Restaurants on the Eastside & Lihue

Gaylords at Kilohana

Located in Kilohanas original courtyard, The Plantation House by Gaylords offers Kauai the most authentic Island dining experience with island-influenced dishes by Chef Johnny Saguid. An original working plantation homestead, Kilohana was home to Gaylord Wilcox who operated Grove Farm Plantation, a 23000 acre Sugar Plantation.

Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Kilohana, Puhi (12.3 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-245-5608

Dukes Kauai

In his lifetime, Duke Kahanamoku traveled all over the world and introduced people to the Hawaiian lifestyle and the sport of surfing. Duke visited Kauai and enjoyed the beach and bay right out in front of what is now Dukes Kauai. He was a friend and mentor to Kalapaki Beach`s own legendary Beach Boy, Percy Kinimaka. You are invited to enjoy this stunning beach setting with views out to the crystal blue waters of Nawiliwili Bay and the Hoary Head Mountains beyond.

Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Royal Sonesta, Lihue (15.1 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-246-9599

Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai restaurant is famous for its four-course menu served between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The menu is a unique blend of Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cuisine, featuring locally sourced ingredients that are carefully crafted and beautifully presented. The four-course meal starts with an appetizer of the chef`s choice, followed by a fresh salad made with local produce. For the main course, guests can choose from a selection of hearty dishes such as the succulent Kona lobster tail, seared scallops with risotto, or the buttery macadamia nut-crusted mahi-mahi. To end the meal on a sweet note, guests are treated to a dessert that is as decadent as it is delicious. In addition to the four-course meal, Hukilau Lanai`s menu is packed with a variety of dishes that cater to different tastes and dietary needs. Start off with some crispy coconut shrimp or ahi poke, an island favorite made with fresh, raw fish. For entrees, they offer everything from vegetarian options like the stuffed Portobello mushroom to meat dishes like the grilled lamb chops or filet mignon. They also serve gluten-free and vegan-friendly dishes. For those looking to wet their whistle, Hukilau Lanai features an extensive wine list boasting some of the world`s finest vintages. Their cocktail menu is equally impressive, with inventive concoctions like the Lilikoi Margarita and the POG Sake Martini, as well as classic cocktails with a Hawaiian twist. Overall, Hukilau Lanai is a culinary destination that should not be missed when visiting Kauai. With its unforgettable four-course meal and mouth-watering menu, guests are sure to experience a unique and elevated dining experience that will be remembered for years to come.

Reservations are made through Yelp.

Location: Kauai Coast Resort, Kapaa (20.1 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-822-0600

Lava Lava Beach Club

Lava Lava Beach Club Kauai is a first come first seat operation. If there is a wait you can leave your cell phone number with the host. giving you the ability to take a stroll along the beach and enjoy all the games on the lawn

Location: Kapaa (20 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-241-5282

JO2 Restaurant

JO2 transforms nature`s bounty into exquisite dishes incorporating Kaua`i-grown heirloom vegetables and the freshest ingredients from the sea. With the culinary influences of Josselins native France, clean flavors of Japanese cooking, and ingredients inspired by Hawaii a multiethnic community, JO2s succulent offerings are both creative and rooted in tradition.

Reservations are made through Yelp.

Location: Kapaa (20.9 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-212-1627

Sams Ocean View

Reasonable prices, wonderful view, and a varied menu with Italian, pizza, and vegetarian options. Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Kapaa (22 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-822-7887

Hualani Restaurant

Oceanfront dining at Hualanis draws on the palate that the seasons dictate: Whatever is fresh at the Farm at Hokuala is on the menu. Inspired by a sense of place and driven by local suppliers as well as fresh-picked ingredients from their on-site organic farm. From the daily catch to the morning harvest and a really great burger, their farm-to-table restaurant has you covered with the best of the island.

Reservations are made through Open Table.

Location: Timbers Kauai, Lihue (16.1 miles from Poipu)

Phone: 808-320-7399