Open Hours: Breakfast/Lunch: 6:30a-2:30p M-Su, Dinner: 5:30p-9p M-Su
Diners here enjoy a spectacular view of the bay and Bali Hai as well as a tempting array of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Asian nuances flavor ... More
Diners here enjoy a spectacular view of the bay and Bali Hai as well as a tempting array of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Asian nuances flavor the continental favorites featured here. Try the Baked Pacific Oysters with spinach and curried butter appetizer. Seafood is a must in a location like this—ask about the daily specials. Much of what you will find here is locally grown or caught. A seafood buffet is available every Friday night, and a champagne brunch is hosted every Sunday.
Cafe Hanalei we selected for a sunset dinner, since it overlooks the beaches and mountains of the north side of Kaua'i. The restaurant is outdoors, but situated so that it is protected from both wind and rain. About 8 miles of stunning scenery spreads before the diners, who sit in an elegant space bordered by floor-level shallow pools of water with palms set it them.
To the right is the ocean and the craggy peak called "Bali Hai" after its appearance in the movie "South Pacific." From there the view sweeps leftward along the beaches below and huge, cloud-laced green mountains above the beaches and valleys. Kaua'i's 5,000+ ft. central mountain--the wettest spot on Earth--rises into the clouds in the backgroud (actually only about 10 miles from your restaurant table to the peak). The view is completely uninterrupted by buildings, telephone poles, etc.
Cafe Hanalei offers the most spectacular dinner setting we've ever seen or heard of. Nature did its part with a marvelous sunset of shifting colors.
The food is ordinary superior hotel food, Pacific Rim in orientation. Dinner runs a little over $100 for two.
Pictures on the web offer only a narrow glimpse of the beauty this place affords.
David and Irene
Ordinary working class splurgers.