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Gaylord's at Kilohana

3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Kauai, HI
808-245-9593
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Ranked #3 of 91 Restaurants in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $12 - $30
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Cuisines: Pacific Rim
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Nuhou
Description: Gaylord's offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Located on the ground floor of the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi Poke, Seafood Spring Rolls and Organic Greens Salads; Local Fish, Meat and Vegetarian Entrees; and Banana Cream Pie for Dessert! After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the rum shop or take a ride on the plantation train. Join us at Gaylord's to enjoy the best of what Kauai has to offer in island food and experience. Call for reservations and details on weekly entertainment. Memorable by day...Unforgettable by Night.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I went to a 'traditional Hawaii Luau' here, and it was everything I expected and nothing more. The food was quite delicious and plenty full with the all you can buffets. The entertainment (it was dinner and a show) was well choreographed and beautifully costumed. I wouldn't necessarily say it was worth the money, but it is the ideal way... More

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New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Gaylord's is located on beautiful grounds. All dining is outdoors. Attentive waitstaff and delicious food, from fish to beef.

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Anahola
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We started with the Island Caprese Salad....delightful and fresh , from there the night deteriorated. The Buttermilk fried chicken read well, but we left the majority on the plate...a truly dreadful dish! Our other entree was the special for the night, rib eye with horseradish sauce, potatoes and asparagus......rib eye was cooked as requested medium rare but there was more... More

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had exceptional service, average food (seared ahi tuna and a NY strip steak), and exquisite piano music accompanying our dinner here. The best part of the meal was the piano player: Hank Hurtis. He played beautifully throughout our meal, so much so that we went into the bar area afterwards and sat and enjoyed his music for a while... More

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha Katie O, We appreciate you taking the time to write your 4 Star review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your evening here at Gaylord's at Kilohana listening to our amazing pianist Hank Curtis. We love to get feedback from our guests and take all comments into consideration. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your meal... More

Aurora, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

After a very disappointing lunch, I wanted to find somewhere to make up for the horrible lunch we had. So I made a reservation at Gaylords, and they were able to accommodate with one hour notice. We were coming from the beach, tired, beat, and sandy... They said no problem, come on in. It was nice that we were able... More

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha spcjohn79, Thank you for taking the time to write this 5 Star review. We appreciate getting feedback from our guests and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch experience with us. As for the "Kama'aina" we do have a 50% guest rate of locals during our lunch service, 40% during brunch, and 50% during our dinner service.... More

Torrance, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was the best meal of our trip this year, if there's any way you can get there on Sunday, do it! Made a reservation through Open Table, so it's easy, too! It was a buffet PLUS a choice of 3 entrees. When we were there they were a seared ahi eggs benedict, a kiawe smoked prime rib sandwich, and... More

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha Jeanneo243, Thank you for taking the time to write this 5 Star review. Here at Gaylord's at Kilohana we take pride in bringing the very best to our guests and are excited to hear when we have succeeded. We are pleased that you enjoyed our Sunday Brunch selections, and that our Loco Moco was your favorite item on our... More

Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were killing time waiting for our late night flight, and came out to the Rum Factory. Since it was about lunch time we decided to stop at Gaylord's for lunch. I had seen other reviews for it and thought we would try it. I was so impressed with our lunch. We sat outside in a beautiful courtyard enjoying the... More

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha Sally H, We appreciate you taking the time to write this 5 Star review. We take pride in bringing the best to our guests here at Gaylord's at Kilohana and are pleased to hear when we have succeeded. We are happy that you thoroughly enjoyed your Fresh Catch plates that were prepared with fresh Ono and our Funnel Cake... More

Surrey, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The food was very good and the best meal we had in our week long stay. The grounds and mansion were very interesting and it was enjoyable to browse through the shops. The service was prompt and the suggestions helpful. A little pricier than the others we'd tried but definitely worth it.

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha Kittycat_7, Thank you for taking the time to write your 4 Star review. Here at Gaylord's at Kilohana we strive in bringing the very best to our guests and are excited to hear when we have succeeded. We are average in price with other comparative restaurants in the area and on the island. We are pleased to hear that... More

Wilmington, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were trying to find a quality place for lunch in Lihue area when I saw this place. I wasn't sure what is was from the street - it is a plantation with tours and train cars out front so I didn't know if we could just wander in for lunch but I am glad we did. The fish tacos... More

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha Catherine C, We appreciate you taking the time to write this 4 Star review. We are glad that you stopped in and enjoyed your lunch with us. Our Fish Tacos are great and we are glad that you thoroughly enjoyed them as well! I will relay your concern to Chef Todd about the portion size of the Shrimp and... More

DFW
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very relaxing for most but my wife is afraid of roosters as one attacked her when she was very young. The Red Roosters are all over the island but the ones at the restaurant came up to the tables. I guess they were being fed by previous patrons. On to the food which generally very good. We had Blue Crab... More

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Eric H, Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review

Aloha Navlinc, Thank you for taking the time to write this 4 Star review. We do apologize for the chickens and would like you to know that they are not common at the restaurant. These 2 are new and we do get rid of them humanely by relocating them to another part of the Kilohana Plantation when we see them... More

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