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“Not the greatest...”
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: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed March 30, 2009

I enjoy eating out - I realize that Hawaii is expensive, so I'm taking that into consideration.
However, I felt that this place was very overpriced, service was slow and the food was decent (small portions). I recommend some of the local diners instead - this is a tourist restaurant.
Six of us went to dinner (only because we had a $100 gift card). We ordered 1 mixed drink (LOVED the lava flow) and 2 beers. Ordered 2 appetizers - very small portions. The calamari was good but the ceviche was missing something. We travel to mexico a lot and know a good ceviche when we have one - this was far from good. Our dinners were okay - I had the dolphin shrimp: small portion, just like a shrimp scampi. We also had the calamari dinner - good, scallops - good (small portion), teri shrimp - make sure you get the "large" portion that comes with 7 shrimp vs 4, and the Crab and beef combo - the crab was excellent! Our total: $260

Our service was VERY slow but the staff was nice and the restauarant had a nice atmosphere. Your better off going to costco, buying some nice steaks, scallops and fish and grilling out at the beach!!

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Reviewed March 30, 2009

We love the Dolphin! This will be our 4th trip in as many years & we will be dining at the Hamalei Dolphin several times I am sure. You can shop in some neat stores if you arrive during a busy hour or sit outside & enjoy an adult beverage & drink in the mountain view. The food is really good....try the Ono. Save room for dessert because they are a treat. (Also, save a night to buy fish @ the market to grill @ home.) Ask for Steve to be your server & listen to what he recommends. We have never had a meal there that wasn't up to par. Delicious!

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Reviewed March 22, 2009

We have gone to the Dolphin at least once every trip for the last 5 years. We have never been disappointed. This year we had the best Ahi ever! It was incrediably fresh and prepared just right -- rare, as we like it.

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Thank PATraveler64
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Reviewed March 14, 2009

Hanalei Dolphin was recommended to us and with good reason. The food there was very good. Fresh fish cooked just right. It is a very poplular restaurant that does not take reservations, but they are very efficient and can serve many people each night. They also have a sushi bar, but we did not go there the night we were there.

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Thank Trudy S
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

The blue book was wrong! Bad service and bad food. Way over priced and just not a good place to eat. Stay at home and order a pizza!

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Thank klipontherun
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