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Hanalei Dolphin

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5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-6113
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“sushi” (752 reviews)
“fresh fish” (233 reviews)
“ahi” (208 reviews)
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8:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Sushi, Hawaiian, Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Reviewed today via mobile

The Dolphin was recommended by our hotel concierge so we had really high expectations. Overall, the food was good but not exceptional. We had nigiri sushi as appetizers. Those were fresh and good but did not have the "wow" effect you would expect from a...More

Thank Tourvel_67
Reviewed yesterday

This was our first visit to Hanalei, but definitely not our last! The location and atmosphere at the Dolphin were only surpassed by the food. It was wonderful. In fact, even though there were plenty of restaurants to choose from, we chose to return to...More

Thank Stan H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I honestly do not know how this restaurant gets such a good ranking. The young lady that waited on us made us feel like we were imposing on her time. When she brought my shrimp sandwich and I asked for tartar sauce she acted like...More

Thank plsitton
Reviewed 3 days ago

We grilled several sea food items -- amazing and fun. We have also eaten in the restaurant with much delight.

Thank jscriv2017
Reviewed 4 days ago

Delicious food and fun environment. We really liked the tacos and was our first experience with the Poke bowls.

Thank jfbence
Reviewed 6 days ago

This restaurant was highly recommended by the concierge at out hotel. The fries and onion rings were awesome. I had the ono burger, but if you would have told me it was a chicken salad sandwich, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference....More

Thank thedelilama
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure what they do to the Rainbow Poke dish, but it's got to be sorcery. Hands down the most delicious poke I've had in my 3 trips to the Hawaiian Islands. I was *thisclose* to getting another one for dessert. Tip: They open...More

Thank SeabassATL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Softshell crab roll, that's mainly what you need to know. The Ono Nigiri was like butter, probably the most tender and succulent sushi I have ever had. Their rolls are definitely upscale restaurant pricing, I've had less expensive rolls in Aspen Colorado, but to be...More

1  Thank zgshaw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far the best fish place on the island of Kauai. A must stop when in Hanalei. Excellent food, often a bit of a wait and their lunch menu is more reasonably priced then their dinner menu. Excellent food. Had the fish and...More

Thank SNFamily
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want sea food, you can't get it anywhere fresher than here. I once a week get fresh fish at their store in the rear of the building and while very expensive, it is worth it. If you get to the store too early,...More

1  Thank zinmanfred
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Questions & Answers
March 26, 2017|
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Response from momofdukes | Reviewed this property |
Difficult to eat gluten free there as it's a limited menu to begin with.
Ruben B
June 9, 2015|
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Response from dragonfly129 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, The outside has the special sushi menu bur we ordered from both the regular dinner and special sushi menus.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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: 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
  • Phone Number: +1 808-826-6113
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