#5 of 211 Kauai Restaurants

Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company

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Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Co. – Chill Café Going Big on the Delicious Food and Drinks
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When hunger strikes at any time of the day, you can always count on Kalaheo Café & Coffee Co. to come through in a big way. Their fresh island ingredients, time-honored cooking techniques, and huge portions are sure to win you over in an instant. Plus, they can whip up a tasty cup of Joe on demand, like their wickedly energizing Morning Madness featuring four shots of espresso.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

To kick off your South Shore Kauai adventures in style, get on over to Kalaheo Café & Coffee Co. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this lowkey café serves as the place to go for island fresh dishes served in huge portions. They’re equally well-known for their invigorating coffee drinks made using beans grown nearby in upcountry Kalaheo.

Whether you’d like to settle in at a table for a hearty meal or grab a coffee and pastry to go, you’re always welcome to stop by for what you need each day. The staff throws warm Alohas to all who come through the doors, and then do all they can to make the visit truly memorable.

To start your order, you’ll just want to browse the menu boards until you’re sure of what you want. Then, walk on up to the counter to let them know what food and drinks you prefer. If you’re sticking around, they’ll give you a number to put on your table, so they can find you when your items are ready. Otherwise, just wait for them to call your number, and then go up to the counter to get your selections.

While dining in, you can sit in their cozy indoor seating area or head outside to the breezy porch. Want to avoid missing out on a table? Have someone in your group grab a spot while you stand in line.

You’re sure to enjoy their:

House Baked Cinnamon Bread French Toast
The House Baked Cinnamon Bread French Toast has the perfect amount of sweetness plus plenty of fresh cinnamon flavor. They start this breakfast dish by baking up their cinnamon bread from scratch, and then slicing it thick, dipping it in batter, and frying it up right. Once it slides onto the plate, they cover the whole thing in plenty of powdered sugar. Although it’s an extra charge, go with the sliced banana on top for pure perfection in every bite.

Roasted Veggie and Tofu Bowl
A true lunchtime favorite, the Roasted Veggie, and Tofu Bowl features tons of flavor in every bite. To build this dish, they roast carrots, bell peppers, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, portobello mushrooms, and spinach. Once that’s done, they add grilled tofu and put it over brown rice before adding a drizzle of chipotle aioli.

House Seasoned and Slow Roasted Ribeye of Beef
Available Friday and Saturday only, the House Seasoned and Slow Roasted Ribeye of Beef will inspire you to savor each bite for as long as you possibly can. This dish begins by seasoning the ribeye of beef with Hawaiian salt, pepper, and herbs before roasting it until melt-in-your-mouth tender. Once it’s done, they put the beef on creamed horseradish before pouring over the au jus. One side of your choice goes alongside to finish it off right.

Whenever you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, swing by the café for a fresh-baked pastry or refreshing smoothie. On any given day, you can find luscious sticky buns, brownies, cookies, scones, and even gluten-free banana bread on tap. If you’re lucky, you might even find ultra-moist coconut cake available. If you prefer a smoothie, go with their bright, fresh fruit flavors, like banana mango, lychee, or acai for sip after sip of pure deliciousness.  

Insider Tips:
-Prefer to grab your food and drinks without delay? Just visit their website to submit your online order before you leave the hotel. They’ll have it ready to pick up by the time you swing by.
-Want breakfast for dinner? Plan your trip for Sunday when they serve their brekkie menu all day long.
-If you land at home craving their coffee, just go to the online shop on their website to buy their coffee beans.