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“excellent dining experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolphin

Dolphin
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Road A-101 Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
+1 808-742-1414
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Ranked #131 of 384 Restaurants in Kauai
Price range: $16 - $48
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Solihull
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231 reviews 231 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 127 cities Reviews in 127 cities
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“excellent dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

A busy restaurant, but the service was prompt, efficient and friendly. Nice atmosphere
Really tasty artichoke hearts starter cooked with parmesan
Main meals (lobster/prawn salad)were tasty and full of flavour in everything; good portions.

Visited November 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great sushi bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

One of our most casual dinners while on Kauai was sushi at the Dolphin in Poipu. Sit at the sushi bar and you can venture away from the menu with the chef's choice option. Not the best sushi ever, but very good. My wife was offered an extra shot in her drink for only $1 more, so be sure to ask. Overall a very pleasant experience!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“When you see a sign that reads "Dolphin Sushi"...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

...you may want to run away screaming. But don't be fooled--this place is excellent.
My wife and I stopped by the Hanalei restaurant (not Poipu) one day between lunch and dinner. She was jonesing for fish in a bad way, and a local in town recommended this place. Because of the hour, we could only order from the pupu menu, so my wife had fish tacos and i had shrimp tacos, which I washed down with a Hawai'i Nui Kaua'i Golden Ale. The tacos were excellent, even if they were a tad pricey (at $14 for each order of two tacos).

While we dined we noticed a couple at another table disappear inside the restaurant, only to emerge a few minutes later with a sushi roll. We didn't know it when we arrived but there also is a fish market attached to the restauarant. So, the next day, we visited again and took a crab and spicy ahi roll, an order of tako poke and wakame (seaweed salad) back to our condo for dinner. The roll was delicious--the ahi hit the right level of spiciness so that it dodn't overpower the crab--and the makame was crunchy and flavorful. The tako (octopus) poke, however, was good, although a bit on the bland side. Still, were were quite happy with the food and the service, and plan to return when we go back to Kauai next summer.

FYI -- they have tables next to the Hanalei River as well as seating on their lanai, for some nice al fresco dining.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Staten Island, New York
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“The Best Sushi I have Tried...Period”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Eating Sushi at the Dolphin was one of the highlights of our trip to Kauai. We can't comment on the other dishes the restaurant serves, but the sushi was fantastic. It was extremely fresh, well presented and very tasty. They provide some very creative ways in which to prepare the sushi and each one was better than the last. In addition the restaurant has a cozy feel to it and the staff was very friendly. We would definitely recommend going there on your next trip to the island.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orpington, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

The most disappointing meal we had all week in Kauai. We didn't book and were told table would be 30 mins. We asked if we could get a drink in the bar whilst we waited and were told No, the bars full. So we ended up going into the Tapas bar across from The Dolphin, who couldn't do enough to accommodate us - wish we'd stayed there for food now. Food was very average and overpriced. Don't think our waitress smiled once. We ordered a bottle of red and she bought a glass of white - no apology or making light of it. Meals all came up at different times. I'm not normally a whinger and others have written great reviews about this place - so maybe you just have to go and make your own mind up. But I've had so many great meals in other restaurants in Poipu - they need to up their game.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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