13 Spots to Eat the Best Poke in Kauai

If you love seafood, then you will absolutely adore poke. This classic Hawaiian staple is making a big splash on Kauai.

Island food is all about using the freshest ingredients to create delectable dishes and if you’ve been dreaming about trying this iconic dish, your time has come.

From casual eateries to hole-in-the-wall joints, these restaurants serve up some of the freshest and most delicious poke on the island – guaranteed you’ll find a spot you’ll love.

But why stop at just one bite?

All these eateries on this list are worth exploring if you’re a seafood lover.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s dig into the top spots that serve the best poke in Kauai.

 

1. Hanalei Poke

Stop being a slave to the boring chain restaurants and try some of the best poke in town at Hanalei Poke, where you can customize your bowl to your liking.

Serving up a variety of creative and innovative options, you’re sure to find something that satisfies your cravings.

Plus, their oh-so-fresh ingredients make it hard to resist just ordering one bowl!

They’re featured by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and rightfully so.

Whether you’re in the mood for classic poke bowls or something more daring, this eatery has you covered.

The fish express
photo by fish express

2. Fish Express

Fish Express is the go-to spot for delicious poke in Kauai.

The fish is fresh, the ingredients are top-notch, and the prices are unbeatable.

The salmon, lobster, and classic ahi are local favorites, but the hamachi and tako are also worth trying.

Parking can be a little challenging to find, but the portions here are generous and affordable, so you can enjoy a delicious meal without breaking the bank.

3. Foodland


When it comes to poke, you know you can always trust Foodland.

This Hawaiian chain grocery store is always stocked with delicious poke that will leave your taste buds satisfied.

The poke bowls are bursting with flavor, prepared using fresh ingredients and the combination of ingredients ensure every bite is packed with flavor.

From classic shoyu to the more adventurous, you’ll find everything you’re craving for.

Pay $7 for a bowl of deliciousness that will have you coming back for more!

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4. Konohiki Seafoods

Make your way to Konohiki Seafoods for some of the freshest poke in town.

This poke shop is not just good by local standards – it’s great by anyone’s standards.

With so many poke options to choose from, you’ll have a hard time deciding what you want.

The quality of the poke is amazing, and the sauces are some of the best around.

But, if you’re undecided on what to get, order their hamachi poke; you’ll be salivating in no time at all!

5. Koloa Fish Market

Koloa Fish Market is a place where local residents and tourists alike come to get their hands on some of the freshest poke in town.

With a menu that is constantly changing, you’re guaranteed to find something new and exciting every time you visit.

This eatery is a no frills walk-up counter and there are often lines going out the door so be prepared to wait.

Koloa Fish Market only accepts cash, so make sure you have some bills on hand or you’ll sadly have to miss out.

Ishihara Market Poke
photo by ishihara market

6. Ishihara Market

Need to scratch that poke itch? Ishihara Market has been serving up poke since 1935, and they still do it the best.

With a wide selection of options including tako, king crab, spicy shrimp, and hamachi, you’re sure to find the perfect poke to satisfy your cravings.

In addition to poke, you can also find ready-made food such as bento lunch and spam or goteburg musubi at this great spot.

Plus, the prices won’t break the bank so you can indulge guilt-free!

7. Kilauea Fish Market

Whether you’re feeling peckish after a day at the beach or just want to indulge in a delicious bowl of poke, Kilauea Fish Market is the perfect place to go.

A not-so-hidden gem nestled in Kaua’s north shore, this humble seafood shop’s number one seller is the Sesame Ahi Poke, served over a generous bowl of white or brown rice.

Not only does Kilauea Fish Market serve great food, but it’s also great value so don’t miss out!

8. Kauai Poke Co.

Feeling peckish? Kauai Poke Co. is here to serve!

Offering up poke bowls made with all the fresh, quality seafood you could ask for, we’re sure you’ll love the Plantation Bowl.

Loaded with fresh ahi tuni, avocado, spicy aoili, and topped with crispy onions, this dish is the perfect meal to nurse an empty belly.

The Musubi Truck Ahi Poke Bowl
ahi bowl photo by the musubi truck

9. The Musubi Truck

When you can’t choose between your love for musubi and poke, head on over to The Musubi Truck.

A declaration of Hawaii’s love for musubi and poke, this Kauai food truck has taken the island by storm.

From the Salted Ahi Poke Bowl to Da Bomb Musubi, they’ve got you covered.

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10. Pono Market

Dive into a bowl of deliciousness at Pono Market, a deli-style shop located on the eastern part of the island.

With delicious poke bowls and tons of plate lunches that will have you coming back for more, Pono is your one-stop-shop for a quick bite and affordable food.

From poke bowls made with fresh ahi, tako, shrimp, and salmon to the Hawaiian favorite lau lau that’s a must-try, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a casual place to grab some poke while road tripping around the island, this casual eatery is just the spot.

Leongs Meat House Poke
photo by leong's meat house kauai

11. Leong’s Meat House

You might be a bit hesitant to grab poke at a butcher shop but the poke at Leong’s Meat House will not disappoint.

This spot is perfect for all your poke needs, along with delicious combo plates with daily specials.

Made with fresh, quality ingredients, the food here is bursting with flavor.

Plus, their wasabi cream drizzle is a must-try!

12. Dolphin Restaurant

Ready to take your poke game to the next level? Check out the Dolphin Restaurant.

Serving up some of the best poke in all of Kauai, their Tahitian Poke Bowl is a must-try.

Made with fresh seafood mixed in a creamy coconut lemon grass sauce, it’s definitely something special.

Plus, their gingered organic greens add a touch of sweetness and crunch to the dish.

What’s not to love? Drop by and indulge in some of the best poke here; your stomach will thank you.

13. Sleeping Giant Grill

The Seared Ahi Poke Salad is a must-order at Sleeping Giant Grill.

Made with organic greens, it’s topped with seared sesame ahi poke, providing you with a refreshing and healthy meal that is sure to wake your taste buds up.

The light, refreshing dressing complements the fish perfectly, leaving you feeling satisfied but not overloaded.

Hungry for more? Sleeping Giant Grill has a huge menu with other savory seafood dishes.