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Plantation Gardens Restaurant

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$$$
Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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2253 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
(808) 742-2121
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar is located in a beautifully restored...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 323
    Excellent
  • 206
    Very good
  • 82
    Average
  • 45
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great setting and food.

This is my 3rd visit to this restaurant and it is consistently good. The Asian/Hawaiian fusion is very well done. Service is very competent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
F00die56
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is my 3rd visit to this restaurant and it is consistently good. The Asian/Hawaiian fusion is very well done. Service is very competent.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Beyond the old plantation house setting and beautiful orchid gardens the food was far better than some reviewers have indicated. We tried fresh fish special prepared two different ways; sautéed and grilled. Same type of fish but two very different and equally good dishes. Seafood lau lau was another very god choice with large portion of scallops shrimp and Mahi... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went to the Plantation with high expectations and were disappointed. The food was mediocre at best. The prices for what we received did not match. The greeters at the entrance were really friendly and efficient. The busboy was super. He was on top of every need. However, the waitress seemed indifferent and provided very slow service. She did not... More 

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Plantation Gardens setting is comfortable and easy. The tables are widely spaced, the service friendly and efficient, the surroundings green and inviting. The Pork Pot Stickers were very good. My wife had the Grilled Fresh Fish entree, I had the Seafood Lau Lau. They were both well done and excellently presented. Lillikoi Cheesecake ended a delightful meal.

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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The building and gardens are lovely. The food was fine just not anything special. The service was good.

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Urbana, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was a little hesitant to book this reservation due to some of the reviews. Our party of eight dined here and had a wonderful meal. We were seated on the porch, overlooking the gardens. Jake, our server, was attentive and helpful and explained that there were two speeds on Kauai . . . slow and slow. So we knew... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Expensive, yes, but the beautiful gardens you could walk around in, the delicious food and drink, the friendly servers, the beautiful venue --well worth the almost $200 meal (no alcoholic drinks ordered) for 4 people. We all tried the Hawaiian local food and were very satisfied. Our teenage girls even ordered something different and liked it (amazing!). The desserts and... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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102 reviews 102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Food was well prepared and service was very good. We had the seafood Lau Lau, pot roast, fresh fish, pork tenderloin and lilikoi cheesecake. All was well but we preferred the pot roast and pork tenderloin over the fish but the fish was very good. Everything was reasonably priced. We would not hesitate in returning.

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Beautiful grounds, you could smell the gardenias. Food was excellent. The restaurant was almost empty so it was a little odd to walk through it but I think that was just because it was an off week - no reflection on their food or service.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

From the moment you enter the restaurant grounds you know it is going to be a special meal. The gardens are so beautiful!!! Upon entering the restaurant you are presented with an orchid for your hair… so sweet. The food is excellent and I would recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2253 Poipu Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: (808) 742-2121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 33
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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