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The Dolphin

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2829 Ala Kalani Kaumaka St # A-101, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-8571
+1 808-742-1414
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the few places in Kauai that we returned to multiple times. Always busy with pretty outdoor seating, we always chose to sit at the sushi bar for omakase. Josh did a fantastic job and lived up to his promise to never repeat himself. The one nit is that the hostess staff had a difficult time being bothered to... More 

Thank Jen W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped here based off the reviews here and some word of mouth but I wish we hadn't. The food was way too overpriced and there wasn't a whole lot of flavor (6 pieces of sushi was $16). I had two rolls; the spyder and the spicy tuna; and my boyfriend had a fish sandwich. The presentation... More 

Thank Crisi C
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

More on the pricier side but the food was delicious! I had salmon sashimi, Crab legs with prosciutto wrapped asparagus and a seafood chowder. Everything was amazing. The ambiance was really pretty too.

Thank Kehau A
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful location (it was both cozy and upscale on the porch/veranda) with decent ocean views. The Monchong was the best fish I've ever eaten and my husband said the sushi was very good. Service and wine were also very good. "Fair" prices for such a nice restaurant, considering where you are; if the prices were a bit better, I would've... More 

Thank Nettie2010
Cumming, Georgia
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ahh, the Dolphin. Bland food. Overpriced bar and menu. Marginal view. And a waiter who somehow managed to work 'stoked' into every sentence. Twice. I'm not going quite as far as 'tourist trap,' (*cough* Eating House 1849 *cough*) but we are definitely well on our way, yes? Wish we had tried Merriman's Fish House instead.

Thank MelissasHusband
La Mirada, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service. Our waiter Gilbert was amazing, especially having to deal with us 8 crazies for a 40th birthday! Nothing but good times at this restaurant. The fish is amazing!

Thank Carey K
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us went to celebrate our friends Birthday. Not impressed at all. The table was not set and the former visitors payment sat at our table for at least 10 minutes. My dinner was steak and a baked potato. I was never asked how I liked my steak cooked. It tasted fine but the very small potato looked liked... More 

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Kauai for Vaca with my family and we heard about this place through friends; it did not disappoint. The food was excellent. The service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was culturally intune but also a little jazzy. If I come back to Kauai this will be my first dinner choice. The sushi was so wonderful. You get... More 

Thank Reagan E
Corona del Mar, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I like the Sushi but if someone does not there are plenty of options . My Dad does not so he gets the fish and chips !

Thank Kathleen S
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

My husband and I have eaten dinner here twice during different visits to Kauai. This February, I had a cup of the seafood chowder - served in a mug - and my husband had the calamari. We were both delighted with our choices. I had a bit of my husband's calamari and agreed that it was very fresh!

Thank Karin K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $48
Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2829 Ala Kalani Kaumaka St # A-101, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-8571
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-742-1414
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.

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