There’s a new restaurant in Kapaa town called Coconut’s Fish Cafe and you might definitely want to stop by if you are coming from, or going to, the north shore. After hearing about it from two of my friends, one of which claimed the fish tacos to be the best she had ever eaten, I decided to give it a try.
Coconut’s Fish Cafe opened just two weeks ago in the Safeway Shopping Center. It is a franchise from the original restaurant opened in 2009 on Maui. I met the owner who was graciously chatting with customers and helping the staff out wherever she could. She seems dedicated to serving delicious, healthy food to locals and tourists.
At Coconut’s Fish Cafe, one orders at the counter. I was told about the menu and given suggestions for customer favorites by these two smiling faces. I couldn’t resist ordering the fish tacos (two for $13.99).
Coconut’s Fish Cafe is quite large with both indoor and outdoor seating. It is a casual, family-friendly place with surfboard tables and wooden benches or chairs. Food is delivered to your table.
I was not disappointed. Each taco came on its own plate with a slice of lemon. The tacos are wrapped in grilled white corn tortillas. The fish is fresh and cut in chunks. The coleslaw is crisp and the combination of tomato and mango pieces on top is yummy. The menu claims that there are 17 ingredients in each one. I didn’t think I should eat both large tacos at lunch so I had one put in a take-away container. Guess what? They were so good, I ate them both.
The menu is extensive. There are pupus, including coconut shrimp, calamari and ahi poke. With four salad choices you may add fish, shrimp, grilled steak or veggie patties to turn the greens into a hearty meal. Homemade seafood chowder comes in bowls or cups.
Along with tacos, entrees include fish, chicken, beef and veggie hot sandwiches; fish or chicken on brown rice; fish, shrimp or calamari with fries; seafood or chicken pasta and Kama’aina favorites, macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi and poke bowls. There is also a children’s menu of eight choices.
Prices range from $6.99 to $19.99.
From their website: “Coconut’s Fish Cafe was born from a wish to have high-quality, healthy, ono fish served to neighbors, friends and ohana. That vision began to grow as word spread about a new, stylish, fast-casual eatery where the food was unmatched and the service centered on aloha. Now, we remain that same family business but with a much larger ohana to serve.”
Check out the full menu at http://www.coconutsfishcafe.com/kauai-menu
Coconut’s Fish Cafe consistently gets 4.5 to 5.0 ratings on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Here are two reviews from six days ago:
“My husband had been here before on a prior trip to Maui and he insisted that we stop by for lunch. The fish tacos were awesome – super fresh, and hearty pieces as well as a delicious mango salsa on top. I’m not personally a huge fan of mango, but the light sweetness with the tangy tomatoes made for a delicious fish taco. Service was great, definitely recommend!”
“My sister and I had dinner at Coconut’s a couple nights ago. My sis ordered the coconut shrimp and said it was delicious. My two fish tacos were out of this world! I don’t know what they do to make them so freaking good. The waitress said there are 17 ingredients in each taco. There’s always a long line at Coconut’s but people are willing to wait for their fabulous food. Always a stop on my trips to Maui.”
Hopefully the Kauai location’s food and service will be even better. Judging from my experience, I’d bet on it.
4-831 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai (about a 30 minute drive from Honu Point – look for a coupon for a free side order of french fries or brown rice or one free soda at the house).
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