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Hanalei Dolphin

$$$
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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 535
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  • 427
    Very good
  • 203
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  • 102
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  • 58
    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
Incredible sushi

I gave this restaurant a mediocre rating a few years ago and after our meal tonight I definitely need to upgrade the review. The Napali roll was one of the best sushi rolls I have ever had. The ahi was so fresh! My husband had the red snapper and it was incredible. The service was friendly with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
mkwm
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Orinda, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Orinda, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I gave this restaurant a mediocre rating a few years ago and after our meal tonight I definitely need to upgrade the review. The Napali roll was one of the best sushi rolls I have ever had. The ahi was so fresh! My husband had the red snapper and it was incredible. The service was friendly with great wine and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Relax by a river in an open air tropical paradise while watching kayakers & paddle boarders glide along. Seafood is fresh and the salads with warm bread are great. You can belly up to the bar outside or inside, and order sushi right there. They've got all the regular dishes (chicken, beef, etc.) too.

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Whitney, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Hanalei Dolphin's location on the river makes it a little unique, but the excellent seafood is what makes it really unique. It is usually crowded at both lunch and dinner, so be prepared to wait awhile and enjoy some pupu's and a Mai Tai while you wait. They have a bustling kitchen and a very good wait staff, so... More 

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Long Island, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This restaurant was consistently good, we went twice. There is always a long wait and they don't take reservations. If you don't want to wait go at 5:30 (you can call at 5 and they will take your name for seating) or 8:30. The food was worth it though. We were on the North Shore for 6 nights and most... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Very good sushi. Gets very busy at open and wait times build up quickly. Not a whole of parking either.

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Bluffton, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Dinner start time is 5:30pm. They don't take reservations but they do put together a list of the people who show up before 5:30 for early cocktails and then dinner. They also give a pager to those on the list. Then they go down the list at 5:30 seating those on the list first. So plan accordingly. The service was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had a fish sandwich that was out of thus world!the fish was fresh and tasty. A bit pricey but everything in Kauai is!! Fast service as well.

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Mendocino, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This place has a great reputation for it's seafood. Seafood is my passion when dining out in the Hawaiian islands. We had reservations and got there promptly when they opened. We went to the bar and were promptly shooed away by the bartender with his saying, the bar was only for HIS customers. So we went outside and sat at... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Nothing to write home about. Try lunch here instead of dinner and you'll save an enormous amount of $$$$. Same dishes both meals and same size servings. They make most of their money by naming their drinks & watching suckers buy the drinks over & over. You're pretty captive in Hanalei so good luck finding a great restaurant here. We... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

had the Tuna, probably the best Tuna of my life, everyone in my party really enjoyed their meal, this is the kind of place that's a little overpriced but well worth it

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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?