Where to eat in Kauai

I love good food. And trying new food is one of my favorite activities while traveling. I recently returned from a week on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and I can honestly say that every single thing I ate that week was incredible. Here’s a list of my absolute favorites!

The Spot

I was staying in Princeville and The Spot was one of the closest breakfast places to my Airbnb. The line was always long but it’s worth the wait. I love a good acai bowl and theirs was one of the best I’ve had. Must be all those fresh and local ingredients. The other star of the show was the cinnamon bun. I had to go back the day before we left just for the cinnamon bun.

JO2 Restaurant

This was one of my boyfriends picks and while it doesn’t look like much from the outside (it’s in a strip mall) the menu was unique and really decadent. I’ve never had octopus prepared in this way and it was sooo good. My other favorite was the scallop ravioli. The cocktails did not disappoint either!

B’s Kitchen

Another Princeville gem. We ended up at B’s Kitchen because we wanted something close after a long day of hiking and we didn’t have high expectations. Much to our surprise, everything we ordered was awesome. My personal favorites were some of the appetizers. The fried calamari was so fresh as was the shrimp ceviche.

Island Craves Donuts


Al Pastor Taco Truck

I’m easy to predict. If fish tacos are on a menu, I’ll most likely be ordering it. I especially love when they have a nice salady mix and sauce on top and this taco truck delivered it all! They use fresh caught fish every day. Also, the woman working the window was one of the sweetest humans I’ve ever encountered.

Sam’s Ocean View

I found Sam’s Ocean View while I was researching restaurants before our trip. I made reservations well in advance because it’s a small place. The open-air atmosphere is awesome and you’re right on the water. Everything we ate was great but the Ahi Poke Nachos were definitely a highlight!

Tahiti Nui

Tahiti Nui is a laid back local Hawiian restaurant that has been family run since 1963. They have live music and luaus. We had so much fun sitting at the bar. The mai tai was the best I tried on the island and the coconut shrimp is a MUST!

Honorable mentioned

The Plantation House by Gaylords

I wasn’t sure if I should include Gaylords on this list because we visited on my birthday and had a some pretty terrible service but damn, the food was incredible. The fried brie, oysters and fresh catch oscar made up for the fact that we saw our waiter all of three times. The courtyard was stunning and I read that they also give tours of the plantation, train rides, safaris, rum tastings and hosts luaus.


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