The Marriott at Kalapaki Bay in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i.

Eating in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i’s east side is home to many great restaurants and eateries. This is where you’ll find the majority of the island’s high-end and elegant restaurants, but there’s also a great array of hole-in-the-wall local eateries.

Locals will point you to Pa‘ia Fish Market, where lines stretch out the door for the popular ono and mahi burgers.

Where to Eat in Pa‘ia, Maui

Home to some of the best seafood on the island, a decent selection of cuisines and budgets, and an abundance of local color, where to eat in Pa‘ia is a challenge if you’ll be in town for only one meal. Aim for lunch and dinner to really enjoy the selection.

Blueberry pancakes at Koa Pancake House.

Where to Eat in Kane‘ohe and Points North

Kane‘ohe and further onward haven’t been largely altered by tourism, the proof being that you won’t find any fine dining restaurants or chic clothing boutiques. Instead, Kane‘ohe is littered with local and national fast-food chains and small and simple ethnic eateries.

Open-air dining at Nick's Fishmarket in Wailea.

The Best Places to Eat in Wailea

Prices in Wailea are much higher than in other parts of the island, but often what you’re paying for are master chefs, exceptional service, and unparalleled ambience in world-class resorts. which oftentimes make it worth the experience.

A feast of seafood at Hoku's in The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Where to Eat in Kahala, O‘ahu

The gastronomic landscape of this vast region changes just as much as the climate as you make your way from Kahala to La‘ie. In the more affluent areas, health food is king, while in others, fast food and Hawaiian food reign. Here’s where to eat in Kahala.

American flags hang along the front of Kalapawa Market in Oahu.

Where to Eat in Kailua, O‘ahu

If variety is what you’re looking for, Kailua delivers. There’s a great range of sit-down restaurant options, the array of to-go and prepared food doesn’t disappoint, and you’ll find various cuisine styles from American to Italian to Asian. Vegetarians shouldn’t have much trouble finding something to eat, either.

A brightly-lit stream seen through moss-covered trees.

Where to Eat from North Hilo to ‘Akaka Falls

Where to eat from North Hilo to ‘Akaka Falls is very limited, so definitely plan accordingly. Both options are small and simple—a smoothie stand and a farmer’s market—but never disappointing for freshness or flavor, and there’s even a bit of shopping to be had.

A gourmet burger with a thick slice of melting cheese from Village Burger in Waimea.

Waimea Restaurants

Waimea is home to a great variety of foods from Hawaiian-style Mexican to burgers, local fare, and great comfort food, and one upscale restaurant worth the visit. Our authors give you all the info on the best, whether you’re looking for quick and easy, a few dollars saved, or a truly local experience.

Enjoy a sweet breakfast at the Ohana Cafe in Kalaheo.

Restaurants in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i

Restaurants in Kalaheo have a satisfying range of dining styles, price points, and cuisines, making it fairly easy to find something to fit your tastes and mood. There’s a good selection of American, Italian, and local foods, and don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids—most places are kid-friendly.

A vegan pizza from Merriman's in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i.

Where to Eat in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

The best places to eat in Po‘ipu span many cuisines, price ranges, and most have draws such as a great view, a romantic atmosphere, nightly specials, or make for an excellent place to stop for a quick bite on the go. The food is also consistently good to great, depending on where you go.