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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 #12 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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English first
Escondido, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had the opportunity to come here twice, once for the fish market out back and once to dine in. Both experiences were great--super fresh fish to take back to the condo and bbq and wonderfully prepared seafood in the restaurant. Loved the grilled veggie kabobs too! Just be aware that they don't start seating for dinner until 5 if... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have family in Kauai so I have been going there all my life as has my extended family, and the Hanalei Dolphin is a MUST on every trip! Family members have been known to go there 3 or 4 times in one week :). In order to get the full experience, forget the menu. Grab a coveted seat at... More

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Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It's a wonderful setting, by the river as you enter Hanalei. The food was good and the service good, but the price seemed slightly high for what you got. The ambience of the facility was OK.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This place has the local island atmosphere complete with live music! Fantastic drink menu and I had the steamed mussels which were drenched in wine and butter- YUM!!!!

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Stopped by for lunch one day as they came well recommended. Wait time was about 10 minutes; not bad. We requested one of their riverside outdoor tables, but the hostess tried to seat us indoors. After reminding her we want to sit outside, she insinuated it would be some sort of lengthy ordeal to clean a table & the waitress... More

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Highly recommended by the concierge at the St Regis – it did not disappoint. Very good food, nice local atmosphere.

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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Awesome fresh sashimi and sushi rolls. The best chowder we have ever had!! Be sure if you go here, to get the chowder!! The mushroom app was awesome too! Hanalei Roll very good.. the hamachi sashimi was excellent along with tuna, salmon, and the ono ( a local fish). Highly recommend!

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Kilauea, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Chef Jeff is a warm welcoming old friend in charge of amazing fresh off the boat sushi...our second go to place in Hanalei. Always deicious and consistent. Go early to sit at the bar and have Jeff send out samples of his local poke, friday lobster roll and assorted surprises!

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We live in Vancouver and can get excellent, low priced sushi almost anywhere, so keep that in mind with this review. We found the Dolphin to be extremely expensive for that it offered. $30 lobster roll! It was good, but not worth the price. The other items we tried were ok, but we've had better. If you live somewhere where... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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180 reviews 180 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We've been to the Dolphin many times. Although we were impressed the first time, each visit has been worse than the previous one. They seem to be a lot busier now than years ago, and because of this, the staff and kitchen seem to make a lot more mistakes. On our last visit, one person's order in our party simply... More

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