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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa boasts several different restaurants and cocktail lounges across its 50 acres of oceanfront property in Poipu. And these establishments don’t just lure the resort’s guests, either.
Ilima Terrace serves breakfast and lunch in a casual open-air setting right off the hotel’s lobby. Most guests gather here in the morning for a cup of Kona coffee and day-starters such as traditional eggs Benedict, kalua pork hash with Molokai sweet potatoes or custom-made pancakes with roasted macadamia nuts, fresh fruits or shredded coconut.
Seaview Terrace also serves breakfast, though the offerings are more of the grab-and-go variety (see: bagels, scones, fruits, croissants and assorted coffees and teas). Dinner here is a bit more comprehensive, with lighter fare such as hand-tossed pizzas and sandwiches paired with cocktails and wines perfect for lounging and viewing the sunset.
The signature restaurant at the Kauai hotel is Tidepools, located near the saltwater lagoon. This restaurant, which comes complete with thatched roof bungalows floating on a koi-filled lagoon at the base of a waterfall, serves contemporary Hawaiian cuisine for dinner nightly. While its specialty is fresh fish — from the volcano-spiced opah (moonfish) to the ahi paired with foie-gras-infused forbidden rice and a truffle-miso eggplant sauce — Tidepools also serves certified Angus cuts of beef, slow-roasted prime rib and Jidori chicken with mushrooms from the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
Another dinner-only restaurant, Dondero’s, is the hotel’s Italian eatery with both indoor and outdoor seating. Dine alfresco with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean or enjoy the intimate indoor seating surrounded by murals and floor tiles reminiscent of an Italian villa. The contemporary Italian menu complements the setting with items such as calamari fritti, wild mushroom risotto, housemade pasta with crab and lobster, and Kurobuta pork milanese.
Stevenson’s Library is the resort’s late-night spot, open from 6 p.m. to midnight daily. This converted cigar bar retains its warm décor and Victorian-era gentlemen’s club vibe through an impressive 27-foot, hand-crafted koa wood bar stocked with an extensive collection of whiskeys, cognacs, ports and wines. There are bookshelves with classic titles and replicas of boats encased in glass. Play pool, backgammon or chess — or simply relax to the sounds of live entertainment. Appetizers, salads and burgers round out the menu, and there is a sushi bar, too.
Conveniently located near the pools and lagoons, The Dock is a full-service restaurant serving everything from Kauai fish tacos to tropical smoothies to panini. There are also two pool bars — Captain’s Bar and Shipwreck Bar — which offer various libations and views of the ocean or the lagoons. Most of the restaurants at this island resort offer a children’s menu. Of course, the luxury hotel also has in-room dining.