#152 of 211 Kauai Restaurants

Kalypso Island Bar & Grill

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Kalypso Island Bar & Grill – Enjoy Tasty Tavern Fare and a Chill Dining Experience
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you need comfort food like nothing else, you can get your fill at Kalypso Island Bar & Grill. With their chill island aesthetic and friendly service, you’ll feel right at home well before the food arrives. Then, from the first bite of their flavorful dishes, you’re sure to feel a sense of contentment wash over you, cementing this North Shore Kauai eatery as a definite fan favorite.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

A true North Shore Kauai treasure, Kalypso Island Bar & Grill is the place to go when you need comfort food on the double. Their big, bold flavors will capture your heart from the first bite to the last, leaving you always wanting to come back for more. They always use the highest quality ingredients from all around the island. Then, they take them to the next level with their incredible prowess in the kitchen, creating delightful dishes like Coconut Shrimp, Kalua Pork Quesadillas, and Peaches & Cream French Toast.  

Breakfast goes until 2 pm, so you have plenty of time to get pancakes, loaded omelets, or any of your other morning favorites. After that, you can pour over the dinner menu for even more delightful dishes. Their specialty menu is where it’s at, however, as it features all their most popular items all in one spot. Just be sure to save room for dessert or you’ll miss out on their heartwarming celebration of all things chocolate. And their drink menu is well worth exploring as well, especially their delightful tropical cocktails.

From the second you waltz through the doors, the chill island aesthetic sets the stage for an awesome meal. The live wood columns, bamboo furniture, and Hawaiian décor all around help make the place feel cozy and welcoming. Their friendly service comes through in a big way, too, in helping you feel right at home. The team always sends warm Alohas to all who come through the doors, and then provides exceptional service through the entire meal.

Their most popular dishes include:

Blackened Mahi-Mahi Benedict
The Blackened Mahi-Mahi Benedict transforms a breakfast classic into a truly memorable dish you’ll want to enjoy time and time again. They start this dish by creating the blackened mahi-mahi until light and flaky. Then, they toast an English muffin, put the mahi-mahi on top, and add two poached eggs. A house-made hollandaise sauce goes over it all to bring the flavors together perfectly. Ham’s available as a substitute if you prefer it over fish.

Pipikaula Taco Trio
A gluten-free delight, the Pipikaula Taco Trio will have you writing home about how darn good it is. To start this flavorful dish, they sauté well-seasoned and cured local beef with fresh jalapenos and caramelized onions. Then, they load the meat up into three corn tortillas before topping it off with cilantro, queso fresco, and their ever-popular cilantro jalapeno cream sauce. 

Island Style Huli-Huli Chicken
The Island Style Huli-Huli Chicken takes all the best island flavors to great heights. This entrée begins with marinated chicken breasts that are grilled to juicy perfection. The chicken lands next to a big scoop of white rice and sauteed veggies. To complete this meal, they add their housemade ginger pineapple teriyaki sauce all over everything.  

Blackened Fresh Fish & Shrimp
When you want to enjoy the fresh catch of the day in a whole new way, you need their Blackened Fresh Fish & Shrimp in your life. To kick off this dish, they stuff tiger shrimp with crab and then season it up with local spices alongside the fresh catch. Then, they grill the seafood until perfectly cooked and lay it on top of their house cilantro passion puree. Rice and sauteed veggies go alongside and perfectly complement the fresh ocean flavors.

Dessert is on tap all day, letting you swing by at your leisure for a taste of their sweet treats. You can cap off your brekkie with a luscious lava cake or end the night with one of their housemade cream pies. The choice is yours. If you go the pie route, you can either get their minty, fudgy Grasshopper Pie or their chocolate, macadamia nut-licious Kalypso Pie. For the kids, they have the Keiki Sundae, but no one will judge if you get one for yourself.

Insider Tips:
-Come in between 3 pm and 5:30 pm for happy hour and get discounts on appetizers and drinks. On Wednesdays, happy hour starts at 3 pm and goes until close.
-Want to pick up your meal to go? Order online using the system on their website.