You don’t have to sacrifice amazing taste for affordable dining in Kaua‘i. Eat your way around the island without spending a fortune by checking out these eight great spots for an amazing breakfast, lunch or dinner.
1. Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company
If you’re on the south side of Kaua‘i, Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company is a great place to stop for breakfast and fuel up before heading to Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Valley lookout. If you like your breakfast on the sweeter side, try the macadamia nut sticky bun. For something heartier, try the Paniolo Style Breakfast with eggs, hash browns, and Portuguese sausage. Kalaheo is a great casual spot loved by locals and tourists alike.
2. Kountry Kitchen
Kountry Kitchen is another great breakfast and brunch spot on the eastern side of the island, in Kapa‘a. Diners here rave about the huge portions, coconut pancake syrup, and the fast and friendly service. Try the Coconut Sweet Bread French toast or the Luau Omelette made with kalua pig. This is one of those spots where you’ll leave full and satisfied.
3. Mark’s Place
Mark’s Place is a hidden gem located off the beaten path, in Puhi Industrial Park. This unassuming spot is well worth finding, though, as travelers and locals rave about the quality and value of Mark’s plate lunches. For tons of flavor and variety, try Mark’s Famous Mixed Plate, with chicken katsu, teriyaki beef and beef stew. You can take your lunch to go or sit at a picnic table out front. Be sure to check out their daily specials!
4. Pono Market
Craving fresh and flavorful seafood? Head to Pono Market in Kapa‘a for some of the best poke on the island. A favorite among locals, you’ll want to get to Pono Market on the earlier side, as they’re known to sell out of the most popular options. You can’t go wrong with any of their ahi poke options! If you’re really hungry, grab some sushi or a musubi with your poke, or go all-in for a plate lunch.
5. Island Taco
Located in Waimea, Island Taco is another local favorite. Blending Hawaiian flavors with traditional Mexican fare, this spot has one of a kind lunches, including the much-loved seared wasabi ahi and kalua pork tacos.
6. Caffe Coco
Featuring live music, in a quaint cottage and outdoor garden seating, Caffe Coco is a great affordable dinner spot in Wailua with plenty of healthy, organic, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. From tofu potstickers to moroccan spiced ahi tuna, there’s plenty to entice on Caffe Coco’s menu.
7. Tahiti Nui
Located in Hanalei, Tahiti Nui is a great spot for Mai Tais, pizza and entrees best described as tasty comfort food with Hawaiian flavors. Tahiti Nut features live music most nights and has been a local favorite since 1963.
8. Oasis on the Beach
As its name implies, Oasis on the Beach is a great place to enjoy dinner and the sunset, as you sit on the patio overlooking the beach in Kapa‘a. Half and full sized entree options make this a great affordable option. Visitors often rave about the crispy calamari pupu, the Makaweli Ranch grass-fed burger with bacon jam or the grilled catch of the day with kabocha pumpkin mash.