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“a resto that can not make up its mind”

Gaylord's at Kilohana
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Ranked #8 of 124 Restaurants in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $36
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Nuhou
Description: Gaylord's offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Located on the ground floor of the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi Poke, Seafood Spring Rolls and Organic Greens Salads; Local Fish, Meat and Vegetarian Entrees; and Banana Cream Pie for Dessert! After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the rum shop or take a ride on the plantation train. Join us at Gaylord's to enjoy the best of what Kauai has to offer in island food and experience. Call for reservations and details on weekly entertainment. Memorable by day...Unforgettable by Night.
Reviewed March 23, 2013

this is a restaurant which was fine and then decided to follow the trends of "locavore", "self-sustained" etc. and called itself 22 degrees north for the latitude it sits on. the whole experience became so pretentious and the food so mediocre, i did not return (i live on Kauai). i ordered a $12 stuffed cabbage that was filled with rice and not much more in a sauce that just was overpowered by some spice that was the only thing i tasted. $12 for one leaf of cabbage and some rice? i don't think so! When people got the gist of the the whole artificial experience and the mediocre food at high prices, they lost a lot of business. now they are back as Gaylord's and it is decent but not great. the chicken in bourbon sauce was very good. they now have music and the grounds, the ambience, and courtyard where you eat are gracious and lovely. people who live here always say "one does not come to Kauai for the food." there is a reason for that.

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Thank ELLEN L
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My sister and I always have Sunday brunch at Gaylords when we visit Kauai. We were not disappointed. Once again, the buffet was excellent and even had corned beef and cabbage because of St. Patty's day (I didn't try it). The savory pastries were as good as we remembered. The hot dishes were good, too. I particularly liked the smoked salmon and accompanying goodies. We ordered the Ahi Benedict (Wasabi Bernaise) and it was flavorful - just the right amount of food. Having read the previous review, I agree that the fruit was disappointing - last time there were more choices. The desserts are a good variety from simple to outrageously chocolate. Save room for the Koloa Rum bread pudding!!!!

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Thank Truax
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We went to the plantation for the Sunday Brunch. We were pretty excited about trying the different restaurants on Kauai, especially a brunch at this plantation. We were pleased with the seating arrangements, being that we were outdoors with a covering over the eating area. There was 2 hours left for the serving of the brunch when we were seated. We go and get our food and I was disappointed that a lot of the food serving plates were empty or mostly empty. (going back to refill our plates, nothing had changed with the serving area) The serving area was sloppy, meaning food was dropped onto the tables. Obviously, there wasn't enough workers to make sure the place was cleaned periodically and hot fresh food available. I mostly was disappointed in the lack of fruit. Being that the plantation grows a variety of fruit that should of been available to serve. The local grocery stores had papaya for sale, I would have thought that at least the restaurant could of purchased it for the brunch. The only local fruit that was on the fruit tray was pineapple. The honey dew and cantalope was not ripe enough. Being that we were there for the food, I can say that we were disappointed in the buffet. The train ride was very educational and comfortable.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Gaylord's is set on the lush and manicured grounds of a former family plantation. Dinner is a fine dining experience. Seating is in a covered outdoor patio with well-trained waiters and gourmet choices. It is family friendly, but sedate. Live music is available at times, and it would be a beautiful site for a wedding.

Tropical drinks are delicious, and the menu is varied and on the gourmet side. Dress is upscale casual. We have visited Gaylord's on all three of our visits to Kauai, over the past years. It never disapoints, with freshly prepared and well-cooked dishes. This last visit (March, 2013) we had a fantastic starter of an onion tarte, that I wish I knew how to re-create. I had the garlic prawns and my husband had the short-ribs. It is a bit on the pricey side, so it may not be your nightly choice. But go at least once! Reservations are suggested. The plantation house (inside) has a beautiful bar area, antique, period furniture, and several small shops selling art, clothing, fine jewelry, and other souvenirs.
During the day there is a little train that take visitors on a tour of the grounds.

Thank Carol R
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

When you go to Gaylord's plantation for the Sunday Brunch, it's a very pleasant experience. The atmosphere, that of a very old plantation house turned restaurant and shops, serves a pretty good brunch, and is full of history and charm. There was a good selection of food, but it would have been better if the warmers worked a bit hotter. The fried rice was very good. After the brunch we took the train around the plantation, listening to the guide pointing out the many fruit and nut tree's, as well as pigs and sooooo many chickens!

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Thank Tom B
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