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Fresh fish and fruit are featured throughout Kauai's restaurants, be they gourmet cafes or casual, local joints.

Top Restaurants in Kauai

Bar Acuda

On the North Shore (just west of Princeville in the sleepy town of Hanalei), this welcoming spot offers vintages from a short but excellent wine list to accompany seasonal tapas cooked up behind the teak bar by surfer chef Jim Moffat, such as lobster-stuffed squid or Kanuna Farms goat cheese with North Shore honeycomb.

5-5161 Kuhio Hwy., HI, 808-826-7081, www.restaurantbaracuda.com
Tags: moderate | trendy

Hamura's Saimin

Ramen is a local comfort food, and this beloved institution has been serving up the island’s best for 40-plus years. Pull up a seat at the counter and order some teriyaki sticks on the side.

2956 Kress St., HI, 808-245-3271
Tags: budget | local favorite | japanese

Kilauea Fish Market

As the name suggests, fresh fish, prepared any way you want it, is the specialty at this affordable, laidback eatery known for its tasty homemade sauces. Dine outside under the avocado tree.

4270 Kilauea Lighthouse Rd., HI, 808-828-6244
Tags: family | moderate | seafood | editor pick


The sushi bar alone is worth the stop at this fine Japanese restaurant, a standout on the islands. Tempura, sukiyaki, soba and teriyaki, all elegantly plated, are delicious.

4-370 Kuhio Hwy., HI, 808-822-3341
Tags: moderate | trendy | sushi

Polynesia Cafe

Their motto is “gourmet food on paper plates,” and the offerings are certainly worthy of fine china. Try the macadamia nut-and-herb-crusted ahi. They also serve breakfast.

Ching Young Village, 5-5190 Hwy., HI, 808-826-1999
Tags: moderate | seafood

Postcards Café

Fresh fish and vegetarian entrees are the highlight at this excellent gourmet natural food restaurant located in a 100-year-old plantation home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

5-5075A Kuhio Hwy., HI, 808-826-1191, www.postcardscafe.com
Tags: moderate | trendy | vegetarian

Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill

Roy’s Hawaiian fusion, showcasing fresh island seafood like the signature basil-seared ono with Thai red curry and lobster sauce, is consistently rated among Hawaii’s top restaurants. Watch the talented chefs cook east-meets-west specialties in the open kitchen.

2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr., HI, 808-742-5000, www.roysrestaurant.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | editor pick | smart splurge | prix-fixe | hawaiian

The Beach House

On the waterfront in Poipu, chef Todd Barrett serves his take on local line-caught fish (like a Wasabi-encrusted snapper) and island produce including Kilauea tomatoes and Omao baby greens - plus a sublime molten chocolate tart.

5022 Lawai Rd., HI, 808-742-1424, www.the-beach-house.com
Tags: seafood | expensive | waterfront

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