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Smiley's Local Grinds

4100 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1441
+1 808-245-4772
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“lau lau” (9 reviews)
“ahi katsu” (4 reviews)
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4100 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1441
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rice, pork, gravy and fried egg - a local specialty and soo good - great service - a local hangout and really near the Lihue airport - we had it just after we landed and just before we departed - only this good on the...More

Thank Judith H
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Husband and I shared a plate with New York steak and grilled salmon. We could have ordered an extra salad, but we shared the small one that came with the single plate. Food was as good as a fancy restaurant. Atmosphere was very local and...More

Thank Dave-Deana
Reviewed 12 February 2017

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...More

Thank mrst44
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
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
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
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...More

1  Thank AZFamilyman
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...More

Thank Mary Keeter N
Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank Gordon Y
Reviewed 25 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.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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