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“Great Place to Celebrate our Anniversary” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai
520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Ranked #1 of 105 Restaurants in Kapaa
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Vancouver BC Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great Place to Celebrate our Anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was an excellent choice. Great food and value, wait for an outside table for the ambiance, wines well priced, good service. We were very pleased. You can't go wrong here......

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong
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“Nice food but average service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Firstly, you must get a table near the gardens; it is a beautiful setting. Initially we were put at the back which is pretty average, but luckily a table for two near the front came available a few minutes later. Secondly, the food was very good particularly the appetisers and entrees. Very nice sauces. The inky disappointment was the service - Joe are server was obviously graving a bad day as clearly forgot our desert request and so after a reminder waited over 30 minutes for a desert and two coffees, and unfortunately to top it off the chocolate molten cake was pretty average compared to many other places we have been. Not hot enough and the centre was stodgy rather than that soft liquid feel that this desert needs.

Visited June 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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“Top notch food at reasonable prices.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We chose to eat at Hukilau Lanai after doing our research on Trip Advisor. A delicious meal at prices which were relatively afforable. Not a five star experience only because the setting and atmosphere was not comparible to some other restaurants. But, like I said the prices are very reasonable and the food was top notch. Definitely plan ahead and make reservations as soon as possible.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lompoc, California
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“Just keeps getting better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This was not our first visit to Hukilau Lanai, we have eaten there several times as we travel to Kauai every year, and all I can say is it keeps getting better. The tropical garden atmosphere, impeccable service and delectable food keeps us going back. While having dinner there on our last trip, our server asked if we had ever tried their "tasting menu dinner". We had not, so we made reservations (a must!!) for a Sunday night and had perhaps the most memorable meal ever! Their chef and kitchen staff are amazing. I won't reveal the entire menu but it includes five courses, each paired with incredible wines from all over the world. Portions are not huge, but you will not leave this restaurant hungry. Example: Island gazpacho with a rum pineapple sorbet paired with a German Riesling, candied ahi in a coconut chipolte sauce, and so on. Dessert consists of a lovely cheese plate or vanilla bean creme brulee, but our server suggested we order both for my husband and I to share, which we did. They also were paired with delightful dessert wines.
Not only is this one of the best meals we've ever had, but it truly is a bargain for $40 a person including the wines. (Available without wine for $28, but the wines really make the meal.) Do try this exceptional restaurant for dinner (Closed Mondays) or the tasting menu which is available from 5 to 5:45 P.M. Reservations are imperative, in fact, we've learned to call several days in advance since the standard dinner hours book up early.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best dinner in Kauai!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

In order to have dinner here make sure to make your reservations!!! It is sooo worth it! The food and service is amazing! We stayed in Princeville during our honeymoon and made the trip twice to the restaurant because the food was soo good! My husband and I ordered the wahoo and the mahi which were delish! We also ordered the poke a must!

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