Sam's Oceanfront located in north Kapaa lives up to its name. It's second story location provides expansive ocean views front by coconut trees. It's probably the best spot for moonrise.
The food is also generally outstanding. Great fish and steaks and a nice drink menu. Try the Painkiller.
Kapaa Restaurants - Sam's Ocean View (samsoceanview.com)
You can get a big ol steak here with all the fixins. Even if it's not quite the best steak you'll ever have the portions are generous. Get the loaded baked potato for your side. They also have good seafood and salads. The offer indoor and outdoor dining so be sure to ask for outside dining if you want to dine on the patio seen in this picture
Lava Lava Beach Club
The islands only truly toes in the sand option, Lava Lava Beach is located inside the Kapaa Shore Hotel in Wailua. The bar and restaurant has a decent happy hour and live music almost daily. Many of the games and cozy seating were taken away due to Covid but we can't balme the for that. We love the ahi nacos, tator tots and tacos for their Happy Hour options and their entrees are decent though nothing fancy.
This farm to table restaurant located at Timbers resort has far and away the best view on island. Mountains, sparkling ocean and Kauai's other lighthouse are visible at this fine dining establishment.
We wish the food was better but it don't get more on the beach than this place which is perfectly located for sunset. We recommend grabbing a drink and pupu here and eating elsewhere after the sun goes down though.
If you get a good table you'll be right on the beach! Oasis has good food, small portions and high prices so be ready to spend when you come here. It's mostly fantastic though but [ush for a good table