Top ChoiceNoodles in Hanalei

Ama

This no-reservations offshoot of neighboring Bar Acuda enjoys Hanalei’s finest outdoor setting, facing mountains cascading with waterfalls. Treating Japanese-style ramen noodles as fine dining and topping them...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Hanalei

Wishing Well Shave Ice

It’s worth paying a few dollars extra at Hanalei’s finest shave-ice stand for their organic rather than their regular syrups; the liliko‘i (passion fruit) and mango flavors in particular are out of this world....

Mediterranean in Hanalei

Bar Acuda

Reserve well in advance to dine and drink in this smart ‘tapas and wine’ restaurant, which is Hanalei’s most chef-driven spot. It typically takes four or five of its sharing plates including selections like fresh...

Bakery in Hanalei

Hanalei Bread Company

Great coffee and breakfast specials – like bacon and onion pizzas with soft eggs cracked on top – draw morning crowds to this organic bakery and cafe in the heart of Hanalei; expect to wait in line. And eat those...

Seafood in Hanalei

Hanalei Dolphin

Arrive early at this lovely riverside setting at Hanalei's eastern end for lunch or a sunset dinner, with fresh fish served cooked or as sushi, and steak and chicken options too. The poke and raw fish in their...

Market in Hanalei

Waipa Farmers Market

Spreading across a lush roadside field a mile west of central Hanalei against a wonderful mountain backdrop, this small but ample weekly market features prepared foods from local chefs and artisans, fresh produce...

Seafood in Hanalei

Postcards Cafe

This charming clapboard cottage, marked by a rusted anchor out front, specializes in seafood dishes with world-fusion flavors like wasabi-crusted ahi or fennel-crusted lobster tail. There’s no meat on the menu,...

Cafe in Hanalei

Hanalei Gourmet

Harking back to Hanalei’s hippy heyday and soundtracked by the Grateful Dead, this former schoolroom offers substantial lunchtime sandwiches plus good (if unadventurous) dinner entrees ranging from crab cakes or...

Hawaiian in Hanalei

Hanalei Taro & Juice Co

Find this roadside trailer near Hanalei’s eastern end for a taste of poi – the traditional Hawaiian staple, prepared on the family’s nearby taro farm – or other typical luau foods like kalua pig. Almost...

Tacos in Hanalei

Tropical Taco

OK, so the tacos here may not be authentic to Mexico, but they’re authentic to Kaua‘i. Originally a food truck and now housed in an open-fronted pavilion, Tropical Taco offers burritos, tostadas and tacos in...

Ice Cream in Hanalei

Pink's Creamery

This side-street ice cream shop scoops tropical flavors like banana-macnut brittle, mango and a surreal haupia (coconut pudding). It also whips up lilikoʻi and lychee sorbet, tropical fruit popsicles, date shakes...

Seafood in Hanalei

Hanalei Poke

Drop by this small white truck alongside Big Save supermarket for mouthwatering poke bowls, topped with various combinations of wasabi, sesame, avocado, mango and watermelon, and available in different degrees of...

Pizza in Hanalei

Hanalei Bay Pizzeria

Tasty pizzas in this funky Ching Young dive feature a terrific crust made with Hawaiian honey and organic extra virgin olive oil (there’s a gluten-free version too). Sausages and kalua pig are housemade, there...

Market in Hanalei

Hanalei Farmers Market

One of Kauai's most popular farmers markets takes place on the sports fields adjoining the community center, Hale Halawai ʻOhana ʻO Hanalei. Locals line up before the market opens, then literally run to their...

Food Truck in Hanalei

Trucking Delicious

Amid a cluster of permanently parked food trucks, this one serves a tempting array of local-style plate lunches. The precise menu changes weekly, with ahi (tuna) poke, kalua pork, miso chicken and macnut-crusted...

Barbecue in Hanalei

Chicken in a Barrel

Hanalei’s outpost of this small BBQ chain occupies center stage – literally, its tables are on a little bandstand – in Ching Young Village. Cooking up chicken in a custom-made 50-gallon barrel drum smoker, it...

Market in Hanalei

Harvest Market

Pick up organic and all-natural snacks and groceries at this local favorite food store. The salad bar and smoothie station (both open until 3pm) and weighable bulk foods section (dried fruit, nuts and such) can...

Tacos in Hanalei

Pat's Taqueria

Much-loved local food truck permanently parked beside the Big Save supermarket that serves crisped-up tacos and larger burritos at good-value prices. Fillings including kalua pig, carne asada, and fresh mahimahi,...

Breakfast in Hanalei

Village Snack Shop & Bakery

This basic mom-and-pop storefront, tucked in the back of the Ching Young mall, is perfect for filling up on macnut pancakes before you hike the Na Pali coast. Show up later in the day for heaped plate lunches and...

Indian in Hanalei

Turmeric

A saffron-scented Kundalini-themed food truck serving Indian delights such as coconut vegetable and shrimp curries, chana palak (a chickpea curry), dahl, fish vindaloo and fresh-baked naan.