Imagine watching the sunset from the westernmost part of the country (well, technically Niihau is the westernmost part of the United States, but good luck finding a decent martini). Now imagine you are on a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Island famous for romance. The good news is that if you’re on Kauai, this dream manifested into reality! Here’s our favorite places to enjoy a romantic sunset from one of the most beautiful places on Earth. That’s something to celebrate!
But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.
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Featured Photo: RumFire Poipu Beach Club
Kauai Sunset Dinner Map
Sunset Dining on Kauai's North Shore
The menu is based around Hawaii’s freshest local and seasonal ingredients. For the past 15 years, Bar Acuda has been serving some amazing meals. The tapas style menu is designed to be shared amongst friends, the wine list is great and the cocktails really set the tone for a great meal in Hanalei. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 530pm to 9:30pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Family-owned and -operated for over 20 years, the Dolphin is serving seriously “ono-licious” (really tasty) food. The vibe is hip, the fish is as fresh as it gets, and the menu has got something for everyone, including all you plant-loving folk. Open daily 5pm to 8pm with hours subject to change.
Sunset Dining on Kauai's South Shore
Beach House Restaurant
The Beach House Restaurant keeps things simple with a classic Pacific Rim dining experience mixed with Hawaiian Hospitality. Passionate about their locally sourced ingredients, try one of their freshly caught makai (towards the sea) options complimented with a Monkeypod Mai Tai. Open daily 3:30pm to 8:30pm.
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler has both oceanfront views and outdoor seating. It’s just the place to sip on some Mai Tais and snack on friend coconut shrimp as the sun goes down. This American style cuisine has all the basics, including some gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Open Monday through Friday 11am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 9pm.
With each seat featuring a 180 degree oceanfront view, it’s hard to beat Rumfire Poipu for sunset dining. Executive Chef Gabe Balenzuela brings a global influence to the locally sourced cuisine and the diverse craft cocktail list has a beverage for everyone. Open Thursday through Sunday 5pm to 9pm.
Sunset Dining in Central Kauai
Duke’s is serving Global cuisine beachfront and offers 2-tier outdoor seating. This is just the place for a delightful dinner while watching the sunset over the crystal blue waters of Nawiwili Bay. Enjoy live entertainment Monday through Saturday 5pm to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm. There’s a lot of tasty items to choose from, but whatever you get, make sure you save room for the Hula Pie. Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm and Sunday 9am to 10pm.
Hukilau Lanai sources only sustainably caught fish and is part of The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. The views here are great, and everything is made on site from scratch. There are several gluten-free options on the menu, and every night there’s a five-course tasting menu for $65, offered from 5-5:45pm. Reservations are recommended. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5pm to 9pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.