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Hanalei Dolphin

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Japanese, Chowder, Barbecue, Sushi, Pub, Hawaiian
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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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 505
    Excellent
  • 408
    Very good
  • 193
    Average
  • 96
    Poor
  • 57
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hanalei Dolphin

Location, ambiance, and consistently good food. There is often a crowd and a wait. Be prepared. Also, don't look for privacy (unless you go late).as it is elbow to elbow. Our waitress was prompt and courteous. Don't choose sushi if you are not used to raw fish or order the cooked. The menu might... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
coralisles
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Princeville, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Loomis, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend what ever fresh fish they have on special. You can't go wrong, good portions too. The flu flu drinks aren't bad either. Great service, no complaints other than the desert being average. Just go with the coffee ;)

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Princeville, Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Location, ambiance, and consistently good food. There is often a crowd and a wait. Be prepared. Also, don't look for privacy (unless you go late).as it is elbow to elbow. Our waitress was prompt and courteous. Don't choose sushi if you are not used to raw fish or order the cooked. The menu might better explain that issue. Love the... More 

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Waco, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We selected this location because of the good review in our travel guide, because of its location near Princeville, and because they serve fresh seafood. The atmosphere was fun and inviting: open air dining room (for dinner) with outdoor seating (for sushi and drinks only). The restaurant is located on a river so the view is not great but it's... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We try to go there after our long flight from the mainland. The fish tacos are terrific. It is wonderful to sit outside in the sun (by the river) and watch paddle boarders and kayakers go by.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great place no doubt. Fantastic location by the winding river were you sit and watch the kayaks paddle by. This is not formal dining or fine dining which some reviewers seem to have thought it should be. Instead its casual dining at its best. The service is great as is the food - not just the sushi... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us for the sushi - which we love. Nice location on a river. We arrived early -5- to get a good seat, the restaurant was not quite open yet. We were happy to wait the couple of minutes. When they opened, the hostesses gave us a hard time in choosing a table????? not sure what... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Fish dry,batter burnt/overdone- service poor. Was expecting so much more after checking Trip Advisor & various other publications. Need to up their game.

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Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We have always put the convertible top down in the car and rolled up to Hanalei. It is a drive but this is one place we go every trip. The have sushi as well as seafood so it is a chance for people to have something other than fish if they want. We sit out under an umbrella to have... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went for lunch on the day we arrived, May 20, 2015 as we had a few hours to kill before check in at our resort. Parking at the restaurant is limited and would be truly impossible if it were packed. I had the beer battered fried fish and my husband had the fish tacos. Food was... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

Our family really enjoyed this restaurant. I tried to reach them via phone & email before I left but was unable to get in touch with anyone. We stopped by when we were in town and a staff member told us to show up at 5 and put our name down and then they begin seating at 5:30. I'm very... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Chowder, Barbecue, Sushi, Pub, Hawaiian

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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?