Where to eat in Kauai
The beautiful island of Kauai is full of delicious places to eat, from authentic meals to refreshing treats!
Anake’s Juice Bar
Just half a mile from our Poipu properties, located conveniently at the Kukui’ula Market, stop by Anake’s Juice Bar for a sweet bite to eat. Enjoy a variety of açai bowls, juices, smoothies, parfaits, and other specials such as kombucha. Made with delicious and fresh ingredients, Anake’s is best known for their decadent açai bowls, combining creamy smoothies with options such as granola, chocolate chips, chia seeds, coconut, honey, nuts, and a wide selection of berries and other fruits. Anake’s has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, so everyone can enjoy!
Kauai Culinary Market
If you happen to be at Kukui’ula Market on a Wednesday afternoon, head over to the Kauai Culinary Market from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. Choose from a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, specialities, and local favorites. Take in the sights and sounds of live island music and beautifully landscaped grounds. After you get in your shopping, the whole family can sit and watch local South shore chefs cooking their specialities.
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Enjoy a wonderful meal with a beautiful view of Poipu Beach! Brennecke’s has American and Hawaiian cuisine, as well as a vast array of seafood. Come in for open seating, or make a reservation, for lunch and dinner at Brennecke’s. You can also enjoy brunch from 9am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Start with Kauai style pupus as an appetizer, Brennecke’s classic beach burgers or prime rib, and a wide selection of dinner specialities, such as seafood risotto, spicy seared ahi, and Kauai pad thai. Brennecke’s also has happy hour specials, a variety of cocktails, Friday sushi specials, and plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. If you’re right on the beach, you can also enjoy sandwiches, shave ice, and other snacks from Brennecke’s Beachside Deli.
Da Crack Mexican
For delicious Mexican cuisine with a fun island flair, check out Da Crack. Their fast and scrumptious tacos and burritos are made in house daily with delicious local ingredients. All of their seafood options, such as fish tacos or Kauai shrimp, are fresh and caught locally. Da Crack has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.
Haole Girl Sweets
Head to Haole Girl Sweets at the back of Anahola Farmer’s Market for delicious baked goods. Locally sourced farm to table treats include macadamia nut sticky buns, tea cookies, daily and seasonal specials, and their famous butter croissants. Made from scratch, rolled and folded, and hand stuffed on site, they have sweet and savory croissant choices. Haole Girl also offers gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options.
For an immersive island experience, head to Keoki’s Paradise. Right by our Kauai properties, with all-day dine-in service, Keoki’s is the perfect place for any occasion. Grab drinks and casual fare at the Bamboo Bar, or make reservations for a delectable dinner in a beautiful open-air atmosphere. Let Keoki’s you right to the heart of Kauai, with lush tropical foliage illuminated by tiki torches. In the evening, enjoy live local music and entertainment, with Hula dancers sharing Hawaiian myths and stories through their graceful dancing and gestures. Keoki’s Happy Hour, or Aloha Hour, is daily from 3-5pm and 9:30-10:30pm. Sip on tropical drinks, speciality cocktails, wine by the glass, and draft beer specials. For your meal, enjoy Hawaiian, Polynesian, and American cuisine. Keoki’s specializes in fresh, local seafood and steaks, and offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. On weekends, you can catch the sunrise on Poipu Beach and stop by Keoki’s afterwards for authentic Hawaiian brunch!
One of the most delicious authentic things you can try on Kauai is a Hawaiian style hot dog, or puka dog. Puka dogs consist of a soft bun with a puka (Hawaiian for “hole”) in one end, which is stuffed with a polish hot dog (or veggie dog!), and a selection of secret sauces, such as garlic lemon sauce and tropical relishes. Puka Dog is one of the best quick bites you can get right on Poipu Beach!
Anuenue Cafe, a local breakfast joint, is run by a husband and wife team, serving delicious Hawaiian and American fare. Husband John has been cooking for 28 years, primarily as a local Private Chef. Their specialities includes fresh ingredients and offerings from a variety of local businesses, such as Kauai Roastery Coffee, Anahola Granola, Makaweli Meat Company Beef, and more. You can go the traditional route with Anuenue Cafe’s famous Eggs Benedict, or enjoy their breakfast fried rice dishes. They also have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.
No matter where you choose to go, there’s a multitude of delicious options for every meal during your stay in beautiful Kauai!
Photos by Robin Gotfrid.