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Hukilau Lanai

520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Ranked #1 of 104 Restaurants in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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92% Recommend
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Moraga, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I had high expectations for the Hukilau Lanai given the TA reviews, but we found it only average, which was particularly disappointing given the price of the meal. At the outset, I will note that the service was exemplary and professional. We were seated quickly, our server was friendly and informative without being overbearing, and finished plates were removed quickly.... More

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Citrus Heights, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The reviews were spot on. I noticed a few people had some concerns about service, but during our trip everything was 5 star. I would recommend this place to anyone!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Wife had the Tasting Menu for $28. She enjoyed everything. I had steak and it was good. For $33 it was about the same price as other places but here it includes a soup or salad and a side. For the price as well as food quality it's probably the best in Kauai. I'm not saying there are not better... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We ate at the Hukilau Lanai this past Tuesday. We had a 7:45 reservation but got there around 7 as were were hungry and figured we would get a drink. We ended up grabbing a high top table in the bar and decided to just stay there as there was great live Hawaiian music and we had a nice view.... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I have been here two years in a row now and continue to be impressed! Great food and great wine list!

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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389 reviews 389 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I wasn't expecting a lot when I saw the early bird $25 tasting menu, but what a great surprise! The dishes are small portions as would be expected, but the quality and care that went into preparing them is remarkable. This is no small feat when dealing with expensive ingredients in a resort island location. The candied Ahi with coconut... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We have eaten in restaurants all over Kauai, and Hukilau Lanai is the best! A beautiful setting, friendly and professional service, amazing food, and affordable prices. We made a reservation on Open Table 3 days ahead of time which allowed us to be seated on the patio (we didn't specify this as a request but we were pleasantly surprised!). Patrons... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Our party of 5 walked in around 6PM without reservations on a Saturday night and were lucky enough to get the "last table". It was packed, but the service was excellent. The ambiance is relaxing--located within a resort--facing the ocean and the resort's pool area. In the evening there are lighted torches--very nice atmosphere. The menu had traditional items as... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I tend to rely on Trip Advisor ratings and reviews as they usually align with my experiences and preferences, so when my wife and I visited Kauai for a week to celebrate our 40th anniversary, I selected Hukilau Lanai since it was the top rated restaurant on the island. My wife is gluten intolerant and we had previously had some... More

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SF Bay Area
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The best ribs we have had in a long time. We'll absolutely be back to eat more of them. The drinks were also very good, the setting wonderful (we ended up with a table right at the edge of the grade), and the service excellent. The other dishes (steak, surf and turf, fish) were also good and cooked as ordered,... More

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