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“not to Jean Georges standard” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kauai Grill

Kauai Grill
5520 Ka Haku Road, St. Regis Princeville, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
+1 808-826-0600
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Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Princeville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Kauai Grill is a comfortable yet elegant hideaway with sweeping views of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai. The seasonal menu is composed of a wide selection of hand-crafted dishes created from flavors found here on the Garden Island of Kauai with the highest quality of meats and freshest local fish available. Simply grilled preparations accompanied by bold condiments anchor the Kauai Grill experience at The St. Regis Resort Princeville.
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“not to Jean Georges standard”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at the Mercer Kitchen and JoJo several times. In fact JoJo is one of our must do meals in Manhattan. We recently visited Kauai for a destination wedding and met my wife’s brother and wife for dinner at the Kauai Grill, located in the St Regis hotel. We had a spectacular meal years ago when the hotel was under different ownership and hoped Jean Georges would at least meet those expectations. We were wrong. Everything was overpriced, even for resort dining, and the service was at best odd. We ordered asparagus with our meal and received five rather tasteless breaded spears, hardly worth the twelve dollars, or about a dollar a bite, we paid. (We spent over $250 for dinner and wine per couple.) The waiter was often attentive, but sometimes absent and the busboy who cleared our salad plates left behind dirty utensils. They also tried to clear the dishes before all of us had finished our meals. Very good bread, but when we requested additional from the busboy, he smiled and disappeared. The fish entre was tasty but in an overproduced manner that did little to highlight the flavor and instead relied on flamboyance which seemed in keeping with the extravagance as the overdone lobby, very unlike his restaurants in Manhattan. The experience felt more Donald Trump, than master chef.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Ew.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

You know when you leave a restaurant after paying an over $200 bill for 2 people and you become increasingly outraged/angry at the experience you paid for? Yep, this is what happened to us at the Kauai Grill.

We were on our honeymoon at the St. Regis and decided to try the Grill on the 4th of July. It was apparent that the staff was annoyed to be working as we were rushed through the meal as if we were in a Steak-N-Shake in suburban Illinois. The decor was also reminiscent of a suburban shopping mall circa 1986.

We had a bottle of Catena Malbec which was 66 dollars- our mistake for ordering an 18 dollar bottle of wine on a huge markup- but it was the only highlight of the dining experience.

I ordered the "Kona Lobster" - the server told me it was "sautéed" - and my husband ordered the Ahi Tuna.

The tuna dish was fine, nothing special. The Kona Lonster was the most disgusting meal I have ever had. It was in a gooey kitty litter type coating and was pieces of lobster- probably out of a can. Sauteed???? It was indelible but at 68 dollars and on our honeymoon, I didn't want to be an annoying guest, but I really should have demanded a new meal. For 280 dollars, go to Bar Acuda down the highway in Hanalei to get some real food and good service.

Gross. Shame on the St. Regis for having this restaurant in your hotel.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Feeling Let Down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Atmosphere- If you are going to the restaurant, book ahead and ask for a sea view table during sun set hours. I arrived well after sunset and was not impressed by the atmosphere, it was on the dark and noisy side. Halfway through our meal the sound system seemed to play a feedback noise that lasted for about 5 min.

Food - I ordered the Cherry Tomato Gazpacho, Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with the Rack of Lamb. The Cherry Tomato Gazpacho consistency was that of water, and my personal preference for a gazpacho is more like a puréed, there were added tomatoes and cucumbers but like the avocado salad lacked thought. Kauai has so much availability of fresh produce and don't understand why produce was not farm fresh to table. My avocado salad only had two pathetic pieces of avocados and was filled with spouts. The availability of organic farms on the island are plentiful and an option but obviously not used. Lastly the rack of lamb was very good , however we were told we would get 3 bones and only got 2. The lamb was from Colorado and was under cooked to how we asked.

Service was on the slow side but wait staff was attentive.

I give the Kauai Grill 3 stars as there is room for improvement. Being that there are many other options and would not recommend finding an alternate place for a special meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the best meals ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

As avid restaurant goer, we decided to spurge on our Kauai Vacation and go to the Kaui Grill.
What an experience!

knowing that we wanted to enjoy the "total experience", we ordered the chef suggested tasting meal accompanied by the recommended wine paring.

It was one of the best meals we have ever experienced!

The quality and complexity of the food, the very attentive service, the manager's interaction with us all added up to a terrific meal and a great experience.

We have experienced the Tasting and Pairing meals at other restaurants in New York City and our experience at Kauai Grill was tops!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Sunset View and Food to match”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

In St. Regis hotel. I started with a Bellini, normally it's Prosecco with peach juice, their version has cherry, not peach. Husband started with grilled black pepper octopus and a white wine from Alsace. I started with froi gras brulee with grapes, tarragon & ruby grapefruit. Main courses: veal chop with artichoke hearts, husband had hapa'upu'u (Hawaiian sea bass) in a chili & Thai basil sauce over fermented black beans. The room faces the bay and we watched the sunset as we ate. A lovely dinner with good service.

  • Visited June 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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