Monday, January 13, 2014

Restaurant Review: Kauai's Caffe Coco

Spring Rolls
I've been to Oahu, Hawaii several times visiting relatives, but recently I took a trip to an island new to me: Kauai. Compared to Oahu, Kauai is a much smaller island. However, there is still some good food to be found, and one place I particularly enjoyed was Caffe Coco, a restaurant that serves local fish but also caters to vegetarians.

  • Offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options
  • Caters to a variety of tastes
  • Fun, colorful atmosphere
  • Indoor/outdoor setting
  • Often have live music
  • Closed for lunch during our visit
Famous Samosas
I love the local feel of Caffe Coco's menu. On the night we visited, there was no live music and the restaurant wasn't crowded. This may have been due to our choice of time (during the off hours on a weekday). Our server was very friendly and the atmosphere was colorful and fun. I didn't mind the quieter dining room; we ate indoors. The food was quite tasty; we wanted lighter fare so we ate spring rolls and the samosas. The menu had some decent choices and our server was very helpful about vegan options. I loved the local flavors and ingredients, which helped give me a more "Hawaiian" experience.

It was a little difficult to find this restaurant initially; it is tucked off the road and below it, so it is hard to see when approaching. Google maps had the location correct when I checked, but just look for the red awning tucked back behind a few trees. We enjoyed our visit so much that we tried to return for lunch, but, like many other restaurants on Kauai, this was dinner-only most days of the week. If you're looking for a fun, laid-back place to eat dinner that caters to vegetarians and fish-eaters, this is a nice option.

Product Ratings (out of 5)

Performance (Taste)
Disclosure notice: This restaurant trip was paid for by the reviewer and her party. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the restaurant, especially if you have any allergies or concerns.

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