Best Kauai Cheap Eats

image From writing this blog and being on twitter, I have met some great folks who live in the Aloha State. I’ve recently connected with Brian Rubadue who is a real estate expert and resident on Kauai. You can find him and his wife, Alicia, at their website, Kauai Real Estate Professionals.

We all know that dining in Kauai can be expensive. So, I recently asked Brian if he would be interested in providing us with a list of his favorite budget-friendly places to dine on Kauai. Lucky for us, he said yes. Here’s his list of places that you can easily dine for under $10 per person:

Pho Kauai
Lunch & Dinner
4303 Rice Street Suite B1
”Vietnamese food, good prices, good size portions”
Yelp review

La Bamba Mexican Restaurant
Lunch & Dinner
3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy Ste C1 (in the Kukui Grove Mall)
”My personal favorite is the Chicken Enchilada Plate.”
Yelp review

Lunch & Dinner
4300 Nuhou St
”Well, it just doesn’t get any cheaper! Pizza, Chicken bakes, Chicken Caesar Salads and Hot Dogs. Not all local food, but decent eats at low prices! Prices start at $1.50 for a big kosher hot dog or polish sausage with a 20 oz soda. Alicia and I love Costco! We can both eat lunch for less than $5.00 total.” (Note that you don’t have to have be a Costco member to access the Costco restaurant.)

KCL BBQ & Chinese Restaurant
Lunch & Dinner
4971 C Kuhio Hwy
”Wide variety of local food, good sized portions.”
Yelp review

Oki Diner
Now closed.

Mahalo to Brian and Alicia for their  local insight on where to dine in Kauai on the cheap!

For more ideas of where to eat on your Kauai vacation, see my post of finding the best Kauai restaurants.

  1. I completely agree with the Costco listing! My husband and I just returned from Kauai last week. We bought fresh poke, a sashimi platter and shrimp cocktail from Costco. They were all fresh and delcious! The shrimp cocktail was the best I’ve ever had.

    They do not have the poke all the time, weekends mostly and during their “Seafood Days”. Check with them on dates.

    You won’t be disappointed with the taste, price or quality. We took all back to our balcony room overlooking the ocean at the Sheraton Poipu. Oceanfront dining at a fraction of the cost!

  2. Shabingie – thanks for sharing your thoughts on Costco in Kauai. Now, having poke on your oceanfront lanai in Poipu sounds absolutely wonderful.

  3. Hi Sheila,

    Please help with Best Waikiki Cheap Eats. I’m planning to be in Waikiki for 5 days and don’t want to pay a fortune for meals. Thank you very much.

  4. Hi Sheila,

    We’ll be visiting Oahu for four days and Kauai for two days in July and would like to do a Luau in either islands. Which one would you recommend please?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Since you’ll be on Oahu longer, I’d recommend there. Oahu offers several nice luaus. In no particular order, Paradise Cove, Germaines and the Polynesian Cultural Center offer great luaus and Polynesian dancing shows.

      1. Hi Sheila,

        Thank you for your recommendations. If I have to have a luau in Kauai, which one would you recommend?


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