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Poke Bowls & Pina Coladas: The Best Cafes in Hawaii 

September 19, 2022

Embrace the laidback Hawaiian lifestyle when you choose to dine at exceptional cafes located in the state’s luxury resorts.  

Beyond the jaw-dropping volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches and welcoming locals, Hawaii is renowned for its culinary delights. One of the best ways to enjoy the local cuisine? At one of its many relaxed, welcoming cafes. For those seeking an extraordinary cafe experience, Hawaii's luxury resorts offer a harmonious blend of great food, crafty cocktails, exceptional service and – of course – panoramas of turquoise waters, swaying palm trees and enchanting sunsets.

Read on to discover some of the best cafés in Hawaii that promise relaxation with phenomenal views. 

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Café Portofino at Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort Lihue 

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Admire the immaculate Hawaii coastline while savouring fresh Italian flavours.

Drawing you in with sweeping views of Hawaii's sparkling ocean and rugged mountains, Café Portofino at the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort Lihue is the perfect location to sit and watch the leisurely activity on Kalapaki Beach. With an open-air design, tasteful decor and a tranquil ambience, your worries will melt away while you enjoy delicious food and drinks in the warm Hawaiian sun. 

Café Portofino's menu showcases the best of authentic Northern Italian cuisine in the heart of Hawaii. Using fresh ingredients farmed or caught locally, every dish is a testament to the flavours and quality of the region. Indulge in classic Italian dishes, tender steaks and fresh seafood prepared with meticulous attention to detail. The talented chefs at Café Portofino have mastered the art of creating traditional dishes with innovative twists, providing a dining experience that is both comforting and exciting. Alongside the exceptional cuisine, the cafe's staff delivers excellent service, ensuring a memorable visit. 

Off the Lip at Turtle Bay Resort 

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From the sunset views to the farm-to-plate ingredients, Off the Lip is the place to be.

At Off the Lip – located in Turtle Bay Resort – enjoy delectable cuisine, a captivating cafe atmosphere and a gorgeous open-air venue with views of the glittering sea and rugged cliffs. Off the Lip’s delicious menu features internationally inspired nibbles and mouthwatering bites using fresh, organic ingredients sourced from the onsite farm. Each mouthful offers a burst of flavour and quality. To complement the cuisine, there’s a delightful range of cocktails that also take advantage of the fresh, local produce. As an added bonus, the friendly and dedicated team at Off the Lip enhance the overall dining experience with exceptional service. 

Swell Pool Bar at ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach 

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Relax poolside with a beach view, refreshing cocktail and vibrant acai bowl.

Indulge in an extraordinary experience at Swell Pool Bar, located within the stunning 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. The alfresco bar offers a relaxing atmosphere, with ocean views and regular entertainment by Hawaii’s best musicians. Located by the infinity pool, Swell’s chic decor creates a modern, tropical vibe. Lounge poolside or relax in a private cabana and enjoy great music while soaking in panoramic views over the famous Waikiki Beach. 

The diverse menu features snacks and drinks crafted with sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include acai bowls, crispy coconut shrimp and steak sandwiches, while you can’t go past cocktails like the Mango Makai with Casamigos tequila, Cointreau and mango.  

Hula Grill Waikiki at Outrigger Waikiki Resort 

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Surround yourself with panoramic views of Waikiki Beach and nibble on delicious cuisine.

You’ll find a true Hawaiian experience at Hula Grill Waikiki, located in Outrigger Waikiki Resort. Step into a vibrant and inviting space that perfectly captures the essence of Hawaii while also boasting vistas of Waikiki Beach and the iconic Diamond Head.  

If you’re a fan of tropical treats, be sure to pop into the Hula Grill. From melt-in-your-mouth steaks to fresh seafood, Baja fish tacos, sublime desserts (including Kimo’s Original Hula Pie) and tropical cocktails, every taste is catered to. The delicious all-day menu is a huge drawcard, but the friendly, professional service is what really draws visitors to Hula Grill. You’ll find Hawaiian charm by the bucketload here. 

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