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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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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 88
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  • 45
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful garden setting with hard to find local color

I had trouble finding this restaurant by the way it is spelled on Trip Advisor, but if you want to find it on the Internet use the correct spelling for Plantation and you will find their website which offers some nice pictures, menu, and history of the Kiahuna Plantation. If you go during the day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2012
TSealander
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East Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

They recommend reservations, which I didn't see a need for since there were open tables. The service was good and the food was excellent.

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Tucson
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The setting of the mostly open-air restaurant is beautiful. There is a beautiful orchid garden and some koi ponds. The food is very expensive for mediocre portions.

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Puyallup
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

The best roast beef I ever had! The service good and it was enjoyable to be on the porch in the garden at night with the bullfrogs seranading us.

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East Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

I had trouble finding this restaurant by the way it is spelled on Trip Advisor, but if you want to find it on the Internet use the correct spelling for Plantation and you will find their website which offers some nice pictures, menu, and history of the Kiahuna Plantation. If you go during the day the gardens surrounding the restaurant... More 

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Sacramento, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

The restaurant is at a hotel but the porch area where you are seated overlooks a very nice tropical garden. I had the best Pomogranite Cocktails there! Food is great and being a vegetarian I only had a few options but the salad and corn fritters that I chose for my meal were top notch......

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Berkeley, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Have been going to Plantation Gardens since before Iwa, when the gardens extended around the seaward side and before condos were creating the clastrophobic feeling. It has always been where we have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and re-connected with friends when on Kauai. We went again for my 67th birthday and had a wonderful table overlooking the gardens on the veranda.... More 

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New York City, New York
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34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

The scenic views of the plantation are beautiful, it is a shame the food did not rise to this level as well. The pear salad was wonderful, but the entrees seemed to be overly sauced, which detracted from their flavor. The staff was quite friendly and personable. As the title says, go for the scenery...

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Libby, Montana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

enjoyed our food, but we just couldn't get enough of Kalapaki Joe's Poipu

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New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Beautiful garden views (but not an ocean view) on the lanai. Worth getting there early to walk around the gardens before sunset. Very friendly service, though our main disappointment was that the kitchen couldn't alter any seafood dishes for my friend with a wheat allergy (so she ordered steak). Her dish was okay, but you hope to get seafood in... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We loved this very Hawaiian restaurant. The food and prices were very good. Ask for patio seating.

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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: Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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