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“Great Place for Dinner! Fun!”
Review of Tiki Iniki

Tiki Iniki
Ranked #7 of 25 Restaurants in Princeville
Cuisines: Fusion
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 1, 2014

We came here on a recommendation, plus we were enamored with the fact that Todd Rundgren's wife owned it. LOVED the place. Kitschy. Decorated completely like a tiki bar, as you would expect. Fun! If you get a Mai Tai ask for a "Hawaiian" Mai Tai. I didn't ask correctly and it was super strong and rummy. oof.

We went there mid-week, around 8pm. We sat at our table after a drink at the bar, around 830pm and noticed we were one of 5 tables out of 15-20 tables, so we expected the service would be decent. Unfortunately, not so. Our waitress was so slow and inattentive. The first Item we had ordered, soup, didnt come for 45 minutes. We were also told they were out of the appetizer we wanted (we were told almost 45 minutes after we ordered it! we cancelled the apptz altogether). Our meals came about 15 minutes later and were tasty, but we were just ready to leave at that point because we were there so long.

Great atmosphere, great decor, great food. Service needs to be improved.

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

<sigh.> Well, on a positive note: the place looks great. Another fine build by Bamboo Ben. Great decor with quality workmanship and tons of detail. If you could judge a a book by it's cover...

On the downside: the drinks need a LOT of work. A Tiki bar has to be judged by it's Mai Tai and theirs was easily the worst I've ever been served. On paper, it's the Trader Vic's recipe, but it was terribly executed. Despite allegedly using the correct ingredients, they created a drink that tasted almost exactly like Sprite soda. No rum flavor, no fresh lime flavor, no orgeat flavor - even the mint was scentless. Huge let down. And the other drink we tried (the Iniki) was no better.

We observed two different bartenders who each appeared to be new employees and, unfortunately, new to bartending. Both were clearly reading recipes for every drink they made - even using a cellphone app to look up how to make a Lemon Drop when another customer ordered one. Not quite the level of expertise we were hoping for.

The service was average; the bartender on duty when we first arrived did take our order fairly quickly, but didn't bother to ask if we'd like to order anything else or inquire how the drinks were despite the fact that we told him we were specifically there to try them (maybe he was afraid of the answer.)

We can't comment much on the food since we unfortunately arrived about 15 minutes after lunch ended and therefore weren't allowed to order off the lunch menu (really.) It was almost two full hours until dinner would be available and the only thing offered was a very tiny happy hour menu. We'd really hoped to spend some time here, eat, and try at least a few different drinks. But without food options, we had to bail out and go elsewhere. To be fair, we did try the small order of chicken wings since we were getting desperate for food, and the sauce on them was delicious. Wish they would've put that on a real piece of chicken (and let us order it without a deadline!)

We'll give them another shot next time we're on the island, but overall our visit was a big disappointment. We really wanted to like this place - the right components are there but they just aren't pulling it off. Hopefully in time they'll get it together. But after a year and a half of anticipation, we left unsatisfied.

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2  Thank bamalamalu
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Stopped in just at "Happy Hour". Their only deal was Corona's for $3, not bad at all. There was 6 of us and we ordered without ordering food as we just wanted something to drink, but likely getting food after. When they saw we did not order food they came back and said they ran out of Corona...we were the only ones there and at 3:00pm when "Happy Hour" started. No alternative offered so we left being not so "happy"

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6  Thank Oilexec
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

On February 16 I was fortunate to be in a wedding party that visited Tiki Iniki in Princeville, Kauai. I had no previous knowledge of this restaurant and was happily surprised by its ambiance and quality dining. Proprietor Michele Gray Rundgren greeted us personally and made sure the 4 month old restaurant staff did everything possible to make our dining experience special. I had the sesame seared ahi tuna, done just as I like it, medium rare. It was perfect as were all the side dishes and garnishes. Others had filet mignon with kimchi and purple potatoes or the house special confit chicken leg with spicy sweet potatoes. I loved the semi-outdoor dining in a pseudo-Polynesian decor. If you are anywhere near Princeville, make sure you visit Tiki Iniki and ask for Michele (or Todd).

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2  Thank Brian M
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Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

The menu is very creative and unique and the food is excellent. The atmosphere is casual and fun. Good for both couples and families. Open air. The only negatives were the beverages. The alcoholic beverages were consistently watered down. The diet soda was served in a can past the expiration date and had no fizz. If the beverage situation is resolved I would give it a high rating. I don't mind paying for a beverage but expect to get my money's worth. Especially true for a good drink.

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