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Aug 25, 2014 03:02 PM

Restaurant recommendatins in the Princeville area of Kauai?

My wife and I are planning to go to the St. Regis Princeville Resort next April. What restaurants would you recommend? We like anything from rustic to fancy, if the food is great.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, Kathryn. I did a search for Kauai, but none of this came up. Yes, we will have a rental car, although, we won't drive 45 min-1 hour to go eat dinner in the eastern or southern parts of the island, where alot of the restaurants are. Hoping we can find good choices on the North Shore. Thanks for the links.

      1. re: bsherm

        OK, so maybe for dinners you'll stay closer to "home." Check out Tiki Iniki. Bar Acuda. The new Puka Dog location? etc.

        But I imagine you'll possibly be out and about during the day to check out the south shore, Waimea Canyon, take a helicopter ride possibly from Lihue, etc.

    2. Roy's Tavern a the Prince Clubhouse.
      Living Room Bar at the St Regis Hotel offers great views, champagne sabering at sunset plus bar menu, sushi plus other entrees.Also at St Regis Terrace restaurant and Jean George Kauai Grill, also check for special dinners at poolside restaurant Nalu Kai.
      Tiki Iniki and Cj's in Princeville with Barracuda and Post Cards in Hanalei.
      Common Ground in Kilauea now open for dinners, farm to table concept with liquor license.

      1. Aloha..
        Dolphins in Hanalei
        Med Gourmet
        St. Regis pool area is nice for lunch but pricey.

        Hit up the Poipu area and dine at Red Salt for breakfast/lunch/dinner.
        Keoki's Paradise has great happy hour.
        Duke's in Lihue area.
        Hamura Saimin's for lilikoi pie and saimin..divey good and James Beard nominee.


        1. Thanks Kathryn and Beach Chick. Very helpful.

          1. In early July, we enjoyed:

            *Kauai Ono -- (we did the tented tasting meal, it was fun)

            *Hanalei Poi Company -- (truck near wishing well, the lau lau here is excellent. The pan mochi is okay; I am really sensitive to baking soda and I can taste it in the mochi.)

            *Bar Acuda -- (Good food and good drinks. We liked the Humboldt Fog with local honeycomb. Even though we live in CA and can get that cheese any time, this was the most memorable dish. Ben Stiller sighting as well! Lots of locals as well as tourists.)

            *Garden Cafe -- (Mauka side in Kilauea, lunch only. Organic and pricy, beautiful setting and the food is tasty. It reminded me a little of the Herb Box in Scottsdale AZ.)

            *Banana Joe's -- (don't miss out on the banana frosty. Unique and soooo good, dairy free and no sugar added.)

            *Hanalei farmers market is a must visit for fruit.

            Give the pizza at Kilauea bakery a miss.
            Also, even though it's all the way in Lihue, I will mention that the malasadas at Kauai Bakery were actually terrible.

            We wanted to try the Japanese shave ice truck in Kilauea (Shave Ice Tege Tege) but they were on vacation. If you're into shave ice, seems like it's worth a try; they make their own syrups and try to use organic.

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            1. re: Torina

              Torina, thanks so much for the info. I have not heard of either Kauai Ono or Garden Cafe, and both of them sound right up our alley.