Postcards Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 12 reviews )

Kuhio Highway (at Hwy 56, near Hanalei Center, Kauai), Hanalei, Hawaii, USA, 96714

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe in a house setting. Menu consists of fish and some vegetarian dishes, a couple vegan ones. Most dishes can be made vegan. Try the sombrero or the trio of tapenade appetizer. Has soymilk for coffee. Reservations suggested. Open Mon-Sun 5:30pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Non-veg

12 Reviews

First Review by spiceislandvegan

Amazing Food! - Edit

The meal at postcards was our favorite on the island. They have their vegan items marked, but can make more dishes vegan if you ask. The items were creative, flavorful, fresh, and delicious! Our waiter was knowledge on what veganism is/what we could or could not eat. Definitely recommend!

Pros: Vegan items marked

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Nice place! - Edit

Very nice atmosphere in my favorite town. Food is quite good, filling and made with care. Good options. I go back each time I visit Hanalei

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Tasty - Edit

I asked my Omni boyfriend to bring me here. Since they had fish on the menu he agreed. I had the hemp-crusted polenta cakes as an appetizer which my BF found delicious also. I would like to be able to get the recipe. I had the sombrero which was listed as vegan on the menu. (an earlier review said that it wasn't vegan but, they may have changed the dish) I took half of my sombrero in a go box so I could try a dessert and had the chocolate silk pie. I was in heaven... this was one of the few restaurants I went to that had plenty of vegan options to choose from and we both want to return on our next trip there. We went at opening and were able to be seated quickly.

Pros: good vegan options, friendly staff

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Delightful atmosphere, good food, great service - Edit

I think Postcards, much like a surprising number of places on Kauai, has been catering more and more to veg* folks. The number of vegan entrees numbered only two by our count (though they were quite accommodating) but there were several appetizers that were veg* or could be made so. We loved the Sombrero (see picture), the tapenade assortment (the non-olive ones could have been more flavorful) and the lilikoi (passion fruit) sorbet dessert.

We thought that Caffe Coco was the only other place on Kauai that held a candle to Postcards and despite the inclination of some reviewers below, we found the Postcards dishes to be way less bland than those at Caffe Coco.

One final note: they do have soy milk for coffee but my personal opinion is that adding the latter to coffee is a travesty. I suggested they get Organic Valley soy creamer as there is simply no better veg* option.

Pros: great presentation, atmosphere (fresh flowers), local/organic

Cons: pricey (but not atypical for Kauai), limited seating, sparse appetizers (need more veggies)

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Great vegan options - Edit

We shared two vegan starters and two vegan entrees. Best vegan food by far that we've had on this trip. We were too full to try the dessert. Our friends had fish that they said was delicious.

Pros: vegan options clearly marked on menu, friendly wait staff, tasty food

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Charming with Vegan Options - Edit

Good vegan options in a cute family-friendly restaurant. Their menu doesn’t have any meat (only fish) or refined sugar, and they use a lot of fruit they grow themselves. The Sombrero was probably the best meal we had all week.

Pros: outdoor seating, friendly service, excellent food

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Nice place, Bland food - Edit

The place is beautiful. It's small, so there's usally a wait --- even if they say you don't need a reservation, make one anyhow.

The food is so-so at best. The dishes were pretty, but the entree was bland. I thought it might just be veg thing... but I saw a guy with the fish curry and he looked upset over the taste as well (he asked for pepper on his curry dish).

Pros: Ambiance, Fritters

Cons: Bland, Pricey

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Very nice place - Edit

There was a long wait to get a table, but the ambience is very nice and romantic. They had a very limited menu in terms of vegetarian food, but at least there were a couple entrees. I just got appetizers because i didn't feel like either entree. Apparently they have bread, but only if you ask for it which was annoying because we didn't know and so didn't ask. Seems like a nice pricy place like this should just bring it.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Small menu

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It was okay - Edit

Came here for dinner on a past trip to Kauai island, Hawaii. Here's my Postcards Cafe review for happycow.

Two of us ordered 2 vegan dishes to share. Tasted okay though a bit on the salty side. Our friend ordered a fish dish, and she liked it.

The space is nice and the kitchen accommodating to vegetarian and vegan requests.

Pros: veg-friendly, nice place

Cons: a bit expensive

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good food, but very limited vegan options - Edit

My husband and I went here on our honeymoon. I was looking forward to ordering the Sombrero, as mentioned in a previous review and on the website, but it was not vegan. It contains dairy cheese as well as fish. They said that they can not make it vegan because it is pre-made, and they cut it out of a larger batch. My husband ordered it and liked it. I had to get the Francesca, which was very good but quite expensive for a pasta dish. The taro fritters were amazing! We agreed that they were the best, by far!
We'd certainly go back and order more taro fritters, but would really only recommend the entrees if you have an excessive amount of money to spend.

P.S. They do take credit cards now.

Pros: taro fritters, tasty food

Cons: expensive, limited vegan options, pre-made food

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My 50th birthday at Postcards Cafe - Edit

I celebrated my 50th birthday at the Postcards Cafe in February 2009. I had seen it on so I decided to eat my birthday dinner there since I have been a vegetarian for 32 years. When I arrived at the Postcards Cafe and mentioned to the hostess that I was a vegetarian and had seen the restaurant listed at, she said their restaurant did not cater to vegetarians! I was shocked and surprised that she said that. The waitress said they would try to accommodate me. The only thing on the menu that I could eat that wasn't meat was a tofu dish so I ordered that. It was so spicy that I couldn't even finish it. I told the waitress right away about how spicy it was and she said there was nothing she could do about it. I was very disappointed with the Postcards Cafe as they didn't offer to prepare another veggie meal. I had to pay full price for dinner even though I couldn't eat it plus the tofu was completely dried out. I do not recommend the Postcards Cafe at all.

Cons: Not a veg-friendly restaurant., Staff not friendly.

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Vegan options are available in a tiny beach town - Edit

I was surprised that a gourmet restaurant with vegan options are available in this town. I thought the place will be casual and will sell only sandwiches and salads. But no, this is a gourmet type of meal. We wanted to find such a restaurant to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We found it in an unlikely town called Hanalei. We don't drink wine so we ordered Hisbiscus Cooler for drinks. We had Hanalei Taro Fritters with pineapple chutney as a starter. It was yummy. Dinner was vegan dish called The Sombrero(vegan with vegan jack cheese). We had Coconut sorbet with lilikoi syrup. All in all it was great and it wasn't salty. There are other vegan and vegetarian options.

Pros: Has a vegan option

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