Duke's Kauai
Duke's Kauai

Duke's Kauai

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dukeskauai.com/
  • Phone: 8082469599
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alexander Amorin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shoreline Access
  • Public Transit: Bus stop on Rice Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free valet
A word from Duke's Kauai
Set on the sand of stunning Kalapaki Beach, Duke’s Kauai provides visitors and locals alike with an authentic Kauai experience complete with panoramic ocean views, island inspired cuisine including fresh fish, premium steaks and refreshing tropical cocktails. Here at the original Duke’s restaurant honoring the great Duke Kahanamoku, guests are surrounded by artwork highlighting Duke’s life as Hawaii’s most famous citizen and father of modern surfing as well as the genuine Aloha that is Duke’s legacy. Our Barefoot Bar offers a more casual menu serving both lunch and dinner. The Barefoot Bar does not accept reservations and is seated on a walk-in basis only.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Duke's Kauai reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (115)great for outdoor dining (97)special occasion (63)romantic (55)good for groups (46)kid-friendly (41)hot spot (35)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (26)vibrant bar scene (23)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (12)late-night find (11)notable wine list (9)Show More
  • local gem
    flipfloplady
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Duke's is that one place your always want to take your visitors to for a true Hawaiian scene Plus best Salad Bar on the Island. We eat there often and have never had a bad meal or bad service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a Classic
    RICKA
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We always go to Dukes at least once when in Kauai. The Ahi is excellent and local fish are fresh and well-prepared. The salad bar is a treat, I especially enjoy the Caesar Salad with Anchovies. Both waiters we had on the two times we went for dinner on this trip were excellent. This is the original Duke's Canoe Club, the one is Waikiki at the Outrigger was the second.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over rated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Very dissapointed with Duke's. We were a party of 5, they placed us at a table sticking out into the main isle. Our table literally shook every time someone walked by. The waitress was very unfriendly, but efficient. The food wasn't worth the money. The restarurant was very warm. Only the tables at the front of the restarurant have a view. Which, of course, don't accommodate more than 4 people.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    texans
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Must do in kauai. Food and service excellent. We had the fresh catch of the day. Great way to end your trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    firsttimediners
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    On the Marriot property and on the water front, we dined at night so no view for us. Service was great and the fish was delicious altho I've never paid 31.95 for a piece of fish before. It was our 25th wedding anniversary and when the waitress found that out we were given a hula pie with a candle gratis, and what a fantastic desert it was. We've only been to Kauai this once and Dukes was a nice special occasion restaurant, but very busy so reserve two or three days in advance.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gorgeous views
    gogirl1213VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The view here and exceptionally friendly service are worth the visit, but the food was nothing out of the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Salad Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We liked our experience enough to visit three times during our stay. The salad bar was great , very fresh & well stocked. The prime rib was excellent . Wraps were also very good for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • visit for birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We visited for my hubands birthday while staying on the island and we really enjoyed the food, service, and the awesome view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion Resturant
    Kaylin
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Opha was great with the Duke seasoning ( butter garlic). Salad Bar is very nice with made to order Caesar Salad
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous in so many ways
    HappyOnVacation
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were there for two birthdays in a group of two couples. The food was beyond fabulous! The salad bar was so yummy, loved everything but really loved the potato salad (mustardless). The coconut shrimp appetizer was scrumptious. Everyone's fresh fish choice was excellent! My daughter still craves the seared ahi........We travel to Kauai as often as we can but usually annually. We will return, because we will have to try everything on the menu of course. Aloha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great salad bar
    foodie101
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The view was excellent and the salad bar was very good. My wife had the pesto shrimp, scallops and fish which had way too much oil. I had the special fish which was very good. Since we were staying at the Marriotts next door, we had the complimentary Hula dessert which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious fish, great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had delicious fish, great view and fantastic atmosphere at Duke's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    LoveSeafood
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was a great place to go for a drink and to listen to the group that plays during happy hour. We also returned for dinner and it to was great. The views from both the bar and the restaurant were terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum yum
    heartfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Love Dukes it was amazing as always! I always have the mac nut opah its delicious one of my favorites on the island
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant in Kauai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was the first place we ever went to in Kauai and it remains our favorite for over a decade later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my husband's favorties!
    Jannie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always eat at Duke's at least once while we're in Kauai. There food and service is always consistently high. We were seated immediately for our 7:45 reservation in the location we requested. My husband loves the open air and architecture of the building and always comments, wouldn't it be nice to have a house like this. I made a special request of our server to have grilled fish with the tropical salsa that used to be on the menu. The kitchen accommodated that request with Mong Chong and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fresh fish
    havingagreattimeinkauaiVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We love the salad bar and fresh fish. Hevea never had a bad meal or service yet. Love the hula pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Might I recommend
    DidiglitzVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A little more (some) rum in their MaiTais. Food for tourists.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to standards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Duke's Kauai has slipped. Service just ok; waiter really full of himself. Food very poor; fish over cooked and dry. We have eaten at Duke's Huntington, Malibu and Kauai multiple times and this was the worst ever. Salad bar very nice; only available at Kauai.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location.
    Kepe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dukes is the most consistent restraruant on the island. Great food, great service, and fair prices keep visitors and locals coming back. I've never visited a place so many times without being underwhelmed at some point and that is hard to do.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Eat when on Kauai
    hapihonu54
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The original Duke's is a must visit/eat-at restaurant for any visitor to Kaua'i. Scenic view of Kalamaki/Lihue Bay. Great Mai-Tais. One of the best-tasting interpretations of Ahi I have enjoyed with spicy sear and sweet mustard sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stan
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a party of 5 of us siblings who were getting together as a mini-reunion. We had been there many times in the past. The ambience was great with a wonderful view of the beach. Their salad bar, which used to be a favorite was very bland in taste. I had the opah/moonfish, which I usually love. This time, the size of the portion was significantly smaller and not as good as I remembered it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The macadamia nut herb crusted fish was the best meal I ate while in kauai
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    HnemoonerKauai4life
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This place was great! Have a special diet and they were extremely accomadating! Food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Duke's is situated with an amazing view of Kalapaki beach which also creates a natural bay which is visually stunning. The food is very good with excellent fresh fish cooked well with several different seasoning options. My son had an excellent piece of prime rib cooked wonderfully. Bottom line is you simply cannot beat the location of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic
    Melishurls127
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went to the restaurant 2X on our trip. First time was awesome, second, we all ate fish and did not feel well the next day. Otherwise, food was delicious! Great salad bar, awesome appetizers!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for visiting Kauai!
    Seattle
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Super good food. The Ahi was so good we came back 3 days later to eat here again. My teenager loved the Mac nut and herb roasted fish. Hula pie was amazing! We have been vacationing in Kauai for the last 10 years and love Dukes. See you next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Duke's feeds you like a King
    ShopperNan
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I always enjoy eating here when we are on Kauai - salad bar is wonderful, as is just about everything on the menu. The service is truly in the Aloha spirit, and the prices are reasonable for the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • True Hawaiian
    flipfloplady
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Our visitors from the mainland enjoyed "Dukes" so much last week that they asked to return for their final night in Paradise. The View, the Food and the service all make for a truly Hawaiian experience to remember.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food and service was exceptional. Great selection of entrees to choose from. The daily fish catch was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Lihue dining
    Dinnerwith3
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dukes was delicious from their salad bar, delicious fresh fish and of course Hula Pie. Setting is gorgeous in Lihue and the service was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • on the water at Nawiliwili
    Rodakesq
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Duke's is a gem on Kauai. We ordered the fish tacos and the Korean style beef tacos and both were really tasty. Good size portions. Beachside table just a few steps from the water. A real pleasure, this place is a delight for tourists, with various Hawaiiana and lots of Duke's photos on the wall, an indoor waterfall makes a perfect backdrop for photos. Clean and friendly, we thought the vibe was a little different from the Duke's in Maui or Waikiki. But this is Kauai's south shore, a place even further away from city life. This is really a great place to eat. You cannot go wrong at Duke's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great beach front view
    IenjoyeatingoutVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    And reasonably priced. We enjoyed our meal and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite Kauai restaurant!
    dtabass
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My wife was given a Duke's Kauai gift certificate as a thank-you present, so we went there. Wow! Excellent service, beautiful location, good live music, great salad bar and menu items. We have a new favorite "nice restaurant" that will be part of our annual Kauai vacation trips from now on.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak was tough and over cooked.
    Mouse56
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I will not be returning to duke's in kauai. My meal was a huge disappointment. I had to send my steak back twice because it was very tough and not cooked medium well as I requested. I expected more from this restaurant. I've had better steaks from sizzler and longhorn grill for much less money. The hula pie was great, though!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kauai Special
    flipfloplady
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is our favorite place to take visitors. Food is always good, Servers are very friendly and they have the best Salad Bar in Kauai.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family dinner
    Shellerella6
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wonderful dinner and waiter. Amazing dessert! We had an ocean view and the ambiance was perfect. Very kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of my life!
    Pennyzmom
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We actually came here for lunch after getting off the plane. It was the best meal I have ever had. So good that we decided to skip another recommended restaurant and return for dinner on another day. Again, best ever! Wouldn't miss eating here for lunch or dinner. The food was amazing! Dinners include the salad bar which was amazing in itself. Everything was super yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Dissapoints!
    VC93003VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Can always count on Dukes for a great meal full if flavor. It's pricey, but generally worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time.
    Margo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We celebrated our 10th anniversary July 10 in Kauai. As always, beautiful scenery, fun location, right on the beach. We love Duke's no matter which beach we are visiting!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic