#47 of 211 Kauai Restaurants

Waipouli Deli & Restaurant

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Waipouli Restaurant – One-Stop Shop for American, Japanese, and Hawaiian Fare
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

At Waipouli Restaurant, you can satisfy all your cravings for Hawaiian, American, and Japanese cuisine without leaving East Side Kauai. All their menu items feature the freshest local ingredients and come together using time-honored recipes. Their service is fantastic as well whether you roll up to the pickup counter to get your meal or chill in their dining room.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Waipouli Restaurant is the place to go in East Side Kauai whether you want Japanese, Hawaiian, or American food. Their huge menu features all the culinary delights you need to satisfy your every craving. Whether you’re looking to chow down on Loco Moco, Shrimp Tempura, or Fried Chicken, they’ve got you covered. They even serve up breakfast all day long, so you can always get your fill of pancakes, French toast, and egg dishes galore.

No matter what you order, you can count on them always using the freshest local ingredients they can get their hands on. They’re equally dedicated to using time-honored recipes that leave their patrons singing their praises for the long term. Plus, they make sure every visitor leaves fully satisfied by rolling out their meals in huge portions.

Although they do offer takeout, many people settle in at a table in their dining room to prepare for their filling meal. The dining room might not look like much at first glance, but it has a cozy atmosphere that leaves visitors feeling right at home. From their warm Aloha, as you come through the doors to the regular check-ins as you dine, their friendly service takes every visit to the next level.

Treat yourself to their:

Breakfast Special
When you just want to keep it simple, the Breakfast Special is a sure bet. This dish features two fluffy pancakes, two slices of bacon, and one egg, all prepared to your liking. They provide either jam or syrup for the pancakes, but you’re welcome to ask for macadamia nut or banana toppings for an extra charge. You can also beef up your meal by ordering their many breakfast sides a la carte, including their fried rice, hash browns, and Spam.

Spaghetti with Garlic Bread or Rice
Comfort food through and through, their Spaghetti with Garlic Bread or Rice is a true fan favorite. They create this dish using a traditional meat sauce covering al dente pasta. Then, they serve it with either garlic bread or rice to suit your preferences. If you want, you can add fried chicken for an extra charge. Since many people love to have this dish as a side, they offer it in bowl and half order sizes. 

Kauai Super Saimin
For a hearty soup filled with all the best flavors, get the Kauai Super Saimin. Featuring a rich broth and tons of noodles as its base, this soup also has chicken, eggs, veggies, BBQ pork, and won tons dressing it up.  It’s only available in one size, so be sure to bring a big appetite.

Kalua with Cabbage
Tender meat and fresh veggies give you a one-two punch of flavor when you order the Kalua with Cabbage. This dish begins with flavorful Kalua pork cooked until it’s fall off the bone tender. Then, they pair it with perfectly cooked cabbage that offers a little bit of crunch. Want even more Hawaiian flavors? Get a side order of Lau Lau for an extra charge.

Although all their dishes will leave you cleaning your plate, definitely plan to save room for dessert. They often have all-new inventive desserts on tap for when you want to finish off your meal with a sweet treat. You can get Blueberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake, or other amazing cheesecake flavors, all served up by the humongous slice. They also have homemade vanilla, coffee, and green tea ice cream available by the cup when you want icy cold deliciousness on demand.

Insider Tips:
-Although they were once cash only, they now accept credit and debit card payments. You can either pay at the pickup counter when you arrive or ask that they call you back for your card info after making your online order.
-This is a family-operated eatery. The mom and owner started operating in 1977, and now have passed it alongside by working with their children.