Kauai might be the smallest Hawaiian island, but it is packed with some of the best restaurants. On the South Shore sits Poipu, a beautiful town with sprawling beaches and brilliant skies. As a growing tourist destination, it has developed an enormous array of restaurants to choose from.
A couple weeks ago, I visited the Poipu area for the first time and was shocked at all the restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re interested in fine dining or a laid-back eatery, Poipu has it!
Check out the best restaurants in Poipu, Kauai.
Enjoy an incredible meal with one of the best views on the island. Beach House rests right on the coast, overlooking the Pacific, and draws both locals and tourists alike. Savor fresh, flavorful seafood cooked to perfection and and watch the sunset.
Dine under palm trees in this open-air restaurant decorated in fun, festive Hawaiian ornaments. Keoki’s Paradise offers guests a “classic” experience with live music in a space lit by tiki torches. Embrace the kitsch and delight in their delicious cocktails and tasty seafood dishes.
A counter-serve eatery in the Kukuiula Market, Da Crack serves the best burrito I’ve ever tried. If it wasn’t for all the people lining up at the window, you’d be sure to pass it. Da Crack is inconspicuous, almost camouflaged into the walls of an old strip mall. The menu may be simple, but it definitely hits the spot.
Famous chef Roy Yamaguchi takes a modern approach to Hawaiian food, creating fun and delicious flavors. The dining room is open and airy with views of the ocean. A diverse menu offers everything from rainbow poke with pine nuts to fried chicken with goat cheese mash potatoes.
Looking for a fruit-filled breakfast or a refreshing lunch? Anake’s Juice bar inside the Kukuiula Market blends incredible smoothie and smoothie bowls from fresh produce. Try a Sau Sai bowl topped with locally-made granola and honey, perfect to enjoy any time of the day.
Experience a beautiful and serene meal in the lush gardens of an old plantation. The restaurant is in a impressively restored estate, radiating a sense of timeless elegance. Get comfortable on their charming porch and have a great time at one of the best restaurants in Poipu, Kauai.