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Hanalei Dolphin

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Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
808-826-6113
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 187
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  • 93
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  • 56
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Island feel

If you like sushi, this is a good place to go, as they prepare your food items before you. I had the Mahi Mahi and it was excellent. The food is a little pricey, but the restaurant has a good vibe and the service is great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Ohiobruce42
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Fresh and fresher fish is the order of the day.. The Mai Tais were delicious. Outdoor dining on a neat mangrove with paddleboarders and kayakers passing by as an added plus!!!

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West Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Very unhappy with the overall service!!!! Very rude waitress, Amy, treated us unrespectfully, rushing us, taking the wrong order and talking back to us. All 4 of us will never send any of our friend or family to this restaurant, we will never recommend it to you, too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Tried the sushi just ok. Fish options where not that different compared to other restaurants. The shrimp that they make special was good but not a lot for the price. Arrive early or you will wait.

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Pacifica
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107 reviews 107 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Excellent Poke, Fresh Fish and all the accompaniments. Dress up, or not, but the venue feels refined. Portions were surprisingly large. Service was excellent. I went with a party of four and we ordered all the different kinds of fish to share and discover together, it was a real treat!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

If you like sushi, this is a good place to go, as they prepare your food items before you. I had the Mahi Mahi and it was excellent. The food is a little pricey, but the restaurant has a good vibe and the service is great.

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Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We wanted to eat here, but they told us the wait would be 45 minutes. We waited 35 minutes and checked in again, and as it started to rain, asked how much longer, and they said at least another 30 minutes, so we gave up. It, like many places in Hanalei, is not cheap, but is VERY popular, so come... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

The restaurant was great, but the hidden gem is the fish market in back. We frequently bought fresh fish to grill. They also sell prepared food. The employees ate great and we're happy to provide cooking suggestions. You really cannot go wrong here!

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Penang, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

it is one of the place that serve the best sushi. Super fresh seafood. Top quality food and service. Awesome Poke. I would recommend to sit at the sushi bar and consult your sushi consultant on what to order for the day.

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Melbourne
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

You could easily drive past The Dolphin restaurant on the way from Princeville to Hanalei. Make sure you don't. Pull into the car park and enjoy some of the best Poke and fish on offer in Hanalei. This was about the 6th time I have been for lunch and never had a bad meal. The service is attentive and water... More 

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Mukilteo, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Go to the bar, otherwise it was packed after about 6. Sushi was quite good and fresh. Probably the best I've had in Hawaii except for Sensei on Maui.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
  • Phone Number: 808-826-6113

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?