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“Great beach location, ok food”

The Mediterranean Gourmet
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Ranked #18 of 47 Restaurants in Hanalei
Price range: $14 - $32
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Westlake Village, California
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great beach location, ok food”
Reviewed October 12, 2008

The location was great but the food was ordinary. The location is right on the water, so it’s a great location, and perfect for casual dining. I ordered the Shwarma. The meat was very good, and the pita was fresh and tasty. They fell down though on the accompanying greek salad. I don’t think I’ve ever had a greek salad without feta cheese or olives, and then the remaining greens were bitter, all around not good on the salad. Overall I think the place is worth trying, at least if you are in a casual mood and want to be on the beach

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New Windsor, NY
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“the best meal on the island”
Reviewed August 16, 2008

We stayed at the princeville resort for 5 days last week on our honeymoon and this was a shining jewel against otherwise mediocre meals on the island. We had been eating at another local restaurant in Ka'paa, when I came across an ad for mediterranean gourmet in a local publication. The pictures of the food told me they weren't stock photos off the net but their actual food and it looked good. If your staying on the north shore off the island, you definitely need to eat here and i you are staying on the south side come up here for dinner and the sunset. The reaturant is spacious and airy but no outside dining as far as i could see, just really big windows showing off really great views. Our waiter Kevin from Ohio was pleasant and attentive. He answred our questions thoroughly and honestly. My wife had two Sangrias they were so god, I had a johnny-ito (their mojito) that was quite tasty. Appetizers were incredible. Saffon rice cakes stuffed with feta cheese ( a recipe i am searching all over the net for) were crispy on the outside with their panko coating and sensational on the inside. My wife had gooten warmed goat cheese in a grape leaf over an eggplant babagaoush that was delcious but I think would have tasted better hot instead of cold, but still tasty nonetheless. Great homemade hummus was brought to the table along with warm pita triangles for the bread service. Entrees were good, we shared a habanero and blue cheese stuffed steak with gret sauce finished over the top. On the advice of our excellent waiter Kevin, we got the French cobbler which can only be described as heaven in a cup. It had elements of sweetend steamed milk and fresh fruit all in a tender crust with an incredible finish to it. It was a nice surprise to the otherwise typical menu of so many hawaiian restaurants and a great way to have spent an evening.

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San Antonio
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Dining, Beautiful View and Bellydancing!!!!”
Reviewed August 13, 2008

Just came back from 2 great weeks on Kauai. Stayed at the Hanalei Colony Resort - pefect oceanview! Right next door was the best hidden gem on the island. The Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant. My husband and I had a beautiful oceanview table and shared the house speciality a seafood paella that was out of this world. We came on a Thursday the and they had bellydancing. Julie was great! She came around to the tables afterwards to say hello and make sure we were having fun. She even brought some bendi's out for the kids at the next table to wear on their faces. The entire staff at the restaurant made us feel welcome and part of the family. I've read other reviews on here claiming that the restaurant was expensive. Comparatively to the rest of Kauai and the dining expereince you receive it is no more than any other quality restaurant on the island.Plus you get the beautiful North Shore. I can't wait to return.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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166 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed June 9, 2008

We had heard good things, but when we read the menu online were not planning to try it. We checked into HCR and were tired, so decided to give it a try. The menu seemed changed from what we had seen and we ordered the fresh catch - it was very good, even though the portion small (we prefer a light dinner so that was fine). Service was also good. Overall it was a pleasant surprise.

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Austin, Texas
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232 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Best on Kauai”
Reviewed June 2, 2008

We are so happy to see a restaurant in this location of this quality. There have been probably five restaurants at this location in the last ten years. This is the first to really provide delicious food with excellent service.

We ate at Med Cafe for lunch on our second day on the island. We went back two days later to make sure that the food was as good as we thought. Sometimes you like the food simply because of the setting.

We were not wrong on the second, third and fourth visit. I think the value is good for Kauai where everything is expensive. The drinks were delicious. The food was fantastic. The views are unparalled.

The servers were extremely professional and very nice. That is rare in these parts.

A new favorite for Mom, Dad and the two teenagers.

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