Ultimate Guide to Cheap Eats in Kauai

While in Kauai, we looked for some of the best places to eat on a budget.  From food trucks, supermarkets, and a hole in the wall restaurant, we found an assortment of options with a target price under $10 per person.



Supermarkets in Kauai are one option for those on a budget. There are several big box retailers such as Costco, Walmart, and Safeway, all located in Lihue. If you want to find organic food, Papaya’s Natural Foods is the best option, located in Kapa’a. Another great spot, but pricey, is Healthy Hut in Kilauea.



Cheap Eats in Kaua’i



Best Food on a Budget in West Kauai (Waimea, Hanapepe, Poipu)

  • Paco’s Taco’s – taco stand with fish tacos and excellent shrimp quesadillas

    • 4505 Puolo Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716

  • Kauai Pupu Factory – excellent poke with very good prices

    • 1-3566 Kaumualii Hwy, Hanapepe, HI 96716

  • The Little Fish Cafe – great for breakfast with daily brewed coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and excellent acai bowls

    • 3900 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716

  • Kalaheo Coffee Company – great breakfast spot with pancakes, eggs, and excellent coffee

    • 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741

  • Da Crack – ridiculously good burritos, the best in Kauai

    • 2827 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

  • Kauai Coffee Company – free coffee tastings and walking tour, purchasing a pound of coffee is $12-$18 per pound

    • 870 Halewili Rd, Kalaheo, HI 96741


Poke from Kauai Pupu Factory

Poke from Kauai Pupu Factory


Best Food on a Budget in South Kauai (Lihu’e, Wailua, Kapa’a)

  • Fish Express – famous spot for poke

    • 3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

  • Tiki Taco’s – one of the best tacos I have ever eaten

    • 4-971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746

  • Pono Market – hands down the best poke in Kauai

    • 4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746

Poke from Pono MarketPoke from Pono Market

Poke from Pono Market


Best Food on a Budget in North Kauai (Kilauea, Hanalei)

  • Pat’s Taqueria – very good tacos and excellent quesadilla for a beach lunch

    • 4997 Weke Rd, Hanalei, HI 96714

  • Kilauea Fish Market – excellent quality fish, no matter how you get it, including the poke

    • 4270 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

  • Sushi Girl – ahi sushi burrito, enough said

    • 5-6607 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714


Bon Appetite!



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