Local Picks for Best of Kauai

Kauai’s most popular places to dine, shop or see, as chosen by island residents.

Every year the local paper puts out the People’s Choice Awards. Residents have several months to cast their votes and the paper compiles the 100 best places on Kauai. This is by residents for residents but I thought I’d share some of the first place winners with you. You might enjoy checking out local favorites on your Hawaii vacation. The photo is of dinner al fresco at Plantation Gardens, winner for Best Restaurant.

Best Restaurant – Plantation Gardens Restaurant, Poipu

Best Bakery – Kauai Bakery, Lihue

Best Breakfast – Tip Top Motel & Cafe, Lihue

Best Buffet – Kauai Marriott-Kukui’s Restaurant, Lihue

Best Chinese Restaurant – No. 1 Chinese BBQ Restaurant, Kapaa

Best Coffee – Kauai Coffee Company, Kalaheo

Best Cookies – Popo’s Cookies, Kapaa

Best Deli Food – Deli & Bread Connection, Lihue

Best Desert – Kauai Bakery, Lihue

Best Filipino Food – Mama Lucy’s Kitchen, Puhi

Best Hotel Restaurant – Duke’s Canoe Club, Lihue

Best Japanese Food – Kintaro Japanese Restaurant, Kapaa

Best Luau – Smith’s Family Garden Luau, Wailua

Best Mexican – Monico’s Taqueria, Kapaa

Best Pizza – Brick Oven Pizza, Kapaa

Best Poke – Fish Express, Lihue

Best Salad – Duke’s Canoe Club, Lihue

Best Sushi – Kintaro Japanese Restaurant, Kapa’a

Best Kauai Product – Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Products, Waimea

Best Art Gallery – Wyalnd at Jen’s Pacific Gallery, Lihue

Best After Hours Place – Rob’s Good Times Grill, Lihue

Best Boat Tours – Smith’s Fern Grotto Wailua River Course, Wailua

Best Gardens – Moir Gardens, Poipu

Best Golf Course – Wailua Golf Course, Wailua

Best Helicopter Tour – Jack Harter Helicopters, Lihue

Best Live Show Performance – Smith’s Family Garden Luau, Wailua

Best Wedding Planner – Silvia Gama, Kauai Marriott, Lihue

Best Hospital/Medical Center – Wilcox Memorial Center, Lihue

Best Real Estate Company – Pacific Ocean Properties, Koloa

Best Hotel/Resort – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

Best Massage Therapist – Les Jacinto, Kauai Marriott, Lihue

Best Spa – Anara Spa, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

Best Tattoo Parlor – Garden Isle Tattoo, Nawiliwili

Best Gas Station – Costco, Lihue

Best Bike Shop – Bicycle John, Lihue

Best Dive Shop – Seasport Divers, Poipu and Kapaa

Best Water Sport Shop – Nukumoi Surf Company, Poipu

Best Pharmacy – Longs Drugs, Lihue

Best Shopping Center – Kukui Grove, Lihue

Best Women’s Boutique – Macy’s, Lihue.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Discover your own reasons to love Maui as you stroll the seaside streets of Lahaina and the lovely beaches of Kaanapali. Feel the mana (power) of Haleakala National Park or discover the arts and culture of Kahului and Upcountry Maui

  2. Aloha Bruce and Marta,
    Casablanca Restaurant in Poipu has got to be a must. A fusion of Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines that will impress. We send all our guests at Turtle Cove Suites to try their fare. 

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