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First Night Dinner Ideas

Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Well it looks like our long anticipated December trip is happening! Yippee! Would like suggestions for dinner on our first night. Our flight gets in at 4:30. In the past it has not taken us too long to get our bags and car, but not sure how much more time the Safe Travels/Covid check will take. (Fully vaxxed). Anyway we will for sure stop by Safeway for a few provisions so wondered if we should just pick up something at the supermarket for dinner rather than take our chances of walking into someplace without a reservation. We will be tired so who knows what we will feel like. Are there restaurants that we would have a better chance of getting served just walking in? Places we could grab some sushi to take to the condo? Other ideas? We are staying in Kapaa at Lae Nani. Thanks in advance!

Edited: 22 October 2021, 09:57
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I liked our dinner at Korean bbq in kappa

Casual family style dinning no frills but food was good

I plan to eat there again next week

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Try Verde ( Mexican ) which is right near the Lihue Safeway, or in Lihue itself you might try Rob’s Goodtime. It’s popular with locals and visitors alike.

If you’re going straight to Kapaa, try Lava Lava Beach Club, or Monica’s ( Mexican )

Edited: 22 October 2021, 10:45
Kalaheo, Hawaii
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One more option in Lihue is Kenji Burger. Next to the Verde and in the Safeway parking lot. Hubby really likes the sushi burritos there.

Also, Kauai Beer Company on Rice Street takes walk-ins and has good food.

pzp
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You can always do a walk-in at Coconutʻs Fish Cafe in the Safeway shopping plaza.

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Coconut's is great, but I'd have to second Lava Lava Beach Club. It's just steps away from Lae Nani, about a 100 yard walk on a path along the beach by the Kukui Heiau. Tables on the sand and live music nightly, a great way to start your vacation. You could make a reservation and if it doesn't work out, no harm done.

Edited: 23 October 2021, 03:18
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Love all these ideas. We were leaning toward Lava Lava for sure. We will take a wild guess as to time and make a reservation. Thanks everyone! We are getting so excited.

Kalaheo, Hawaii
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Lava Lava does not take reservations. First come, first serve.

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Our first night on Kauai, we get Costco chicken and some sides. It is nice to relax on your lanai, shoes off, feet propped up, enjoying a beer or glass of wine. depending on the time of year, 4:30 Hawaii time will be like 8:30 WYO time.

Edited: 23 October 2021, 15:26
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Jenz, they do take reservations, or at least they did in the past - from the website: https://lavalavabeachclub.com/kauai/reservations/

We would love to hear your voice!

Please call for Reservations

808-241-LAVA (808-241-5282)

Edited: 24 October 2021, 02:59
Kalaheo, Hawaii
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Only for groups larger than 6 or 8, unless they changed the rules in the last couple weeks.

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