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American, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9402 (Ainako)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a fantastic meal here while staying at the resort. The fool was phenomenal. The service was very attentive, without being rushed or overbearing. I think we had the best table in the house--the views were beautiful at sunset. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely go back when in Kauai!

Thank JSNYC2222
Liberty Lake, Washington
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although this restaurant was very expensive, the food was some of the best we have ever had anywhere. The layers of flavors the chef was able to produce was absolutely amazing. We had the crab cakes for appetizer; the crab-topped opah. The service was impeccable - the waiters very knowledgeable about the food and very personable. The setting was beautiful... More 

Thank Trina N
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great dinner. The food was fantastic and the kitchen was very accommodating with food allergies and special requests. Amazing atmosphere. Would definitely go back!

Thank nutmegh
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I were staying at the Grand Hyatt and decided to go to Tidepools for our final meal of the trip. The food was good, but nothing insane. The fish are fun to watch and the atmosphere was pretty good. It was nice, but nothing crazy.

Thank esuitorf
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We recently visited kauai for the first time and this restaurant was recommended to us from multiple people. The food was wonderful and the staff was also very friendly and attentive. My glass was never empty and although my steak did come out a little rare than I wanted at first, the waiter immediately took it back and had the... More 

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

An outstanding venue from the moment you arrive for a pre dinner cocktail. The BEST bartenders. Followed that with a romantic dinner "over" the water with the most impeccable service. Life was good this evening. 5 Stars

Thank Chris B
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow wow wow! The food is sublime! The waiter took us on a culinary experience even before the food had arrived just spectacular!

Thank Charles S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, nice ambiance and setting, attentive staff. Docked a point because the chocolate lava fondant cake wasn't molten - a real shame for their signature dessert!

Thank Eastrop
Fairbanks, Alaska
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was amazing and the atmosphere was elegant yet relaxed. Service was attentive. There were a lot of local ingredients, which I loved!

Thank jesalewis
Dulles, Virginia
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135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OMG ! What an exquisite experience! We got seated to the best table, where those beautiful fish come by. Our server was very good, and the food the best ever! We got the most amazing surprise from the chef for starter , it was a seafood trio like no other, so fresh, tasty, and beautiful presentation!! I splurged and had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9402
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: 18082406456
Embrace the tempting combination of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine served in a unique Hawaiian setting. Thatched-roof bungalows float above a koi-filled lagoon at the base of a waterfall to create romantic ambiance. Inspired by local ingredients and the rich culinary traditions of Hawaii

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