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Hanalei Dolphin

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Japanese, Chowder, Barbecue, Sushi, Pub, Soups, 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, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout

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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
Great location, good food

No reservations, but a table by the river is a great lunch. Be advised lunch portions are small. For example, the fish and chips lunch plate is one piece of fish.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

No reservations, but a table by the river is a great lunch. Be advised lunch portions are small. For example, the fish and chips lunch plate is one piece of fish.

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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I decided to stop here before a night on the town in Hanalei. We sat at the outside bar and ordered a couple of sushi rolls and some beers. The staff behind the bar didn't engage in conversation with us at all and only spoke amongst themselves. If you like being ignored and mediocre food then this... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great sushi, as well as options for individuals who would prefer not to eat sushi. Get there early, as you'll likely need to wait for a table, however it's totally worth the wait!

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We heard about this place from a guest at the resort who had been there. Excellent sushi and other food. After shopping in Hanalei we went here about 5:30pm and the only "table" we could get for the next 1 1/2 hours was to sit at the sushi bar! It was worth it. We were able to watch the sushi... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great Atmosphere, very scenic. Nice to sit outside and have appetizers and drinks. Inside is nice. The food is really good. The service is good.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We went to this restaurant after I read many reviews mostly because our friend recommended it. It was okay and actually better than I had expected after reading other reviews. The service was prompt. We sat in the sushi section. The waitress was really friendly and helpful with making recommendations. The fish wasn't the best I've ever had, but it... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My first stop after dropping my bags and I must say the the feel of the place made me a repeat offender a number of times during my two week stay. Good food, varied liquor selection. I had a really fabulous waiter who was a craftsman. For lunch, dinner or drinks, The Dolphin felt homey and inviting. Go, spend some... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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69 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The food is good, not great. The service is good, not great. The prices are high. With other choices there s no value to go here. My primary feeling was why did we spend so much for a meal that was not special in any way. We will never go back.

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San Diego
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Hard to get a seat - get there when they open at 5:30 or plan on waiting over an hour! Great food, great drinks, and a "must try" when staying on the North Shore. Teriyaki Ahi is a personal favorite, but all the food is good. They are very busy, so relax with a drink and enjoy the river.

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FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We dined here the evening we arrived. The service was SLOW, the food was over-cooked. My husband ordered the ahi tuna and he wanted it seared rare. It came out WELL DONE! My opa was very dry and charred. My vegetables were BLACK and tasted like charcoal. it too forever to get out check. It has a great location, but... 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
Cuisine: Japanese, Chowder, Barbecue, Sushi, Pub, Soups, Hawaiian

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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, Soups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?