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The Hale Makai Cottages Kauai Restaurant Guide

The Hale Makai Beach Cottages Kauai Restaurant guide contains only a partial overview of the most popular cuisine on the garden isle and includes some of the 10 top Kauai restaurants. In Hanalei Bay alone, some of the islands most popular top Kauai Restaurants can be found, only 10 minutes from our North Shore oceanfront vacation rentals.

The Hale Makai Kauai restaurant guide lists various dining options while visiting the Garden Island. Local Restaurants are listed by area, categorizes by their special cuisine and rated by price range. Addresses, websites and telephone numbers are added for convenience for enjoyable Kauai dining experience. When dining at top Kauai Restaurants or at very popular Kauai restaurants, we recommend reserving a table ahead of time.

Bon Appétit, Hale Makai Staff

North Shore Dining

Hanalei Bay is home to a variety of restaurants in different price ranges and quality and has some of the top restaurants on Kauai.

The hip Restaurant Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine serves high quality gourmet meals. The name Tapas is used in the Spanish cuisine. Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers which are shared communally around the table. Tapas at Bar Acuda include mixed olives, small exotic salads and delicious minute fish and meat dishes. Regular main courses and desserts are served in normal size portions. Bar Acuda owner and chef Jim Moffat was recognized in 1996 by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the “Top 10 New American Chefs”. Jim’s expertise from his two San Francisco restaurants, 42 Degrees and The Slow Club, adds elegance and style to the Kauai dining.

Bouchons A fusion of former restaurants Zelo’s Beach House and Sushi Blue’s offering fresh Pacific American cuisine in a tropical atmosphere with views of Hanalei Valley. Enjoy fresh sushi and drinks for lunch or dinner.

Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant Known for their wonderful quality of fresh fish and tender sushi, Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant is a place that you are sure to love. Serving Hanalei for over thirty years, the quality food and amazing staff keeps guests smiling and returning for more. This place has it all, whether you are looking for a tropical drink at the bar, divine sushi that melts in your mouth or an intimate surf and turf dinner in a tropical setting.

Postcards Café serves a unique vegetarian fare with a Thai twist that includes fish. Their catch of the day comes mostly from local fisherman and all produce is organically grown. Postcards Lilikoi Mousse is a divine passion fruit dessert!

The Hanalei Gourmet serves great salads, burgers and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Live music is played most nights. Items from the menu can also be ordered at the take-out counter.

Java Kai is a small coffee place in the heart of Hanalei. The Latte’s are excellent and the small pastry and bagel selection makes for a satisfying breakfast or small lunch.

Mediterranean Gourmet A unique blend of Mediterranean cuisine with an island twist, the Mediterranean Gourmet offers fabulous fresh cuisine on the waters edge. Just a short two minute walk down the beach from Hale Makai Cottages, enjoy a great meal coupled with live entertainment. Each night of the week the restaurant hosts a special event. On Tuesdays they have a Hawaiian Lau serving a traditional Hawaiian buffet, with Hula dancing and musical performances by local musicians. Wednesday thru Saturday night they feature various musical artists and belly dancers. A great place to go for entertainment and great food.

A favorite North Shore lunch place is Red Hot Mama's, located in Wainiha right along Kuhio HWY, only 3 to 4 minutes from the Hale Makai Beach Cottages. Red Hot Mama’s is just a “small whole in the wall” Mexican take-out restaurant. The tacos and burritos are outstanding and very reasonably priced.

The Napali Café is a cute North Shore neighborhood Coffee Shop within a 2 minute beach walk from our beach vacation rentals. The Napali Café is located within the Hanalei Colony Resort and is open to the public. Their Latte’s, Chai’s and tropical smoothies are delicious and very worth while trying. Freshly baked bagels and homemade pastries are served in the earlier part of the day or as long as the supply lasts. The Napali Café is a favorite among our Hale Makai guests.

Tahiti Nui Looking for a great Mai Tai? This is your place! A hotspot for locals and tourists, the atmosphere is always fun and upbeat. Serving a variety of items from baby back ribs, to butternut squash ravioli to seared ahi, and always plenty of great drinks. To compliment the food, there is never a shortage of entrainment. Whether its a live musical act, karaoke, or dancing, the Tahiti Nui is the place to be.

Exploring Kauai & Kauai Dining

For small snacks and quick luncheons it might be fun to try some tropical fruit stands that line the roads on Kauai. Most Kauai fruit stands offer delicious snacks, sandwiches and mouth-watering tropical smoothies. Taro chips, a Hawaii specialty, go well with any lunch and are also a great snack in itself. Organic and locally grown fruit and produce is offered at the fruit stands as well for a convenient meal on the go.

Local Hawaiian cuisine can be found at the Tip Top Café & Bakery in Lihue and the Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa. Both restaurants are known for their scrumptious breakfast and are a great place to take the family. The Hamura‘s Saimin Stand at 2956 Kress Street in Lihue serves tremendous amounts of local food and keeps relatively long hours at night. Their specialty is “Saimin,” which is a noodle soap with veggies, chicken, pork and egg unique to Hawaii. It’s delicious! Google directions or use mapquest, since it is very hard to find.

For the last twenty years, Hawaii Fusion Cuisine has been made popular by most renowned Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi. Dining at Roy’s is a culinary journey. Asian-fusion Hawaii food creations are produced from locally grown products and highest quality fish. Roy’s presentations are artistic and exciting and complex and bold flavors make his distinctive dishes delightful.

For Chinese family dining two popular Restaurants come to mind. Ho's Chinese Kitchen in Lihue along Route 50, known for their lemon chicken as well as Panda Garden in Kapaa on the East side along HWY 56 is well known for their quality Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine.

Yes, there are burger and fast food restaurants on Kauai. The Hale Makai Ohana recommends Hawaii local brands. The most famous and most highly recommended Kauai Burger place is Duane’s Ono-Char Burger in Anahola, north of Kapaa, along HWY 56. The other Hawaii trademark is Bubba’s Burger located in Hanalei and Kapaa. Bubba’s Burger call themselves “an authentic old-fashioned hamburger joint" with quite a following of locals and visitors to Hawaii alike.

Kauai North Shore Dining

Price Range Key Based on Per Person Rate:       $ equals $10 to $15       $$ equals $15 to $30       $$$ equals $30 to $60

Company Address Phone Style Price Range
Bar Acuda 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-7081 Tapas & Wine

$$$

Bubba Burgers 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-7839 American

$

Café Hanalei 5520 Ka Haku Rd, Hanalei 808-826-2760 Pacific Rim

$$$

Hanalei Dolphin 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-6113 American

$$$

Hanalei Gourmet 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy #5 Hanalei, HI 808-826-2524 American

$

Java Kai 5-5183 Kuhio Hwy #C Hanalei, HI 808-826-6717 Coffee / Expresso

$

Kilauea Bakery Kilauea Lighthouse Rd Hanalei, HI 808-828-2020 Baked Goods

$

Lappert's Ice Cream 484 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 808-822-0744 Ice Cream

$

Lemongrass Grill & Seafood 4-871 Kuhio Hwy 808-821-2888 Steak/Seafood

$$

Makai Pizza Pizza 5 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-1788 Italian

$

Mediterranean Gourmet 5-7130 Kuhio Hwy, Haena, HI 808-826-9875 Mediterranean

$$$

NaPali Café 5-7130 Kuhio Hwy, Haena, HI 808-826-1844 Coffee Shop

$

Pau Hana Pizza Kilauea Lighthouse Rd Hanalei, HI 808-828-2020 Italian

$

Pizza Hanalei 570353 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-9494 Italian

$

Polynesia Café 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-1999 American/Mexican/Asian

$$

Postcards Café 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy # A Hanalei, HI 808-826-1191 Vegetarian

$$$

Red Hot Mama's 5-6607 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-7266 Mexican

$

Sushi Blues 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 808-826-9701 Seafood

$$$

Tahiti Nui Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 808-826-6277 Local

$$

Kauai East Shore Dining

Company Address Phone Style Price Range
Blossoming Lotus 4504 Kukui St Kapaa, HI 808-822-7678 Vegan

$$

Duane's Ono-Char Burger 4-4350 Kuhio Hwy Anahola, HI 808-822-9181 American

$

Lighthouse Bistro 2484 Keneke St, Kilaeua 808-828-0480 American / Seafood

$$

Ono Family Restaurant 4-1292 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, HI 808-822-1710 American

$$

Panda Garden 4-831 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 808-822-0092 Chinese

$

Scotty's Beachside BBQ 4-1546 Kuhio Hwy 808-823-8480 American

$$

Kauai South Shore Dining

Company Address Phone Style Price Range
Beach House 5022 Lawai Rd, Poipu 808-742-1424 American

$$

Brennecke's Beach Broiler 2100 Hoone Rd 808-742-7588 American

$$

Café Portofino 3481 Hoolaulea Way, Lihue HI 808-245-2121 Italian

$$$

Casa Di Amici 2301 Nalo Rd, Poipu 808-742-1555 Italian

$$$

Duke's Canoe Club 3610 Rice St 808-246-9599 American

$$

Gaylord's at Kilohana 3-2087 Kaumualii, Lihue, HI 808-245-9593 American/Hawaiian

$$$

Hamura's Saimin Stand 2956 Kress Street Lihue, HI 808-245-3271 Hawaiian

$

Ho's Chinese Kitchen 3-2600 Kaumualii, Lihue, HI 808-245-5255 Chinese

$$

Paradise Seafood & Grill 3-1878 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue HI 808-246-4884 Seafood

$$$

Tip Top Cafe & Bakery 3173 Akahi Street, Lihue HI 808-245-2333 Hawaiian

$


 

 

     
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