Where to Dine
At the St. Regis Princeville, look out over Hanalei Bay while savoring signature dishes inspired by renowned chef, and Elite Traveler favorite, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Kaua’i Grill serves steak and seafood in a contemporary Hawaiian atmosphere, complete with a spiraling fabric ceiling in the shape of a nautilus shell with ruby glass hibiscus chandelier in the center. Entrees include regional favorites like kona lobster and pan-seared mahi mahi following a variety of savory starters, while separate vegetarian and gluten free menus ensure a gourmet meal for everyone at the table. Don’t miss the crispy poached eggs with caviar or pan-seared Mero. For a complete experience, order the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing – also available as a vegetarian or gluten free option.
St. Regis Princeville, 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722, kauaigrill.com
For Mediterranean-inspired fare, Bar Acuda invites guests to share tapas plates near the waterfalls of Hanalei. The locally-sourced dishes are comprised of fresh ingredients from island fisherman and organic farmers, ranging from warm endive salad to grilled flank steak skewers with pineapple jam. A handpicked wine list focuses on Rhone-style grape varietals that complement the cuisine, while speciality cocktails like the Ohana Pau Hana and Mai Oh Mai Tai bare a regional influence. Owner and Chef Jim Moffat has also opened the Hanalei Bread Company, an organic bakery and coffeehouse, on the island’s North Shore.
Hanalei Town Center, 5-5161 Kuhio Highway #4, Hanalei, HI 96714, restaurantbaracuda.com
Eating House 1849
To experience authentic Hawaiian cuisine in an upscale setting, reserve a table at Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849, based on a 19th-century restaurant. Tokyo-born Chef Roy Yamaguchi is a James Beard award winner, cookbook author and cooking TV show host. The restaurant uses local ingredients for its menu, which includes pu pu (island tapas), salads, noodles and rice, land and sea. Try a classic like the rainbow poke, the 1849 spicy ramen bowl or the Hapa burger made with Makaweli beef, Kulena wild boar and smoked gouda. For dessert, the famous chocolate souffle takes 20 minutes to prepare, but is well worth the wait.
Shops at Kukui’ula, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Road, #A-201, Koloa, HI 96756, eatinghouse1849.com