Whether you’re looking for a romantic restaurant to celebrate an anniversary or a family-friendly joint that the kids are sure to love, consider this your go-to guide for waterfront dining on Kauai

Nicknamed the Garden Isle, Kauai is characterized by tropical rainforests, dramatic cliffs, and sugary beaches that give way to crystal-clear waters. With striking vistas from every angle, it’s no wonder that waterfront restaurants on Kauai are so desirable, but there are actually very few of them on the island. Here are three you simply can’t miss.


Oasis on the Beach

Located just steps from the water, Oasis on the Beach is an ideal spot for a romantic sunset dinner or a leisurely brunch. In an effort to serve the best and freshest food available, Oasis on the Beach sources almost 90% of their ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, and fishers. The restaurant is especially known for its seafood (grilled and seared catches are both available), but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. From braised boneless short ribs to lamb meatballs to salads, Oasis on the Beach has something for everyone. 


Brennecke’s Beach Broiler

Looking for a place that the kids will love? Look no further than Brennecke’s Beach Broiler. This casual beachfront eatery serves up offerings that kids are sure to love (like nachos, chicken tenders, and burgers) as well as seafood options that adults will gravitate towards (seared scallops or clam linguine with bacon, anyone?). Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the views: the laid-back restaurant offers a front-row seat to the ocean and palm trees beyond. Although you can order food to go, with views like these you’ll be better off dining at Brennecke’s Beach Broiler.


Sam’s Ocean View

Talk about dinner with a view! At Sam’s Ocean View, you can enjoy alfresco oceanfront dining next to the popular Kapaa Bike Path. This trendy bistro and bar’s open-air dining room features striking oceanfront views that are rivaled only by the food. From fish and chips to Parmesan-crusted island fish to shrimp primavera, Sam’s Ocean View serves up plenty of seafood dishes. If you’re not in the mood for fish, you can easily find something to enjoy on the menu. (We recommend the eggplant parmesan or curry vegetable quinoa bowl.)


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