The island of Kauai is admired for its fresh cuisine and esteemed for its breathtaking views. So, when you pair these two elements together, you get an unforgettable dining experience.
Kauai is not only surrounded by the sea, it is also flanked by the sunrise and sunset, giving viewers two pinnacle opportunities to feast their eyes on nature’s daily-occurring spectacles. Whether you choose to rise early and greet the day with a warm beverage in-hand or celebrate the last rays of sunlight at dusk with an adult beverage in-hand, this island is full of options to suite your fancy.
As the sun rises on the east side of Kauai, our vacation rentals from Wailua to Aliomanu are fit for sunrise views. Enjoy your cup of coffee or tea on the beach, in a cafe or on your own lanai (Hawaiian for ‘porch’) for a divine start to your day.
While the sun sets in the west, the spectacle of sunset can be admired from all over the island, as colors are cast across the sky and illuminate even the east side during golden hour. Thus, you can enjoy an oceanfront dinner anywhere and not only soak up the sea views, but saturate yourself in the aura of a sunset also.
Skirting the entire island is a slew of memorable waterfront dining establishments. Here is a comprehensive list of some of our top picks:
Oasis on the Beach is an award-winning restaurant that locally sources almost 90% of their ingredients and aims to highlight the quality and diversity of Kauai’s cuisine. They work closely with local farmers, ranchers and fishermen to bring diners an uplifting experience they will never forget. They are located in Kapaa and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Happy hour is from 4-6pm and every Wednesday features live music and Special Chef’s Choice Menu. (Our waterfront top pick!)
Sam’s Ocean View is a trendy restaurant and bar located along the famous Kapaa Bike Path. Sit in the open air dining room and enjoy quality food, casual ambiance, live music and ocean views at this hip dining locale. Sam’s is open Wednesday-Monday 4-9pm, for Sunday Brunch from 9am-3pm and for Happy Hour from 4-6pm.
Duke’s Canoe Club is a vibrant, Hawaiian-style establishment named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, The Ambassador of Aloha. Duke’s is a legendary restaurant that boasts good food and a great time, with island-inspired dishes and a lively atmosphere. Located in the heart of Nawiliwili Harbor, right in front of Kalapaki Beach, Duke’s is a staple establishment on the island. Enjoy the Barefoot Bar daily from 11am-11:30pm or the Dining Room daily from 5pm-10pm.
Opakapaka Grill and Bar is the northern-most establishment, located in the Hanalei Colony Resort. This restaurant features fresh fusion seafood and is the last dining stop on the road. They are open Monday through Sunday 11am-10pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kauai Grill at St. Regis Princeville is an upscale dining experience with sweeping views of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai. Located at the very edge of Princeville, you find yourself cliffside as you dine. It is a comfortable, yet elegant eatery guided by the talented, Christopher Kim, Chef de Cuisine. It is open Tuesday through Thursday 5:30-9:30pm and Friday and Saturday 5:30-10pm.