My husband and I dined at the Hukilau Lanai on the 4th of July, which was our last night on the island. We definitely saved the best for last! Every time we mentioned to locals that we were going to the restaurant, they would respond with "That is the best restaurant on the island" or "Oh my God, that's my favorite!" A young man on our snorkel cruise actually used to work there and he recommended the Ahi Nachos. What an amazing recommendation! They were delicious and the Ahi was incredibly fresh.
All the entrees come with your choice of soup or salad. I got the Caesar salad and my husband got the seafood chowder. I was instantly jealous of him when his chowder arrived. Oh. My. God. It was unbelievably tasty! My husband was extra hungry and wanted the prime rib. When he asked our server how large the prime rib was he said it was 12oz however we could upgrade to the "Gary Cut." This piece of meat was 16oz and it was only $2 per ounce more. Let me just say, my husband didn't stop talking about this meal our whole trip. He said it was the best prime rib he's ever had in his life. There was zero fat on it and he polished it off with little effort. I chose to have the Mixed Grill. The fish on this evening was Wahoo, another fish I can't remember and fresh prawns. The wahoo was the most delicious fish I've ever had. The sauces that the fish sat in were a pineapple sauce and coconut sauce. They were sweet but not overpowering and SO amazingly delicious.
If you are going to Kauai, you MUST dine at the Hukilau Lanai. I would definitely book a reservation in advance because it books up quickly. The restaurant sits in a hotel courtyard so there is not much of a view but the ambiance is very private and quaint. We let them know it was our honeymoon in advance and we had private table but again, no view. Don't miss out!
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