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All 37 Hanalei Restaurants

Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
808-826-6113
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Ranked #13 of 37 Restaurants in Hanalei
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Surrey, British Columbia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

No disappointments here! We were pleasantly greeted by the hostess and our server was very friendly and patient. His recommendations for catches of the day were on point. My son ordered the Shutome (broadbill swordfish), white and soft. I ordered the Hebi (shortbill spearfish), in between soft white swordfish and firmer Mahi Mahi. My personal preference is for the softer... More 

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Grass Valley
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Ate at the Dolphin twice. The "poke" is beyond description; it is so flavorful. And the sushi rolls and wonderful. The fish is so fresh and ample and the presentation is lovely.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Definitely eat there again but beware it's pretty spendy. Loved sitting outside rather than inside because it was very noisy inside. Packed during the middle of the week.

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Seal Beach, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Six of us devoured a fabulous meal and had a wonderful time. The waitress was friendly and helpful. She even gave a taste test on a delightful coconut porter. For appetizers we had poki bowl, stuffed mushrooms and artichokes - all great. Tasty Blond bikini ale light and reviving after a long hike up the power line not really a... More 

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We went twice to the (fancy!) new Poipu location of Dolphin restaurant. We had a much better experience at lunch, when the restaurant was quiet and charming, than at dinner, when the service seemed totally overwhelmed by the crowd, and everything was 50% more expensive than it should be (like $24 sushi rolls). More importantly, lunch has a selection of... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

As the name suggests, this place has out of this world seafood. My wife and I had shitome swordfish and ahi tuna. Both were incredible.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Love the restaurant. I only sit in Sushi area and have been treated to some very unique rolls with a Hawaiian style. Chefs do a great job.

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Aurora, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This a wonderful restaurant with fish dishes to die for and a true Hawaiian feel. The staff makes you feel like they've been waiting all day for you. I had hebi and it was perfect, white meat flaky and firm. If you could only eat at one place on Kaui, go to the Dolphin.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

My husband and I ate at The Hanalei Dolphin December 8 at 2:30PM for lunch. I must rate our service in the top 5 of worst service ever. We walked to the host stand, were given menus and told to seat ourselves. We sat there for 13 minutes before Missi C came to us. Missi C I is a larger,... More 

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Hanalei, Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

By far, my favorite restaurant on Kauai. Sushi rolls are amazing, beyond delicious and a work of art. Tempura veggies and shrimp are light and crunchy with great flavor. Fresh fish is as fresh as can be and prepared in simple but delicious ways. Then there's dessert .... All yummy. Service is consistently very good - attentive, upbeat wait staff... More 

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Additional Information about Hanalei Dolphin

Address: Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
Phone Number: 808-826-6113
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35

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