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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