There are so many great restaurants on Kauai we will focus on the south shore. The quality of the offerings has improved dramatically in the the past five years across the culinary landscape. Young classically trained entrepreneurs are finding their niche in small food trucks that offer great lunchtime treats. To the more seasoned chefs who have been on island preparing great food for years.
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Poipu Beach Restaurants
This Kauai restaurant guide details the cuisine from the many cultures that have arrived to the island in the past 175 years. They have brought their favorite dishes from their homeland and fused them with the large melting pot of cultures that are here. Whether you want something simple like soup and a sandwich or fine dining its all here in Kauai.
Here’s our favorites in Poipu Beach:
The Beach House Restaurant: 808.742.1424. From 4.30pm-10pm. Fine dining in an oceanfront location only steps from Turtle Cove Suites. Reservations a must. Dine while watching surfers catch waves at sunset. Located across the Lawai Beach Resort.
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler: 808.742.7588. Hours: 11am-10pm. Casual oceanfront dining serving fresh fish, prime rib and pasta. Childrens menu. Located at Poipu Beach Park. www.brenneckes.com
Casa d’Amici:808.742.1555. From 6pm. Serving fresh fish and Italian dishes. Bar. Located on Nalo Rd. across from Nihi Kai Villas. www.casadiamici.com
Casablanca: 808.742.2929. From 7am-4pm Breakfast/Lunch. 6.30pm-9.30pm Dinner. Bar. Overlooking the Kiahuna tennis courts. Casual dining serving fresh fish and steak along with Mediterranean dishes that are guaranteed to please. www.casablancakauai.com
Dondero’s: 808.742.1234. From 6pm-10pm. Formal dining serving northern Italian cuisine. Some outdoor seating to watch the sunset. Located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.www.kauai.hyatt.com
Joe’s on the Green: 808.742.9696. From 7am-6pm, Daily. Dinner 5.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday and Thursday only. Casual dining and open air seating at the Kiahuna Golf Course, Bar. www.joesonthegreen.com
Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill: 808.742.7117. From 6pm-10pm. Wonderful fusion creations by the master Jean Marie. Located steps from Turtle Cove Suites in the Kukui’ula Village. www.josselins.com
Kalapaki Joe’s: 808.742.6366. From 7am-10pm Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Sports Bar and televised main sporting events. Located at 1941 Poipu Rd. www.kalapakijoes.com
Keoki’s Paradise: 808.742.7534. From 11am-10pm. Hawaiian surf decor in a casual open air setting, serving fresh fish, prime rib, salads. Located at the Poipu Shopping Village. www.keokisparadise.com
Koloa Deli: Fresh Baked Breads, Salads, and sandwiches are the hallmark of this recently opened food emporium. Located at 5470 Koloa Rd. across from the Post Office.
Merriman’s Kauai: 808.742.8385. From 11am-10pm. Downstairs location serves lunch. Upstairs has fine dining and extensive wine list. Located in the Kukui’ula Village. www.merrimanshawaii.com
Pizzetta’s Pizza and Pastaria: 808.742.8881. From 11am-10pm. Serving Pizza and Antipasta’s, Salads, BBQ Pork Ribs right in Koloa Town. Located at 5408 Koloa Road. www.pizzettarestaurant.com
Plantation Gardens: 808.742.2121. From 5pm-10pm. Bar. Serving fresh fish, prime rib, pasta dishes in the historic Moir gardens. Steps from Turtle Cove Suites. www.pgrestaurant.com
Red Salt: 808.828.8888. From 6pm-10pm. Serving Pacific Rim inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting. Located in the Koa Kea Hotel on Poipu Rd. www.koakea.com
Tidepools: 808.742.1234. From 5pm-10pm. Serving fresh fish, prime rib, and Pacific fusion cuisine in a tropical atmosphere accented with waterfalls and koi ponds. Located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. www.kauai.hyatt.com
Tortilla Republic Grill and Margarita Bar: 808-742-8884. From 5pm – 10pm. Serving great delights from Mexico. www.tortillarepublic.com
22 North: 808.245.9593. A farm to table restaurant. Located close-by to Poipu at the historic Kilohana Plantation. Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Fine dining on their attractive patio. www.22north.com
Quick and Casual Food Poipu Beach Kauai
Just want to pop in, grab some food and go back to Turtle Cove Suites? Here are a few eateries that we really enjoy:
Bubba’s Burgers: 808.742.6900. 10.30am-9pm. Local Kaua’i beef only is served with some of the best french fries on the island. Located steps from Turtle Cove Suites in Kukui’ula Village. www.bubbaburger.com
Lappert’s Ice Cream and Coffee: 808.742.1272. 6am-9pm. Great coffee and ice cream
Koloa Fish Market: 808.742.6199. 10.30am-6pm. Take out plate lunches or wonderful cuts of fish to grill at home on the BBQ. Located across from the U.S.Post Office in Koloa Town.
Tropical Burgers: 808.742.1808. 6.30am-9.30pm. From Waffles and Banana Mac Pancakes to half pound burgers. Located in the Poipu Shopping Village.