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Hanalei Dolphin

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Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food, Ahi Tuna is the best. Very good service. Located in a great shopping area with surf shops Long Drugs and Sunglass Hut plus more. Cool local farmers market on Wednesday afternoon in shopping area.

Thank Mark V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to the Dolphin at least once a week. It is our favorite. Overall excellent food, and the best fish on the island. Jeff, the head sushi chef is great. Jost sit down, tell him what you like, and he will take it from there.

Thank JohnDZ2084TP
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has the freshest fish on the north shore. Reasonable prices considering the area. In addition to fresh fish selection they have $12 sushi rolls that are the best we had on the north shore. We also had poke and fish salad that was amazing. If you want to avoid sky high restaurant prices and cook on your own,... More 

Thank p0tter07
Middlebury, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful last dinner in Hanalei. The freshest of local catches and terrific and innovative sushi.

North Richland Hills, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a nice dinner where we savored the local fish cooked hawaiian style. Perfect way to end our vacation. Get there early because they do not take reservations and parking is limited. We arrived about 7p and had a 20 minute wait. Nice table outside to wait and they'll serve you cocktails and pupus (appetizers). We had the calmari... More 

Thank AnnieBrownie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here on our last day in Kaua'i. Servers were very attentive and service was fast. Another thing to note is that they did allow us to sit (2 of party of 6), while we waited for the rest of our family who quickly went to our hotel to change. Food is delicious although a bit pricey. On the... More 

Thank Julita R
Montville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice Restaurant with a great location beside the river. Food was good but perhaps s little on the expensive side.

Thank JoanneGriggs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent sushi dinner here with our two teens. Fish is super fresh and very well prepared. The fish market us great too. On another night we picked up a piece of Ono to grill at our condo and it was so good even my daughter ate some and she is not a fish eater! Location and atmosphere... More 

Thank dm-familytraveler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family ate here 3 times whilst in Hanalei . They catered for my kids really well and my 5 year old daughter ate adult entrees and loved them... The seafood was so fresh, the service fantastic and the bar staff catered for us really well. Definitely we be back on our next Hawaiian vacation!

Thank Dan M
Calabasas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They don't take reservations, so there will be a wait for your table, but it's a fun alternative to the resort restaurants. If you plan to go for dinner, put your name in and then spend a little time seeing the rest of Hanalei, maybe even get a Mai Tai at Tahiti Nui. The Ahi Sashimi at the Dolphin was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Pacific Rim, Asian, Soups, Hawaiian, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
  • Phone Number: 808-826-6113

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?