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“Underwhelmed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lanai City Grille

Lanai City Grille
828 Lanai Ave, Lanai City, Lanai, HI
+1 808-565-7211
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Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Lanai City
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 8th Street
Transit: The inter island shuttle drops off and picks up at our door every half an hour.
Description: Lana'i City Grille, the restaurant under the roof of the charming Hotel Lana'i, with its fresh innovative cuisine and its comfortable interior is quickly becoming the premier restaurant on the island.
Adelaide, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Underwhelmed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Had read some good reviews about this place but when three people with three different entrees are all underwhelmed by them you've got to question the accuracy of the reviews.
For me it didn't start well with the bruschetta as the toast was more like a rusk and it had enough rocket to make a salad. Just don't get me started on the prosciutto, tomato or cheese.
Risotto with the venison wasn't bad but it was a case of spot the mushroom. Venison was underdone.
Friends had scallops and the crusted fish and both reported disappointment.
We skipped desert. No expresso which didn't bode well on the coffee front and it turned out to be correct. Black coffee was disappointing which is doubly disappointing given Hawaii grows it.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Really just average fare”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Went here one night for dinner while staying at the Lodge over Xmas. We heard good things about the food, but frankly were left a bit disapppointed. The heralded T's pork was very dry, barely edible. The bisque had barely any seafood chunks in it. The sushi rolls were good. We were hoping that this would be better than the lodge, but about the same price as the Terrace, and the food was subpar in comparison.

Visited December 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Warm intimate And reasonably priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

If you don't want to pay hundreds for dinner at the Four Seasons and would like great service, good food and a warm atmosphere try Lanai City Grille. Sushi rolls are very fresh and the pecan crusted mahi mahi is excellent.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Upmarket restaurant in Lanai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

A nice classy dining option that rivals the restaurants at the two Four Seasons. Either have a few drinks, or a proper white tablecloth sit down dinner.

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Good & Fun Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Right in the heart of Lanai City. Great option when you want to venture out from the Fours Seasons. Staff was attentive, food was well prepared and decent wine list. Live music on the back patio if you want to hang and have some drinks.

Visited November 2012
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