Kauai is an epicenter for divine experiences. And some of the most sensational experiences include exquisite food. It’s a good thing Kauai grows some of the world’s most nutrient-rich and delicious produce. Pair that with fresh caught fish, farm-raised beef and perfectly-paired drinks… paradise found.
Good food is not hard to come by on Kauai. But what if you want good food in a classy environment with superb service? Choosing where to eat can be daunting, especially for that special night out. So, we’re here to help you decide.
We’ve chosen to highlight three of our favorite upscale restaurants on Kauai— one for each side of the island. So, as you explore what each shore has to offer, know that there’s a fine dining experience waiting for you.
A North Shore staple, this tapas-style restaurant sits right in the middle of iconic Hanalei Town. The veranda tables overlook the village lawn, while the indoor seating sparkles with kitchen flames reflected off delicate glassware. The atmosphere is genuine, warm and personal. The food is seasonal, regional and intentional.
Enjoy multiple plates of small dishes— the perfect way to share a special night. And savor every bite, as this is Kauai’s cuisine at its finest. With a backdrop of towering mountains and cascading waterfalls, you can hear the waves roll into Hanalei Bay if you listen close enough. You’re literally in the middle of paradise, partaking in the fruits of culinary excellence.
Open daily 5:30-9:30pm
Call (808)826-7081 for reservations
Oasis On The Beach
Oasis On The Beach is a hidden gem. Tucked away in the tropical, oceanfront courtyard of the Waipouli Beach Resort, a true Hawaiian experience shall unfold for you as the sun sets below the horizon.
Focusing on Hawaiian cuisine made with locally grown products, this restaurant sets a high standard for fine dining. The setting, on the other hand, is unprecedented. Just footsteps from the lapping shoreline, you can take a deep breath of sea breeze with each sip of your custom cocktail. Enjoy Happy Hour from 4-6 every day. Enjoy the sunset every night. And enjoy live Hawaiian ukulele music every Wednesday.
Open daily 8:00am-9:00pm
Call (808)822-9332 for reservations
While the South Shore is brimming with elegant dining options, The Lanai offers a fresh approach to a traditional Hawaiian experience. Communing over food is deeply ingrained in the Hawaiian culture. Having an intimate relationship with your meal and partaking with gratitude is all a part of the experience.
At The Lanai, locally-sourced food prepared with high-quality ingredients is proudly served. Each dish is a hand-crafted work of art. And you are encouraged to sit back, relax and take your time.
Their motto is “sophisticated flavor meets island lifestyle”. While you can find many fine dining options in the same general vicinity, you won’t find a restaurant truer to the essence of Aloha.