Hawaii 219: St. Regis Princeville Dining

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The dining at St. Regis Princeville deserves its own post. As you’d expect from a resort of this caliber, it was excellent. There are 3 restaurants here – Kauai Grill, Nalu Kai Grill & Bar, and Makana Terrace.

Kauai Grill

This is a Jean Georges restaurant that we enjoyed the first night of our honeymoon. With beautiful sunset views of Hanalei Bay, we enjoyed a classic Jean Georges tasting menu with a slight focus towards local ingredients. The highlights of the meal were definitely the view, the wagyu steak, and the Kona lobster. For an in-depth review, check me out on Yelp!

Butter-Poached Kona Lobster with Artichoke Hearts and Yuzu Aioli

Nalu Kai Grill & Bar

Nalu Kai is your typical lunchtime bar and grill place. Situated right next to the pool, Joann and I each ordered a cheeseburger and fries, along with some drinks. The burger was good but nothing mindblowing. Expect to pay a pretty penny if you stick around the St. Regis for lunch. I believe the burgers were close to $20 each! Obviously, there are much more affordable and creative options on the island for lunch (i.e. The Fish Express for some amazing poke).

Tuna Poke & Lobster Salad

Makana Terrace

What a great place to dine every morning. Since we booked with a Virtuoso travel agent, “daily full American breakfast” was included at no extra charge. The breakfast spread was mostly the same every day with a few rotating items. All the food was very good and we loved walking right downstairs for breakfast. I believe the price is around $30-35+ for the full spread if you were to pay for it, so to have this free every day was an absolute bargain! We were there for a Sunday brunch which had more items like seafood and meat carving stations. That was about $60 per person so they credited each of us our standard breakfast credit and we charged the balance to the room.

Service was the best in Makana Terrace. After the first day, the maitre d learned our names and addresses as such every day after that. It’s always the little things. Our juices and coffees were always kept full so the servers were definitely aware without being invasive. Definitely A+ service.

Although the food was good, the best part of Makana Terrace has to be the view. Set right above the cliffs bordering the Hanalei Bay, we chose outdoor seating every day to make sure we could sip our Kona coffee while looking into the Na Pali coast. Since Kaua’i can get randomly rainy (mostly at night when we were there), there would often be beautiful waterfalls bursting out of the lush greenery. The only downside is that since you’re outside, the birds can be a bit intrusive if you don’t pay attention!

View from Breakfast at Makana Terrace

Overall

Overall, the dining options at St. Regis Princeville are very good. I would definitely recommend going out and exploring the island during the day. Lunch at Nalu Kai isn’t that necessary. Kauai Grill is a must for a fancy dinner at least one night. And whatever you do, get some sort of breakfast package that includes Makana Terrace every morning. It is the perfect way to start your day on the beautiful island of Kaua’i.

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