Restaurants in Kauai

A stand serving delicately flavored ice cream cones.

Wins hands down for biggest pancake in the tropics. In the market town of Waimea, this breezy diner is the favorite stop for locals who love their breakfast Loco Moco (white rice topped with hamburger patties, grilled onions, fried egg and brown gravy) on the XXL side.

A list of 50 wines with a focus on Rhone-style varieties, half of them offered by the glass, accompanies the Spanish-style tapas dishes at Kauai's Bar Acuda in Hanalei.

Chef Peter Merriman was one of the first to celebrate Hawaiian regional cuisine.

Formerly Sushi Blues, Bouchon’s is still a sushi bar but has also added a fusion of island, Pacific-American, and French flavors. Dishes include scallop and shrimp pupus, specialty rolls, citrus and macadamia nut mahi-mahi, and steak au poivre.

Set on the bank of the Hanalei River, this celebrated seafood restaurant serves fresh local fish at riverside tables shaded by bright blue umbrellas. Seating is also available in the open-air dining room, which is furnished with exposed wood and fishing nets.

Brewpub-restaurant at Waimea Plantation Cottages.

Fresh wraps made with local produce are the specialty at Mermaids Café, a small, cash-only roadside stand located on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. The bright blue and yellow café has a handful of outdoor tables surrounded by planters and an ocean-themed mural.

Organic, locally grown fare at Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort.

What started out as a taco wagon, this eatery evolved after many years into a fixed restaurant in the Halele'a Building about a mile from the Hanalei Bridge on Kuhio Highway.

After surfing, kayaking, or simply enjoying the north shore in the morning, many visitors have lunch at the white taco truck parked on Weke Road at the Hanalei Pier by Black Pot Beach.

Chef Jean Marie Josselin prepares a wide selection of tapas.

Kintaro on the Kuhio Highway in Kapa’a focuses on Japanese fare, but is best known for their inventive--and inexpensive--sushi like the Hanalei Bay roll, which is a deep-fried California roll, and the Bali Hai Bomb roll, which blends crab and smoked salmon, then is baked and topped with wasabi ma