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15 Best Breakfasts in Kauai To Kick Start Your Day

There is nothing better than a proper breakfast
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Best Breakfasts in Kauai, Hawaii has an amazing selection of restaurants. From the vegan option to the meatiest dish, Kuai has it all. 

Early morning food replenishes the stores of energy and nutrients in your body. Especially, if you choose healthy substitutes, breakfast has many health benefits, so try not to skip it.

If you are a vacationer and looking for a place to have a splendid plate of meals to jump-start your day in Kauai, Hawaii, this article is for you. Be it a stack of pancakes, omelettes, or something more exotic like loco moco, kalua pork hash, or acai bowls, there is something for everybody.

Here, we've rounded up the 15 best breakfast places in Kauai to give you a kickstart.

1) Java Kai

Java Kai's special- Quinoa Bowl and Sunrise Breakkie
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Java Kai serves Kauai best breakfast. From a cup of fresh coffee to quick American bites, their breakfast options are perfectly crafted and served with love.

You can order a cup of coffee with lunch sandwiches, avocado toast, acai bowls and many more.

What does their classic menu include?

Java Kai's menu includes their classic Surfer Girl Sandwich. The perfectly curated sandwich is filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato, and pesto aioli.

Details about Java Kai

  • Service options: Dine-in, Takeaway
  • Address: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
  • Hours: 6 AM-6 PM
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  • Menu:
  • Phone: +1 808-823-6887
  • Price: $$-$$$

You can never go wrong when the chef kindly curates a favourable menu considering their customer's interest. Hence, if you are in Kuai, do not forget to visit Java Kai before your vacation is over.

2) Holoholo Grill

Kickstart your day with the variety of delicacy at Holoholo Grill
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Holoholo Grill has breakfast in Poipu Kauai. The eatery has a 4.1* rating on the open table and is led by celebrity chef Sam Choy.

located in the Koloa Landing Resort has friendly and helpful staff. As Sam Choy is famous as the "Godfather" of Poke, the eatery has some amazing options for Poke. Besides, their smoothies and bagel with cream fresh is also a delight to your tastebuds.

Per Google reviews, their best breakfast dishes are banana macadamia nut pancakes, loco moco, kalua pork hash, french toast, avocado toast, etc.

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in - Takeaway - No delivery
  • Located in: Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
  • Address: 8581, 2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday: 7:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Price: $-$$$
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Grill
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  • Phone: +1 808-742-2538
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3) Passion Bakery Cafe

 Passion Bakery Cafe's special malasadas
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Located in the Kinipopo Shopping Village, Passion Bakery Cafe has an amazing selection of pastries, cookies, bread & pizzas. The food items are fantastic and the portions are generous.

Not only the flavours are bold but their items are baked to perfection. People love their egg sandwiches, pastries, hamburger loco moco, and kalua pig loco moco.

But the icing on the cake is their famous malasadas. Their malasadas are always fresh; hence the Passion Bakery is another breakfast favourite in Kauai.

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in - Takeaway - No delivery
  • Address: 4-356 Kuhio Hwy #121, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm; closed Sunday
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  • Phone: +1 808-821-0060
  • Price: $$
  • Cuisine: Bakeries, Sandwiches, Breakfast, and Brunch

4) Ilima Terrace Restaurant

Ilima Terrace Restaurant at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai, Hawaii
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Grand Hyatt Hotel's tranquil terrace with koi ponds serves the best breakfast in Poipu Kauai. Their specials are breakfast buffets, sandwiches & steaks.

The restaurant is welcoming and serves great coffee and a huge selection of breakfast items including fruits and bakery items. Plus if you are travelling on a budget with your family, Ilima Terrace offers free breakfast for children under 4 years old.

As the restaurant is located on Grand Hyatt Hotel's terrace, their outdoor seating area is excellent, and the views are spectacular. Plus, the cosy atmosphere will blend right with the cheerful atmosphere and make you feel at home.

With open-air seating with views of Keoneloa Bay and the beautiful gardens of the hotel, the restaurant offers something for everyone. Per Google reviews, people love to eat their freshly cooked omelettes, loco moco, bagel, pork hash & fruit plate (papaya/pineapple plate is a must!).

Details about the eatery

  • Service options: Dine-in - No delivery
  • Located in: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
  • Address: 1571 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • Phone: +1 808-240-6456
  • Reservations:

5) Imua Coffee Roasters

vegan gluten-free macaroons at Imua Coffee Roasters
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Imua Coffee Roasters is a restaurant serving vegan, organic and gluten-free food options. It is a perfect coffee spot for fixing your daily dose of caffeine. Here, you can enjoy freshly roasted coffee with the breakfast of your choice to give your body a jump start.

You can choose any items from hot and cold brews to lattes and cappuccinos with baked goods such as pastries, bagels, yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, etc. Plus, their restaurant is located at a beach which is soothing and welcoming.

Not only vacationers but locals also love the place as it is conveniently located at Islander on the Beach and offer plenty of options for those with dietary restrictions.

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
  • Located in: Aston Islander on the Beach
  • Address: 440 Aleka Pl #7, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 6:00 – 12:00 pm; Sunday: 6:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Healthy
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  • Phone: +1 808-821-1717


6) Russel's By Eat Healthy Kauai

Keiki Silver dollah Choco Chip Pancakes
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Russel's is among the awesome breakfast restaurants Kauai. They serve healthy plant-based, and locally sourced breakfast options depending on the season.

Their menu includes

  • Smoothies
  • Banana pancakes
  • Bagels
  • Burritos
  • Sandwiches
  • Açaí bowls, and more. 

Why is this place a good option for breakfast you may ask. The answer to your question is their healthy plant-based breakfast items. This place is the best choice for people looking for a plant-based diet on a budget.

Furthermore, they swear by sustainability and work on their side to reduce their ecological footprint. Overall, Russel's is a nice place to start your day.

Details about the eatery

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Healthy
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 8:00 am – 2:15 pm
  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
  • Located in: Shops at Wailua Kai
  • Address: 4-369 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 8:00 am – 2:15 pm
  • Phone: +1 808-822-7990

7) Kauai Juice Co

Kauai Juice Co
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Kauai Juice Co has three prime locations in Kapaa, Kilauea and Poipu. This cold-pressed juice company has some amazing selections of juices & fresh local produce.

Not only do they have the best juice options, but they also have a variety of juices, salads, snacks, pickles, sauces, and frozen beef and chicken bone broth.

In addition to providing quality juice to the community, this juice company is also passionate about healthy food systems and sustainability. To show their support to the community, Kauai Juice Company supports local farmers.

And their sustainability commitment was shown by their dedication in 2019 when they reused over 300,000 bottles in one year.

Details about the Juice place

  • Location: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Juice Bars and Smoothies, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

8) Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company

Donot forget to try Crispy pork belly scramble at Kalaheo Cafe
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Kalaheo is a casual cafe that is famous for serving jumbo portions of omelettes, sandwiches & Hawaiian dinners from local ingredients.

With the generous amount of sizing, there is no doubt that Kalaheo is popular among tourists. Although their menu has some outstanding items, Paniolo-style breakfast and Portuguese sausage stand out to the crowd.

In addition to selling a jumbo breakfast menu, they are also popular for including the following items on their menu

  • Variety of eggs
  • Corn muffin
  • Cheese sandwich with bacon
  • Hash browns
  • Juices & Smoothies
  • Tea/Coffee

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
  • Located in: Tradewinds Kauai
  • Address: 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741, United States
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm 
  • Menu:
  • Phone: +1 808-332-5858
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Quick Bites, American, Cafe
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9) Anake’s Juice Bar

Anake’s Juice Bar (Picture Courtesy: Poipu Beach House)
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Located Inside Kukuiula Store, Anake's offers smoothies and acai bowls, pre-made oatmeals and chia puddings in jars. It is a haven for health-conscious folks that provides a  quintessential laid-back Hawaiian experience.

Details about the jucie bar

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway
  • Located in: Kukuiula Market
  • Address: 2827 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
  • Hours: 8 AM-2 PM
  • Phone: +1 808-742-1602

10) Anuenue Cafe

Chef's special Ahisandoe at Anuenue Cafe
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For a tasty breakfast Kauai, Anuenue Cafe is the ultimate choice. This snug eatery serves breakfast dishes infused with meats, spices, and local fruits.

Not only you will find fresh local produce but you will be amazed to see the wide selection of breakfast menu in such a cosy space. Their menu has unique items such as 

  • Kaua’i Roastery Coffee
  • Anahola Granola
  • Makaweli Meat Company Beef
  • Lawai Valley Mushrooms
  • Kaua’i shrimp

Furthermore, if you are craving a normal American-style breakfast menu such as omelettes, eggs benedict, french toast, avocado toast, and more are also available at Anuenue Cafe.

Everything on the menu looks amazing but per Google reviews, vacationers love their kalua pork fried rice which tastes like perfection.

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in-Takeaway
  • Located in: Poipu Shopping Village
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Hawaiian
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday: 6:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Address: 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
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  • Phone: +1 808-469-7000

11) Hanalei Bread Co.

Visit Hanalei Bread Co, for freshly baked breads & pastries
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Hanalei is a locally owned and operated company that serves fresh bread, pastries & your favourite cup of coffee. It looks simple but serves some delicious and unforgettable breakfast or lunch experiences. 

From mouth-watering organic pastries to rich coffee drinks and sandwiches, Hanalei Bread Co is the place to be!

If you are vacationing in Hawaii and looking for a place that serves both sweet & savoury items, Hanalei is your friend. Their Brekkie Sandwich is a massive hit among locals and tourists.

Brekkie Sandwich is a brioche bun stuffed with bacon, egg, cheese, tomato, arugula, and aioli. Furthermore, their baked goods include

  • Croissants
  • Banana bread
  • Nutella rolls
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Muffins etc

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
  • Located in: Hanalei Center
  • Address: 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy #4, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Menu:
  • Phone: +1 808-826-6717
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Quick Bites, American, Cafe

12) Holey Grail Donuts

Why did the clock in the donut shop run slow? It always went back four seconds
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Are you looking forward to starting your day with a fresh cup of coffee and a soft doughnut in Kauai? If yes then you are in the correct place. Holey Grail Donuts are fried in coconut oil which makes it taste much better than the regular ones.

Although the food truck looks small, they offer fluffy doughnuts in chocolate, pineapple, miso honey and strawberry flavours. And the best part about the food truck is, you can buy tasting boxes if you want to sample all the flavours!

Details about the food truck

  • Service options: Takeaway · No delivery
  • Address: 5-5100 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States
  • Hours: Weds-Thurs: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm; Fri – Sun: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Phone: +1 808-212-7147
  • Price: $
  • Cuisine: Dessert, American, Cafe, Vegan

13) Little Fish Coffee

A bagel is a donut with the sin removed
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Little Fish Coffee is another great spot to grab top-notch coffee and freshly prepared food with the highest quality ingredients. They boast their locally sourced produce and high-end coffee beans imported via a fair trade.

As a reputed breakfast place, their menu includes

  • Acai bowls
  • Smoothies
  • Sandwiches
  • Bagels, etc

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
  • Address: 2294 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Menu:
  • Phone: +1 808-742-2113
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  • Price: $$-$$
  • Cuisine: Quick bites, American, Cafe

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14) Kountry Kitchen

Have you tried the blue berry waffles with whipped cream and fresh blue berries at Kountry Kitchen
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Casual & cozy eatery dishing out substantial island-style breakfasts & American classics. This family-run restaurant in downtown Kapa’a features an extensive menu with generous portions of fresh, delicious food cooked to order.

From loco moco to plate-sized macadamia nut pancakes drizzled with house-made coconut syrup, this place has it all. In addition, they also serve the kalua pork eggs benedict, corned beef hash, and giant stuffed omelettes to ensure your satisfaction.

When in Kountry Kitchen do not forget to snack on the ripe papaya with your freshly brewed and delicious cup of coffee.

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
  • Address: 4-1489 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
  • Hours: Thursday-Monday, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm; closed Tuesday and We
  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Hawaiian
  • Menu:
  • Phone: +1 808-822-3511

15) Small Town Coffee

Cold Brew Clouds
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Small Town Coffee is a food truck serving organic coffee, breakfast & lunch with live music & free WiFi. Google review says their mini bacon egg cheese quiches and the blueberry muffin are top-rated.

If you think this cosy food truck only serves the same eggs and bacon then you should definitely visit them this summer so that you don't miss out on their house-made pastries & unbeatable breakfast sandwiches

Details about the restaurant

  • Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
  • Address: 4-1543 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Phone: +1 808-638-4799
  • Price: $
  • Cuisine: Food Trucks, Coffee and Tea Juice Bars, and Smoothies