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“Very good seafood”
Review of Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Dolphin
Ranked #6 of 50 Restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We have been coming to Hanalei for over 20 years and we come to the Dolphin every time.

The place tends to be a bit crowded, but the service is good and they don't rush you. There is a certain repetitiveness to their menu from year to year. Just hope you can be there when they offer a really special fresh fish like butterfish. Otherwise, you will have to stick with one of the standards.

It's not just for tourists. Locals drop in, too. Look around and you might see Jeff Bridges. Movie crews also tend to drop in when they are shooting on Kauai.

The bar seating outside on the riverside is just about the best place in the world to wait for a table.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Went for dinner with 4 yo and 80 yr old grandparents first night was great , food terrific, service excellent, decided on a return visit for our last night a week later.
service still good by wait staff but 2 of the dinners had very poorly cooked fish, dry and tasteless. when mentioned to wait staff only response was sorry! disappointing as many reviews had indictaed same and we were smug after night 1 but understood after night 2
thye need some skill and strength controlling the food quality out of the kitchen, they have so much else going for them

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We generally enjoy one dinner a year here as parft of our yearly travel to Kauai and always get our favorite dish- the Ahi tuna. It is slightly seared and always fresh. The atmosphere is fantastic as well as thew service. It is a little pricy and there is a little wait sometimes, but the wait is worth it. We highly recommend this restaurant.The cost of the Ahi is about $30-$35 each

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Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

No reservations, names taken at 5 for dinner, but you can drink at the bar until you get a table ....
Overall food was great, plentiful portions. Service was friendly and attentive. Would go back again.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Everything was over cooked and dry (fries, fish, and veggie entree). There is no AC and the air flow inside was poor, so it was humid, hot and uncomfortable. Everything is also expensive--even the vegetarian entree was $29. The iced tea was extremely watery.

They did have Hawaiian beers on tap.

Thank Chris M
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