Top ChoiceJapanese in Waipouli

Saimin Dojo

Saimin (Hawaiian-style noodle soup) is the star here – we can't go past the bowl with kimchee and garlic cilantro shrimp. But the whole menu is brilliant, including the option to add chili, short ribs or fried...

Wine in Waipouli

Nani Moon Meadery & Tasting Room

Nani Moon makes and pours tropical honey wine, which is arguably the oldest alcoholic beverage on earth – humans have been drinking it for 6000 years or more. It crafts a half dozen flavors of mead using only...

Fashion & Accessories in Waipouli

Marta's Boat

This unique boutique delights ‘princesses of all ages’ with original block and screen prints on silks and other soft and flowing fabrics, and some funky, fab jewelry. We especially loved her hand-knitted quilts...

Art in Waipouli

Ambrose's Kapuna Surf Gallery

Don’t miss the chance to meet longtime artist-surfer-philosopher Ambrose Curry. Originally from California, he has lived on Kauaʻi since 1968 and is also an artist and board shaper. You will love rambling around...

Hawaii Regional in Waipouli

Oasis on the Beach

Truly on the beach, like the name says, with unmatched ocean views, a romantic atmosphere and sophisticated cuisine featuring local ingredients. It's perfect for sharing elevated fusion dishes or hitting up one...

Steak in Waipouli

Bull Shed

The Eastside local's steak house serves broiled garlic tenderloin, tender center-cut fillets, and a NY steak topped with blue cheese or garlic butter. It also does ribs, chicken and the house favorite prime rib,...

Fusion in Waipouli

JO2

Flavors are subtle, fresh, and familiar yet inventive at this restaurant helmed by the highly regarded chef Jean Marie Josselin. His focus is all-natural cuisine, infused with Asian and Mediterranean flavors, and...

Mexican in Waipouli

Tiki Tacos

This laid-back place with a reggae soundtrack offers authentic taqueria gravitas right down to the house-made tortillas. Tacos come with chicken, locally caught fish, chorizo, shrimp, Kauaʻi-raised lamb, beef or...

Health Food in Waipouli

Papaya's Natural Foods

Kauaʻi’s biggest health-food store carries local and organic produce, plus other island specialties such as Kilauea honey and goat cheese. Deli fixings and the salad bar make for a quick, healthy meal, while the...

Fusion in Waipouli

Kenji

A new-school Japanese fast-food fusion joint spinning up truffle and teriyaki burgers, fried-chicken sandwiches with Sriracha slaw, and a Japanese burrito – the number-one bestseller. More a hand roll than a...

Vietnamese in Waipouli

Pho Kapaʻa

A strip-mall Vietnamese noodle shop offering their country's most nourishing export: pho (noodle soup with beef broth and rare steak). You can go super-traditional and add tendon and tripe, or ask for chicken,...

Ice Cream in Waipouli

Tropical Dreams

A tiny taste of ice-cream heaven, this Hawaii-born chain rotates through scores of premium flavors crafted almost entirely from Hawaii-harvested ingredients. It does soft serve as well as old-fashioned scoops....

Seafood in Waipouli

Shrimp Station

This offshoot of Waimea's original Shrimp Station serves the same family recipes. With seasonings such as garlic, Cajun and Thai on the shrimp tacos, burgers and plate meals, it’s hard to shoot and miss here....

Indian in Waipouli

Shivalik

Kauaʻi's beloved outpost for tandoori cooking and a filling Indian buffet (served every Wednesday and Friday). The tiled interior is dressed up with Indian decor, but it still feels like you're eating in a mall....

Fusion in Waipouli

Lemongrass Grill

This East Shore institution dishes up solid fusion fare, mainly with a Thai and SE Asian spin, such as hoisin charred ribs and fresh fish steamed, seared, or macadamia-nut crusted. Surf-and-turf steak-and-shrimp...

Bakery in Waipouli

VIP Treats & Sweets

Pop into this friendly bakery for malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) fried to order from 7am-2pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, or to pick up interesting breads, like sourdough made with local taro. VIP supplies...

Food & Drinks in Waipouli

Moloaʻa Bay Coffee

If you've missed sampling this North Shore estate-grown coffee at Kauaʻi's top farmers markets, stop by the retail shop on weekday mornings to taste the hand-picked, small-batch roasted brews. Unusually, it also...

Mexican in Waipouli

Monico's Taqueria

Everything made by this Oaxaca-born chef tastes fresh and authentic, from stuffed burritos and fish-taco plates to freshly made chips, salsa and sauces. Sip something from the well-stocked tequila bar while you...

Seafood in Waipouli

Coconut's Fish Cafe

A Kauaʻi offshoot of their locations on Maui, Coconut's is a dependable and good-value option amid Waipouli's strip-mall ambience. Standouts are the macadamia-crusted mahi mahi and the Kalua pork tacos.