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“Make reservations early!”
Review of Bar Acuda

Bar Acuda
Ranked #2 of 47 Restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Cupertino, California
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117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Make reservations early!”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This fabulous restaurant serves ultra-fresh, creatively prepared tapas. We had the dates/cheese/citrus, lamb riblets, short ribs, scallop, almonds. All were terrific. Service was helpful and gracious. We arrived at the 6pm opening on a Sunday, but found out the restaurant was completely booked for the night, and the bar area open to all that opens at 5:30pm was already full. Our host was able to squeeze us in for 1 hour at a table, so we were very grateful. Highly rated by Fodor's, Frommer's, and the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook.

  • Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great food, service & atmosphere!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Highly, highly recommend Bar Acuda.
We were a group of 8 and had such a great experience! It was out last night in Kauai and we wanted to have a casual dinner but somewhere nice. This place fit the bill all around. We made a reservation and had to wait about 15-20 minutes for our table (as not many places can easily seat 8 in the area) but as soon as we sat down the waiter apologized for the wait and took our drink order right away! The entire staff was very attentive - from waiters to busboys, etc.
We ordered so many different plates/tapas and each dish tasted better than the next. The Garlic Shrimp, beef skewers, and pizzetta are not to be missed.
Also, the vibe is good - could be a bit loud but you'll get over that after a few minutes as everything else makes you feel like you're in a special spot on the island....definitely one of our favorites and if we found this place earlier in the trip, would've returned more often.

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British Columbia
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Exciting and elegant...”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Apart from the difficulty getting in and seated - we ended up eating at the bar - there is a madcap degree of innovation and excellence here. I would happily eat my way through the menu item by item... and I'm very fussy about fine food.

  • Visited February 2013
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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159 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Delicious Food!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

After reviewing reports on Trip Advisor, we and our friends decided to celebrate their final stay in Kauai with dinner at the Baracuda Tapas & Wine Restaurant in the town of Hanalei (near Princeville). We were not disappointed. The atmosphere, service and especially the food was excellent. Everything is made fresh - the bread so delicious - I ate more than I ever would normally. The selection of Tapas is excellent, something for everyone. There is indoor and outdoor seating. We decided to reserve one of the indoor large curved sofa seats where you you can watch all the action from.

After we had been there, we heard from a local that this restaurant is a favourite of movie stars and celebrities that come to the island, people like George Clooney (The Descendants was filmed in Kauai) and Ben Affleck to name a few. Note: Restaurant is only open for dinner.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Exceptional”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This restaurant is amazing from first sight to last bite. Everything we tried was fantastic. The Ahi carpaccio and the beef short ribs are Among many not to be missed dishes.

The meal was not inexpensive. That said, you get everything you paid for and more. I have spent a lot more on a meal I didn't enjoy nearly as much.

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