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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Kauai

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants 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 Naisla Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.7
4.7 (164)
$31 to $50
Italian
Kapaa
About the restaurant
A new, upscale dining experience of modern fusion cuisine and craft cocktails, located on Kauai’s east side! . Walk ins currently available, reservations are coming soon!
Top review
cjbkapaavip
Dined 3 days ago
we met Stefanie as our waiter, she is a nice addition to the staff.
A photo of The Plantation House by Gaylords restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5116)
$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
OneHauteMom
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
This is a wonderful stop for lunch while visiting Kuaui. The service is excellent and the food very good. It's a lot of fun to ride the train after and visit the tasting room. I recommend reservations for both to ensure the availability during your visit.
A photo of Hualani's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1926)
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Lovely and attentive staff; fantastic food and beautiful surroundings
A photo of Merriman's Kauai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4942)
$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 7 days ago
Good food, drinks, views. Had the fish special and mac nut crusted mahi. Mai tais were perfect.
A photo of Tidepools - Grand Hyatt Kauai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5468)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
They greeted us by name and congratulated us on our wedding anniversary. They seated us promptly and every staff member was courteous and called us by name. The server reviewed the menu with us and daily specials, took our drink order and promptly returned with our beverages. He took order food order and we were provided purple potato rolls and butter to enjoy. The atmosphere is very calming, nice music, beautiful setting, lots of Koi fish to watch. The Filet was tender, but a little bit of a hard char on the edges. The mashed potatoes were silky smooth and delicious. The drinks were absolutely great! Followed up by a wonderful dessert. Everything was fabulous, this was our third visit. It does not dissapoint. We highly recommend dining at TidePools and you need to make a reservation in advance for best results, they are popular! Staff were all fantastic! Always a lovely evening.
A photo of Keoki's Paradise restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6935)
$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
MikeO
Dined 7 days ago
Service was great. Entertainment was great. Food was even better
A photo of Living Foods restaurant
4.4
4.4 (410)
$30 and under
American
Koloa
About the restaurant
Living Foods aims to bring the Kauai community healthy food choices, upscale groceries, and a fun, casual café and restaurant environment for Kama’aina & Tourists alike to gather. At Living Foods, Ohana means bringing guests together around high-quality and socially conscious products and ingredients on a daily basis.

Living Foods features a fully-stocked grocery with ready-made to-go items as well as more permanent fixtures for weekly grocery needs. Living Foods café features coffee and fresh baked goods, and is open daily. The all-day restaurant at Living Foods will feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner, highlighting menu items such as Fried Rice, Bibimbap, Aguachile, and Smash Burger and is open from 7am to 10pm.

Whether just enjoying Kauai for a week or more permanently, Living Foods is a community where guests can reliably source quality products to feed themselves and their families. At Living Foods, we are always celebrating the craft of Aloha.
Top review
Icetea1196
Dined 1 day ago
We enjoyed quinoa bowl with grilled fish, Parmesan truffle fries and fresh fish sando. Fish was very good. We enjoyed our meal. Good service!
A photo of Eating House 1849 - Kauai restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2996)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Koloa
About the restaurant
Acclaimed Chef and James Beard Award winner
Roy Yamaguchi opens The Eating House 1849
at The Shops at Kukui'ula. Named after one of the first restaurants constructed in Hawai'i, by a Portuguese businessman named Peter Fernandez, Eating House pays homage to the popular casual eateries of the mid 19th century that incorporated a medley of flavors from the Island's growing and diverse communities.

Please call the restaurant to make reservations for parties of 5 or more. For parties of 10 or more we require credit card information to hold the reservation, and follow a 48 hour cancellation policy; any cancellations withing 48 hours of your reservation date will result in a charge of $20 per person.
Top review
Kellyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Food was great! Ambiance was just ok. Value was decent. I would recommend
A photo of Table at Poipu restaurant
4.6
4.6 (414)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Koloa
About the restaurant
I'm humbled to present to you my newest creation: Table at Poipu. Here, I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes developed through the years, always with my favorite culinary quote in mind; "quality ingredients served simply". by CHEF GORDON
Top review
Leslievip
Dined 5 days ago
We had a wonderful dinner at Table@Poipu! Delicious Caesar salad; moist and well seasoned pork chop; and shrimp risotto. Our server, Karina, was welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The hostess, Cynthia, was gracious and helpful. The dining room is beautiful and comfortable! I highly recommend dinner at Table@Poipu if you are on the Southshore of Kaua’i! We really enjoyed our evening and meal and look forward to going back.
A photo of Stevenson’s Library restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1677)
$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 Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very good food was outstanding staff was excellent definitely coming again
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