BarAcuda Tapas & Wine

Mediterranean in Hanalei

This is the most chef-driven spot in Hanalei and its best kitchen. The wine list is expertly curated with a blend of new- and old-world vintners, and the tapas-style plates, featuring local beef, fish, pork and veg, are meant to be shared.

It's not cheap, but when you're delving into spicy bowls of housemade chorizo and clams, nibbling on ahi poke cured with tequila, and perfectly seared scallops, you'll understand that this kind of quality is worth the money. The interior is modern and seductive, but grab a table on the deck beneath those dangling lanterns for date-night nirvana. Reservations essential.