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Duke's Kauai
Duke's Kauai

Duke's Kauai Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dukeskauai.com/
  • Phone: (808) 246-9599
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "A little more (some) rum in their MaiTais. Food for tourists."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The macadamia nut herb crusted fish was the best meal I ate while in kauai"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This place was great! Have a special diet and they were extremely accomadating! Food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food and service was exceptional. Great selection of entrees to choose from. The daily fish catch was superb."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "And reasonably priced. We enjoyed our meal and dining experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner and waiter. Amazing dessert! We had an ocean view and the ambiance was perfect. Very kid friendly."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Can always count on Dukes for a great meal full if flavor. It's pricey, but generally worth it."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My husband and I came here on our honeymoon and were recommended to order the fresh catch of the day - Monchong by our wonderful waitress. We had never heard of it before but we both decided to order it, one with spicy flavor and the other with a lemon butter garlic flavor and they were both so delicious! The best fish we ever had!!! We both eat gluten free so sometimes it is difficult for restaurants to accommodate to us but Duke's was really amazing!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We specifically came to Kauai and specifically came to Dukes for a special occasion. We were treated like royalty and the food was heavenly. My friend even commented that it was the best maintain that she has ever had. Will ALWAYS come back and will always recommend. Brook was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went to Duke's when I was younger on Oahu. Brought my wife to Kauai for our honeymoon and we really enjoyed the dinner. The view is spectacular. The Hula Pie was just as good as when I was a kid. Claudia was amazing energetic and very knowledgeable. The legend of Duke Kahanamoku lives on."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was amazing a day the service was great! Loved the salad bar. You MUST try Hula Pie or you can't say you have been to Duke's. But make sure you bring a few friends to help you eat it! 1 piece easily served 5 of us after all we had for dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If it's the barefoot bar or the upstairs dining room it's great food and great service. I bring almost every one the comes to visit me to Dukes right off the plane. It's a great spot to let the take in the island feel."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Awesome restaurant. A must visit for anyone's first time to Kauai. The fresh fish was very delicious. The Pina drink was quite tasty and I loved that it came in a pineapple. We got a great table right on the balcony, next to the beach, and had a spectacular view. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We ha three of the fish specials: Monchong Duke's style, Macadamia Nut Crusted Ono, Firecracker Mahi? The beef & chicken skewer was great too! Salad bar is always a treat! So hard to save room for the hula pie but make sure you have this for dessert! Thanks for an awesome meal!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "was diappointed that we did not get the waiter we requested, saw him working but didn't want to make a fuss about it. We look forward to Jon Being our server, he is always awesome and pays special attention to my children. joshua was ok, but he was not Jon. He did seem overly busy. although he forgot our ketchup, he made it up by pouring it onto the childrens plates. It would be nice of the manager to greet each table, as he just stared at our. A friendly "hello" won't hurt. Food was good, salad bar was nice. Walk way seemed a little cluttered."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I got a massive steak at this place. Super great. Lots of sea food here and other great food as well. A bit on the pricey side though."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Salad bar was like anything you'd find mainland. Our waiter was hilarious and attentive, but I swear they must have had to chase and kill a chicken... It took so long for everything!! 2 hours is far too long for a mediocre dinner. Great open air dining. Also, the property is so large. The walk was extremely long with no short cuts."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This was our second time at Duke's on Kauai. We liked it 6 years ago and wanted to go back and was not disappointed. It has a nice variety of menu items that caters to kids as well but has some great seafood dishes and of course Hula Pie for dessert that should not be missed. They have a bread and salad bar that was simply excellent and greatly added to the meal. Our server was fantastic. Very attentive and pleasant. The view of the ocean is great here too. Don't miss this spot on your trip to Kauai."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Ate here on the last day of our vacation since it was close to the airport. Food is very good and had decent portions for the price compared to most restaurants on the island. Fish was fresh and all included salad bar which was also very good. Must try the Hula Pie for desert."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had really good service at Duke's in Kauai! We had a great table over looking the water, resort and then sunseting. Our waiter Justin was on point. Went over the specials in Detail and was on top of his service! I would recommend Kauai Duke's and ask for Justin :)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've gone to Duke's a few times over the years. It's been our go-to place for celebrating a trip to Kauai. When the weather is beautiful you just can't beat the view of the bay and watching the changing light. This visit we'd have to say that the food was not so special. The prime rib that two of us got (one by accident; our server got the order wrong) was overcooked and a bit mealy. The sirloin was a little chewy, but flavorful. The tuna was also a bit mealy in texture, although the flavor of the seven spice sauce was great. The appetizers, cocoanut prawns and spareribs, were delicious. We'll consider going again, but we'll probably stick to ordering the salad bar and some appetizers."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed Duke's, but felt it was over-priced. We went for the salad bar. It was fine--nothing too exciting, though (which we kind of wanted for $17). We ordered one entree to split. Two small skewers was over $20. They were delicious, but not worth the cost. Service was WONDERFUL and a highlight of the evening. All staff were friendly, efficient, and helpful. We did splurge for the La Pinas...expensive, but fun, tasty, and "touristy"! All in all, we would probably not go back...it had too much of a resort feel and the price was just a bit too much. We'd prefer a fine dining spot or a good local Kauai place."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Salad bar was excellent as was my husband's steak, but chicken had little taste. For the price, almost $100 for 2, food should have been excellent all around."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My favorite dinner during our stay in Kauai! Great service, wonderful view and the food was delicious! My husbands steak was a little overdone yet still mouthwatering!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014