Da Booze Shop

Da Booze Shop - An Alcohol-Free Spot in Kauai for BBQ
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Da Booze Shop doesn't serve alcohol, but it does serve plenty of burgers, BBQ plates, and creative desserts. If you're in the mood for a place on the island nestled in some gorgeous scenery without a lot of bells and whistles, this is definitely the place for you. Check the establishment's Facebook page for updates before you go, and get ready to plan your meal.  

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Da Booze Shop is not a local liquor store in Kauai, but a casual bar and grill with serious food. In fact, there’s no alcohol served here! Known for their BBQ plates, burgers, and desserts, this unpretentious spot is packed with flavorful lunch and dinner options.

Because the style of the place is so bare-bones, the place can afford to keep the prices down. If you have a lot of mouths to feed, this could be the right place to take everyone for a fast and friendly meal. This restaurant is also located near some beautiful scenery on the island, so you won’t have to travel very far for a good view. Whether you’re ordering burgers or wings, there will be plenty to see as you chow down.

Patrons describe this place as a delightful hole in the wall — the kind you discover on a whim for some of the best food you’ve ever had. Made fresh to order and full of helpful staff, it’s the definition of the laidback lifestyle this state is famous for. 

While you’re at Da Booze Shop, we recommend the following menu items: 

Mahi Katsu
When people think of katsu, they might think of chicken. Yet the word refers to the style of frying, and few do it better than the Hawaiians. Since mahi-mahi is one of the most popular dishes in the state, trying this version could make you a katsu convert.

Teriyaki Cheeseburger 
The sweetness of the teriyaki sauce paired with rich beef and cheese makes for a memorable combination. You won’t regret ordering any of their burgers, but this is a twist on a mainland dish that may make your visit a little more memorable. 

Wing Dings 
Finding chicken wings that are flavorful without all the grease isn’t always easy, but Da Booze Shop manages to strike an excellent balance. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, guests rave about this time after time. This would be a particularly good snack if you need a little sustenance on a long drive or as you watch the sunset. 

BBQ Ribs 
The fall-off-the-bone ribs at Da Booze Shop are as flavorful as they are satisfying. This is a hefty portion of beef ribs, which can be surprising for diners who are used to pork ribs. Like everything else served here, the emphasis is on the ingredients and cooking preparation. It makes for quality in every bite. 

Sweet Potato Haupia Pie
Haupia is a traditional dessert in the state that you may have already run into if you’ve been on the island a few days. However, you likely haven’t tried the coconut milk-based treat mixed with sweet potatoes before! This inventive dish may not always be available based on the season. However, if it is there when you go, try this fun take on a famous pie. 

There are plenty of reasons to visit Da Booze Shop, even if a cocktail doesn’t happen to be one of them. If you’re ready for an authentic Hawaiian meal without the high price tag, this could be exactly what you’re looking for. Come here for a relaxing time, good food, and always amazing scenery. 

Insider Tips:
-Da Booze Shop’s Facebook page is updated regularly with everything from pricing to dessert selections. 
-Located near the memorial to Captain Cook, diners should find plenty of parking in the area. 
-There are only a few tables at the restaurant. Patrons recommend finding a place in the nearby mountains to enjoy the food and scenery.