Shutters Lounge

Shutters Lounge — A Low-Key Kauai Beach Eatery Serving Fresh Island Flavors
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Whether you’re staying at the Kauai Beach Resort & Spa or just zooming down the Kuhio Highway toward your next adventure, Shutters Lounge is a great place to get a bite to eat. Their casual dining atmosphere is second to none while their food boasts fine dining flair. Beyond that, they have many inventive cocktails that you can enjoy fireside while watching the sun go down.

- The Local Expert Team

Although Shutters Lounge exists as a part of the Kauai Beach Resort & Spa, it boasts a big personality all its own. The picnic on a beach aesthetic stands front and center in all they do, although they never compromise on serving all the most decadent island flavors.

Whether you zip in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just an appetizer and drinks, you’ll delight in the exquisite array of offerings on tap. Their menu comes from the brilliant mind of Chef Mark Arriola who always strives to use the freshest local ingredients in all his dishes. Thanks to his partnership with local farmers, fishermen, and other foodies, he can proudly offer meals to remember to all the guests that come through the doors.

Whenever you come through for a meal or just pop in for a couple of drinks, you’ll get a warm welcome from your server and a choice of many excellent seating options. You can cozy up in the indoor dining room to listen to live music while you eat or go out to the patio for an open-air dining experience. You even have the option to chill by the fire pit and gaze upon the beautiful view all around while you fill up in style.

Fan favorites on the menu include:

Fried Rice “Bibimbap”
When you want all the best flavors in absolutely every bite, you cannot go wrong with the Fried Rice “Bibimbap.” This delightful dish starts with a bed of fried rice, which then gets topped with Portuguese sausage, bacon, and fried potatoes. Housemade kimchee and an egg however you like it goes over the top along with a sprinkle of scallions to finish it off right.

A’Akukui Ranch Burger
Way more than just a regular ol’ cheeseburger, the A’Akukui Ranch Burger boasts a big flavor in every single bite. A large Kauai beef patty starts things off before the cheddar cheese joins the party and melts away on top. Once it’s done cooking, the patty and cheese go on a robust bun, and then lettuce, tomato, onion, and a housemade pickle land right on the top. Dijonnaise completes this picture of perfection by bringing all the flavors together.

Mud Pie
No matter when you come in for a bite to eat, the Mud Pie is always calling your name. This little slice of paradise features rich chocolatey mousse and whipped cream set on a macadamia nut crust. Then, they sprinkle even more macadamia nuts on the top along with chocolate and caramel sauce. Fresh strawberries and tropical flowers adorn the plate, reminding you to savor this delectable treat from the first to the last bite.

If you’ve had a long day and just want to enjoy your meal in your room, ask for your order to go instead. They will cook it up fast, and then pack it in a secure container that will keep everything hot and delicious until you can settle in for a bite to eat. Just be sure to come back again when you have time, so you don’t totally miss out on the chill atmosphere and live music.  

Insider Tips:
-The firepit stops blazing around 10 pm, so get here well before that if you want to chill by the fire.
-Save time by downloading their app and sending in your order for pick up at the front counter.
-Come in between 5 pm to 7 pm for happy hour to get great deals on appetizers and drinks.