Fine DINING with fresh, island-grown ingredients can be found at restaurants throughout the island.
JOSSELIN’S TAPAS BAR & GRILL is fairly new to the Kaua‘i culinary scene; helmed by Jean-Marie Josselin, one of the founders of HAWAI‘I REGIONAL CUISINE (HRC), this restaurant at Kukui‘ula Village Center is causing quite a buzz.
HRC cohort Peter Merriman has MERRIMAN’S RESTAURANT, which serves farm-to-table food, and GAYLORD’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE at KILOHANA PLANTATION (an institution on the Garden Isle) relies on its own gardens to provide homegrown ingredients.
Similar practices can be found on the menu at BAR ACUDA, a tapas bar in HANALEI, as well as at POMODORO in Kalaheo, ROY’S PO‘IPU BAR & GRILL and the BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT in Po‘ipu.
HUKILAU LANAI, at Coconut MarketPlace, grows herbs and vegetables for the kitchen in an on-site garden.
Another noteworthy restaurant is KAUA‘I GRILL, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature restaurant at St. Regis Princeville.
HAMURA’S SAIMIN STAND, off Rice Street in Lihu‘e, is a humble neighborhood eatery with a prestigious reputation. The New York City-based JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION has singled it out for its diversity and dedication to America’s culinary heritage. Try the saimin and liliko‘i pie.
Kapa‘a’s eclectic selection of casual dining restaurants includes the OLYMPIC CAFE, local favorite THE BULL SHED and BOBBY V’S Italian eatery.
In downtown Kapa‘a, vegetarians will love MERMAIDS CAFE, a tiny outdoor eatery always overflowing with customers.
POSTCARDS CAFE in Hanalei is well respected for its mostly organic, healthy gourmet menu. Likewise, KILAUEA BAKERY & PAU HANA PIZZA in the Kong Lung Center on Kilauea Road has found a perfect match in good food and pleasant courtyard seating.
Heading back toward Po‘ipu, diners can find BRENNECKE’S BEACH BROILER and BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT.
• Brennecke’s Beachfront Restaurant (808) 742-7588
• Gaylord’s Restaurant & Lounge (808) 245-9593
• Island Palm Island Style Grill & Bar (808) 823-8828
• Island Taco (808) 338-9895
• Lemongrass Grill Seafood & Bar (808) 821-2288
• Lu’au Kalamaku (877) 622-1780
• Postcards Cafe (808) 826-1191
• Sueoka’s Snack Shop (808) 742-1112
• Wrangler’s Steakhouse (808) 338-1218