Olympic Cafe

Olympic Café — Your Top Spot for Open-Air Dining with Views of Kapaa Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

As you explore all that East Side Kauai has to offer, you’re sure to land at Olympic Café on occasion. With each trip here, you can delight in their tantalizing food, drinks, and views of Kapaa Beach. Their service might leave you guessing at times, but the huge portions will undoubtedly keep you coming back for more regardless.  

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

When hunger strikes during your East Side Kauai adventures, you can always turn to Olympic Café for tasty food and drinks. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this open-air eatery always takes full advantage of the fresh island flavors available year-round. They have a little bit of everything on their menu, ranging from veggie wraps and Thai pasta to Greek omelets and Kalua pig quesadillas. So, you can easily satisfy all your cravings without having to go anywhere else.

Featuring draft brews, tropical cocktails, and plenty of wine, their drink menu is just as impressive as their food offerings. Available in passion fruit, guava, and traditional OJ varieties, their Champagne Mimosas are a definite fan favorite. If you prefer to keep it alcohol-free, you’re in luck because they have tons of black, green, and blended teas available as well. They also have fountain drinks, coffee, and fruit juice if you prefer.

As you dine in style at this open-air eatery, the views of Kapa’a Beach get the wheels turning and help you dream up the next leg of your tropical journey. Don’t bother being in a rush to get back to it, however. You’ll want to settle in for a long meal when you come here because they’re often short-staffed.

While that can mean service is lacking at times, it’s also nice when you just want to take it easy and quietly relax while enjoying the view. You’ll be happy to have all that extra time to yourself once the food comes, too. The portions are enormous, and the flavors are well worth savoring.

Menu items you cannot miss include:

Ahi Furikake
Available as an appetizer and main entrée, the Ahi Furikake lets you enjoy all the fresh flavors of the sea bite after bite. To create this dish, they encrust fresh-caught Ahi in Furikake, and then sear it up in sesame oil. After that, they place it over a scoop of homemade coleslaw made with wasabi cream sauce.

Fish Tacos
Touted as the best on the island, the Fish Tacos take you on a tropical journey from the first bite to last. They start each taco with a flour tortilla filled with seasoned fish. Then, they add Spanish rice, black beans, cheese, lettuce, and grilled banana to the mix. Before serving it up, each taco gets a scoop of fresh tropical salsa to bring all the flavors together.

Kim’s Scramble
When you want to start your day off on the right foot, come in for Kim’s Scramble. This dish goes big on flavor, starting with sautéed bell pepper, onion, tomato, basil, and tarragon. To that, they add three fried eggs, cheese, and a splash of Tabasco. Then, you get your choice of rice, melon, papaya, or home-fried potatoes.

Stir Fry
Featuring all the best island veggies, the Stir Fry is definitely good enough to write home about. To create this meal, they fry up garden fresh vegetables, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts to perfection. Then, they toss the whole lot in their stir fry sauce before topping it with fresh sprouts and sesame seeds. Right before bringing it out to the table, they put it all over a bed of white rice. You can add chicken, shrimp, or tofu for an extra charge, but it’s plenty good all on its own.

Want to make your own signature Bloody Mary? Come in on the weekends from 7 am to 2 pm to visit their Bloody Mary Bar. You can select your vodka of choice, and then add whatever hot sauce and veggies you want to perfect its flavors. Just remember to write down your concoctions if you want to get them again at your next visit.

Insider Tips:
-If you’d like to make your meal meat-free, ask to substitute tofu for egg or chicken for an extra charge.
-When dining in a group of six or more, they will add an 18% gratuity charge to your bill. They do not split checks.
-Although they do not split orders, they’re happy to bring out an extra plate if you want to share your meal with your table-mates.
-We highly recommend the Kauai Pie for dessert!  It has nearly a half-gallon of ice cream and is perfect for sharing with a group of 2-4.