#17 of 211 Kauai Restaurants

Coconut’s Fish Cafe

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Coconut’s Fish Café – Serving Home-Cooked Seafood Delights and Craft Brews, Too
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When nothing else will do but fresh seafood done right, you can count on the team at Coconut’s Fish Café to come through for you. With their huge menu of island favorites, it’s always easy to satisfy your cravings, especially if you’re looking for huge 17 ingredient tacos. Beyond that, they have local style plate dinners, craft brews and wine, and even Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

A Maui favorite, Coconut’s Fish Cafe has finally landed in East Side Kauai to bring the island all their fan favorites. From their monstrous 17-ingredient tacos to local-style plates, there’s a little something for everyone at this casual eatery. They even have gluten-free fare and vegetarian-friendly dishes, all of which feature big, bold flavors that you’re sure to love. Plus, they have craft brews, wine, and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages that’ll perfectly complement whatever you end up ordering.

Located right along the Kuhio Highway, Coconut’s Fish Cafe is a convenient place to go between all your beachside adventures. With their surfboard-inspired tables, bamboo accents, and other island décor, their dining room perfectly sets the stage for a truly memorable meal. Their friendly service promises to help you feel right at home from the second you walk through the doors, too.

From that moment, you can settle in at your table of choice and take a good long look at Coconut’s Fish Cafe’s menu. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to mull over the options because every item features an impressive array of fresh, local ingredients. Time-honored family recipes drive their creations, including their Seafood Chowder that was dreamed up by the founder’s mom.

If you have the time, you might even want to go with a multi-course meal, starting with an appetizer before moving onto a bowl of chowder or salad with all the fixings. Then, after a brief rest, you can continue on your culinary journey with an entrée of your choice. Or, if you’re feeling indecisive, just order a few entrees to share with your tablemates. Since Coconut’s Fish Cafe’s portions are somewhat small for the price, this is a great way to get your fill while trying all their best flavors. 

You cannot go wrong with these items from Coconut’s Fish Cafe:

Seared Ahi
When you want a simple yet decadent sandwich, the Seared Ahi is the way to go. You can order your grilled fillet seasoned with lemon butter, wasabi, or blackened. Or go with the ol’ tried and true butter, salt, and pepper. No matter which you choose, they’ll cook it up right, and then place it on a whole wheat or sesame seed bun. Then, it gets tomato, cheese, tartar sauce, and a scoop of their famous coleslaw, which is made with coconut milk and a delightful array of spices.

Fish Tacos
A gluten-free favorite at Coconut’s Fish Cafe, the Fish Tacos give you a smorgasbord of flavor with their 17 distinct ingredients. The grilled fish is the star of the show, of course, but beyond that, they have mango salsa, coleslaw, cheese, and so much more all placed in white corn tortillas. Each taco is larger than life as a result, so get extra napkins and simply embrace the mess as you devour them down.

Local Style Kalua Pork
Although it’s hard to skip the seafood fare, the Local Style Kalua Pork plate definitely makes it worthwhile. The pork is rich, tender, and always juicy, perfectly complementing the brown rice. Unlike the other plate options at Coconut’s Fish Cafe, it doesn’t come with their famous coleslaw, but you can add it for an extra charge.

Although it’s tempting to fill up to the brim with all the delicious appetizers and entrees at Coconut’s Fish Cafe, it’s well worth the effort to save room for their Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. While it’s the only dessert on the menu, you’ll never feel like you’re missing out. Upon ordering this dessert, you get a slice of tender tropical cake absolutely smothered in macadamia nut ice cream. Then, to take it to the next level, they add macadamia nut caramel sauce plus a handful of candied macadamia nuts. Yum!

Insider Tips:
-If you’re looking for discounts on appetizers and drinks, swing by during happy hour at Coconut’s Fish Cafe, which runs from 2 pm to 5 pm daily.
-Need gluten-free fare? Not a problem. Just look for (GF) next to the item name to find dishes without any wheat.