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JO2 transforms nature’s bounty into exquisite dishes incorporating Kaua`i-grown heirloom vegetables and the freshest ingredients from the sea. With the culinary influences of clean flavors of Japanese cooking, and ingredients inspired by Hawai`i’s multiethnic community, JO2’s succulent offerings are both creative and rooted in tradition.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, Asian, Healthy, Hawaiian
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wow! What a fantastic surprise! We had the early diners’ tasting menu, which was a bargain. We also ordered a few small plates, not knowing how large the servings would be for a tasting meal. The servings were enough to fill us up without the...extras. EVERY BITE was fresh and thoughtfully planned out. We wanted to return the next day but it is closed on Sunday & Monday. We will definitely make multiple reservations here the next time we visit Kauai!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a reservation for four to celebrate a birthday. When we arrived we were sat promptly and throughout the meal checked on thoroughly. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was beautifully prepared with the most scrumptious flavors. Not to mention beautiful edible...flowers. We had a Wonderful celebration and we will definitely be back. I highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always go to JO2 every time we visit Kauai even though it’s a longer drive from Princeville versus going to a restaurant in Hanalei. The food is just so good, it’s worth it. Last evening was the first time we have been back since...2018 and it appears the restaurant has grown since then. We do not recall there being seating in two outdoor areas….. both in front of the restaurant as well as a patio out back (I am really glad we did not get a table in front of the restaurant as it appeared the only thing between you and the parking lot was a barrier wall. Not exactly a romantic setting). The food lived up to the usual billing. It was fantastic and very reasonably priced. Our only complaint was the duration of our meal. We were seated at 6:35 for a 6:30 reservation and left shortly before 9 pm. Not sure if the kitchen has a hard time keeping up with the “growth” of the restaurant, but the duration between some of the courses was substantial. Maybe next time we will go earlier.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have heard of the incredible cuisine @ this restaurant and had never been able to get there to experience it until recently with my daughters. From the moment we entered I knew we were in for a treat. The seating was full and within...5 minutes we were at our table. Immediately, the staff was taking drink requests and making suggestions from the menu. I can't even begin to name the Hors d'oeuvres we had prior to the main meal, but they were from beyond anything I've ever encountered. We've eaten at many 5 Star Restaurants, but nothing compares to this. The Lobster, Scallops, Crispy Rolls, Mahi Mahi, oh, and the Scallop Raviolis - AMAZING! We would highly recommend anyone looking for the best cuisine on Kauai, to make reservations at this establishment, it's unforgettable!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022

This was the most interesting place we ate on the island. Very creative food. You have to be willing to experiment a little. But the place is always full of locals for a reason. I though the food was spectacular!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 8, 2022

We had fish with soba noodles and lamb. The first was excellent, the lamb ok, at bit overdone and with vegetables some of which had little taste. The mustard Sauce too was a bit on the dry side. Overall nevertheless a very positive experience. Definitely...recommendable, not least for the attentive service.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022

Ordered and food arrived for kids almost immediately. An hour later and food had not arrived. Asked and the waitress brushed us off. Suddenly the chef sends us an apology- but everyone else around us who arrived 30-45 mins after us had their dishes already....When we asked to speak to a a manager, he never apologized. Simply explained that the ticket went in wrong. Will never ever recommend this place. Food was less than par. Service was horrible. Don’t go. Dana is a waitress that doesn’t deserve to work here.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022 via mobile

A visit to JO2 is a musts for us whenever we visit Kauai. For the budget conscious, try the $35 special from 5 pm to 6 pm. They offer a wine pairing at a reasonable price for a good healthy serving. You will get a...great sample of their menu and, for me, I don’t leave feeling empty. If you go with the menu, I like the crispy duck confit salad and green bean tempura.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2022 via mobile

Did a family share of a number of plates. The green beans are like French fries. We shared the lobster, scallop ravioli, shashimi, crispy rolls, fried chicken, and snapper. Finished with bread pudding and the cheesecake.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022 via mobile

We anticipated a good meal but were surprised and delighted by how fantastic it was. Chef Yanik ran the kitchen and what they produced was fabulous. The food was interesting and yummy. Started with fresh hamachi sashimi with ponzu sauce and a really fabulous chicken...liver mousse with pickled blueberries on crisp crostini. It sounded interesting and was definitely surprising. The mousse was light and all the flavors together were incredible. We also had roasted carrot ravioli and a mahi with fresh veggies. Then we finished with buttermilk panna cotta with fruit. It was a feast with no flaws. Our server, Nicole, was friendly and fun and all the staff chipped in to keep the experience humming smoothly. This meal was well worth the money spent! Do make a reservation.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

When I was there in April 2022, JO2 offered an early bird (5 pm) fixed price, 3 course meal for $35 plus a big glass of wine for another $10. Easily my best meal for the money. Also, I was traveling solo and they welcomed...me warmly -- service was first rate. I went there on my first night and Kauai's 5 pm was my 8 pm, so it all worked out great. Make a reservation!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022

Food and service was excellent. We were seated in the back outside covered area and the only fault was that the chairs were very uncomfortable. Next time we come I will ask for a booth,

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

come for the food - the ambiance isn't there and the chairs are horribly uncomfortable. Service and food and drinks were quite nice though and reasonable prices for Kauai and what you get.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 13, 2022 via mobile

Really good restaurant, The service, Jessica, perfect, helpful, friendly, quick The food was amazing, even too much in quantity. I recommend the restaurant

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022

This was the best meal we had the week we spent in Hawaii. An eclectic, localized menu and a charming spot. We ate "outdoors" on the back patio. While there is a pesky cat meowing for handouts, the service was good and the wait staff...were friendly and masked while Hawaii still required it. Edible flowers come with almost every dish. We can't recommend it enough. Worth making reservations.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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cocochloe18
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Response from laurelpetterson | Reviewed this property |
There is a very pleasant garden with seating for 5/6 tables in the back of the restaurant. This is generally where young children are most comfortable
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And it’s one of the best restaurants in food, decor, and service on the Island. You want sand, go to beach and swim during the day. And watch out for killer undertow on island
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There is not a view, I would suggest the oasis for a great view or Sams ocean view. both have great views
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