The food on Kauai is an eclectic mix of traditional Hawaiian and an Asian melting pot. Combined with the abundance of fresh seafood and produce locally grown and sourced on this tropical isle, the dishes made on Kauai will more than satisfy any foodie. Come hungry – here are a few great Kauai restaurants to get you started.
Shop Fresh at the Kauai Culinary Market
Live island music is carried by the breeze as you wander through this open-air market with vendors offering locally grown produce, pies, jams, and other food products. Browse the fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices and pick some up to enjoy for breakfast or as part of a larger feast. Onsite restaurants offer cooking demonstrations and samples. After trying the items on offer, enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the eateries, such as The Lanai, Eating House, or Merriman’s. The Kauai Culinary Market is located within the Kukuiula Village Shopping Center in the south shore town of Koloa, where there are several restaurant options. The Market is held on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm.
Taste Decadence at Lydgate Farms Hawaiian Chocolate
Enjoy a beautiful tropical setting while you try the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate at Lydgate Farms. See how chocolate is made from the time it’s on the branch at this working farm until the time it’s finished in bar form. As you tour this farm, you can also sample palm-blossom honey, vanilla beans, and tropical fruits. And, of course, abundant samples of this locally grown and made chocolate will be available. Lydgate Farms is located in the east coast town of Kapa’a at 5730 Olohena Rd and is one of the top Kauai Hawaii restaurants. Open rain or shine, this is a great rainy day activity as well! Book your tour and tasting here or contact them for more information at (808) 821-1857 or [email protected]
Eat Like a Local at Kauai Restaurants
Surrounded by waters teeming with fish, it’s probably not a surprise that a favorite local meal is seafood – seafood so fresh in fact that it’s raw. Poke (pronounced poh-kay), is a traditional Hawaiian dish consisting of diced raw yellowfin tuna (ahi) often mixed with sea salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed, and chili pepper. More modern recipes may include a host of other ingredients such as avocado, spicy mayonnaise, wasabi, octopus, and more. You will find poke served at many restaurants, food trucks, and grocery stores across the island. For some of the best local favorites, try Ishihara Market in Waimea, Koloa Fish Market in Koloa, or Fish Express in Lihue.