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Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
808-826-6113
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Ranked #14 of 35 restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $35
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Princeton, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We ventured to the Dolphin under advisement to get there early. We were there by 5 pm with beeper in hand. The restaurant doesn't open until 530 pm. We (family of 4) were promptly seated once the restaurant opened and had a nice corner table overlooking the garden and river. We had a few appetizers - artichoke, edamame. Both were... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Bill was not accurate and staff was not willing to discuss. Also unwilling to break out bill by couples and charged us 18% gratuity despite the poor service. We spent 10 days in Kauai and this was definitely the most negative outing. Many better places in Hanalei to eat. Also better prices and service elsewhere.

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Hanalei, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As a sushi buff, and even having a husband who's a fisherman, I absolutely LOVE The Dolphin's sushi bar and all their rolls. The service is always great, the atmosphere fun and lively, and the sushi is beyond yummy! Try the Hanalei Roll, or any roll that is a special that night. The shrimp and veggie tempura is also light... More

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Nelson, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I had the scallops and my 2 friends each had different fish dinners. Everything was delicious! If you're hungry, go early as they don't take reservations, and the wait for a table can be long. But, you can sit outside and have a drink and appy while you wait. The service was good, the drinks and food were very good.... More

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Fremont, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The seafood is outstanding, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. You can't make reservations, which is a minus, but they told us when to come so that the wait wouldn't be too bad, and it wasn't.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

went here based on recommendation of friends and couldn't have been happier with the service and quality of seafood. restaurant is connected to the fish market where locals bring their daily catch so all local fish is extremely fresh. Plus they have more fish selections than on menu. we sat at sushi bar in front of chef Jeff (owner?) and... More

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san diego
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We have been staying in Hanalei off and on for over 20 years. I'm not sure what has happened to the Fish Market, but we will never buy our fish from them again. We used to love driving to the market every afternoon to pick up some "fresh" Ahi and any other "fresh" fish for our evening dinner. Our second... More

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Hana, Hawaii
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I enjoyed the fish here it tasted so good the servers made us feel so welcome and you know some time in Hawaii some servers don't really want to be ther and don't care if your meal is good or not but not her every thing was perfect sat down enjoyed talking to the server we like to travel around... More

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Frisco, TX
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110 reviews 110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My first 24 hours on Kauai was a whirlwind that included little sleep, and two rounds of golf. I had selected this spot as I figured I had to have one seafood based meal. I got here a little before dusk, and luckily got the last real parking spot. Wait for table for two was no problem, and we were... More

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Tampa, FL
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by another group of visitors to Kauai. We were just down the street and hungry so we stopped in. The filet mignon sandwich was good - it was on a Torta Bread bun from Costco (I know, we buy them at home). My husband had the fish and chips - and the fish was... More

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