Located in the posh and historic St. Regis Hotel in Princeville on Kaua‘i’s North Shore, Makana Terrace is the premier spot for a cocktail with a view, an unforgettable dinner with island flare, and impeccable service. Situated on the bluffs and overlooking legendary Hanalei Bay, the views of Bali Hai, the Na Pali Coast, and the fiery Kaua‘i sunsets are the stuff of dreams; the refreshing and delicious cocktails, on the other hand, are the stuff of legends. Whether you come solely for the million-dollar views, a light bite of pupus (try the Spicy Pork Belly or the Kaua‘i Crab Cakes) with a cocktail, or a sumptuous seafood dinner, this is one spot in Princeville you won’t want to miss.
Pomp and Circumstance
You might think that a restaurant and cocktail lounge with such epic views and flashy accoutrement like a champagne sabre ceremony might not live up to the hype, but the cocktails at Makana Terrace in Kauai are world class and the seafood is as fresh as it gets. Grab an outdoor seat on the lanai for sunset and enjoy an incredible selection of libations like the La Vida Aloha (Koloa white rum, macadamia nut liqueur, pineapple and lime juice) or the Froze (Rose wine with frozen strawberries and strawberry-infused Ocean Vodka). You can make a night of it by making reservations for the Mailani Dinner Show, a celebration of Kaua‘i’s cultural traditions and history from the arrival of the first Polynesians to modern day (offered seasonally on select dates; 6pm).
Fresh from the Sea at Makana Terrace
While everything on the menu is upscale, perfectly prepared, and immaculately presented, it is the fresh seafood that is Makana Terrace’s claim to fame (well, that and the view – it really is something). The seared scallop appetizer with gingered carrot fondue and a local citrus marmalade is heavenly, and the perfect starter for any meal. You can elect to go with the Prix Fixe menu ($65, $95 with wine pairings) for a tour de force of the chefs’ creativity and the island’s unique flavors, or order ala carte from such delicious entrees like the Tamarind Glazed Mahi Mahi, Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, and the North Shore Veggie Lasagna with its sweet garlic herb ricotta filling.
As this is a high-end restaurant, proper attire is encouraged and reservations are highly recommended. And while the prices fit the fancy environment, if you are looking for the perfect setting for a night to remember, you’ll find it on Makana Terrace in Kauai.