Duke's Kauai
Duke's Kauai

Duke's Kauai

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Duke's Kauai reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (97)great for outdoor dining (78)special occasion (54)romantic (40)good for groups (40)fit for foodies (29)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (22)neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (15)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (5)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Awesome
    Awesome
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Wait staff is always so great. If you are lucky enough to have Claudia, Josh or jeff, John , you will feel like Ohana. Great salad bar, would be so missed if discontinued. Best salad bar on the island. Fish always fresh. A great location, staff, and menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night at Duke's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We stayed at the Marriott Kauai and had dinner at Duke's on November 16th. The fish was fresh and very well prepared. The hula pie was huge and delicious. The drink options were fun and the salad bar was varied and fresh. The only thing that I did not really like was our server. He kept trying to upsell us. The more expensive mai tai, the more expensive pinot noir, add a side of coconut shrimp, dessert, when we mentioned we were pretty full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Poms
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Duke's is a very large restaurant in the rear of the Mariott hotel. It has a nice island feel and, the night we were there was surprisingly quiet for the size of the crowd. The appetizers sounded good, but with the very nice looking salad bar to start, we passed. Salad bar, haven't seen one in years, was very fresh and tasty. The disappointment was the main dishes. My sister had the tastiest one, which was a very nice fish sautéed with Mac nuts. Mine was the "Duke's Style" which tasted bland. My wife had the Plancha Grilled Mahi. A nice piece of fish, but was totally over-whelmed by the Romesco sauce. We split a very large coffee hula pie - plenty for 3 or 4. Service was lame at best. For the money, we thought there are a lot of much better choices around.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd visit
    Yohanne
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    As always the view was spectacular as was the meal. If you don't have a big appetite, get the salad bar. It's a meal on its own
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great salad bar
    Esalita
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We love Dukes, we go every time we visit Kauai. The salad bar is always fresh and plentiful! The Caesar salad is so amazing. Two of us enjoyed macadamia nut crushed monchong which was fresh and tasty. One of our group had the seafood pesto pasta, it was tasty but quite a heavy dish and had almost 1/4 oil on the bottom of the serving bowl! We filled up so much on salad bar items that we did not have room for desert. We have always had excellent service, for some reason the night we went the waiter just didn't seem to be interested in his job, not sure if it's because we weren't buying alcoholic drinks or maybe he was just having an off day, typically we have always had excellent service and still saw many regulars working there, and that's a good sign! We'll be back next year for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Cheryl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Duke’s is a big restaurant with lots of tables, on a walking path adjacent to the Lihue Marriott, a very high end hotel. The valet parking and indoor Koi pond are nice touches. The staff was great. They were sweet and personable. The food is nothing to write home about. My stepdaughter’s Thai chicken rolls were inedible. They were soggy and gross tasting. My tomato soup was good but not fantastic. The salad bar is fresh and ample but not stellar. My husband’s Opah (fish) was quite good but for the price, it should be. The room temperature of the dining area was sweltering, despite the open windows and trade winds. The heat in the ladies room almost made me pass out. We won’t be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view
    KauaiVisitors
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Duke's Kauai is located on Kalapaki beach on Kauai's southeast side. They have free valet parking which is great because self parking is limited. The view out over Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Harbor is spectacular, particularly if you are lucky enough to be there for sunset. The service and food are always outstanding. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Kauai and we have never been disappointed. They have the largest salad bar on the island and their seafood is always cooked to perfection. (They also have many entrée choices for non-seafood lovers.) If you visit Kauai, make sure to include Duke's as a dining destination. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeat customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Went several times and was happy every time. Great drinks too
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Brunomark
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We went with no expectations and wow what a fantastic experience. The Mai Tai made with local rums was oh so good. We had the best prime rib we've had in many years. They had a desert called Hulla Pie that was shared and truly appreciated as a chocolate lover. We have suggested Dukes to several people and also to the Open Table readers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location, Terrible Food
    1inCAtoLA
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is definitely subpar here. Go to little local hole in the walls and have good food.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A favorite spot for our ohana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We visited Duke's twice during this visit to Kauai. The view is fabulous. We requested Josh to wait on us, he's a great young man and very knowledgeable and personable. We'll be back next visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandi C
    Sandi
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We have been coming to Kauai for 15 years. We go to Dukes as soon as we get here. The service and fresh fish are always outstanding. Their high standards never vary. It's always a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duke's Canoe Club
    DyningOut
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Good food in a beautiful setting overlooking Kalapaki Bay and the beach. Connected to the Marriott Hotel and you can park there, use Duke's valet, or park in the public lot down the hill and cross the footbridge to the restaurant. The valet and public lot entrances are easy to miss while driving, and GPS will lead you to the Marriott, so that may be your best bet, as there's lots of parking available there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kauai 2014
    ATNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Thought the food was just average. And place a bit touristy. Our waiter was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome and close to the hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great view. Great food. Great service. Short walk from the Marriott resort. It is actually on the resort grounds. Will go again tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service
    rotty
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Made reservations online, for 8 pm, and got a table at 8:20, not all that bad for a busy rest.. Food was perfect, the server, Kevin was a real treat, great sense of humour, showed up when needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal !
    EllenJ
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Your restaurant was highly recommended & we are glad we took the advice. Everything was excellent from seating to food to service. We will also recommend Duke's to family & friends who may visit Kauai in the future. Thanks for the wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island ambience, urban service
    LoveToDineOut
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The atmosphere is romantic, the kind of ambience you would expect from Kauai, lush, comfortable. We had two different fish dishes. Both were prepared expertly. The plate looked good, the fish was moist with nice butter/lemon seasoning. I would definitely return. The dining room looks out over Kalapaki Beach. We were lucky to get a table with a great view of the bay, the shore, surfers, torch lights. The service was impeccable, from the hostess to the servers. We could not have asked for better service. We noticed that our server was also great with young children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amy's birthday trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Staff was warm and attentive server knew menu well , made greT recomendations food was very fresh and delicious
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Love Duke's!
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A must go restaurant on the Island! Duke's Rocks he ambience, food and service every time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just dessert
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Hula Pie is amazing! We did not do dinner there that night, though it appeared and smelled wonderful. They had healthier side options, which was very appealing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High bar met!
    Vondy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A friend recommended (read: raved) Duke's to us and he hadn't been in almost 8 years. My new wife and I were skeptical so we didn't go there until dinner two nights before leaving Kaua'i. What a mistake! It was so delicious and the waiter so terrific (Hunter) that we went the next day for lunch AND dinner before leaving the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Duke's Kauai....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great Prime Rib and Salad Bar! Close to the airport. Great spot for last dinner before going home. Good food and service. Staff is very friendly. Salad bar included with entrees is a good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Kauai tradition
    Guch
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great place to visit whenever in Hawaii. There are steaks, seafood, salad bar.....etc. great food, open on the beach with the sound of the ocean in the background.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great island fish
    shinyhappyislandgrl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A visiting friend wanted some good island fish...I asked around and several islanders said Duke's was the place to go. They were right. She loved her dinner. I hadn't been in years and was happy to see that they have improved the salad bar since my last visit. It was great watching the sunset over Kalapaki. The only weird thing was I noticed the floors were plywood?? (We ate outside/upstairs.) I hope they are in the middle of some type of floor improvement or something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Middle of the road
    abusse
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We found Dukes to be good. Not awesome and not bad. The food was good and the service was good. They have a salad bar that is included with most mains, so it is ok that the entrees don't come with veggies. For what you get, it may be a touch overpriced. But, we are in Hawaii, and things here are pretty spendy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View!
    ERubio
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to dinner upstairs one night and the Barefoot Bar downstairs the next afternoon. Dinner was nice and the service was very friendly. We went to the Barefoot Bar the next afternoon, on a Sunday, and enjoyed some great music with ono grinds! We will definitely go back the next time we staycation in Kauai!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, good service
    pokey
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had dinner with friends. Menu looked familiar, and learned it's sister restaurant is Keoki's; wish Keoki's had a salad bar too (it's closer to my home). Wait staff was good, paid attention but didn't make me feel claustrophobic. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over rated!
    KauaiLover
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went and just had the salad bar, which was great!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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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  • 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
    Spacewick
    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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate