While picking up our rental car at Kauai’s Lihue Airport, we asked the friendly employee with “aloha spirit” where we should dine for dinner. He recommended that we shouldn’t miss Restaurant Kintaro, a Japanese restaurant on the way to our hotel, the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu. Located on the main Kuhio Highway, Kintaro wasn’t hard to miss. The huge restaurant looked like someone’s house, and although the signage faced the highway, the entrance and parking were on the opposite side of the building.
Restaurant Kintaro was massive, and would be a great place to host a party or come in with a group of travelers. There were a few different sections to the restaurant including sushi bar seating and teppanyaki tables and chairs surrounding iron grills - customers were delighted watching the chefs at work.
Since we had just eaten on the plane — first class on Hawaiian Airlines had pretty decent grub — we ordered a few dishes to share: tuna and salmon sashimi, pork gyoza, cold soba noodles, miso soup. The largest dish was a salmon bento box served with rice and salad, but we forgot to take a photo, sorry!
Although it’s touted as the best sushi and Japanese restaurant you’ll find on Kauai, it wasn’t as good as Japanese food available in other cities. We recommend Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Co for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!