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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
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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Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It's pretty, you can sit out by the river under a lantern, (bring your mosquito repellant) with a few flaming torches flickering around, or inside (first come first served seating) in the fun hub-bub of the tiki, palm fronds style dining room. But the food, at least the food that we tried was pretty average. My friend had the grilled... More

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Boston
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We had just arrived in Kauai the night before and decided to eat at someplace close and decided on the Dolphin restaurant. It was a good choice! When we arrived there was a wait and there was outdoor tables right next to the river. It started to shower but we were under a table and besides, rain in Hawaii is... More

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Reno, Nevada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We arrived around 7 pm. It was very busy. We mentioned to the hostess that we were there to celebrate our anniversary. She congratulated us and said that we may have a twenty minute wait. No more than 5 minutes later we were notified that our table was ready. I mentioned to the hostess that those 20 minutes went by... More

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Leeds
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Managed to get a table after just turning up on the off chance. Just a 30m wait but well worth it in the end. Whatever you choose I doubt you'll be disappointed. I had the suchi, my wife the fish n chips. The place is certainly not haute cuisine, but the food is amazing and I thought really good value... More

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Boston, MA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

To summarize, sushi very expensive and overpriced at over $24/ roll. All rolls mostly rice little fish and flavors uninspired heavy on the wasabi. Waiter was no help and bus boy clean your plate the minute the last piece is gone as if they didn't have enough dishes in back. Our meal for four people was less than 45 min... More

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Utah
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We dined here with friends who were celebrating a big anniversary. We have all been to this restaurant several times previously so we knew what to expect in terms of having to wait for a table, high prices, loud and hectic atmosphere. There is so much frantic an frenetic activity going on that it seems like you are dining inside... More

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Hanalei, Hawaii
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went there for a special anniversary dinner with some friends. Food was quite good albeit expensive even for Kauai, but both my wife and commented to each other that our cocktails (gin and tonic and margarita) tasted like the bartender had forgotten to add the required liquor. Plus the tonic in the gin and tonic was definitely on the flat... More

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed a great family dinner here. The food was fresh and delicious. The broiled scallops and dessert were a favorite. Service was excellent. The best part was sitting outside for drinks and light appetizers while waiting for inside seating. The outside tables are in the garden adjacent to the river and made for a memorable evening.

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burnley
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Nice spot, quick service , very fresh fish served pretty simply ; we'll that' s ok but sometimes a little bit of invention might be interesting too . A starter of rainbow poke ( local version of sushi ,really) really was good but having to order vegetables as extras always annoys me and they have an odd policy of giving... More

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

High priced, very busy and clearly understaffed. Perhaps that is why we did not get enough of the waitress' attention to be able to order food that served our needs. I got the Teriyaki Tuna. Nicely cooked, but no teriyaki apparent and no sauces or anything else. Two people got the mixed fried fish. Their response was, "blah." I would... More

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