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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 #13 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Ate here the day we arrived and the day after. Nice relaxing atmosphere, good drinks and food and service. Recommend the fin burger (sandwich?) with ahi tuna. Very fresh and tasty. Go to the fish market to pick up great sushi rolls to go (this was dinner for us 3 nights of our trip it was so good.)

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Del Rio, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We had a great lunch at the Hanalei Dolphin. My husband had the Spyder sushi roll, which was good but a little hard to eat (it fell apart, but was too big to eat a piece in one bite). I had a bowl of the seafood chowder, which was delicious but I had to enlist the help of my husband... More

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New Jersey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We mostly ordered the ahi sashimi and poke in the 3 or 4 times we visited the takeout part of the restaurant. They were always excellent -- poke was flavorful and the sashimi was fresh, silky, and melt-in-your-mouth good. The prices, though still pricey, were still much cheaper than what you get on the mainland. We did also ordered some... More

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Toronto
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Its always busy, sometimes people waiting, but the food is not very good. The fish was dry and quite bland, not plated nicely. That said, we always get takeout sushi rolls and fresh fish from the takeout window in the parking lot, and theyre always amazing. When we dined in we got cooked fish, so maybe that was our mistake.... More

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Pilot Point, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

After reviewing the Dolphin 2 years ago, I thought I would give it another try. Nothing has changed! The food is mediocre at best with a high price to pay. Service was just ok. Of course, I am comparing it to the original management when the quality of food and service was their priority and you left with the feeling... More

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Logan, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you are looking for some good fresh seafood this is your place! I will warn you, it's a little pricy, but if you are like me, you don't mind paying for a good meal. The wait staff was excellent, right on top of helping, drinking, order taking, good delivery. The Seafood chowder was amazing, grab a cup of it!... More

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Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We tried the Opah on the recommendation of the owner and it was fabulous. He even gave us seasoning and told us how to prepare it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you are vacationing in Princeville, Hawaii be sure to stop by the dolphin fish market. Delicious fresh fish and amazing dolphin and crab rolls. All you fish lovers will be super happy to find this market. Also, if you haven't eaten at their restaurant called The Dolphin that is also a must for dinner. Excellent but they don't take... More

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powell, ohio
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

In the back of the restaurant is the best fresh fish market on the island. The fish is fresh and worth the price. Go early as the Poke and the sushi rolls are sold out by the afternoon. If you have access to a grill this is the place to go. Ask for the shrimp cocktail sauce it is the... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We could eat at the Dolphin every night since the menu is so broad and the seafood is so fresh. The sushi bar is world class. Jeff is so creative with his combinations that we always say "surprise us" which he always does. The sushi is like dessert (the Best Thing, Next Best Thing, Samurai roll, etc.). We brought a... More

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