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“Best meal on Kauai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tidepools

Tidepools
1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
(808) 240-6456
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Ranked #4 of 33 Restaurants in Poipu
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Hawaiian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ainako
new york, ny
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Best meal on Kauai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We had dinner here our last night on Kauai and it was phenomenal! I had the ahi tuna and he had the new york strip. The tuna was served with a foie gras infused rice which was so tasty. The new york strip was cooked perfectly as well. We also had the molten lava chocolate cake for dessert which was amazing. It was the best meal we had on Kauai and glad we ate here last, otherwise nothing else would compare!

  • Visited September 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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Montana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Tidepools Lounge - a great place for a light meal and cocktail!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

If you are tired of huge, expensive multi-course meals at night while vacationing in Poipu or the Hyatt, consider trying the Tidepools restaurant _lounge_ area. This spacious bar/lounge is part of Tidepools but does not require reservations, has ample seating/dining tables right on the lagoon, and you can order from the appetizer and lighter selections menu. We prefer to eat our main meal during the day, so we were looking for salads and "tapas" sized offerings. Their 3 salads are generous - heirloom tomato, baby romaine with creamy garlic dressing, and mixed baby greens with lilikoi vinagrette - and could be shared between 2 people. The shrimp roll was filled with fresh veggies, and the spoon tender short ribs with kim chi asparagus very flavorful. Crustacean chowder is more filling but tasty. Add a glass of house wine, then watch the sun setting on Shipwreck Rock and a lone white swan swimming with the koi fish in the lagoon next to your table. A relaxing, romantic and light evening meal that will not leave you feeling overfilled!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dearborn, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We went here after hearing so many wonderful things from people on the beach! it was a very beautiful location and the staff is outstanding. but as one would expect, it was expensive! but we knew that going into the place! make sure to ask for a table by the waterfalls. the venue is great just be ready for high prices.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wayland, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The waiter was very well informed as to their dishes. The food was very good, although a little pricey, but that is what you would expect in this type of atmosphere. Low lighting, koi pond surrounding the restaurant, beautiful.

Visited September 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Almost excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My meal here was delicious and worth the money. I ordered the Hawaiian Catch, which was fresh fish that was prepared wonderfully and came with a lobster and shrimp cake, which was also great. The only problem with the meal was my friend ordered a well done steak and it came out medium. Even after it was sent back, it was not cooked all the way through. But the flavors were great. I would recommend this restaurant for the ambiance and the seafood.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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