3 Kauai Cuisines to Try

Kauai food


Hawaiian fare is known for its homegrown ingredients infused with rich global flavor.

Whether you’re in the mood for local lunches, fine dining, or grab-and-go food from a roadside stand, fresh is always in season on the Garden Isle.

Read on for more tips on where to eat in Kauai.


Local and Traditional

Delight your palate in decades-old Hawaiian cooking traditions made with island-grown ingredients at Merriman’s Fish House where you’ll dine on locally-sourced dishes like freshly-caught mahi-mahi and wahoo courtesy of Chef-Owner Peter Merriman. Combine your mouth-watering plates with oceanfront dining and prime sunset-watching spot, and you may just have the perfect Kauaian meal experience.


Hawaiian-Style Brunch

Perhaps the only thing better than brunch is enjoying it on a sustainable Hawaiian planation. The Plantation House by Gaylords uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients, many of which come straight from its farm. Feast on ahi poke, pork tenderloin, and seafood spring rolls on an open-air courtyard featuring views of the plantation and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Work off brunch by exploring the gorgeous grounds by foot—or train!


Shaved Iced

Because you can’t go to Kauai and not try shaved ice! Make sure to make a pit stop (or several!) at the famous Lappert’s Hawaii ice cream shop to cool off and sample the delicious and refreshing Hawaiian dessert. You can also pick up fresh produce and local food products and snacks at Kauai’s Sunshine Markets (aka farmers markets), which are held weekly throughout the island.


Wait for your food coma to wear off at beautiful Hanalei Bay Resort, featuring breezy accommodations with private lanais overlooking your tropical slice of paradise.