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“Very special al fresco lunch”

The Garden Cafe at Common Ground
Price range: $14 - $15
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating
Description: Fresh Wholesome Healthy Organic Dishes Created From The Seasonal Crops Of Kauai's Best Farmers and Ranchers.
southport ct
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68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very special al fresco lunch”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Had lunch there during a one-day tour of Kauai. It's a very special place that is located on a farm in a somewhat rural area. Everything they serve is either grown or caught locally.... and everything is exceedingly fresh. Very casual atmosphere; you order at the counter, and it's delivered to your table which is located in a large open-air area, either under a roof or totally outdoors. Just a perfect place to dine in Kauai. It totally captures the ambience of the island.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Sacramento, California
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597 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Fresh, local, healthy”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Food so delicious that we went back twice. Food is extremely fresh, artfully prepared, and everything we tried was wonderful. A great restaurant to get some veggies in on your Kauai trip!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank traveller2332
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Ventura, CA
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112 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Amazing meal”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

So excited to find this organic, vegan treasure off the beaten path. Everything we had was excellent - smoothie, salad special of the day, burger, sweet potato fries (deep purple) were amazing, liliko'i creme brulee, curry chicken wrap - mmmm!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Amyandco
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Local fresh food on Kauai”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We went to the garden cafe at common grounds for lunch. The menu is somewhat limited, but everything on it is excellent. All food , if possible is grown on the farm. The fish was caught locally, and varies by day. You order at the register, and sit in tables in a pleasant outdoor setting. Inevitably, Kauai chickens are roaming around. The garden is visible from some of the tables. The person who took our order forgot to give us our drinks, but was nice enough to store our freshly bought chocolate in the refrigerator so it wouldn't melt. It is self service for tables/ utensils. The food came out of the kitchen via a window, where they shouted out our name, and we got our food. Service was medium slow, but the food was worth waiting for. It was the best salad I have had on the island. The fish was well cooked, the sauce delicious, with a tasty bun. The fries were a little overdone, but still good.
I would recommend this restaurant as an informal place, healthy local food. A bit pricey, but it is on Kauai. They are very nice, you can tour the grounds and see where some of the food is grown. Eating is outside but we'll protected in case of rain. I would have rated it higher if they had a little more variety on the menu, and if the fries had been cooked better. But still a very nice place to have a good healthy lunch.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Rashawmd
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San Diego
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200 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Great concept that needs work”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

The setting is marvelous, and the idea of serving very fresh ingredients in a sustainable manner is admirable. BUT, at least at breakfast, the execution is spotty - some parts are good and other dishes miss the mark and at a pretty high price point.

I have no problem with the self-serve style. BUT it would be great to have someone give a little direction about how it all works and some information about the property. We explored a bit on our own, but never heard about dam and waterfall that others mentioned. Overall Common Ground did not meet the high expectations they set for us. I hope they continue to shape and perfect this!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank oscar505
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