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“Maybe Kauai's best”
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Ranked #5 of 37 Restaurants in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $75
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Koloa
Description: Red Salt’s diverse menu by acclaimed Executive Chef and Kauai native Noelani Planas celebrates fresh Hawaiian seafood and produce in a casual, yet sophisticated seaside atmosphere. Modern dinner cuisine including vanilla bean-seared mahi, ahi tartare, and the decadently layered Red Salt burger are served in a contemporary setting. Select nights, the Red Salt Lounge is host to a sushi bar featuring the day’s freshest catch in innovative, isle-inspired rolls. Lounge and sushi bar seating are not available for reservation and is first come, first served. During morning hours, Red Salt offers tropical takes on traditional breakfast dishes, such as lobster benedict and lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes, recently featured by Food Network.
Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Not the easiest restaurant to find but absolutely worth the effort. We started with the mushroom soup which was presented nicely and served at a proper temperature. It tasted of fresh mushroom with a creamy texture. It could have benefited from a little additional cream and perhaps a dash of pepper. The tuna cappuccino was beautiful and very fresh. It's texture was magnificent. It only lacked a bit of a bite that would have put it over the top. One entree we chose was the lobster stuffed filet. It was cooked to perfection and clearly w a s prime meat, tender and juicy and flavorful. Our second entree was the seared ahi. This was cooked perfectly and was very possibly the best ahi I have ever had. This was blue fin quality with a delicate flavor from the first bite through the last. This dish is not to be missed.
Service provided by Samdi was first class an d never missed the mark. Atmosphere is modern and a little loud but this does not detract from the real reason you came.

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Thank Richard F
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

On a recent five day visit to Kauai we ate dinner twice at Red Salt and breakfast each day, staying at the Koa Kea Hotel. All of the meals were excellent, beautifully prepared and presented, with the best local ingredients and inventive flavors and style. Breakfasts were amazing; best waffles we have ever had and several outstanding egg offerings (however, two recommendations for the chef - drop the breakfast burrito, way to large, bland and tasteless, and beef up the continental breakfast - somewhat skimpy for the price).

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Thank rhale53
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Staff and food was good, but given price and altenatives in the area, I feel it was not worth it in the end. The restaurant is classy and the waitor was very Nice. You do however get used to the amazing sense of service on the island, so if you are quite young I would choose a place With a bit more atmosphere.

Thank CeeDeeGee
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Great food (I focused on all the fish dishes), good wine selection (price-quality), excellent service! I look forward to returning soon.

Thank mksgr
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Service and food are excellent. We had the mushroom bisque as a soup starter. Seafood prepared perfectly, and a rack of lamb that was excellent.

The key here is excellent food and excellent service. Usually hard to find both in the same place.

Thank AARDVARKKILLER
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