Where to Eat in Eleele: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Concepcion Newsome

ʻEleʻele (literally, "black" or "black water" in Hawaiian) is a census-designated place (CDP) on the island of Kauaʻi in Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States, with the ZIP code of 96705. Glass Beach, that is made of sea glass, is a local attraction. The population was 2,390 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Eleele

1. Kauai Chocolate Company

4341 Waialo Road, Eleele, Kauai, HI Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible +1 808-335-0448
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Kauai Chocolate Company

808 335-0448

Reviewed By jammerspot - Minnesota

When you enter the store, chocolate smell surrounds you. There are choices of dark chocolate, light chocolate in all of their different chocolate candies. Some have macadamia nuts, some do not. There are some with Carmel as well. There are the individual chocolates as well as fudge as well as small bars. The flavor is wonderful. A must visit.

2. Kauai Island Brewing Company

4350 Waialo Road, Port Allen Marina Center, Eleele, Kauai, HI 96705 Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 808-335-0006
Excellent
43%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 643 reviews

Kauai Island Brewing Company

We are a microbrewery/brewpub, with a showcase copper-clad Brewhouse, featuring 10 house beers on tap, plus several rotating guest beers both on tap and in bottles. On the kitchen side our pub-fare menu includes a choice of pupus, salads, sandwiches, burgers as well as a variety of fresh fish and mouth-watering entrees. We also feature a keiki menu for the little ones. Our full bar serves wine, mixed drinks, and cocktails. There are five 55" flat screen HDTVs throughout the pub to watch all the games. Brewery tours are available upon request. We also sell and fill growlers for beer to go, and offer keg rentals.

Reviewed By Chrissie S

It was crazy busy because it had been raining but the kids loved running upstairs to play on the pinball machines while we waited for a table.

3. Port Allen Sunset Grill & Bar

4353 Waialo Rd # 7A,, Eleele, Kauai, HI Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 25 +1 808-335-3188
Excellent
35%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 212 reviews

Port Allen Sunset Grill & Bar

Reviewed By Tom I - Kauai, Hawaii

If you don't get sea sick, this is a nice local spot that offers a variety of dishes. Out on their lanai you can watch the sunset. They have TV screens with sports going on. Beer selection etc... Typical, nothing fancy.

4. Kauai Ramen

4469 Waialo Road, Eleele, Kauai, HI 96705 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Soups Lunch, Dinner +1 808-335-9888
Excellent
22%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Kauai Ramen

Reviewed By ShakaPaka - Koloa, Hawaii

Would have gotten a one star rating if it weren't for the new sushi bar that they started. Kauai Ramen brought in a local sushi chef and they offer some cheap, but tasty sushi five nights a week. We've been going here for a number of years and the food is ok and the prices reasonable. Tonight I wanted to try something different and so I ordered one of the combo sets, but I didn't feel like fried rice. I noticed a sticker on the bottom of the menu that stated "For combo set item exchange will be charge $1.00" so I told the waitress that I wanted fried noodles instead of the fried rice. She said no substitutions! I pointed out the menu to her and she said that only applied to different versions of fried rice and that the charge was actually an additional $2.50! Well that ruined it for me and I told her that I wanted to speak to the owner or manager and that this was false advertising and that they should honor what was in writing. She walked away and I never did speak to anyone. We were never asked how things were nor if we wanted a refill on our drinks until well after we had finished. Hardly anyone in there so it wasn't as if she was slammed! We'll visit somewhere else the next time we're in the area!

5. Little Fish Coffee Hanapepe

3900 Hanapepe Rd #D, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 5 - SGD 20 +1 808-335-5000
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Little Fish Coffee Hanapepe

Little Fish Coffee Kauai is a purveyor of specialty coffee. We offer high quality, locally sourced and roasted coffees, amazing espresso drinks, healthy smoothies, acai bowls loaded with fresh Kauai fruit, bagels, sandwiches, paninis and salads. We have three Kauai locations for all your coffee needs: Hanapepe, Poipu, and Koke’e.

Reviewed By travelbird_NL - Timbuktu, Mali

Nice little outlet with very decent espresso (macchiatos) from a La Marzocco machine. Had a granola fruit yoghurt bowl too, which was very good. They have a little backyard surrounded by little art galleries. Friendly staff Worth it

6. Midnight Bear Breads

3830 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 16 +1 808-346-4949
Excellent
80%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Midnight Bear Breads

Organic artisan bakery.

Reviewed By lisa9962 - upstate NY

Great little bakery with delicious sandwiches served beautifully. Open faced prosciutto with shredded cheese, arugula and balsamic was delicious. Also had the grilled prosciutto with brie. Turkey sandwich was excellent - fresh Turkey (not deli meat) with a pesto mayo and dijon. Best of all was cinnamon danish with macadamia nuts!!

7. Paina Pono Cafe

4469 Waialo Road, Eleele, Kauai, HI 96705 American, Asian, Hawaiian, Barbecue Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 17 +1 808-742-1808
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Paina Pono Cafe

Paina Pono Café is located at the Eleele Shopping Center, on the island of Kauai. Open at 6:30am. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Wide selection of menu items to choose from and very reasonable prices. Daily Specials also available. Sit in or take out. May also call ahead to pre order.

Reviewed By terriBoise - Boise, Idaho

Went to Paina Pono Café Grand re-opening on March 25, 2017. So happy that after a year of recovering from a fire and renovations, that they are open again!

Their menu has a wide variety so make time to look through it all.

Some of the things I tried on multiple visits: papaya, sweet bread french toast, bento box lunch. flying saucer, taro patty&kalua pig, lau lau, fried saimin, rum guava chicken, guacamole onion rings, blueberry cheesecake.....Just to name a few.

They also have daily specials too, but I did not try any since I was trying things from their menu.

Everything tasted and looked great, prices very affordable, and employees so very nice....so much Aloha.
I look forward to my next trip to Kauai!
This will be the place that I will return to over and over again!

8. Subway

4485 Waialo Rd, Eleele, Kauai, HI 96705-9997 Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch +1 808-335-2711
Excellent
35%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Subway

Reviewed By TravelGal584 - Pearland, Texas

Since we were short on time, we decided to stop at Subway and take our sandwiches to go. They were pretty busy, but the employees were friendly and they made our sandwiches correctly and had us on our way pretty quickly.

9. No 1 Chinese BBQ Restaurant

4485 Waialo Rd, Eleele, Kauai, HI 96705-9997 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 808-335-6888
Excellent
23%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

Reviewed By rockymountainrider - Colorado

We didn't expect gourmet food and we were not disappointed. The food tasted good and there was a lot of it and I debated between an Average and Very Good rating. I settled on Average because there are lots of fast food restaurants on the island that have good tasting food and this did not stand out from the rest of them. My wife had the rib plate and I had a loco moco. The rib plate in particular was interesting in that it also contained fried shrimp and a piece of fried fish.

10. The Fresh Shave

3540 Koloa Road, Lawai, Kauai, HI 96765 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options +1 808-652-0348
Excellent
89%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 104 reviews

The Fresh Shave

Reviewed By smileyeye - Denver, Colorado

This was the best of many we tried on the Island. Loved The whiskers and The Dirt squirrel! They make other shaved ice places look boring. The coffee flavored Dirt squirrel wasn’t favorite. If only we found this our first day and not the last day. It’s located in a unique retail/food truck area. Funky and fun.

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