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12 Good Kauai Restaurants To Eat At Along The Kapaa Bike Path

Located at reasonable intervals along the Kapaa Bike Path are several clean, well maintained, and covered oceanfront picnic areas, bike racks, and comfort stations. Ke Ala Hele Makalae provides a great atmosphere for eating and welcomes you to bring your own meal to enjoy. Grab some food to go from your favorite restaurant, have a picnic, or bring a meal from home, the oceanfront setting will not disappoint!

Path Eats

Regardless on how far you decide to follow the path, or which side you start from, there are several dining options to choose from. Fuel up before you start your Kauai Bike Path adventure, or recharge after a long, fun filled day at one of the various Waipouli and Kapaa restaurants available, many of them with gorgeous ocean views. (Most of the restaurants listed below are focused on places to eat at along the bike path during early morning to late afternoon – and you may have to venture off of the path a little ways to find them.)

The following restaurants are listed in order of appearance starting from the North end of Kapaa town:

#1. Chicken In A Barrel

Category: Barbecue

Chicken in a Barrel

Want to know where to get some good BBQ while staying in Kapaa? Chicken in a Barrel is located close to the Kapaa Bike Path toward the Kealia side. A custom-made 50-gallon drum Barrel Smoker is what Chicken in a Barrel uses to cook all their featured meats. This one-of-a-kind cooking style is referred to as “Smoked Barbecue.” The chicken is highly recommended.

  • Address: 4-1586 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI. 96746
  • Phone: (808) 823-0780
  • Hours: M-Sat. 11am-9pm, Closed Sundays
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#2. The Coconut Cup Juice Bar & Cafe

Category: Juice Bar, Smoothies, Sandwiches

The Coconut Cup specializes in organic, locally grown fruit smoothies, vegetable juices, gourmet sandwiches, organic salads, organic wraps, fresh cold coconuts, and organic wheat grass. They also boast what they claim to be the “best shave ice on the island” of Kauai made with frozen ionized-alkaline water and topped with fresh squeezed pineapple or mango juice, 100% natural! Call-in orders welcome!

  • Address: 4-1516 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai
  • Phone: (808) 823-8630
  • Hours: Everyday 8am-5pm
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#3. Kountry Kitchen Restaurant & Cafe

Category: American Breakfast & Brunch

Wondering where to go in Kapaa for a hot homemade breakfast? Then Kountry Kitchen is the restaurant you want to go to. One of few restaurants on the east side cooking up some homestyle breakfast options like eggs benedict and chocolate chip pancakes. We recommend you get there early as there tends to be a line by around 9:00 or 10:00am. Even if you do have to wait in line, this restaurant is worth waiting for if you’re looking for a comforting homestyle breakfast. The eggs benedict is highly recommended.

  • Address: 1485 Kuhio Hwy. Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Phone: (808) 822-3511
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 6am – 1:30pm
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#4. Bubba Burgers

Category: Burgers, American

Bubba Burgers

If you’re looking for a good Kapaa burger joint, Bubba Burgers won’t disappoint. “Always juicy, never greasy,” Bubba Burgers is located right in the middle of old Kapaa Town on Hwy. 56, directly across from Kapaa Beach Park. Enjoy dining inside, or on the deck with a view of the blue Pacific Ocean. During the winter season, you might even see some whales while you eat! Or you might even get to watch a children’s soccer game, which takes place at the park. The teriyaki cheeseburgers are highly recommended.

  • Address: 4 Kuhio Hwy #104 Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
  • Phone: (808) 823-0069
  • Hours: Everyday 10:30am-8:00pm
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#5. Paco’s Tacos

Category: Mexican

Pacos Tacos

Serving up authentic Mexican cuisine, Paco’s Tacos is a great place to eat at and has been said to have some of the best fish tacos on Kauai. They have many other options to choose from as well, offering the more traditional Mexican food like carne asada burritos and taco salads. Sit at their clean, covered picnic tables and enjoy the delicious food. Paco’s Tacos is located in between Bank of Hawaii and Deja Vu in Kapaa town. The fish tacos are highly recommended.

  • Address: 4-1638 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Phone: (808) 631-7104
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am – 8 pm
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#6. Java Kai

Category: Coffee and Tea

Java Kai in Kapaa Town is where the locals go for the island’s best coffee, organic juices, smoothies, fresh baked goods, full breakfast, lunch and more. They also offer vegan and wheat-free muffins and pastries. Try their “Go Green” smoothie, voted the best non-alcoholic drink at the 2012 Taste of Hawaii!
Phone: (808) 823-6887

#7. Mermaids Cafe

Category: Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Seafood

Mermaids Cafe is located between Java Kai and the Eastside Restaurant and serves unique, healthy, and delicious foods from around the world with island, Pan-Asian flavors. Mermaids Cafe offers a unique and fun atmosphere where you can sit and watch as your meal is prepared in front of you. Their homemade entrees, wraps, sauces, salads and beverages are made with fresh, local ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options available. They have delicious curry dishes and the ahi nori wrap is highly recommended.

  • Phone: (808) 821-2026
  • Address: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Hours: Everyday 11am-9pm
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#8. Olympic Cafe

Category: American Restaurant & Cafe, Bar

Located across the street from the ABC store at the north end of Kapaa town, it’s worth hunting around for this casual second-floor restaurant, which has views of the ocean and historic downtown Kapaa. The breakfasts are huge, lunches filling, and dinners reasonably priced – the Olympic Cafe is known for big portions and small prices. The Ahi Furikake is highly recommended.

  • Phone: (808) 822-5825
  • Address: 4-1354 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Hours: Everyday Mon-Fri 6am-9m, Sat-Sun 6am-10pm
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#9. Pono Market

Category: Local, Hawaiian, Seafood

Looking to try some freshly prepared food unique to Kauai? Pono Market has all sorts of local favorites, from Kalua Pork to Ahi Poke to Lau Lau. This is also a good place to stop in Kapaa for snacks and beverages as they have a nice selection. This place is definitely a ‘must go’ for those of you visiting Kapaa that want to try something new. The ahi poke is highly recommended. If you would like to try a local favorite, get the lau lau (which is a ti leaf wrapped pork dish) or the Kalua pig (delicious shredded pork) – be sure to get there early before they sell out.

  • Phone: (808) 822-4581
  • Address: 4-1300 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 6am – 6 pm, Sat 6am – 4 pm
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#10. Ono Ono Shave Ice

Category: Shave Ice

‘Ono’ means delicious in Hawaii! Ono Ono Shave Ice offers a HUGE variety of refreshing shave ice flavors (some unique flavors, too) and gives generous portion sizes. After a sun-filled day of exercising and playing on the Kapaa Bike Path, this is the perfect Hawaii treat.

  • Phone: (808) 822-1710
  • Address: 4-1292 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Hours: Everyday 10:30am – 6:30pm
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#11. Oasis On The Beach Restaurant & Bar

Category: Restaurant, Bar, Hawaiian

Oasis on the Beach Restaurant & Bar

Oasis on the Beach is a relatively new and independently owned Kauai beachfront restaurant located in close proximity to the Waipouli Beach Resort fantasy pool right off of the bike path. This full service east side restaurant and bar has a tropical, friendly atmosphere and welcomes you to a Kauai dining experience like no other with mesmerizing Kauai sunsets and sights to view while you enjoy some of the island’s most delicious local cuisine.

  • Phone: (808) 822-9332
  • Address: Waipouli Beach Resort, 4-820 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Sun from 12pm-2pm drinks only)
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#12. Monico’s Taqueria

Category: Mexican

Monico’s Taqueria offers authentic Mexican cuisine right here in Kapaa. Dine inside, outside, or get your food to go. Monico’s Taqueria has received the ‘Best of the Best’ awards in 2011 and 2010 as ‘Best Mexican Restaurant’ by MidWeek Kauai’s Official People’s Choice Awards. The steak fajitas are highly recommended.

  • Phone: (808) 822-4300
  • Address: 4-356 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI. 96746
  • Hours: Tues – Sun Lunch: 11am – 3pm, Dinner: 5pm – 9pm (Closed Mondays)
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