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Living Foods, Koloa, HI

Living Foods

4.4
4.4
292 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 320-7642

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mark Arriola

  • Catering

    Interested in Living Foods catering your next event? From casual lunches and meetings to lively outdoor events, we look forward to sharing our fresh island eats. Email us at info@livingfoodshawaii.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Koloa

  • Cross street

    2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kauai

    Healthy

  • Kauai

    Neighborhood gem

  • Kauai

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Kauai

    Lively

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  1. TheDiscriminatingDiner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was prompt and attentive. Atmosphere was comfortable and quiet enough for casual conversation. Food was underwhelming. The unanimous opinion of our party was that the food was good, but lacked seasoning.
  2. Designer

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great local place with a relaxed casual vibe. The hostess was so personable. The entire staff was friendly and professional. The quality of the food was outstanding. Everything was so fresh and delicious. A real hidden gem and the prices can’t be best. One of our favorites on the island. Can’t wait to go back it’s that good. Check out the salads my quinoa salad was the best I have ever ordered out.
  3. JohnS

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We had a Kale-Beet Salad that was excellent and a Caesar Salad with blackened Ahi which was just "good." The Caesar had very little parmesan, the dressing was a bland version of a Caesar dressing, and the ahi was cold as though it had been prepared much earlier and kept chilled in the refrigerator. The real problem was that our server apparently did not know our table was in his section and even after repeated requests of other staff, he never got with the program. Water never refilled, never asked how the food was, had to ask someone else to bring some additional parm. etc. The food always comes out very fast, brought by a helper that has no idea who ordered what, so don't expect a dining level of service and don't order too soon if you want to enjoy a glass of wine first. We visit Po'ipu several times a year and have enjoyed Living Foods many times in the past. It has been a reliable outdoor dining choice that is reasonably priced, but with out any atmosphere and more of a fast food level of service. I recommend with the above caveats.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service & food.
  5. MalikaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and not too pricy its very chill ambiance we loved it we definitely recommend the fish and chip or the steak frite!
  6. CathyD

    Hawaii

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute find. We had cancelled our Sat. Night reservation elsewhere earlier in the week and unfortunately (but fortunately in the end), didn’t have a place to eat on Sat. night in Kauai (usually a big mistake). Fortunately, I found an opening (probably last minute cancellation on OpenTable), that was the time we were looking for so I booked Living Foods. We’ve been coming to Kauai for 20 years. While we have walked into Living Foods when it was a market, we did not know that they had expanded to be more of a dining experience. Atmosphere is casual, open air dining under some roof protection and drop down sides for the rain if needed. We got a great little 2 top table on the perimeter across from their fully stocked bar. Our table, where we watched people walk by, was so reminiscent of the wonderful little sidewalk cafes in Europe. The vibe was casual and friendly, but the service and food prep was outstanding, all the way from the hostess greeting us to our server who was not only super efficient, friendly and informative of the history of how Living Foods had changed (it’s currently owned and operated by the former manager of The Beach House, who decided to buy Living Foods and expanded it into a restaurant after Merriman bought The Beach House). New ownership shows. It’s innovative, quality food that is outstanding. It’s a more limited in scope of choices, but very delicious. I ordered a My Tie ($1 donates to Humane Society & my husband had a French Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc) - both delicious). We ordered a very fresh Caesar salad (they are very large so we split 1 because we wanted try some other items on the menu). We both ordered a chicken panini (the aioli was spicy and flavorful) and a side of house cut fries. Our meal was so tasty and the portions generous. The pricing was fair. If your looking for a fancy dinner out, this isn’t your place, but if you want a fun casual meal with great service & food this is your place! We will back.
  7. PDXGatteye

    Portland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place has counter service in the daytime but a server at dinner. There’s a nice bar and the drinks were creative. Our group stuck to burgers, sandwiches and salads but all were good. The bathroom was a mile away and you’re in the middle of an outdoor mall but we thought the food was great and would definitely recommend.
  8. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best spot for a delicious casual dinner. Kale beet and blue salad was the best salad I’ve ever had- I hate kale. Steak Frites is reminiscent of. Paris cafe. I’d you buy a bottle of wine inside the connect market the corkage fee is only $10. Best value place to feed a family in Kauai.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We are staying close by and decided to do dinner here. Our server was great. Tuna was good and my four year old had a kids meal that was good. Tomato soup was delicious. I ordered the steak frites and I know this probably varies depending on location but when we order this at home it is mostly cut pieces of beef that have little fat. The fat was probably 60% of the full slab of meat they brought me. Unfortunate because the gravy (pepper sauce) was delicious. This is probably a personal choice as I know many people think fat is a delicacy.
  10. Smackatee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a nice, relaxed atmosphere that allowed our family a private space to laugh and chat without worrying about bothering anyone else. The staff was very attentive and pleasant. The food wasn’t fancy but very tasty and the cocktails were creative, delicious, and refreshing!
  11. LoriA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Living Foods is a gem in the Po’ipu area. The food was delicious, naturally sourced, and the portions were wonderful. Did I mention the pricing? Best value in the resort area. We were so happy with our meals there ( we went twice) that I told our waiter we were going to leave a GREAT review. It was GREAT!
  12. chadb

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Steak Frites was amazing. The Garlic parmigiana fries are beyond amazing.
  13. cindyk

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, healthy portions and super nice servers. I’d recommend for a casual but nice dinner.
  14. Radgirl

    Atlanta Metro

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food—unexpectedly delicious chili aioli with the fish and chips. I wish they bottled it so I could take it home. Generous portions.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Healthier casual dining, great options for close to homemade on vacation
  16. RobR

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall, it was just okay. Nice setting (very casual). My burger was overcooked - even with medium being the only option vs medium rare. Service was also okay. Wine was good (Rose). Beer options were good. Nothing fancy, food was okay. About what one would expect for the price. Would suggest other locations.
  17. Lizz

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A local restaurant. Not impressed with the burger and pineapple slaw.
  18. Barbie

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast friendly courteous staff food was fresh and delicious
  19. MDG6658

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    I rarely, if ever, complain about food but the steak was the toughest steak I've ever been served. They either need to use better cuts of meat or take this off their menu. No refund was offerred.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The provision salads, quinoa salad, fish sandwich, fries, ahi sandwich, and chicken panini sandwich are all delicious. Typical higher Island food prices but worth the taste. Enjoyed the outdoor open air dinning experience
  21. marys

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Casual. Great food Some non reservation seating.
  22. LizK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Service was poor, server was not knowledgeable on the menu. Cocktails were bland. Food was okay but side dishes were forgotten and had to be requested multiple times. Inconsistency in pricing. My sons requested bacon on his burger and was not charged but there was an additional charge on my husbands!! For the price of the entrees I would try other eateries in the area
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing healthy food! Best place to eat on Kauai!! Totally recommend Living Foods!
  24. WillHK

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly a nice place for dinner after arriving in Lihui and driving to Poipu. Both the kale salad with Mahi and the burger were very good.
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good as always. Easy place to eat without a reservation.
  26. SomeoneNew

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    My Fish and Chips were so bad, 24 hours later I'm still thinking of being sick. I've been here before for just Pupus and they were great. I'll come back again -- for JUST Pupus -- you can make a really good meal out of them and have stuff to take home. The burger #2 had was suppose to be pretty good. I didn't try it. It was completely consumed so... But the fish in my fridge right now, I can't imagine giving it to a dog -- even a dog I hate. So, yeah, I'd tell a friend to go here. But I'd tell him, 'not the Fish'. FWIW: I'm finishing up the Pupus from last night right now. They're still good.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent experience. Better than we expected walking in. Great service…tasty and healthy food
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    20% gratuity added for a party of 5. Server was busy talking with friends and never came back until we flagged her down twice. If you are going to automatically add 20% then the service needs to be exceptional.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Mediocre food. Decent service and atmosphere. $20 sandwiches and extra charge for fries
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Honestly, I eat all over the USA & world…the expectation is reasonable service and fully cooked food. Typically I am a very generous tipper - not this case. The service was mediocre at best…plus the person delivering food to our table appeared to dislike the role immensely…perma scowl. The Mahi Mahi beer battered fish was not fully cooked. A simple thing… My daughter’s panini was bland. All in all, lotsa room for improvement.
  31. steve

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Great local place to eat. Food so-so; service excellent!
  32. HeidiB

    Des Moines

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Mai Tai's, fresh menu in the heart of Kukuiula shopping center. Our family ordered the Provision salad, truffle fries and blackened ahi BLT. It was all delicious! We have been to Kukuiula several times and shopped at Living Foods but never dined there. We will definitely return!!
  33. SomeoneNew

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We had only the 3 pupu plates (not the eggs though) They were surprisingly huge. Lots of different flavors to savor and enjoy. Had a nice cab to go with it. Lasted just over an hour. The wait staff was not intrusive but more than attentive enough. I was surprised the bill wasn't much more. We had a reservation so a table on the outer edge was available where we could watch the people in the mall and not have to deal with the noise from around the bad (if there was any.)
  34. visages06

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food is average but service was good. Tables are very high and chairs are low. Odd eating so low to the table. Smashed burger had grizzle in it and onions tasted fishy. French fries look burnt but fairly decent. The sauce on burger was good with its horseradish zing. Not too memorable.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Worst server I’ve had in many years. Was a problem to ask to see the bill. She insisted on just saying a number. When I asked her to print it out so that I could see, it was a major problem. Food very mediocre. Most expensive beer I’ve seen anywhere on the islands. $14 for a glass of beer. Same price as the cocktails. With a name like Living Foods, expected farm to table, fresh healthy meal options. Was basically bar food done poorly. Skip!!
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Ordered the steak, it’s was almost entirely fat, very little was edible.
  37. DavidM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to sit very comfortably and quickly, the food came out in a very short time. It was everything we expected and delicious salads and soups. The burgers are great.
  38. Rafe

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The drinks were great and the servers very good. The burger was good but not much evidence of having been “smashed.” The fries tasted fine but were limp- no crisp at all. The fried fish was ok but the coating was too thick and a little tough. This place has potential but needs to clean up its kitchen technique for frying.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The fish and chips not great the panini my husband got pitiful. The Mai tai good for 14$ my husband paid 14$ for a beer really? I get they have high cost here, but for 82$ plus leaving a tip would expect better.
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    I was so hopeful that the previous negative reviews were just a glitch in the matrix. I’m leaving this review in hopes the powers that be address the most basic dining expectations. It’s a gorgeous setting, very cool vibe. The food was subpar in every way. Soggy fries? Anybody can make good fries. I don’t even know what my cocktail was supposed to be. I hope the our server was stoned because that would explain a lot. Red pill? Blue pill? Idk guys, take all the pills. We want to love you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Living Foods offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 320-7642.

Living Foods is rated 4.4 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Living Foods

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St 24, Koloa, HI 96756

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street

  • Neighborhood

    Koloa

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Arriola

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 320-7642

  • Catering

    Interested in Living Foods catering your next event? From casual lunches and meetings to lively outdoor events, we look forward to sharing our fresh island eats. Email us at info@livingfoodshawaii.com.

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