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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Kauai

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Kauai? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Tidepools - Grand Hyatt Kauai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5428)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Poipu
About the restaurant
The most romantic setting on Kauai. For the ultimate in ambiance, delectable food and stellar service, Tidepools is the place. This quintessential Hawaiian setting has a backdrop of waterfalls with thatched roof bungalows that seemingly float above koi-filled lagoons. Savor modern island-style cuisine in this distinctive open-air setting. Diners rave about the exceptional service and fresh fish and steak options with a unique island flair including macadamia nut crusted fish, grilled ahi or a succulent steak. Salads feature greens grown at our hydroponic farm on site and the desserts are luscious. Don't miss this delightful experience.
Top review
DebbieD
Dined 5 days ago
A must go to place if you’re staying at the Grand Hyatt. Reservations are needed and should be made well in advance. We lucked out due to a cancellation!
A photo of Keoki's Paradise restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6878)
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Poipu
About the restaurant
Aloha! Visit keokisparadise.com for our menu, hours of operation, weekly specials or to place a takeout order online!

Enjoy fresh fish, steak, seafood and more! Keoki's is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week while offering brunch on the weekends. Escape to your own unforgettable paradise! Surround yourself with serene waterfall features and panoramic greenery, an experience the entire family will enjoy.

Live entertainment is offered daily. Experience locally sourced ingredients which compliments the refreshing and casual atmosphere. With a strong commitment to the community and genuine service, Keoki’s is truly beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Top review
Jillvip
Dined 6 days ago
Perfect setting for our first night back on Kauai in many years. I am deaf in one ear and the location they sat us at was perfect. Delicious meal and our waiter was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this place.
A photo of The Plantation House by Gaylords restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5076)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Lihue
About the restaurant
Gaylords now rebranded as The Plantation House by Gaylords offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi poke, fried brie, fresh seafood, delicious steaks and vegan entrees too. Don't forget about our famous Banana Cream Pie for dessert! Take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the Koloa Rum shop, go on a rum safari adventure or take a ride on the plantation train.

If reservations are not available online, please call us anytime and we will be more than happy to accommodate you

Top review
UnbelievableforCharlie
Dined 7 days ago
Phenomenal service, phenomenal staff, and a meal worthy of a last supper! Already looking forward to my next visit. Thanks for the fantastic evening!
A photo of Hualani's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1882)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Lihue
About the restaurant
Experience one of the best restaurants on Kaua'i and enjoy farm-to-table oceanfront dining from the elegant yet relaxed setting at Hualani's. Here, oceanfront dining is influenced by the seasons. What's fresh at The Farm at Hōkūala inspires the farm-to-table menu, while our bar serves up well-balanced craft cocktails that complement the seasonality of the kitchen. Our culinary experience is inspired by a sense of place and driven by local farmers, as well as fresh-picked ingredients from our on-site organic farm. From the morning harvest and the daily catch, Hualani's shines a hyper-local spotlight on the bounty of the Garden Isle.
Top review
UnbelievableforCharlie
Dined 4 days ago
Wow, truly amazing meal for all of us. The wagyu beef was the most phenomenal that I’ve had in a very long time. Everything exceptional! The service was also the best I’ve had this trip! Don’t bypass this gem, even if you are staying on the other end of the island!
A photo of Duke's Kauai restaurant
4.5
4.5 (5292)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Lihue
About the restaurant
We are open for dine-in and takeout every day of the week. We feature live entertainment from 3:30-5:30pm & 6:00-8:00pm daily. Except for Sunday, live music from 9:30-11:30am & 6:00-8:00pm. Please visit our website at dukeskauai.com for current menus or to order takeout online.

With the crystal blue waters of Kalapaki Bay and the Hoary Head Mountains surrounding you, Duke’s Kauai invites you to celebrate life like the legend, Duke Kahanamoku, himself. The unique island-inspired atmosphere connects guests to the garden isle with luscious indoor waterscapes and a breezy Barefoot Bar. The Barefoot Bar is seated on a first come-first serve basis. Savor the fresh tastes of the island with locally sourced, contemporary beachside cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. The aloha spirit and Duke’s legacy live on at Duke’s Kauai.

Top review
HallieAvip
Dined 2 days ago
Buffet was delicious as always! Prime rib juicy, tender and perfectly cook. Eggs Benedict very good for a buffet. Service was great. Best Sunday brunch buffet on island! Well, maybe the only one left, so good it’s tasty!
A photo of Stevenson’s Library restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1658)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Poipu
About the restaurant
This luxury nightspot offers a truly unique and welcoming atmosphere with a 27-ft koa wood bar, outdoor lanai and intimate lounge seating. The bar features beautifully carved koa in traditional sugarcane and pineapple motifs.

Chef Jin and his team create delectable sushi creations nightly. Relax, enjoy the views and sip on a tropical, martini, beer or sake. Stevenson's also boasts an extensive selection of Whiskeys, Cognac, Port and Wine.

Stevenson's is the place for sushi & spirits.

To Go orders: Offered between 5-6PM only due to high demand
High-Top seating: This is a tall table located in the bar area. This is a request and is not guaranteed.
Regular seating: A regular dining table located in the restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Skip the lobster dynamite. Kai roll was phenomenal. Be careful with shishito peppers. They left seeds in so super spicy but interesting honey mustard dipping sauce. Great service. Nice ambiance. Very convenient.
A photo of Beach House Restaurant- Kauai restaurant
4.6
4.6 (11940)
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Poipu
About the restaurant
Our stunning ocean-front location with spectacular sunsets makes the Beach House an iconic destination on Kauai's south shore that has won the Hale 'Aina Award for "Best Restaurant - Kauai" for 20+ years.

Our philosophy at the Beach House is simple - take aloha, blend it with fresh and high-quality ingredients, and add an ocean view to deliver a handcrafted, Hawaiian experience. Executive Chef Marshall Blanchard makes the most of local ingredients by sourcing our fish directly from island fisherman and our beef from neighboring ranches. We incorporate fresh and local produce throughout our menu, highlighting Hawai'i farms and the resources that surround Kauai.

Reservations are highly recommended for a dining room table in our open-air restaurant. We also offer lounge seating on our lawn, where the full menu and full service are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please check in with the bar host for lawn seating.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We ate at Beach House for an early anniversary dinner. The food was fantastic, our server (Nelson) was great, the views were beautiful. We were even treated to a complimentary toast of Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary. It was a wonderful evening!
A photo of Oasis on the Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2672)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Kapaa
About the restaurant
Oasis is a beautiful oceanfront location that showcases the best of what Kauai has to offer in cuisine, service and ocean views.

We strongly believe that residents and guests of Hawaii want to experience Hawaii. We use local sources for almost 80% of our ingredients, and work closely with Kauai"s farmers and fishermen to provide you with the best and freshest possible ingredients.

We work to highlight the quality and freshness of our ingredients in a style that captures the diversity of local cultures and influences without burying the delicious flavors that our local ingredients offer.

Top review
DonnaBvip
Dined 4 days ago
It was wonderful… we are going back Saturday! Our waiter was great and the food was so good !
A photo of Merriman's Kauai restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4898)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Koloa
About the restaurant
Chef-Owner Peter Merriman has brought his unique style of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine served in a casual yet elegant setting of Old Hawaii Plantation. A pioneer in the "Farm to Table" concept, Peter serves only the freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught, using only sustainable methods. His international menu items are prepared in a manner that highlights the natural flavors of these fresh, local foods. Located in Poipu, we feature both mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) views as well as sunset veiws over the Kukui'ula resort. The aloha-friendly staff, with a food and beverage knowledge second to none, will ensure that you have an extraordinary dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service were exceptional we really enjoyed our dinner.
A photo of Brennecke’s Beach Broiler restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3147)
$30 and under
Seafood
Poipu
About the restaurant

Only accepting reservations for parties of 6 or more. Please visit brenneckes.com to book online.
Offering a robust menu of salads, gluten free options, steak, and fresh, never frozen, seafood options every diner is sure to be pleased. Brennecke's is the only full service ocean view open air dining on Poipu Beach with daily happy hours from 3-5pm. Live music on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights starting at 7:30pm. Join us for lunch, daily happy hour and dinner, or our world famous Mai Tai!
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Brennecke's houses several complimentary business activities open daily for both visitors and kama'aina (locals). Besides it's historic and iconic location across from world-famous Poipu Beach, Brennecke's boasts it's success to its countless return visitors and life-long employees that maintain it's ambiance of timelessness.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 23, 2024
Everyone enjoyed their meal! The fish and chips were so so delicious! Thank you so much we will be back for more!
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