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“Surprisingly Amazing”
Review of Tidepools

Ranked #3 of 37 Restaurants in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Hawaiian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ainako
Description: Embrace the tempting combination of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine served in a unique Hawaiian setting. Thatched-roof bungalows float above a koi-filled lagoon at the base of a waterfall to create romantic ambiance. Inspired by local ingredients and the rich culinary traditions of Hawaii
Denver, Colorado, United States
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Amazing”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

My husband and I dined at Tidepools 20 years ago on our honeymoon. We made reservations to celebrate our anniversary this last week. Honestly, we were not expecting much but wanted to eat there because we had so many memories. Wow were we surprised. First, the staff was amazing. They went out of their way to wish us a happy anniversary. They found the exact table that we sat at 20 years ago and made sure it was available for us. They had a card waiting for us from management wishing us a happy anniversary. The hostesses and waiters and bus boys went out of their way to take pictures and tell us they were honored we would celebrate with them. Our waiter has been there 24 years and was so nice. He comped our dessert and took the time to make sure we had what we needed.

Second, the food was amazing. We ordered the crab cakes, pear and walnut salad and the macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi with lemon saffron rice. My taste buds were in heaven!

Third, the atmosphere was so beautiful. We sat right next to the koi pond and the koi were swimming close by. There are several waterfalls all around the restaurant. It truly was a beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommend this.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Kristen Carlson D
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2014

The restaurant is located at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Kaua. Everything is great here, the ambience, food and service. The menu is varied and I would love to taste all of them. We are seated by a huge pond with plenty of huge koi. I suggest going around the resort to enjoy the ocean and flowers, as well as develop your appetite.

Visited April 2014
Thank Zmencontre
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Jackson, Wyoming
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301 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Great food with great service in a romantic setting”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

The setting is one of the best on the island - not as flashy as say sunsets at the Beach House, but beautiful in its own way with Koi ponds and waterfalls (and no sun shining directly in your eyes). The food was excellent, especially the fresh fish prepared in a variety of ways, and with a variety of sides that the wait staff was happy to mix and match. The service was first rate from being attentive without hovering over you to giving good advice on entrees to customizing entrees to taste. Bottom line - we went to a number of good restaurants recommended by Trip Advisor or one of a couple of guidebooks and we had a number of good meals as a result; but Tidepools is the only one that we went back to for a second (and a third) dinner dinner our two week stay. As noted by other reviewers, Tidepools isn't cheap, but neither is it over the top expensive compared to its competitors. We highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for great food served well in a romantic setting. If you are looking for good bargain food, get takeout at the nearby Da Crack (which we also enjoyed).

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Mmeyernos
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Bellingham, Washington
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food, but expensive”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Being built out over the water makes for a great ambiance. There are koi all around and a waterfall.The food and service were wonderful but we spent $176 for two entrees, one dessert and two glasses of wine.

Visited April 2014
Thank 4tojourney
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Brevard, North Carolina
2 reviews
“only so-so”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

We went here for a special dinner on our honeymoon. Everybody was very kind and helpful. The setting was beautiful, but the food lacked a lot for the price. We spent over $100 for two of us and I was not "wowed" or filled up by the food.

Maybe we're paying for the setting, but I'd rather take some good food out to the beach than pay that much for food we didn't really care for.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank campfamily7
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