COVID UPDATE Aloha! This post — Where to Find the Best Lunch on Kauai — was updated in March 2021. However, as we have all learned, things can change overnight, so please check with each restaurant before visiting. We’ve included phone numbers and links to websites below. Mahalo!
You’re in vacation mode, so why not adopt the ingenious custom of the South American-style lunch? It’s simple — make lunch the largest meal of the day, have it be extra delicious, and, yes, have that second glass of wine, because you’re going to enjoy a nice long siesta afterwards. Here’s our list of the best places to lunch while on Kauai.
Hanalei Bread Company
Located in the heart of Hanalei, this locally-owned and -operated restaurant is an organic bakery and coffee house. There’s a delicious selection of housemade toasts with decadent toppings like the Olive Toast or their Fancy Toast. Their menu has a variety of items including a grilled cheese panini and a daily special, all for you to enjoy in their lanai. During Covid times, Hanalei Bread Company is open daily 7am to 5pm. hanaleibreadco.com
Located in the lush upcountry of Kauai, Kalaheo Cafe is a beautiful place to enjoy lunch. The food is hearty and the service is friendly. The menu has all one needs for a satisfying mid day meal. It’ll be hard to choose with menu sections like Fresh From the Garden, The Cafe Burger Bar, and From the Grill. During Covid times, open Thursday to Saturday for breakfast from 7am to 2pm and for dinner from 5pm to 8pm. Sunday through Tuesday they are open from 7am to 2pm. kalaheo.com
This Hawaiian themed-pub has a bamboo bar and a large patio, and serves up favorites like huli huli chicken, kalua pork sandwich and loco moco. Make sure to save some room for their house -made ice cream cakes. During Covid times, Kalypso is open Monday through Friday 12pm to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm, and Sunday 8am to 9pm. Closed Tuesday. kalypsokauai.com
Located on the south shore, Keoki’s offers tasty Hawaiian fare in a tropical setting. The menu features locally sourced ingredients, and the fresh fish offered varies according to season, and can be prepared kalo crusted, baked in garlic, or miso glazed, just to name a few of the ono (delicious) choices. There are also veggie, gluten-free, and local meats options. During Covid times, Keoki’s is open Monday through Friday 11am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm. keokisparadise.com
Little Fish Coffee
If you’re looking for flavorful dishes, Little Fish Coffee is the place to stop for lunch. The menu is a delightful spread of acai bowls, bagels, sandwiches, smoothies and coffee. The fruits and veggies are locally grown, and the coffee is the fair-trade organic kind. The Club-zilla Sandwich pairs nicely with the Angry Dragon smoothie! During Covid times, Little Fish is open daily 7am to 1pm, and is grateful for your business. littlefishcoffee.com
Aloha in a bun! Porky’s gives a Hawaiian twist to classic American favorites. Sausage dogs, grilled cheese and rice bowls are their specialties. Enjoy the BBQ with a great view! During Covid times, Porky’s is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. porkyskauai.com
Since 1999, The Bistro has been serving a delectable fusion of European and Pacific Rim cuisines using fresh, local ingredients. The plantation-style restaurant has open-air seating, and aims to keep their environmental impact minimal. There are plenty of options on the menu for gluten-free and vegan diners. During Covid times, lunch is served daily 12pm to 2pm, dinner daily 6pm to 8:30pm. There’s a happy hour menu all day, every day. thebistrohawaii.com