We dined here for Valentine's Day, and our dinner experience was truly exceptional in every way. I use the word "experience" because your visit to Gaylords is far more than just a typical dinner. You feel like you are in a private residence, at a grand party, being served home-cooked food and have your own private waiter to serve it to you.
SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION: The seafood pot pie. Unbelievably good. We had some concerns about ordering it, as we thought it may be too creamy, and not contain enough seafood. Our waiter assured us that this was not the case, so we ordered it. It was chock full of seafood like you would not believe! It had so much flavor, without being too rich or filling. The crust was light and fluffy. Simply outstanding.
We sat toward the end of the large U-shaped outdoor dining area. It's a little quieter on the end. When you make your reservation, request being seated at the end. You'll be overlooking the expansive and impeccably manicured lawn. It's gorgeous.
The service was outstanding. Again, it was like we had our own private waiter. But without him being invasive. Very friendly, relaxed, laid-back yet attentive.
We also had the beef filet, which was equally outstanding.
Then there's the desserts. Oh my. The banana coconut pie melts in your mouth. And the fruity ice cream pie, well it LITERALLY melts in your mouth.
This is a 100+ year old mansion. It used to be a private residence and sits on a very large, retired sugar plantation. It is well preserved and really gives you a sense of what "old Hawai'i" must have been like.
After dinner, we sat on a vintage couch and were entertained by the pianist. Yes, there is a grand piano and the fellow playing was very talented. We sat and had an after-dinner drink, while listening to beautiful music. Another couple doing the same got up and danced a few times to their favorite songs that they requested and were played graciously by the musician. Another couple joined us, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. We shared stories, took photos of each other, and had some laughs.
We left feeling like we had just been to a private party and served some of the best food we've ever had in our lives.
A few years ago, we had the opportunity to dine here on a Sunday for brunch. We were rate it as the best brunch we have had anywhere in the world.
Gaylord's is exceptional. No visit to Kaua'i is complete without a visit.
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