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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Kauai

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 The Plantation House by Gaylords restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5119)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The location is right off the main highway but once in you don’t even realize it. It’s so amazing how well preserved the building is. The landscaping is beautiful. The server was attentive and informative. And the food was really great. Try the Plantation pie.
A photo of Hualani's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1934)
$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
JodiRvip
Dined 1 day ago
Thank you for a wonderful experience with family and friends
A photo of Oasis on the Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2711)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great food outstanding entertainment on Wednesday night. Looking forward to the next time.
A photo of Keoki's Paradise restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6948)
$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
HalCvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was a great find, good food and service, we will go back for sure
A photo of Duke's Kauai restaurant
4.5
4.5 (5352)
$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
Frederick
Dined 3 days ago
The place is wonderful. The food excellent and the staff were amazing! I will highly recommend and go back there again when we return to Kauai on vacation.
A photo of Moa Moa at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort restaurant
4.5
4.5 (167)
$31 to $50
Pacific Rim
Kapaa
About the restaurant
Moa Moa, is home to American, Hawaiian fusion, Pacific-Rim inspired faire. We focus on fresh seafood dishes. Our lanai seating provide sight-lines to our vast ocean views at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
Very good quality dishes, attentive service and great ambiance of outdoor seating - who can ask for more?
A photo of Cafe Portofino restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2080)
$31 to $50
Italian
Lihue
About the restaurant
Authentic Northern Italian fare, also specializing in seafood and steaks. Cafe Portofino is a beautiful upscale restaurant overlooking the ocean located at the Royal Sonesta Resort. Please come and enjoy our award wining cuisine and breathtaking views. Official parking for the restaurant is available at the Royal Sonesta Resort.

Please note, all seating is first come, first served- no special seating requests can be honored. For parties over 6, online reservations are not accepted, please call the main number.

If you have children in your party, please leave a note on your reservation or message the restaurant so that we can better accommodate your seating. Grazie.
Top review
JohnS
Dined 5 days ago
Enjoyed our entrees and dessert (chocolate mousse cake). Server Alex did a great job.
A photo of HAPA KAUAI Ramen & Whiskey restaurant
4.3
4.3 (75)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Koloa
About the restaurant
E Komo Mai welcome to Hapa Kauai

Hapa is founded by Michael & Sarah Littman who relocated earlier this year from the Pacific Northwest back to their roots in Hawaii. Their signature dishes included the award winning G special ramen, Ahi Poke Nachos and Karaage Japanese fried chicken. Ingredients are sourced locally from small growers and farmers including Koloa Farms free range organic brown eggs.

Hapa was founded in Portland Oregon 2013 where its sister restaurant has received numerous accolades and recognition as one of Portland’s top ramen shops.” We are humbled and blessed to share our style ramen and Japanese/Hawaiian inspired cuisine with locals and visitors to the Garden Isle.”

Please join us for signature cocktails whiskey sake ramen and much more.


Private Dining Events


Celebrate your special occasion with us in our air conditioned private VIP dining room. We have seating up to 25 persons; please contact us at haparamenkauai@gmail.com for more information.


Aloha

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful service and delicious food: pork belly was on point and the tofu curry was perhaps the best meal I have ever eaten.
A photo of Naupaka Terrace restaurant
3.8
3.8 (449)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Lihue
About the restaurant
Naupaka Terrace is located inside Outrigger Kaua`i Beach Resort & Spa, where our dining room is complemented by the oceanside garden setting. We aspire to be Kauai’s next great destination restaurant, celebrating the bounty of the island & its diversity of cultures & cuisines. With a strong focus on local farms & purveyors, our menus reflect familiar ingredients & classic Hawaiian dishes and preparations, from an elevated & sophisticated point of view. Our beverage program complements the food, with a modern interpretation of classic cocktails, local beers and "zero proof" libations, along with an approachable wine list featuring labels from around the world. Visit our website to see our menus.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
The staff moved quickly as they were vey busy for Mother’s Day, However they were polite and did their best with service
About the restaurant
Authentic, fresh and flavorful Thai Bistro and Sushi Bar in a casual, fun and festive environment. Restaurant and full sushi bar available at this location. A full bar also complements the patron"s dining experience with the island's best cocktails and a fine selection of twelve local and international draft beers. Wonderful live island entertainment is provided from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm nightly including complementary  Hula shows on Monday’s and Saturday evenings. We have indoor and outdoor walk up dining immediately available from 11am-5pm daily we also have walk up availability for tables of 3 or less from open to close every day
Top review
SybilL
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
We had the spicy pork bowl and the teriyaki steak bowl. Both were very delicious. I really liked my mojito, too. Nice live music for dinner!👍
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