Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Hawaii

Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Kauai

Red OpenTable logo
OpenTable
Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion 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 Merriman's Kauai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4980)
$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
FrederickRetiree
Dined 2 days ago
We very much enjoyed our fish choices. The ahi was perfectly seared. Today’s special was ono; the chef made this very plain fish interesting and delicious. And the truffle fries are probably the best we have had anywhere. Our server was both professional and charming.
A photo of Tidepools - Grand Hyatt Kauai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5517)
$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 3 days ago
Grand experience hope I get a chance to eat there again before we leave
A photo of Hualani's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1959)
$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
13davevip
Dined 1 day ago
Loved our dinner, starting with the Beats and Blue pupu followed by tasty Ono and Amberjack entrees. We also were very pleasantly surprised by the Happy Anniversary desert. Highly recommended!
A photo of The Plantation House by Gaylords restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5146)
$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
WolfgangWvip
Dined 3 days ago
We come here every year when we visit Kauai and marvel at the setting and have not had a bad dish here
A photo of Naisla Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.7
4.7 (168)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It is a great restaurant for the person who wants upscale food with unique flavors and amazing cook!! We love the place and it offers food that we will not make at home so it is a treat to enjoy every bite! Special cocktails are unique and yummy too!
A photo of Oasis on the Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2731)
$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
TomH
Dined 2 days ago
Our 3rd time to visit. We've always found staff to be attenrive and very helpful. Food consistently is top end. Highly recommend to anyone.
A photo of Eating House 1849 - Kauai restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3012)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Service was phenomenal! Got to try a lot of apps which were amazing! The ramen and short ribs were fantastic! All the drinks were tasty as well!
A photo of Table at Poipu restaurant
4.5
4.5 (423)
$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
LoriG
Dined 6 days ago
Our dinner was absolutely delicious, we ate every bite! Our service was stellar, thank you to Nancy... The air conditioning was also a bonus on a hot afternoon. We ordered the Kauai Shrimp Boil and the Chicken Marsala. Wonderful meal...
A photo of Moa Moa at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort restaurant
4.3
4.3 (168)
$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
AllenM
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
The food was very good to excellent. The outdoor dining was nice, except proximity to pool. Our waiter worked very hard, but was somewhat overwhelmed by the number of tables he was assigned.
A photo of Ilima Terrace - Grand Hyatt Kauai restaurant
4.0
4 (240)
$50 and over
American
Koloa
About the restaurant
Spectacular ocean and garden views welcome you. Breakfast buffet and a la carte Breakfast Menu daily, a la carte Lunch menu. Holiday brunch buffets.

Top review
Omaoman
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
I went there for Father's Day. What a beautiful setting and great service! Our server, Titto, could not have been more attentive. The food was delicious. Will definitely return.
Explore more Diners' Choice lists
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo