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Calling all foodies! Did you know that Kauai boasts an award-winning culinary scene? Kauai is filled with several excellent dining options, and many of them offer remarkable views! Make sure to try a few of these outdoor dining gems during your next island vacation.

The Best Outdoor Dining in Kauai

Beach House Restaurant

On the south shore of Kauai, you'll find the popular Beach House Restaurant which is known for its tasty Pacific Rim cuisine and gorgeous oceanfront setting. The menu includes handcrafted food and drinks with the freshest ingredients including Poke Tacos, Wasabi-Buttered Fresh Island Fish, Seared Ahi Steak, and so much more. Try to grab a sunset reservation so you can catch striking views of the sun going down while sipping on a refreshing Mai Tai! 

  • Happy Hour from 3:30PM - 4:30PM; Dinner from 3:30PM - 8:30PM
  • 5022 Lawai Road, Koloa, HI 96756 | (808) 742-1424

Merriman's in Poipu

Merriman's specializes in Hawaiian regional cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers. The Merriman's Poipu location can be found at the setting of an Old Hawaiian Plantation, a casual yet elegant setting. The menu includes Diver Scallops & Kauai Shrimp, Mac Nut Crusted Local Fish, and Ceviche. Take your taste buds on a culinary journey through Hawaiian regional cuisine when dining at Merriman's and enjoy outdoor dining with ocean views. Merriman's also has live music on Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Sunday's from 5:30PM - 7:30PM!

  • Happy Hour from 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Dinner from 4:00PM - 5:00PM
  • 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka #42 Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96756 | (808) 742-8385

Oasis on the Beach

If you're looking for a restaurant with an incredible outdoor vibe, Oasis on the Beach is an excellent choice. Dine al fresco while soaking in views of the Pacific right from your table. The menu at Oasis includes items sourced from local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman so that you get the true Kauai dining experience. Start off with the classic Oasis Poke, a spicy poke on white rice with finger lime, white onions, scallions, & avocado mousse that will leave your mouth watering. Then choose from a variety of options ranging from fish, steak, burgers, and more for your main course. For those with sweet tooth, the Oasis Terrine is the perfect way to end your meal.

  • Happy Hour from 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Dinner from 5:00PM - 9:00PM. 
  • 4-820 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746 | (808) 822-9332

Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company

Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company is a great option for those looking for a more casual setting. This Kauai gem has been in business since 1994 and continues to be a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you have a multitude of items to choose from! For breakfast, try one of the Bonzo Burrito Tortilla Wraps, or take one of the deli sandwhiches to go for a lunch on the beach! Rest assured that the menu at Kalaheo Cafe has something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Sunday - Breakfast & Lunch from 7:00PM - 2:00PM; Wednesday - Friday - Breakfast and Lunch from 7:00PM - 2:00PM and Dinner from 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy., Kalaheo, HI 96741 | (808) 332-5858  


For honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic dinner date, Tidepools a romantic open-air seafood and steak restaurant set over a lagoon. Admire the koi-filled lagoon from your thatch-hut while dining on contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. The menu includes favorites like the Island Style Poke, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, and Chicken Piccata. Enjoy exceptional service crafted with a unique island flair when dining at Tidepools.

  • Dinner from 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa | (808) 240-6456 

Book Your Kauai Vacation Rental


Now that you know all the best places to dine, it’s time to start planning your trip! Kauai Vacation Rentals offers a wide array of luxurious vacation rentals throughout Kauai. Whether you prefer a luxury condo in Lihue, Waimea, Poipu, Princeville, Hanalei, and more, we are sure to have the ideal property for your stay. Each of our accommodations features top-of-the-line amenities, and they are just minutes from the best beaches, restaurants, and attractions.