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!
We have cross checked our picks with top sources like The Hale ‘Aina Awards, Tripadvisor, and Open Table to make sure we’re offering you the best place to enjoy dinner and sunset on Kauai. Bon appetit!
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. During Covid times, open Tuesday through Saturday from 530pm to 9pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. restaurantbaracuda.com
Family-owned and -operated for over 20 years, this place 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. thedolphinpoipu.com
Sunset Dining on Kauai's South Shore
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
This casual spot 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. During Covid times, lunch is Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 4pm,. dinner Tuesday through Saturday 4pm to 8pm, brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm. Happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday 2pm to 5pm. brenneckes.com
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. During Covid times, open Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 8:30pm and Sunday 9:30am to 8:30pm. dukeskauai.com
The Hukilau Lanai has fresh, local seafood with Island influenced flavors and nightly entertainment. As part of The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, they’re committed to sourcing only sustainably caught fish. There’s a separate gluten free dinner menu and every Sunday there’s a 5 course tasting menu for $50. Reservations are required. During Covid times, Hukilau Lanai is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday 5pm to 8:30pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. hukilaukauai.com