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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Kauai

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Kauai? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Aina Kauai Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (382)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
Kapaa
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Kapa‘a town, ‘Āina Kaua‘i offers creative and delicious Japanese cuisine that highlights the flavors and bounty of Kaua’i. The menu features ingredients harvested at peak freshness from local farms for use in refined Japanese cooking techniques that transform a meal into a transcendent dining journey. The open kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of courses, while the choice “Chef’s Counter” features four exclusive seats where guests can interact with the chefs throughout their meal. Guests can select libations from a drink menu which includes premium sake, Japanese beer, wine, and cocktails made from scratch with local fruits, spirits from Hanalei Spirits, and Japanese whisky. OpenTable’s Top Diners’ Choice Winner – rated #1 on Kaua’i.

Dietary restrictions must be confirmed by email (eat@ainakauai.com) *before* making a reservation.

No refunds, changes, or cancellations.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 Jan 2024
Worth the drive from Poipu to enjoy a truly authentic and creative dinner. Every course stood out for being not just interesting but also incredibly delicious. Would definitely recommend dining here no matter where you are staying on Kauai!
A photo of Tidepools - Grand Hyatt Kauai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5379)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Poipu
About the restaurant
The most romantic setting on Kauai. For the ultimate in ambiance, delectable food and stellar service, Tidepools is the place. This quintessential Hawaiian setting has a backdrop of waterfalls with thatched roof bungalows that seemingly float above koi-filled lagoons. Savor modern island-style cuisine in this distinctive open-air setting. Diners rave about the exceptional service and fresh fish and steak options with a unique island flair including macadamia nut crusted fish, grilled ahi or a succulent steak. Salads feature greens grown at our hydroponic farm on site and the desserts are luscious. Don't miss this delightful experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Came here as part of our honeymoon celebration. We were seated in a "semi-private" area directly overlooking the koi ponds. It was exactly what we wanted. The service was excellent and our server went above and beyond to make it a special night. The food was outstanding. It's pricey but I highly recommend!
A photo of Naisla Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.7
4.7 (128)
$31 to $50
Italian
Kapaa
About the restaurant
A new, upscale dining experience of modern fusion cuisine and craft cocktails, located on Kauai’s east side! . Walk ins currently available, reservations are coming soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The food and cocktails were outstanding. My friend didn’t want to go with me but really enjoyed the food as well. Atmosphere was great.
A photo of Merriman's Kauai restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4845)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Koloa
About the restaurant
Chef-Owner Peter Merriman has brought his unique style of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine served in a casual yet elegant setting of Old Hawaii Plantation. A pioneer in the "Farm to Table" concept, Peter serves only the freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught, using only sustainable methods. His international menu items are prepared in a manner that highlights the natural flavors of these fresh, local foods. Located in Poipu, we feature both mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) views as well as sunset veiws over the Kukui'ula resort. The aloha-friendly staff, with a food and beverage knowledge second to none, will ensure that you have an extraordinary dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We came here twice during our stay in Kauai. We had incredible servers, and delicious bites. The Mai Tai was delicious of course but my favorite was the Papaya, Tomato, Fennell salad. Cant wait to visit in the other island. 10/10
A photo of Hualani's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1835)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Lihue
About the restaurant
Experience one of the best restaurants on Kaua'i and enjoy farm-to-table oceanfront dining from the elegant yet relaxed setting at Hualani's. Here, oceanfront dining is influenced by the seasons. What's fresh at The Farm at Hōkūala inspires the farm-to-table menu, while our bar serves up well-balanced craft cocktails that complement the seasonality of the kitchen. Our culinary experience is inspired by a sense of place and driven by local farmers, as well as fresh-picked ingredients from our on-site organic farm. From the morning harvest and the daily catch, Hualani's shines a hyper-local spotlight on the bounty of the Garden Isle.
Top review
WayneJ
Dined today
Incredible seafood. Fantastic views. Wonderful service.
A photo of The Plantation House by Gaylords restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5025)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Lihue
About the restaurant
Gaylords now rebranded as The Plantation House by Gaylords offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi poke, fried brie, fresh seafood, delicious steaks and vegan entrees too. Don't forget about our famous Banana Cream Pie for dessert! Take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the Koloa Rum shop, go on a rum safari adventure or take a ride on the plantation train.

If reservations are not available online, please call us anytime and we will be more than happy to accommodate you

Top review
WayneJ
Dined 1 day ago
Outstanding food, ambiance and service. Beautiful setting and excellent quality of food.
A photo of Eating House 1849 - Kauai restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2950)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Koloa
About the restaurant
Acclaimed Chef and James Beard Award winner
Roy Yamaguchi opens The Eating House 1849
at The Shops at Kukui'ula. Named after one of the first restaurants constructed in Hawai'i, by a Portuguese businessman named Peter Fernandez, Eating House pays homage to the popular casual eateries of the mid 19th century that incorporated a medley of flavors from the Island's growing and diverse communities.

Please call the restaurant to make reservations for parties of 5 or more. For parties of 10 or more we require credit card information to hold the reservation, and follow a 48 hour cancellation policy; any cancellations withing 48 hours of your reservation date will result in a charge of $20 per person.

Top review
AnnieW
Dined 5 days ago
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The service was excellent. However we did feel the cocktails were a little too sweet. But the food was outstanding! If I lived here I’d make it my date night location.
A photo of Stevenson’s Library restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1630)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Poipu
About the restaurant
This luxury nightspot offers a truly unique and welcoming atmosphere with a 27-ft koa wood bar, outdoor lanai and intimate lounge seating. The bar features beautifully carved koa in traditional sugarcane and pineapple motifs.

Chef Jin and his team create delectable sushi creations nightly. Relax, enjoy the views and sip on a tropical, martini, beer or sake. Stevenson's also boasts an extensive selection of Whiskeys, Cognac, Port and Wine.

Stevenson's is the place for sushi & spirits.

To Go orders: Offered between 5-6PM only due to high demand
High-Top seating: This is a tall table located in the bar area. This is a request and is not guaranteed.
Regular seating: A regular dining table located in the restaurant.

Top review
DVCPvip
Dined 5 days ago
Exceptional service for a birthday celebration. Thank you.
A photo of Keoki's Paradise restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6796)
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Poipu
About the restaurant
Aloha! Visit keokisparadise.com for our menu, hours of operation, weekly specials or to place a takeout order online!

Enjoy fresh fish, steak, seafood and more! Keoki's is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week while offering brunch on the weekends. Escape to your own unforgettable paradise! Surround yourself with serene waterfall features and panoramic greenery, an experience the entire family will enjoy.

Live entertainment is offered daily. Experience locally sourced ingredients which compliments the refreshing and casual atmosphere. With a strong commitment to the community and genuine service, Keoki’s is truly beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Top review
KayH
Dined 1 day ago
The sweet onion soup and seafood risotto was wonderful
A photo of Oasis on the Beach restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2645)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Kapaa
About the restaurant
Oasis is a beautiful oceanfront location that showcases the best of what Kauai has to offer in cuisine, service and ocean views.

We strongly believe that residents and guests of Hawaii want to experience Hawaii. We use local sources for almost 80% of our ingredients, and work closely with Kauai"s farmers and fishermen to provide you with the best and freshest possible ingredients.

We work to highlight the quality and freshness of our ingredients in a style that captures the diversity of local cultures and influences without burying the delicious flavors that our local ingredients offer.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
EAT HERE. The entire evening was a dream. The perfect setting right on the beach with sunset and a full moon. The service paired with incredible food and cocktails were amazing. They also have delicious mocktails! Highly highly recommend.
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