Bar Acuda is Hanalei’s very own high-class urban eatery, and one of the most highly-rated spots on the island of Kauai. Come here for the atmosphere and the incredible eats! Read on below to learn more about why Bar Acuda deserves a spot on your Kauai “to-see” list.
One of the Hippest Places to Eat in Kauai
Intimate and romantic, Bar Acuda in Hanalei is a tapas and small plates restaurant where fresh, local gourmet ingredients steal the show. Because of the restaurant’s emphasis on freshly grown and locally-sourced ingredients, the menu rotates often.
Decadent tapas that you can enjoy at the Bar Acuda restaurant include crostinis with grapefruit marmalade and queso fresco, grilled lamb riblettes with toasted garlic and castelvetrano olive oil aioli, local North Shore honeycomb with goat cheese and apple, seared sea scallop with gremolata butter and fall vegetable mash, and ahi carpaccio with local tuna and olive tapenade.
Other fantastic tapas options feature Banderillas coffee and ancho chile-rubbed short rib skewers with chipotle and local honey, slow-braised Berkshire pork cheeks with butter whipped turnips in a sherry reduction sauce, Hawaiian mahi mahi with roasted mushrooms in a sweet pepper butter sauce, and bacalao-stuffed squid with olive oil braised potato and salt cod.
If you’re interested in tapas without meat, you will not be disappointed to find that the Bar Acuda restaurant in Princeville has many vegetarian-friendly tapas options. Try the crock of French lentils with roasted garlic cream, the Mediterranean olives with citrus and chili flakes, the whole-roasted local tomato bruschetta with garlic-rubbed and grilled bread, the Tajine roasted seasonal vegetables with pepper crème fraiche, or the fresh mozzarella pulled to order with pistachios, vanilla-pickled fennel, and persimmons.
This is one of the best places to eat in Kauai where you can top off your rich tapas with a flavorful dessert, such as caramelized pineapple crisps with coconut ice cream, spiked chocolate ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies, affogato espresso with vanilla ice cream and biscotti, salted caramel cheesecake with candied pumpkin seeds, or local tangerine granite with candied ginger.
You can find Bar Acuda at 5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714. You can also reach the restaurant by phone at (808) 826-7081. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made after 2:00pm daily or in person at any time for parties of up to ten people.
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