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East Shore

The windward shore is given a gentle sea breeze that slips through the homes that sit only feet from the waves, over pastures and farms, around buildings where we work, and streets and that one highway; up hills that look out over it from lighted windows where we live. Loyal and knowing, the shore and her people grace one another.


East Shore

Restaurant Kintaro Japanese Teppan Yaki, Sushi Wailua
Aston Aloha Beach Hotel Island Cuisine Catch-of-the-Day Wailua
Cafe Portofino on the Beach Italian/Mediterranean Fresh Pasta & Veal Nawiliwili
Gaylord’s Restaurant Island Flavors Kauai Beef Fresh Fish Puhi
House of Noodles Oodles of Noodles Saimin, Seafood Kapaa
Hukilau Lanai Kauai Fresh Cuisine Fresh Local Fish Kapaa
Kilohana Plantation Historic Kilohana Plantation Kauai’s Premiere Destination Choy Village–Kappa
Lemongrass Grill Seafood & Bar Seafood, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Vegetarian, Seafood Kilohana
Mema Thai & Chinese Cuisine Thai & Chinese House Curry,
Cashew Chicken
Pacific Island Bistro Pacific Rim Fresh Island Fare Kapaa
Tropical Burgers and More Gourmet Burgers/
Seafood/Shrimp Scampi/
Rum-Guava Burger
Teppan Yaki, Sushi Wailua
Restuarant Kintaro Traditional Japanese Fare Burgers Poipu
Smith Family Garden Luau Traditional Hawaiian Fare Lomi Lomi, Kalua Pig Wailua
Sukhothai Thai/Chinese Thai & Vietnamese Kapaa
Wailua Marina Restaurant Local Favorites Island Ahi,
Stuffed Pork Chop

East Shore Restaurant Reviews


Lemongrass Grill Seafood and Bar

LemongrassEditorialLemongrass Grill Seafood and Bar was first honored with a prestigious Zagat Hawaiian Restaurant Award in 2009, and continued its winning ways in 2013. The two-story, pagoda-inspired design restaurant, located in the heart of Old Kapaa Town, is a landmark beacon for visitors and locals seeking the highest quality, hand-selected seafood prepared island-style.

The interior of Lemongrass Grill Seafood and Bar is Pacific Rim and everywhere you look, at the walls and at the corner of the rooms, you’ll see displays of fresh orchids, art, vases, paintings and sculpture that will fascinate you. The menu also reflects the art of Pacific Rim preparation and the emphasis is on fresh seafood, fresh local produce, fresh catch of the day from local fishermen, backed by a quality presentation from the kitchen.

For starters, there’s the Lobster Ravioli, four large three-cheese ravioli tossed with lobster in a light cream reduction, Baked Oysters on the half Shell with bell pepper relish and wasabi sprouts, Golden Prawns wrapped in won-ton tossed in an Asian vinaigrette cocktail sauce, a terrific Island Crab Bake with pineapple salsa, and a thinly sliced Marinated Pork Loin with a sweet chili vinaigrette sauce. Salads range from Kilauea Greens, organically-grown on Kauai’s North Shore, with fresh pineapple chunks, tomato, and guava puree; a great Shrimp Salad of baby island greens, tomato, pineapple, cucumbers, and sweet red onion in a chili oil Thai dressing, and a fresh Spinach Salad with tomato, bacon, and mozzarella cheese served in a  tangy chilled citrus reduction.

Entrees from the land feature Drunken Duck, a boneless duck breast marinated in Chef’s special sauces served with rice and vegetable medley; Guava BBQ Ribs, meaty pork ribs slightly smoked, flame broiled and then slow-cooked till tender and served with guava laced barbecue sauce, island slaw, and roasted garlic potatoes; Wailua Chicken, tender chicken breast crusted with panko parmesan and accented with mushrooms, tomatoes, and tangy capers; and a choice of Roast Prime Rib Au Jus with creamy horseradish or Five Spice Prime Rib in an Asian five spice her sauce with Jasmine.

Fresh items from the sea include Scallop Mushroom Saute of tender scallops and mushrooms seared in a  sweet Marsala wine, a dash of cream, fresh garlic, and fresh vegetables atop linguini; Tempura Crusted Ono, a fresh filet with a sweet sesame Onagi sauce accompanied with vegetables and roasted potatoes; Steamed Fish, Chinese-style sea bass steamed in a garlic ginger soy sauce and finished with sizzling sesame oil, Chinrse parsley, fresh ginger, green onion and shitake mushrooms with rice and vegetable on the side; Stuffed Shrimp, an abundance of diced snow crab blended with seafood stuffing atop crisp shrimp with a rich bearnaise sauce or Garlic Pepper Prawns in a tomato and pepper puree served with Jasmine rice.

Steak and Seafood Combos are available with offerings of Steak and Prawn Scampi, Filet and Fresh Fish, Steak and Crab Legs, or Steak and Lobster Tail.
Vegetarians can enjoy a Vegetable Medley Linguine; Satay Vegetables in a creamy peanut sauce, or a terrific dish of Full Steam Ahead, a wondrous display of steamed broccoli, zucchini, carrots, bell pepper and Chinese cabbage with a side of soy ginger garlic sauce.

Lemongrass Grill Seafood and Bar has become a family and visitor dining tradition of sampling delicious flavors from the land and the sea and it’s a good reason why the restaurant has been honored in the Zagat Hawaiian Restaurants category.   

Restaurant Kintaro

Restaurant Kintaro, located on Kauai’s Coconut Coast in Kapaa, has long been recognized for its outstanding Japanese cuisine. The Kim family named their restaurant in honor of Kintaro, a young Japanese super boy who, according to Japanese legend, lived during the era of Edo in the sixteenth century and defended his friends from harm with the aid of his magic ax. Whatever the challenge, Kintaro was always on hand to help and serve his friends. The Kim family hope they can also please and serve you and be a friend to you. The sushi bar at Restaurant Kintaro is exceptional—featuring tender prime filet of cooked and uncooked Nigiri and Chirashi seafood depending on season and availability cut into bite size morsels with hand-molded rice, and served with Miso soup and tea. There’s also a special selection of Nigiri Sushi and Te-Make available: please inquire. A la carte appetizers include Sashimi, Lemon buttered Mussels, Gyoza (fried dumplings), Yakitori, Teriyaki, and Crispy Won Ton made on the premises. Dinners, served with chilled Buckwheat Noodles and a delicious sauce, Miso soup, Rice, Japanese pickles and Tea, feature light and crispy Tempura combinations, grilled Fresh water Eel, and Salmon Yaki. There’s also a Sukiyaki Dinner and Nabemono, a one-pot dish with a variety of seafood and vegetables. Mixed Broiled Dinners include Shrimp and Mussel Combinations, charbroiled New York Cut Steak or Filet Mignon, Fresh Catch of the Day, and Alaskan King Crab.

House of Noodles

Offering great, affordable family style dining with large portions that will satisfy your pocketbook and taste buds at the same time, the House of Noodles features oodles of noodles Japanese, Chinese, Asian, and local style that makes this restaurant a standout. Traditional bowls of Saimin are served up small, medium and large and there’s Dry Saimin or Dry Rice Noodle garnished with your choice of Chicken, Pork, Shrimp, Seafood, or Tai Min, a Rice and Egg with Beef Broth, Spicy Noodle Soup, and a Special Rolled Rice Noodle with Beef Broth. Round or Flat Fried Noodles complement a tasty Shrimp or Seafood entree on the oodles of noodles menu served by a warm and charming staff. Located in the heart of Old Kapa’a Town, the House of Noodles also features a large selection of entrees of Battered Chicken with sweet and sour sauce, island Fish of the day, Lobster, Shrimp Pasta, Calamari Steak, and fork-tender Steak with diced Cajun potato and vegetable. Sandwich specialities range from Crab Cake to Chicken Cutlet to Kauai’s famous Kalua Pig Sandwich. Fresh Fruit Smoothies come in a rainbow of color — strawberry, banana, pineapple, mango, pina colada and lemonade and there’s a terrific Dessert of the Day.

Hukilau Lanai

Ocean view dining, tiki torches & nightly live music set the scene at Hukilau Lanai, where the locals go for a special night out. Featuring “20 great wines for $20-something” & an early evening Food & Wine Tasting Menu, Hukilau offers bang for your buck while staying committed to local products and produce. Modern hand -crafted cocktails share the bar with the best old-fashioned Mai Tai around.

Get comfy in the lounge and select from an array of ono-licious pupus such as Adam’s famous Ahi Poke Nachos, Hawaiian Vanilla Bean BBQ Ribs, Sweet Potato & Feta Cheese Ravioli & more. Known for their impeccably fresh local fish, Hukilau offers several selections each night and the preparations change too, keeping the dishes new and interesting each time you come. Usual favorites on the roster include Ahi, Ono, Mahi Mahi, Opah, & Walu. If Beef is your thing, the Filet Mignon melts in your mouth, & the slow cooked Prime Rib seasoned with Hawaiian Salt is available every night while it lasts. Hukilau offers a full Gluten-Free menu and scrumptious Vegetarian options, too. The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Warm Cake draws in many followers, but it’s hard to pass up that ultra-smooth textured Hawaiian Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee. Centrally located at the Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa, the perfect setting, yummy food made from scratch, & knowledgeable, friendly staff make this comfortable spot a must do again and again! Open Tuesday through Sunday 5-9pm. Food & Wine Tasting Menu available from 5-5:45. Poolside Bar open at 11am. Reservations Recommended. 808-822-0600.


Sukhothai, located in the Kapaa Shopping Center, is named after the first capitol city of Thailand and serves up tantalizing Thai recipes, both pleasing to the palate and the eye. The kitchen reflects the diversity of Thailand’s multi-ethnic population and creates dishes that include aromatic seasonings that definitely satisfy. The most well known Thai offerings are vegetarian and seafood dishes such as Lemon Grass Vegetables with Coconut Tofu, Pad Ben-Ja-Lung, a delicious combination of Shrimp, Carrots, Cabbage, Green Onion and dried Mushrooms, or Lobster in Black Bean Sauce. Sukhothai Chef Jintana serves up a nifty Boneless Deep Fried Whole Snapper, Steak with Garlic Shrimp, and a Hanalei Duck Delight. Soups and noodles range from combinations of Lemon Grass with Shrimp, Chicken, Shrimp or Seafood, Pad See-Ew, stir fried rice noodle with vegetable and Brown Shoyu with a choice of meat or fish. Curries come in variety of colors and flavors – Red, Yellow, Green with choices of chicken, beef, pork, seafood, tofu, and vegetables. Sukhothai also served authentic Chinese and Vietnamese and Barbecued Food, and lives up to its slogan – “Best Food. Best Taste. Best Place.”

Mema Thai Chinese Cuisine

Fronting Kuhio Highway in Wailua, this Zagat “Excellence” Award and Garden Island Reader’s Poll “Best of Kauai” winner continues to provide traditional Thai-Chinese cuisine prepared to the highest standard. Mema Thai Chinese Cuisine is intimate and elegant, its tables set with crisp linens, spotless glassware, and orchid sprays. Fresh Island Shrimp, Beef Salad, or Ginger Coconut Soup whet the appetite and make one hungry for more. Aromatic seasonings are used to enhance and blend the unique diversity of Thai, Chinese, and Pacific Rim ethnic styles into tantalizing dishes to satisfy every palate. Chef William Choy and his wife, Rojana, supervise a richly varied repertoire of delicious fare that includes a fabulous Pad Thai of stir fried rice noodles with eggs, chives, and bean sprouts topped with chopped peanuts and choices of tofu, chicken or pork, shrimp or seafood. House Specialties range from Fresh Basil with Mixed Vegetables of garlic, broccoli, carrots, cabbage and spices, Spicy Sweet & Sour, and the signature dish House Curry, the famous Siam-style panans curry of vegetable, fish, chicken, pork or beef choices in mild, medium, or hot versions. Mema Thai Chinese Cuisine exhibits pride of ownership, high quality, and a courteous and friendly staff exhibiting the warmth of Kauai’s Aloha Spirit.

Pacific Island Bistro

Located in the Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapaa, Pacific Island Bistro offers a great Asian and Pacific Cuisine lunch or dinner choice at affordable prices. Appetizers, soup and salads range from Soft Shell Crab Tempura or Lettuce Taco with quickly cooked minced pork served in cool lettuce cups in Hoisin Mango Saute to a terrific Pacific clam chowder or a crisp Bistro House Salad of local grown lettuce mix, tomato and carrot curl topped with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Entrees feature pan-seared Opakapapa in a Mango Thai Curry served with garlic mash potato and vegetables, Hawaiian Grilled Teryaki Pepper Steak with stir-fried vegetables and Coconut Jasmine Rice, Pork Tenderloin dusted in five spices flour, pan-fried with green peppercorns, brandy, and a light Blue Cheese Cream Sauce served with mash potato, or the restaurant’s signature Peking Duck served with bao buns and scallions in a tasty plum sauce. Open daily for lunch 10:30 AM – 3 PM and dinner 4 PM – 9:30 PM, you can create your own ala carte taste treat of Seafood Combination, Black Tiger Shrimp, Scallop, Chicken, Beef or Pork and choose a favorite sauce of Hot Mongolian, Red Curry, Coconut Cream, Ginger Garlic, Broccoli Oyster, Garlic Black Bean or Garlic Wine. House specialties include Honey Walnut Prawns, Lemon Chicken Katsu, Pineapple Duck, Sesame Beef or Pork, and an array of rice and noodles. All in all it’s tasty dining that draws a nice mix of locals and visitors to the table

Smith Family Garden Luau

Rated “The Best Luau On The Island!” by The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, the Smith Family Garden Luau’s spectacular cuisine and memorable entertainment will surprise you. Come early and enjoy a stroll through the 30-acre botanical gardens that makeup the luau grounds. The unforgettable luau begins with the Imu Ceremony – the uncovering of the imu pit where the evenings main course, a Kalua pig, has been roasting all day. It’s a never ending local “plate lunch” of Mahimahi, Teriyaki Beef, Chicken Adobo, and the much talked about Poi. The fresh Kauai cuisine adds to the authentic luau experience unlike any other, and the bottomless Mai Tais just add to the enjoyment. The International Pageant of talented dancers and musicians will bring the songs and dances of Polynesia and the Pacific rim to life right before your very eyes as they sway and move to native beats from such exotic places as Tahiti, New Zealand, Japan, China, The Phillipines, and of course, Hawaii. The Hawaiian Smith Family has been sharing their Aloha Spirit with visitors and kama ‘aina for over 50 years. The entire family invites you to join in their celebration of the unique flavors of Hawaii and the rhythm of Aloha. The luau is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings in the heart of Wailua at the Wailua Marina State Park.