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Ranked #10 of 34 Restaurants in Kahuku
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $75
Cuisines: Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii. Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil. The menu also includes offerings such as the Kona coffee-rubbed New Zealand lamb rack with truffle mash and an elderflower and blackberry reduction, as well as a Hawaiian ranchers rib eye steak with fingerling potatoes. Desserts include a warm caramelized apple banana chocolate lumpia with coconut sauce, and a Waialua chocolate soufflé with Ka‘u macadamia nut sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar with signature cocktails and an array of appetizers, including selections from a seafood “treasure chest.”Pa‘akai has a contemporary, ocean-inspired ambiance of cool blues and natural fixtures, flexible seating for 110 guests, and an area for nightly live entertainment from renowned local artists.
Reviewed February 19, 2013

food and service was excellent- I chose the salmon and my husband had lamb- both were done to perfection. We were tempted to try dessert and gald we did - delicious!

Thank JanicePetrolia
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Second visit to this restaurant--first time a few years ago. Place has not changed since last visit. A standard hotel restaurant--nice, but nothing to write home about. The food was excellent. We had salads to start and they were both first rate. Entrees were both fish dishes that were prepared very nicely. We finished with cookie and ice cream that was good, but not what we expected. Overall we had a very nice dining experience. They had a live singer performing throughout dinner. Service was OK, but not very attentive--actually rather slow.

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Thank jbray54
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This restaurant in the Turtle Bay Resort is very attractive, with views to the ocean, as you would expect. We only had breakfast, but it was fabulous. Everything tasted fresh and was nicely prepared and served. Service was quite good on a busy morning. Be warned it is pricey. Breakfast for three with no alcoholic beverage such as a mimosa or Bloody Mary was over $100. Hey, it's a resort on Hawaii, and there is nothing else close by though you can drive about 15 minutes in either direction if you wish to go elsewhere.

Thank barbdpayne
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Food was very good but the service was painfully slow on XMas not sure if problem was in kitchen or not enough servers but they tried to make up for it with free drinks and food etc...but it was slowwwwww....

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I had trouble making this reservation. Something about the Christmas dinner. We were looking for a nice location for our family Christmas dinner. They kept calling me to confirm reservations at other restaurants. Then when we finally got a reservation, we had to move it to the next night! In any case, what do you do when you ask the server to stop grinding the pepper in your soup and he doesn't stop? I decided to taste it and be prepared to send it back to the kitchen. He must have known something about the pepper grinder that I didn't know, because it tasted just fine :) Still it left a bad taste in my mouth (not literally). No pun intended. I don't think I'll return to this restaurant. Not enough upside to offset the downside.

Thank Edie W
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