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“Could have been perfect!”

The Mediterranean Gourmet
Ranked #18 of 47 Restaurants in Hanalei
Price range: $14 - $32
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hanalei Colony Resort
Description: Savor cuisine from across the world without leaving Kauai. A unique, oceanfront dining experience awaits you at Mediterranean Gourmet. Situated at Hanalei Colony Resort, Mediterranean Gourmet has become a North Shore favorite among Kauai residents and worldwide travelers since opening in 2006. Inspired by the cuisine and culture of his native Lebanon, Chef Imad Beydoun and his wife Yarrow have created a relaxed atmosphere and amazing menu selections featuring Lebanese, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek influences. Whether you are looking for a relaxed lunch or a candlelit dinner, Mediterranean Gourmet is the perfect Kauai restaurant for you. Considered by many the be one of the Best restaurants in Hawaii. Visitor's from around the world are invited to make this Kauai restaurant thier favorite Kauai restaurant too.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Could have been perfect!”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We agree with almost everything that has been written about this restaurant (i.e. fabulous view, good food, cleanliness, and good service.

However, one thing bugs us about our visit with two other couples. We were told that we could not pay with our credit cards individually because it "confuses the cook in the kitchen). Instead, we each had to combine our totals, trying to figure out who owes who what.

This policy is both customer unfriendly, and out dated. If the three couple in our Group has walked into the restaurant and sat at separate tables, they would have taken our credit cards. However, sitting at the same table and using your own credit card is not allowed. Only place during a long visit to Hawaii where this policy was in effect.

Otherwise, a very nice restaurant with some unusual offerings.

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and great life music”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

My boyfriend and I decided to try this 'end of the road' Kauai spot on a Monday night. We were seated by the window looking out at the full moon on the water. Our server was really fabulous, friendly, patient (we took some time to settle in and look over the menu), and just the right amount of attention...the place had a friendly and comfortable energy to it. Started with the beat salad with local goat cheese, then had the fresh fish of the day that was surrounded by wonderful pomegranate yumminess. Wine was great, and we ended with the chocolate lava dessert with coconut ice cream and some espresso. We had a fabulous time, the artist who was singing and playing guitar was really exceptional, we felt this place had real heart and it showed in the food and the service. We'd highly recommend this place as a north shore must!

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2 Thank b3janig
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Yarrow B, Owner at The Mediterranean Gourmet, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Aloha, and thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the rest of the world. We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your experience here. It means so much to us to know that we were able to make your stay here a highlight of your trip. We look forward to serving you on your next visit to Kauai.
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boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A Night To Remember”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

My wife and I met our son, daughter-in-law and 20-month old grandson recently in Kauai. We were traveling separately but we had arranged to meet in conjunction with our son's 40th birthday. We were looking for a special restaurant that would appeal to all of us. The Mediterranean Gourmet proved to be the perfect place. The friendly hostess gave us a table in the corner by the window with a beautiful view of the ocean. Our son had chicken, our daughter-in-law had a vegetarian stew, and my wife and I shared their rack of lamb. Everything was perfect!!!!!! The rack of lamb might have been the best we have ever had!!! What made the evening more memorable was it was a perfect place for all of us. Then, after dinner, two men provided music by playing their guitars much to the delight of our grandson...Our son's 40th birthday proved to be a Night To Remember thanks to the Mediterranean Gourmet and their wonderful, understanding staff.

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1 Thank bostontraveler215
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Yarrow B, Owner at The Mediterranean Gourmet, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Aloha, and thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us and the rest of the world. It means so much to us to know that we were able to make your evening special for each member of your family. We hope that the next time you are on Kauai we will once again be a special memory that you share with your family. It is our pleasure to serve you.
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Wadena, Saskatchewan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Seafood tower”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

The seafood tower was on of the specials we had the the 3 humus appetizer and shared the tower. We were glad we did because we were both stuffed. the Tower was delicious with pineapple base,garlic mashed potatos.ahi,scallops and shrimp.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Duckconsultant
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Kauai, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and really great, friendly owner”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The owner Imad is a really friendly host who made our experience wonderful. The location an views are amazing. The location is a little out of the way but well worth it. We are going back again before we leave

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1 Thank MoanaHale
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