Dining on the Southside

Our favorites in Poipu and Koloa. We recommend making reservations before you arrive on Kauai.


When it comes to Kauai luaus, location plays a big role in the experience. Located on the southern tip of Kauai, Poipu is one of the most appealing destinations on the island. Visitors and residents alike are drawn to Poipu for its golden beaches, golf courses, fantastic shopping, and dining options, luxe accommodations, and perpetually sunny weather. Although Poipu is Kauais tourism hotspot today, the region is rooted in ancient and not-so-distant history. Poipu was a busy port during Hawaiis whaling era, and neighboring Koloa is home to the very first sugar plantation on the islands. Meanwhile, the area is dotted with Hawaiian historical sites that date back to the early 1400s. Poipus rich history, picturesque scenery, and flawless weather have attracted top-rated Kauai luau productions to the area, namely, Aulii Luau and Havaiki Nui Luau.

Merrimans Fish House

In a casual yet elegant setting of an Old Hawaii Plantation, Chef-Owner Peter Merriman serves his unique style of Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Kauai’s Poipu. 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.

Make a reservation through Open Table.

Location: Kukui’ula Shopping Village, Poipu

Phone: 808-742-8385

Beach House Restaurant

The Beach House Restaurant is a must-visit destination for foodies and travelers looking for an unforgettable dining experience. This stunning restaurant provides a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, with waves crashing just a few feet away from your table. A great place to watch surfers.

But the sea view is not the only highlight of the Beach House Restaurant. The food menu is just as impressive, featuring locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood, and a wide range of classic and modern Hawaiian dishes. Whether you are looking to try some fresh sashimi or indulge in a traditional Hawaiian seafood feast, the Beach House has something for everyone. Start with their Crab Stuffed Ahi Roll, a signature dish that has perfectly seared Ahi tuna and creamy crab stuffing. You can`t go wrong with the restaurant`s fresh catches of the day such as Mahi-Mahi, Opah, or Ahi. The lobster risotto and the coconut pumpkin soup are other standout options on the menu.

Their cocktails and mocktails are also worthy of praise, with an impressive variety of creative and refreshing drinks that showcase unique island flavors. Sip on an exotic Mai Tai or cool down with a refreshing coconut-mint mojito while taking in the stunning ocean view.

Besides the food, the Beach House Restaurant also shows a commitment to sustainability and is passionate about preserving the island`s environment. They work with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the freshest, most sustainable ingredients possible. With its stunning location, delicious food, and commitment to sustainability, the Beach House Restaurant is a must-visit destination on the beautiful island of Kauai. So come, relax, and indulge in an unforgettable dining experience surrounded by natural beauty, authentic island flavors, and unparalleled hospitality.

Make a reservation through Open Table.

Location: Lawai Road, Poipu

Phone: 808.742.1424

Brenneckes Beach Broiler

The place for delicious lunches, sumptuous dinners, happy hour specials, beach deli, seafood, pasta, steak, and pupu platters. What a mouthful! Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Poipu Beach Park

Phone: 808-742-7588

Keokis Paradise Restaurant

Locals and visitors alike love our refreshing atmosphere, bringing you right into the spirit of our lush island with open-air dining, tropical surroundings, and live Hula almost every night. Keoki`s has a very tropical ambiance and koi ponds giving you the true Hawaiian atmosphere. Be sure to order their famous hula pie.

Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Poipu Shopping Village

Phone: 808-742-7534

Red Salt

Executive Chef and Kauai native Noelani Planas Red Salt Restaurant offers an acclaimed dining experience for those who seek something different. Sweeping palm tree-lined ocean views set the tone, while diverse, captivating menus draw in even the most adventurous guests with plenty of signature specialties like Lemon-Pineapple Souffle Pancakes, Vanilla Bean-Seared Mahi, and Ahi Tartare.

Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Koa Kea Hotel, Poipu

Phone: 844-236-3817


RumFire Poipu Beach is the south shore’s hotspot for modern Kauai dining. Experience the island’s stunning sunsets and spectacular views of Sheraton Kauai Resort’s ocean courtyard, Poipu Beach, and the ocean beyond. Designed around the restaurant’s unparalleled views of Kauai’s coastline, RumFire features 180-degree ocean views from every seat! RumFire’s menu serves locally sourced cuisine with a global influence and Kauai’s most extensive selection of rums from around the world. Experience an unforgettable evening at RumFire!

Make reservations through Yelp.

Location: Sheraton Kauai Resort, Poipu

Phone: 808-742-4786

Break and Feast

Break and Feast

Break + Feast offers more than just food; it’s all about setting the perfect atmosphere to enhance the flavors and make dining a truly special experience. Embark on a culinary journey that explores a mix of cultural influences. With a blend of Portuguese, Japanese, Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, French, and Filipino cuisines, the menu at this contemporary island restaurant showcases a rich tapestry of culinary delights that reflect the team’s heritage.


Location: Koloa Town (3 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-431-4508

Stevensons Library

Stevenson`s is a place for sushi and spirits. Enjoy sweeping ocean and resort views from the 24-foot koa wood bar, on the open-air lanai, or indoors. The warm koa wood decor welcomes hand-carved sugarcane and pineapple detail as you enjoy your favorite cocktail and delicious sushi.

Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Poipu

Phone: 808-240-6456

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room, a wine bar on the south side, was created and designed by their ohana to provide a warm, welcoming place to share the magic of food and wine pairings. Both food and wine are elevated when they are thoughtfully chosen, prepared, and served together and this is the place for it. Call for reservations.

Location: Koloa

Phone: 808-431-4311

La Spezia

La Spezia is a delightful Italian restaurant located in Koloa, Hawaii. This charming eatery is nestled in the bustling town and serves up a delicious selection of classic Italian dishes that are sure to tantalize the taste buds of even the most discerning diners. From its cozy atmosphere to its delectable menu offerings, La Spezia is a must-visit for any food lover on the island. The menu at La Spezia is designed to showcase the authentic flavors of well-prepared Italian cuisine. Start with a classic Caprese salad or bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and basil, followed by a savory pasta dish like their handmade fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti with clams, garlic, and olive oil. For meat lovers, there is the juicy ribeye steak or veal scaloppini topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Seafood enthusiasts can indulge in the restaurant`s popular seafood linguine that`s made with shrimp, clams, and mussels in a light tomato sauce.

La Spezia’s extensive selection of wines and cocktails complement their flavorful dishes, making the dining experience even more enjoyable. Their skilled staff and warm ambiance make for a perfect night out with friends or family. At La Spezia, the owners and staff pride themselves on providing exceptional service and making each guest feel like they are dining with family. Takeout is available, as well, for those who prefer to enjoy La Spezia`s fare in the comfort of their own home. Overall, a visit to La Spezia is a must for any food lover looking to explore some of Koloa`s delectable Italian cuisine. With a menu that offers something for everyone and a staff that goes above and beyond to make each guest feel welcome, it is sure to be a memorable dining experience.

Reservations are made through TableAgent.

Location: Koloa Town (3 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-742-8824

Dining with a View

Red Salt: Located inside the boutique Koa Kea Resort in Poipu, you will find one of our favorite dining options on Kauai. The service is exceptional and while you are not directly on the ocean the views are nice.

Honu Bar: Located on the beach at the Marriot Waiohai in Poipu; the Honu Bar has some of the best views and people-watching on the island. A great spot to watch a sports game, for surfers, whales, and beachgoers. The food is decent, not too fancy and they have good happy hours at different times of the day.

Beach House Restaurant: Often seen on lists as the best sunset view on Kauai for good reason. There are lots of local fresh fish options and some pretty good calamari. Be sure to make reservations because this restaurant is a must-do on every traveler`s list.

RumFire: Located in Poipu at the Sheraton Resort, Rumfire has one of the best oceanfront locations on the island. Enjoy the view with an appetizer or one of the diverse selections of entrees. Sit at Table 53 and a portion of your dinner will go to a local charity.

Breakfast in Poipu

Poipu offers many great breakfast options, with a variety of restaurants to suit any taste or budget.

1. Anuenue Cafe: This cafe is located in The Shops at Kukuiula and offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for casual breakfast. They serve a variety of dishes ranging from classic breakfast fare like omelets and pancakes to more unique options like acai bowls and avocado toast.

2. Red Salt: Located within the Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort, Red Salt serves up a high-end breakfast experience with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers ocean-view dining. Be sure to try their signature red velvet pancakes!

3. Holo Holo Grill: This restaurant is located within Koloa Landing and offers a unique menu featuring Hawaiian-inspired dishes. The open-air dining room is next to the resort`s pool. They offer a variety of breakfast classics as well as dishes with a local twist like the Kalua Pork Benedict.

4. Keoki`s Paradise: Keoki`s is a popular spot with both locals and tourists alike, and their weekend breakfast/brunch is a must-try. The atmosphere is lively and tropical, and they offer live music on weekends. Their breakfast menu includes a variety of dishes like coconut macadamia nut pancakes and loco moco.

5. Little Fish Coffee: This coffee shop is ideal if you are in a rush or want a quick bite to eat. They offer a variety of pastries, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches to go. However, expect to wait in line as it is a popular spot. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors, and their coffee is delicious. Save time and download their app

6. Kauai Poke Co: Located in the Poipu Bay Golf Club, Kauai Poke Co offers breakfast options featuring their signature poke bowls, omelets, and local breakfast favorites. The atmosphere is casual and the staff is friendly. They have both indoor and outdoor seating options. There is a beautiful view of the golf course with the ocean in the distance.

7. Kalapaki Joe`s: This sports bar offers a fun and casual atmosphere to start your day. Their breakfast menu includes classic dishes like eggs benedict and breakfast burritos. They also offer a build-your-own omelet station. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and catch up on sports highlights while you have breakfast. Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a leisurely breakfast with stunning views, Poipu has you covered.

Location: Poipu