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“Fantastic sushi”
Review of Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Dolphin
Ranked #6 of 49 Restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed April 26, 2014

I've frequented the fish market for years, but tried the restaurant for the first time. We had extremely fresh sushi that was prepared in front of us, which was served with complimentary edamame. Nice atmosphere inside for those rainy nights.

Thank Jen N
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

We had both sushi outside at lunch and dinner (teriaki ahi was yummy) inside in evening. Both were great. Fast service. Lots of locals which is always a good sign. Would recommend.

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Thank momandmeVictoria
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

The Dolphin offers a variety of sushi rolls and a good selection of sushi-grade fish served in an open-air restaurant adjacent to the river. Plate presentation of the rolls is nothing special - white sushi on white plates without a leaf or sauce for contrast. The flavor of the sushi comes mainly from the fish & vegetables. But I would have appreciated an interesting sauce or a good dab of wasabi on at least some of the rolls. The varied menu offers much more than sushi. However vegetable lovers will find that salad selections are at a minimum and uninteresting. A fresh fish market is available in the back - probably our favorite part of this just-average restaurant.

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Thank Jammaco
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Interesting thing about Hanalei is that restaurants are not open from 3 to 5 pm. My friend and I stopped at some of the places along the highway to Hanalei and couldn't find any that were open. Since we had just arrived from the west coast we were hungry around that time and finally had the opportunity to order some soup at the Dolphin. First of all you can't go thru the front door. You have to go around the side and enter thru the bar area. That's OK with me - just a little strange. But we had arrived at what I thought was happy hour and couldn't get a regular meal - and decided to have the clam chowder soup. Don't know if it was because I was really hungry but it was fantastic. We sat in the open air bar area. Very comfortable and glad to finally have something to eat. The servers on Kauai must attend some special training on how to treat the tourists because I always received the best treatment. Several days later we were back in Hanalei and went back to the Dolphin. This time we sat at one of the outside tables. They have a canal running along side the restaurant area and you can watch the people paddle by as you enjoy your food. A very pleasant experience and the food was excellent.

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Thank Fritz98045
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had lunch there and sat right down. The menu is a bit short. Food was good. Sitting outdoors is great.

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Thank SteveTignor
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