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Plantation Gardens Restaurant

2253 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Koloa)
(808) 742-2121
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Ranked #10 of 28 Restaurants in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $23 - $33
Cuisines: Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Koloa
Description: Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar is located in a beautifully restored plantation manor on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Dating back to the 1930's, the estate once served as the plantation manager's home for Hawaii's first sugar plantation, the Koloa plantation. Later, the estate was acquired by the Moir Family who built the world famous gardens that surround the restaurant. Our menu reflects the heritage of old plantation Hawaii, which celebrates the abundance and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Our fresh fish is caught daily by local fishermen in waters off Kauai. We use organically grown vegetables and herbs picked fresh on nearby farms and from our own gardens. Guests may choose to dine on our lanai overlooking tranquil gardens, lily ponds and tropical foliage or in our exquisitely refurbished dining room which features gorgeous Brazilian cherry wood floors, woven bamboo tables and plantation ceiling fans.
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77% Recommend
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cohasset, ma
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My family of 5 had a wonderful dinner outside at the Plantation Gardens. The food was extremely fresh and delicious. Had the best edamame rice! Our table overlooked tiki torches, a beautiful pond and amazing flowers. Couldn't have been more perfect!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We went to the plantation garden and were blown away by the garden, rich, luxurious, so beautiful. The food was so so, my husband had the pot and loved it, I had the fish of the day, which was monkfish but my fish was probably not as fresh as the texture was spongy as if it has been frozen. I... More

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Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One year ago this week (August 21, 2013), our daughter was married here at Plantation Gardens. I wanted to write a review immediately but also wanted to wait until we had pictures to share and then we got busy and here we are, one year later, finally getting to a review. My daughter chose Kauai because it was the perfect... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I really didn't expect to give this place five stars but it turned out to be amazingly good! My family has a ton of dietary preferences/restrictions so going out to eat can really be a challenge and frustration. My parents are vegan by choice and my sister has a gluten and dairy allergy, not by choice. Regardless, it can be... More

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Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This place is off by itself in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden. Every time we eat here we are astounded by the beauty around us. Food is generally very good-not cheap but on par with other quality establishments. We give it high marks.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We loved this place - unobtrusive, attentive service a lovely garden setting, brilliant food (the seafood laulau and the cheese cake are truly delicious). So much more than the beach front tourist traps. A must do.

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Sarasota, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We've visited Kauai twice now and both times ate at this restaurant. It is my husband and daughter's favorite place to eat in Poipu (my second favorite). Seating is outside on a veranda that overlooks the beautiful garden. The garden used to be a large, renown botanical garden, but some of that land was sold. The remaining garden is still... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've been going to Kauai for 15 years-- restaurants are frequently unimpressive, and be warned when reading this review, that they can change chefs or ownership frequently, and the resulting experience for the patrons. That said, the food here was excellent, the service friendly and attentive, and the ambience lovely. We had some fancy cocktails, 2 appetizers and 4 different... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Honestly, we were afraid to try Plantation Gardens even though it is in Kiahuna Plantations where we are staying and is just a beautiful restaurant with garden entrance. We'd heard mixed reviews - that sometimes the food was great and other times not so much. Well either we hit a terrific night or something's changed because we were all thrilled... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Very disappointing. We tried the app sampler, mixed salad greens and the chefs trio. Between the sampler' trio and two salads we essentially tried nine of the items on the menu. Everything lacked flavor. Only tasty thing was the mixed greens salad which was excellent. We ordered bread (you need to pay, it is not included like almost every other... More

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