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Smiley's Local Grinds

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4100 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1441
+1 808-245-4772
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Show Low, Arizona
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A local recommended this restaurant to us and we like to go where the locals go. Nothing fancy, but good food, good prices and good service. The Kalua Pig is wonderful! It has such a great Smokey flavour. I couldn't eat it all so took leftovers with me. My husband had the roast pork special and it was delicious as... More 

Thank mrst44
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Great local place. Small, but very accommodating for the six of us. The people running the restaurant were kind and the food was great. If you like Lau Lau it was probably the best I'd had while in Kauai. Great place for local fav's.

Thank Josh M
Longmont, Colorado
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This place is such a great value for the portions and quality of food that you get. This type of food isn't for everyone. Think Hawaiian with a comfort food flare.

Thank longbox
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Best hidden gem in Kauai! Personable, quaint and local. Reasonably priced but tastes expensive. Food is exactly what a traveler wants to experience while in Kauai.

Thank Cyndi G
Cottonwood, AZ
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Smiley's is a Kauaiian cafe that serves real grinds by Kauaiian's. It is in a little shopping center, but when you walk in you are treated like family. We got the Lau Lau and split the dinner for lunch. See the picture after we started to eat. Superb flavor, hot, fresh and low priced for Hawaii. The reviews on Tripadvisor... More 

1 Thank AZFamilyman
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Smiley's was our first meal of the plane. We loved it. The chili garlic chicken...the best on the island. That day the Friday special was some of the local favorites. Lau Lau, Poke - Ahai and Salmon, Taro and Squid, so much more. It was so good. The owner was so nice. He talked to us about local festivities that... More 

Thank Mary Keeter N
Lihue, Hawaii
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104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

I love to come here and the food is always great. Specials sometimes prime rib, fresh garlic ahi, fried saimin, and oxtail soup, hawaiian plate, teribeef sandwich, locomoco. I tried it all, I can recommend you try it. Not the best but very good local comfort food.

Thank Gordon Y
Lihue, Hawaii
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

This is great local food for anyone interested in trying authentic Hawaiian style plate lunch and dinners. My favorite is the Ahi Katsu! Good price and generous portions plus good food, Smiley's is the BEST all around.

Golden, United States
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Small, local place in a strip mall, serves mostly locals. Ambiance is that of a Hawaiian diner, but menu a little more up scale. $15 fish entrees, price was right, food was good. Staff could have been nicer, but they were not bad.

Thank Bradley S
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

You may not think that this place would be so good due to it's location in a shopping center and that it only has 6 tables. However, the service is GREAT and the food was amazing! We had the Chicken Teriyaki and the Ribs with some of the best mac salad. The oxtail soup looked and smelled amazing as well;... More 

Thank GLC66

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4100 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1441
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: +1 808-245-4772

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?