The Greenery Cafe

The Greenery Café – Savor Organic Goodness Made in Lihue Using Fresh, Island Ingredients
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Are you looking for a low-key spot in Lihue to enjoy home-cooked soul food made using fresh, organic ingredients? If so, then put The Greenery Café on your radar and get ready to enjoy pure deliciousness in every bite. You can take your food to go, but their backyard oasis dining area serves as a great spot to settle down for a meal to remember.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

When nothing else will do but home-cooked soul food made using local ingredients, just swing by The Greenery Cafe for a bite to eat. At this cozy Lihue restaurant, you can count on every dish exceeding your every expectation when it comes to flavor and freshness. They only use top-notch organic ingredients in their creations, after all, ensuring that every dish nourishes the mind, body, and spirit.  

Whether you drop by for a quick snack and smoothie or go all out with a full dinner spread, you’re sure to walk away fully satisfied, yet craving more. All the dishes at The Greenery Cafe are super filling, however, so you’ll have to plan a return visit to get another taste. They don’t even go huge on the portions. They just pack so many fresh, organic ingredients into every menu item, so you always get tons of nutrients in every bite.

At each visit to The Greenery Cafe, you’ll get a warm welcome from the crew and an invitation to put in your order. Go ahead and take your time in pouring over the menu, so you can best explore all the ingredients in each item. Then, once you put in your order, prepare for a bit of a wait, especially if you arrive during the lunch or dinner hours.

All their items are made from scratch right when you order them, so it’s usually 30 minutes or more until your order comes out of the kitchen. If you’re not worried about filling up before your items arrive, order a fresh fruit juice or smoothie to tide you over while you wait.

Whether you’re eating on site or taking your food to go, you’re welcome to settle down at one of their garden tables at the back of the restaurant. The quaint setting feels just like home, letting you kick back and relax while they create each dish with care. If you order your items to go, they’ll have them boxed up and ready to accompany you on your adventures. Otherwise, they’ll whisk out each item and place it on the table before you.

The friendly servers at The Greenery Cafe are always happy to get whatever you need for an amazing meal. Just let them know if you’d like any condiments, extra napkins, and the like before they hurry back to the kitchen.

Check out these items from The Greenery Cafe:

Mango Sunrise
For a quick pick-me-up all on its own or the perfect fruity beverage to go with your meal, get the Mango Sunrise smoothie at The Greenery Cafe. They create this delicious and healthy drink by blending fresh mango, apples, and bananas with rice milk. Then, they kick the flavors up a notch by adding turmeric, ginger, and Kauai honey.

Salmon Croquettes
The Salmon Croquettes promise to treat you to all the best island flavors in every bite. They create this dish by hand forming two salmon cakes, and then frying them until golden brown. After that, they slide onto the plate with your two sides of choice, like Collard Greens, Cornbread Muffins, or Grits. Want croquettes breakfast-style? Order Momz Breakfast instead.

Barbecue Chicken Wrap
For a light yet filling lunch, you cannot go wrong with the Barbecue Chicken Wrap. They start this dish well ahead of time by expertly barbecuing the chicken, and then shredding the tender meat. When you order, they put the chicken in a spinach tortilla and add red onion, parsley, lettuce, quinoa, cucumbers, feta cheese, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce.

Since The Greenery Cafe is a small mom and pop shop, it’s not unusual for them to run out of ingredients from time to time. So, be prepared with an alternative menu item in mind just in case you’re out of luck on your first choice. If you’re not sure what else to order, just ask your server for their recommendations. They can likely find you an item with the perfect blend of flavors to satisfy your cravings.

Insider Tips:
-In a rush and need a bite to eat? Grab one of their to-go sandwiches for a filling meal without the wait.
The Greenery Cafe sits right behind the counseling and family therapy office. Just walk behind the main building to get to the café’s ordering window and dining area.