"I am inspired by traditionally prepared regional food that respects seasonality and is rooted in simplicity."

Chef & owner Jim Moffat

Bar Acuda is Kaua‘i’s coolest place to relax with friends, share tapas and sip some wine. Chef & owner Jim Moffat’s culinary sensibility originates from the people and food he experienced during years of travel to the Mediterranean regions of Europe – including Southern France, Italy, Spain and Portugal – as well as twenty-five years of honing his craft at his award winning San Francisco restaurants.

E' Komo Mai - "come inside" and experience the warm glow of restaurant Bar Acuda, just steps away from the inspiring mountains and waterfalls of Hanalei.






- reservations can be made       by phone after 3pm daily;            or in person anytime.

Our call times can be up to 5 minute wait. If you are experiencing trouble getting through our lines, please try again later as our lines get tied up easy. Mahalo for your patience.

- sorry, no email reservations 

- we accept reservations 1 month in advance

-our largest reservation accepted is 7 people






Gift Certificates can be made through our reverationist after 3pm HST. They are available for pick up, or they can be mailed to your location.                    


We are located in the heart of Hanalei in The Hanalei Center behind Harvest Market.

5-5161 Kuhio Highway         Hanalei, HI 96714


7 days

kitchen: 5:30-9:30 pm

bar:  5:30-10pm

About Jim Moffat

Accomplished, creative owner / chef who takes a culinary knowledge grounded in tradition and makes it his own. Jim’s relationship with food began in the outskirts of Montreal at his family’s European Auberge, where his father was the chef. Travels throughout Southern Europe and the Mediterranean inspired his culinary style, and is evident in the flavors and dishes prepared at Bar Acuda.

“Each day I endeavor to create both original and classic recipes using the freshest ingredients from Kaua`i and around the world. Our move to Hanalei was about quality of life and about doing something extraordinary; my staff and I work a shorter, 5-day workweek and we embrace the island lifestyle. This way, we are rejuvenated and fully dedicated during the nights when Bar Acuda is ‘alive.’ ” 

42 Degrees & The Slow Club

The success of his two San Francisco restaurants, 42 Degrees and The Slow Club, earned numerous local and national awards, earning Jim recognition in Food and Wine Magazine’s “Top 10 New American Chefs” in 1996.

Here on Kaua‘i I feel the impact my restaurant has on a small community; not just patrons, but also the people who work here and those who lovingly grow (and catch) the fresh ingredients we serve. People come in to share the food, sip the wine, and engage in conversation. I see these same people around town and at the beach, and their feedback means a great deal to me.
— Jim