The Hawaiian Islands have always had a cultural focus on family and social gatherings, and the traditional foods of the islands reflect that to this day. Today, thanks to a long growing season, abundant rainfall, and equal parts geographic isolation and traditional values of sustainability, the culinary scene in Hawai‘i is a role model in utilizing locally-sourced ingredients. Plus, as an intersection of cultures and a crossroads for world travelers, the cuisine of the islands reaps the benefits of flavor infusions from around the world. The end result is that there is no shortage of outstanding dining options to explore during your visit, from beachside cafes to world-famous and award-winning chefs near our Kauai Hawaii condo rentals.
With a bevy of resort hotels, the best condo rentals in kauai and luxury vacation properties, there are plenty of award-winning and upscale restaurants for a special occasion or romantic meal. We cannot think of any with a more beautiful setting than Tidepools, with its open-air thatched huts perched on the banks of a tranquil Koi pond at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Dine on fresh seafood and mouth-watering steaks while cool island breezes bring the scent of tropical flowers and the sounds of soft Hawaiian music. The Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa offers a diverse selection of island-inspired dishes with plenty of fresh local ingredients in a charming seaside setting. They serve an excellent array of fresh seafood, loaded salads with fresh local produce, and delicious cuts of beef from local ranches. The Hukilau also features vegetarian selections and a gluten-free menu for diners with dietary restrictions.
North Shore Gems
For a light bite or incredible cocktails with a view try the Makana Terrace (get the ginger margarita) overlooking the sunsets on Hanalei Bay. The tropical, Mediterranean-inspired Nalu Kai Grill and Bar serves up delicious food in a formal dining room while the posh and sophisticated Kaua‘i Grill features an incredible selection of steakhouse classics and fresh seafood appetizers. We recommend exploring the vibrant culinary scene in the quiet hamlet of Hanalei, which has a surprising number of delicious eateries from hamburger shacks to award-winning restaurants. You absolutely won’t want to miss Bar Acuda, award-winning Chef Jim Moffat’s tribute to local ingredients, hand-crafted dishes made with love, and tapas meant for sharing with friends (but do call for reservations). The innovative small plates like Spiced Quail with jalapenos and Ethiopian butter, Honeycomb with goat cheese and apple, or seared scallops with preserved lemon gremolata butter and shallots will dazzle you with flavors of Hawai‘i, the Pacific Rim, the Mediterranean, and beyond. Cool yet casual, you’ll be tempted to try everything on the menu (which changes often). We won’t stop you!
From beachside favorites like Keoki’s Grill and Brennecke’s Beach Broiler offering casual, family fare with great views to simple Mom and Pop diners or shave ice stands, the food of Kaua‘i is reason enough to visit this paradise. So whether you tour the island’s finest greasy spoons or splurge at 5-star restaurants, you’ll be sure to have many a memorable meal. Of course, thanks to the modern kitchens in all of Ahh! Aloha’s Kauai Hawaii condo rentals, you can also hit up a local farmers’ market and cook your own 5-star meal as a family with some of the best ingredients on Earth.