Princeville has a nice selection of restaurants to suit a range of budgets. Types of food available are classic American fare and other usual suspects with a unique island twist; even the supermarket deli offerings are a tasty option perfect for a day at the beach.

Interior of the Kauai Grill at St. Regis resort in Princeville.

The Kaua‘i Grill in the St. Regis Princeville Resort. Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels.

CJ’s Steak & Seafood (5-4282 Kuhio Hwy., 808/826-6211, lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon.-Fri., dinner 6-9:30pm daily, $15-38) is a steakhouse in the Princeville Center with a Pacific twist to most dishes. As at many steakhouses, saddles and other western-themed decorations are found throughout. The open-beam-ceilinged restaurant has seating indoors or on the lanai. Lunch and dinner are both offered with a wide array of pupu. Lunch consists of hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, and salads, ranging $10-12. Dinner offers a salad bar, freshly caught local fish, lobster, and prime rib. A senior and children’s menu offers a discount for their meals.

The Kaua‘i Grill (808/826-9644, 5:30-9:30pm Tues., Wed., and Thurs., 5:30-10pm Fri. and Sat., $15-32) inside the St. Regis Princeville Resort offers sweeping views of beautiful Hanalei Bay. The eatery stays true to its surroundings with a nautilus shell spiraling ceiling. Chef Colin Hazama, who was recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a finalist in the Rising Star Chef of the Year category, cooks up a tasting menu, unique salads, a vegetarian menu, and lamb, meats, and fish, all with a unique island twist. A kids’ menu helps keep the prices down.

Grocery store Foodland (Princeville Center, 5-4280 Kuhio Hwy., 808/826-9880, 6am-11pm daily) sells not only food that needs to be prepared, but deli foods like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fries, freshly made sushi, and much more. The made-to-order sandwiches are pretty good for about $6, and are perfect for a beach day.

Travel map of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.