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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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292 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't miss the fresh fish at this spectacular restaurant. I've been going here for yrs and always return with a smile. The best ahi around, teryaki style.

Thank Pamiruru
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here 7 years ago and really enjoyed their fish sandwiches. Came back hopeful that it was as good as we remembered, and we were not disappointed! Yum! Even my sons kids fish order was big and tasty! It is a must go place for us on Kauai!

Thank SanderD
Pasadena, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent, fresh sushi and a fun place to eat. They don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait a bit. We enjoyed eating outside but ask for mosquito spray in the summer if you do. Our waitress was wonderful and so helpful with suggestions.

Thank SGB1964
New York City, New York
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A recent trip to Kauai enabled us to visit this local hotspot. Sushi and catch of the day are favorites for those who prefer this fare. Steak and chicken are also on the menu. No reservations are taken so get there early enough to add your name to the list.

Thank cynbyn1433
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here near the end of June while on vacation. There were 9 people in our party which included 5 kids ages 9-15. The adults were at one table and the kids at another. Everything started out fine, water delivered, drinks and food ordered. The problems started when the food came out. My husband and I ordered sushi (plus... More 

Thank Joanna H
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are twoDolphin restaurants on Kauai, one in Poipu and the other in Hanalei. Both are great, and they know it. The staff at both is experienced and competent, important if you want to make the most of your vacation dollar and time. That said, the fish is so fresh and so well prepared. Hanalei is especially nice because of... More 

Thank Susan R
Portland, Oregon
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good drinks, good Maki (sushi rolls) and a casual atmosphere. Show up at 5:15 to put your name on the waiting list (they don't take reservations) and grab a drink. Fairly priced and good service.

Thank PDXBunks
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dolphin is a wry nice place, I loved how they had an outdoor patio with drinks for waiting. The guava smoothie that I ordered was amazing! I had the Hanalei roll and it was okay, but it was overwhelmed with sauce. My dad got the ahi tower and said it was only okay as well. The view and the... More 

Thank Kira C
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us had dinner. Very crowded.Told to expect an hour wait around 7:00 on Sunday but only waited 1/2 hour. Attentive staff. Seafood chowder very good. Sushi great. House speciall baked scallops to die for. Shrimp tempura also a good choice. Would recommend for a nice dinner out.

Thank 28Elbas
Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok, several people recommend. We went and the place was extremely crowded. The staff was extremely nice and the service was great. Food, average but hey who can complain you are in paradise. My daughter had coconut shrimp, they were ok, I had the Hawaiian Chicken, pretty good and my wife had the fish, she rated average. Again the staff... 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, Soups, Hawaiian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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?