We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
808-826-6113
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #13 of 35 restaurants in Hanalei
Price range: $20 - $35
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Write a Review

1,072 reviews from our community

72% Recommend
    426
    348
    163
    84
    51
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Boston, MA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

To summarize, sushi very expensive and overpriced at over $24/ roll. All rolls mostly rice little fish and flavors uninspired heavy on the wasabi. Waiter was no help and bus boy clean your plate the minute the last piece is gone as if they didn't have enough dishes in back. Our meal for four people was less than 45 min... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Utah
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We dined here with friends who were celebrating a big anniversary. We have all been to this restaurant several times previously so we knew what to expect in terms of having to wait for a table, high prices, loud and hectic atmosphere. There is so much frantic an frenetic activity going on that it seems like you are dining inside... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hanalei, Hawaii
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Went there for a special anniversary dinner with some friends. Food was quite good albeit expensive even for Kauai, but both my wife and commented to each other that our cocktails (gin and tonic and margarita) tasted like the bartender had forgotten to add the required liquor. Plus the tonic in the gin and tonic was definitely on the flat... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed a great family dinner here. The food was fresh and delicious. The broiled scallops and dessert were a favorite. Service was excellent. The best part was sitting outside for drinks and light appetizers while waiting for inside seating. The outside tables are in the garden adjacent to the river and made for a memorable evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes
burnley
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Nice spot, quick service , very fresh fish served pretty simply ; we'll that' s ok but sometimes a little bit of invention might be interesting too . A starter of rainbow poke ( local version of sushi ,really) really was good but having to order vegetables as extras always annoys me and they have an odd policy of giving... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

High priced, very busy and clearly understaffed. Perhaps that is why we did not get enough of the waitress' attention to be able to order food that served our needs. I got the Teriyaki Tuna. Nicely cooked, but no teriyaki apparent and no sauces or anything else. Two people got the mixed fried fish. Their response was, "blah." I would... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Branson, Missouri
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We enjoyed our meal here and if back in Kauai we would dine here again. The wrapped asparagus was amazing! I've been trying to replicate it at home ever since and haven't been able to get it quite right. The Ahi Tuna was overcooked the first go around, but they were happy to make me a less done one. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Memphis, Tn
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

They have great sushi, terrific appetizers and very good margaritas. I liked sitting next to the Hanalei River. Service was prompt and attentive. This was my 4th visit and I plan on returning next trip to Kauai.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went here because we wanted to have one "nice" meal while we were visiting Hanalei. What a wast of money! First things first, the decor.. it looks like it's stuck in 1999, second snobby hostess and we must have had 3 servers, third it's really expensive, and for what you get, it's not that great. There are so many... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Victorville, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I have heard and read pretty good reviews on this place. Ordered two sushi rolls only to get a wet mushy rice. My son is a sushi chef and this was just poor preperation. Sooooo... at $28 for one of them, I was very unhappy. Drinks were decent, sat outside instead of waiting will not go back.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Hanalei Dolphin also viewed

 

Been to Hanalei Dolphin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Hanalei Dolphin, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing