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Hanalei Dolphin

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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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
Really good sushi

But very pricey, like most things on the island I guess. But it was good stuff for sure. They usually have a wait

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2012
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CA
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  • Local cuisine
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Hillsborough, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

While a little pricey, the food and service are outstanding. it's great that they have a large outside area to have appetizers and drinks while you wait for a table and it's staffed by separate waiters/waitresses so service is excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

But very pricey, like most things on the island I guess. But it was good stuff for sure. They usually have a wait

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I live in Kauai and when people ask me where to go eat I always recommend the Dolphin in Hanalei. Their Sushi is great and if you're not a sushi fan they also have a grill> Nightly selections of fresh fish, steaks and great apps. They don't take reservations but if they have a wait(which they usually do) they have... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We had to wait for a table outside for almost an hour but the sushi bar was worth it. The sushi chefs are knowlegable and always serving todays freshest catch. The restaurant is split up into two sections. Be sure you ask for the sushi bar if you prefer sushi.

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Manvel, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I tried the teriyaki ahi that was highly recommended, but was not impressed. It had little flavor.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Plan on spending a lot of $$$$ here. Wine pours small, pay extra for everything , portions small, but they compensate with large quantities of rice. Not worth the wait in high season. Go next door and buy the fish, the dressing and croutons and do it yourself. Use to be a great place to hang... But service and wait... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This place has some of the most delicious fish I've ever had. When I visit Hawaii, I typically prefer to cook my own simply because there's a lot of bad food out there. This place, however, has some of the freshest food I've found on the island. This was my 3rd time dining at this restaurant and I would highly... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I called a week before we were considering the Dolphine for dinner and asked for the prices of the fish dinners. I was told $24-30. When we arrived all fish dinners were $32. They have great fish but the portions are moderate, possibly leaving one hungry. I like it they do not sauce up the fish as most expensive restaurants... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We could have eaten here every day. If you love sashimi and poke, this is the place in Hanalei/Princeville. Our kids love sashimi and real crab rolls, and the price is not bad for the amount of food you get. We ate during the off hours, so never tried their lunch or dinner menu, but you can order some sushi... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Hanalei is a beautiful spot and the Dolphin is a nice setting. The food, however is not anything special. Our table ordered three Ahi dishes. One wasa ordered simply seared and mostly left uncooked. This is the popular way to eat Ahi today, but two of us ordered our Ahi blackened and medium rare. Rhe seared Ahi was a beautiful... More 

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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

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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