locally sourced  ×  crafted with love  ×  shared with friends


"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.

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.



Call after 1pm weekdays or 3pm weekends 


Call times can be up to 5 minute wait. If you are experiencing trouble getting through, please try again later as our lines get tied up easy. Sorry, no email reservations 

We accept reservations 1 month in advance. Our largest reservation accepted is 8 people. 

The majority of our seating is on our covered lanai.


Gift Certificates can be purchased through our reservationist 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


Open 7 days
Kitchen: 5:30-9:15 pm
Bar:  5:30-10pm

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

Fresh ingredients are the heart & soul of Bar Acuda. Over the last 10 years Jim and his team have nurtured close relationships with island fishermen and organic farmers. Together, they bring the finest seasonal ingredients to your table. Note that this menu changes regularly based on available ingredients and chef's creativity. 


Note that a 4% service charge added for Hawaii State Employee Health Insurance mandates. Read more.


Some fifty handpicked, Estate-bottled wines featured on Bar Acuda’s wine list reflect a passionate enclave of small producers from Italy, France, Spain, Oregon and California. There is a distinct emphasis on Rhone-style grape varietals that pair exceptionally well with the provincial-style menu at Bar Acuda. Half of the wines featured on the list are available by the glass; all of them are full of charm, personality and pleasure.

*Indicates Wineries practicing sustainable, organic or biodynamic farming.


Corkage Fee - $25  |  Note that a 4% service charge added for Hawaii State Employee Health Insurance mandates. Read more.

Good Reviews

"Imagine the casual, country feel of the Mediterranean regions of Europe. It’s dinnertime. Neighbors and family line a long table under the stars. Conversation and laughter float through the air. Wine flows. The season’s latest harvest or catch gets passed around."

Honolulu Magazine

"As soon as you enter Bar Acuda, you know it’s going to be a fun evening. The staff is smiling; the atmosphere is welcoming. The bar area is cool, with a large-screen TV showing anything from Blue Planet series to old black & white movies—recently even shots from their trip to Italy."

Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine