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“Wonderful ambiance and culinary excellence” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gaylord's at Kilohana

Gaylord's at Kilohana
3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Kauai, HI
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Ranked #4 of 90 Restaurants in Lihue
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Pacific Rim
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Nuhou
Description: Gaylord's offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Located on the ground floor of the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi Poke, Seafood Spring Rolls and Organic Greens Salads; Local Fish, Meat and Vegetarian Entrees; and Banana Cream Pie for Dessert! After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the rum shop or take a ride on the plantation train. Join us at Gaylord's to enjoy the best of what Kauai has to offer in island food and experience. Call for reservations and details on weekly entertainment. Memorable by day...Unforgettable by Night.
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“Wonderful ambiance and culinary excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My wife and I stopped in for lunch our first day in Kauai. The place is oozing with history, formerly a sugar plantation. Today, restored and a wonderful spot to dine, despite not being water front, which in Kauai is not hard to find. We were warmly greeted and given a brief oral history of the place. We were seated outside and promptly served. The menu is full of culinary creations, I had the caliente margarita to start, just the right amount of chile oil and heat! The caprese salad was the best I've ever had, local heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and vanilla infused balsamic vinegar, yumm. For a main course, my wife had the fish tacos, made with battered/fried white fish of some sort. I had the short rib au jus, with whipped horseradish, a french onion soup dip, and the finishing touch, buttermilk battered onion rings. OMG, mouth watering decadence. We were so impressed we changed a Friday dinner reservation from another restaurant, to this one. One potential future watch out... I asked who the culinary genius behind their creations was. I was told chef Jonathan Pflueger, however, he is no longer with them. He went back to Eastside restaurant. I'm guessing some sort of falling out with management. Not sure when that happened, for now at least, they're running with his recipes.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Garden Grove, California
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“Awful Experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

VERY DISAPPOINTED!! We had our whole Sunday planned around the highly recommended brunch. We arrived later (12:15pm) so we could go to the rum tasting after we ate. The woman in charge informed us that someone bought out the brunch at 11:45am and that it was over. WHAT!? You don't just close down a restaurant when you are suppose to be open until 2pm!!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Robin V, Public Relations Manager at Gaylord's at Kilohana, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Gaylord's would like to apologize to you personally for any inconvenience and disappointment. We closed the restaurant early on Sunday, October 7th to accommodate what we consider to be a very important cause: the Kaua'i Lifeguard Association's 2nd Wave Fundraiser. This was the 2nd annual event held at Kilohana in an effort to raise money for ocean safety. With the participation of many local businesses, including Gaylord's, Kauai Visitors Bureau and our Mayor's office and nearly 1,000 attendees, this event was able to bring in tens of thousands of dollars that will go toward saving the lives of our island visitors and residents. We hope that you will understand our decision to close the restaurant in support of this event and that you will visit us again during your next stay on Kaua'i. Aloha & Mahalo!
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“Special place to dine.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner here on our last evening on the island. What a beautiful location to eat and the food was excellent. We shared the mixed greens salad which had marinated portobello mushrooms in it. These were delicious! Will have to try making these at home. Then I had the leek wrapped prawns which had an angel hair pasta mixed with julienned zucchini. It was wonderful and just the right sized portion. My husband had the ribs and he said they were very good. All the staff were pleasant and efficient without being intrusive. What a way to end our short vacation here.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Better than ever...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We have been to Kauai 7 or 8 times and it has become a tradition to go to Gaylord's for lunch on our first full day. The lovely setting is the same, but we have had ups and downs in terms of the food and service. I am happy to say that the lunch we had this year was the best ever. Shared a delicious spring role. Also ordered the Cubano and the burger. Both were excellent. Only complaint is that the serving of fries is massive. While some may think this is great, a restaurant serving fresh, healthy food, should set a better balance. Use smaller plates and fill them with fewer fries, but still a filling meal...

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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“Unique drink and food menu...check it out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

After hearing the positive reviews,aved this restaurant experience for our last evening in paradise. Arrived early for our reservation thinking we might enjoy a cocktail prior to dinner. This seemed to confuse our hostess who asked us to wait 10 minutes. A larger group came after us who also were early and they seated them. Our server was outstanding. Her timing was impeccible (not as easy as it seems) and she knew the menu very well, describing the unusual names and dishes to us. She was able to manage many tables with her assistants. Great team work!The food was unique and delicious....only exception being that the prawns were over cooked. Both our server and the manager apologized, but did not offer any compensation. Drinks were nice.
After dinner, we were invited to explore the plantation house where they have boutiques, art, and jewlery stores.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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