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The Dolphin

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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The First AND Last Stop in Hanalei & NOW in Poipu! Since the early 1970’s The Dolphin Restaurant has been a favorite of visitor and local alike, known for the freshest cuts in seafood, second to none service, nostalgic riverside ambiance and a World Class sushi lounge. Now with a second location in the Shops of Kukui'ula on Kauai's South shore, you can take in romantic sunsets and ocean views while quenching one's thirst with a specialty cocktail or satisfying one's palate with over-the-top, gourmet sushi and the freshest fish, steaks and seafood. Visit our new location, The Dolphin Poipu.
$16 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Hawaiian
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Dolphin without many expectations for the evening and all were exceeded. Our server Nathan was exceptional. It was a busy night but he handled the slower food delivery (wasn’t even really slow) with grace and was very attentive. All food was delicious....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kerrymE5822GY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was a last minute run in due to other places being too crowded. The chowder was excellent but the prices were outrageous. i would go to bubbas

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mrsjennykim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the Mahi Mahi. Ordering it blackened was a mistake. It was waaaaaay over seasoned. Not good at all. Server also had a table with about 8 people which was apparently too much for him as he was not very attentive.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Palapalakala
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Came here to celebrate an anniversary (4 people). Excellent poke, sushi and sashimi, but the prices are about double the mainland. A bit higher premium over the mainland than I usually expect, even for Hawaii. Decent beer and wine selection (the latter by both glass...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed December 11, 2018

If you come to Kauai or live on Kauai and want fish, The Dolphin Restaurant or the Dolphin Fish Market are the places to stop. At the Fish Market there are so many delicious items you can choose from and take out to have a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lorna H
Reviewed December 7, 2018

This was a wonderful restaurant with knowledgable staff. Great service. Food was good. Loved sitting outside and enjoying the ocean breeze. I don't recommend the coffee....was not good at all.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kimberlyar18
Reviewed December 2, 2018

The foods were absolutely worth the price. The amount of food received left just enough room for dessert! Absolutely recommend this restaurant. We were a party of 3 and ordered 3 different meals. Not one complaint among us. The service was top notch too.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dyan G
Reviewed November 27, 2018

If you want to eat overpriced sushi al fresco, this is the place. Frankly, I was underwhelmed. The sushi was average; nothing special except the prices. The service was very slow; not sure if that was our waiter or the kitchen because they were not...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank marfak
Reviewed November 25, 2018

Great restaurant! Ryan is a superb waiter! Food is really good either the sushi or the typical meal. Enjoyed it so much went back 3 times curing a 2 week stay!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Gypsyrver
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Awesome dinner. Awesome dinner. Great fish, great service. Very nice atmosphere. Will definitely eat there again. Outdoor seating on the patio was very nice.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Chad F
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June 20, 2018|
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Response from Steven H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, beer, wine and cocktails are served.
April 13, 2017|
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Response from Douglas A | Property representative |
Aloha, We operate on a first come first serve basis, no reservations required. Come on down we would love to take care of you. Best,
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