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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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Canon City, Colorado
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2016

Fish a little dry but other dishes good and good service. Nice atmosphere and pleasant staff. Bar a little small.

Thank Leona B
Monterey, California
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

This was by far our worst meal on Kauai. At lunch the place was almost empty but the host sat us right in the sun and near the bus station. Our server seemed incoherent or stoned. After taking our order she came back and asked for it again and still didn't remember it. We then decided to move our table.... More 

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Estacada, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2016

Great sushi bar good service, also has a very good menu with lots to choose from, staff are very friendly.

Thank jeffgray2016
Portland, Oregon
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87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2016

Shared a teriyaki ahi dinner with asparagus wrapped in pruiscuiato dinner - was outstanding.......arrive by 5 for happy hour drinks and pupus and then order dinner - very pleasant veranda - good place to watch the sunset....

1 Thank mooshimom
Thunder Bay, Canada
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198 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2016

The dolphin was a great place to eat. We ordered machong and opah with the asparagus wrap. I had a great IPA beer on tap. There was live music both nights we dinned here in the courtyard. The 1st night we had edamame starter but did not receive it the 2nd night? Would eat here again and recommend!

Thank jods1000
Abbotsford, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have been staying here in Poipu, Kauai for our 30th anniversary and during our first week here we stopped in at The Dolphin, not sure of what to expect! Well, we were sure in for a surprise. Sat right up at the sushi bar while 2 men were constantly making sushi and rolls ...was truly fascinating... More 

2 Thank Barb F
Denver, Colorado
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

We went to the Dolphin for lunch on a rainy day. We loved the atmosphere. The sushimi was fantastic as were the sushi rolls. Interestingly they do not serve nigiri sushi (our server said it was "yankee sushi" which I'm sure Japanese people would disagree with). The fish and chips were average. We'd come back for the sashimi again.

Thank Pppmomof3
Houston, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Lunch was so good went back for dinner!! Sat at the sushi bar with Chef Bob and Chef Reggie...watching them was like watching an artist paint a beautiful picture. The fish was amazing, melts in your mouth! If you're in Poipu I highly recommend it!! Thank you for an amazing meal!!

Thank ckmagg
Durham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

We had opah, beautifully cooked and very tasty. A little pricey but worth it for a special visit. Lovely friendly staff, didn't wait long for food and drinks

Thank Heather E
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

We went to this place after the beach. Casual setting. Nice outdoor ambience. Friendly attentive service. We got a beer, a Mai tai, burger, fries, and the sushi roll of the day. This was $65, not including tip! The sushi was good but nothing to write home about and at $22 for one roll definitely not worth it. The burger... More 

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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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?