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“Nice first night in Kauai”

Tahiti Nui Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 49 Restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Thai, Hawaiian
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We arrived in Princeville and headed out for something to eat in Hanalei. We came across Tahiti Nui, and knew we had found the right place. The wait on a Thursday night was over an hour so be prepared, but there was live music and we sat in the bar and soaked up the atmosphere. Service was not rushed, and allowed us to ease into Island time right away. The food was good, our waiter was friendly, and the Mai Tais were delicious. We would go back, but would recommend to arrive early.

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Thank melonien
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

there are probably many positive reviews of the Tahiti Nui, I'll offer that it's a great spot for entertainment (local hula dancers) performing with Beverly (Ukelele) & husband. Tiki man pizza and the usual potent Mai Tai's. Walking around Hanalei village can be dangerous (traffic), so abbey crosswalks. Hanalei is trendy in general, and unique also.

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Thank TH329
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Although Hanalei is one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, don't waste your time at this hole. The female bartender is so miserable she should be working in some coal mine instead of in Hanalei with her attitude. God forbid you should want a drink at a BAR of all places! After finally being blessed with her getting us two well bar vodkas with pineapple juice, we had to wait until she once again graced us with her acknowledgement of wanting to leave and then charged us $12. During happy hour? I think not! Just save yourself the trouble and go to the Hanalei Gourmet across the street where the staff and customers are happy! And who cares about "where George Clooney sat"? Don't waste your time and money at a place that doesn't want you there anyway.

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3  Thank cate1896
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Everyone on Kauai has said that the week between Christmas and New Years is the busiest time of year for this island. So why isn't Tahiti Nui prepared for this? Last night we arrived at 5, just when they said they start serving dinner. By 5:15 every table was taken. There was ONE waitress for the whole place. She was frazzled and overwhelmed and I felt for her. It was 40 minutes before she took our order. No one brought menus or water, (we went and got them) there were out of a number of items, the Ono was raw (it isn't supposed to be raw), the pizza was horrible, (it's VERY rare that my ten year old boy rejects cheese pizza--it was rubbery and overcooked and somehow surprisingly inedible) and well, the service was what you'd expect when a popular restaurant is full and there's one server. The thing is, when you're spending as much as we spent, it's hard to stomach this combination of issues. The live music started around 6:45, and that might have been nice, but by then we were ready to go--we'd hoped it would start earlier...
I just kept thinking, "why don't they hire more staff for this time of year?" The bartenders were also frantic and talking about how things weren't prepared when they'd arrived that morning, they were frantically opening cans of Dole pineapple concentrate and mixing them up for Mai Tai mix...the whole "vibe" was stressed and unprepared and sort of uncaring...I don't know what it's like there at other times of year, but I certainly would never return during this busy time. Wish we'd saved the $150 and picked up a roasted Huli chicken from Food Land.

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Thank KashiG
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stopped for lunch at the Tahiti Nui. The bar scene from the Decendants was shot here. We could almost see Matt King (George Clooney) having a drink with Cousin Hugh (Beau Bridges). Julia who served the drinks to them is still there.

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Thank ebparks_12
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