’s a great breakfast pit stop before venturing off to the north shore. However, it is on the pricer side and their portions are small. We’ve definitely had better breakfast food but we could taste quality of ingredients. We highly recommend their macadamia but banana bread! There is outside patio seating and 3-4 covered picnic tables nearby.
2. Bar Acuda
Tip: Reservations are required!
Walk-ins are not accepted as they are usually booked every night.
3. Java Kai
- Mac Nut Latte: This is one of their most popular drinks. We tried this but had asked for it less sweet. We thought it was still pretty sweet but this is coming from two people who barely put sugar in anything, so this may be okay for most people.
- 100% Kona coffee: Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world and is only grown from Kona districts in Big Island. Because of the price tag, it is hard to find places that sell 100% Kona; usually it will be a blend. Delicious and strong.
Breakfast Recommendations: Surfer Girl and Kalua Pork Burritos are to die-for!
- Category: Breakfast & Brunch, Bakeries, Coffee Roasters
- Cost: $
- Location: East
4. Anake's Juice Bar
Located inside and in the back of the Kukuiula Grocery store, Anake’s Juice Bar serves one of the best acai bowls we’ve ever had! Who knew such a thing could be tucked away in a grocery store that never seems to be stocked? Choose between a medium 16-oz bowl or a large 24-oz bowl. Some concoctions only come in a large such as the Hulk but I had the Sau Sai, and it was deliciously fresh and included a generous amount of toppings.
Category: Juice Bars & Smoothies
5. Ishihara Market
6. Da Crack
- Category: Mexican
- Cost: $
- Location: South
7. Keoki's Paradise
Keoki’s Paradise is a classic, Hawaiian-esque open air restaurant adorned with tiki torches serving Hawaiian and American dishes. The Dinosaur Kale Salad is quite tasty for being a salad!
Category: Hawaiian, Seafood, American
Tip: Make reservations when possible to shorten your wait as the lines can get long.
8. Fish Express
Fish Express serves poke that is catered to more mainland poke which means there is a toppings bar. Think seaweed salad, kimchi, edamame, etc. Most poke places in Hawai’i just have fish and rice. Toppings is more of a mainland U.S. thing. You pay buy scoops here.
Category: Hawaiian, Seafood, Poke