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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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had a 4:45 dinner reservation, as we were flying to the mainland that night and wanted to celebrate V day before we left. The food, service and atmosphere were all very good, despite a very busy and rainy evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "A trip to Hawaii is not complete without visiting one of the Duke's locations. The seasonal fish is stunningly prepared and the side dishes are great supporting characters. One of our visits here happened to fall on "Taco Tuesday" so we ate at the Barefoot Bar. The fish tacos were outstanding as were the kahlua pork nachos. The waitstaff is the best in Hawaii - attentive, knowledgeable, always going out of their way to ensure a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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
  • "Had a table by the railing and watched boats, surfers, and paddleboarders, then after sunset enjoyed the tiki torches lit along the pristine walkway, couples and families strolling by, and the scenic night sky. The fish was very fresh and tasty and the salad bar offerings even better than expected. Waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and seemed very experienced. Very romantic setting as it was relatively quiet upstairs and the tables had enough room between them for private conversations. Families with kids had room enough for the kids to move around their tables without bumping others. We checked out the bar downstairs after our meal and found it lively and lushly decorated. Like and indoor/outdoor paradise garden. Pricy but worth it"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent service and atmosphere. We came here last time we were in Kauai and had the macadamia crusted Opah and 2 years later, back in town we had to have it again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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
  • "This is one of my favorite places of all time! The fish is exquisite and the salad bar is the best ever! ♥♥♥"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This resturant has it all. Thee ambiance is second to none, the service is exceptional and the food outstanding. The best ever!!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food is pretty good with generous portions. Most entrees come with access to the salad bar, so make sure you try their rolls! Convenient location if you have a late night flight out. Ask for a table on their outdoor veranda/patio for beautiful water views. I'd recommend it. Make reservations ahead as they get pretty busy!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We had a great waitress (unfortunately don't know her name) who was very friendly and helpful. Food was good as always."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love this place. We get here early to enjoy the view and sunset ( although at this location the sun is behind you but the light on the cliffs are beautiful) service was friendly and pleasant. I love the live music- it makes it a sure bet for a relaxing yet fun vibe"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food great view worth the prices. A fun place to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "After that anything will taste very good. The location on the second floor with the ocean and NO WINDOWS will set you up for a great evening. The salad bar is BIG so don't eat too much there and save room for the meal. Hula pie is big enough for 4. When in Lihue....you need to do Duke's"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Too many babies and they were screamers. Ruined the ambiance. Food and service were wonderful. They should.put families in same area/sitting ."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "You must when in Kauai! Wonderful fish dishes and steaks, lovely salad bar, and share the hula pie, even if there are 3-4 of you,"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Duke's is a a delicious restaurant! There's an endless salad bar, variety of fish, and the hula pie is the perfect way to end the meal! Just make sure to get a reservation! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've been to Duke's a couple of dozen times over more than 15 years and the quality has never wavered. It is one of the island's best restaurants: Great food, great salad bar, great harbor view, great service. The only weak link is the wine selection: It's good for the average wine drinker but weak for the knowledgeable wine enthusiast."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "As our group dispersed back to the mainland six of us remained. We wanted to have a great place to say our goodbyes before the next couple left to return to reality, Dukes was perfect for this. Live music, wonderful view of the beach and bay, and exquisite food. We could not have been more pleased."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our server was very good. The food however......the salad bar is sad. One of the weakest selections of items I've seen at a "good" restaurant. The person who wrote there's gluten free bread...no. Two severs told us there has never been any. Ever. The fish was just ok. Nothing special. If not for a nice server, it would have been really sad. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We absolutely love this friendly and social restaurant! The wait staff is awesome, salad bar super fresh and food consistently delicious! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My husband and I have been to Duke's Kauai for the last seven years on our vacation. It has always been a place that we know we will have great food, great view, and great service. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The best place for salad on Kauai. The vegetables were fresh. The entrées were really flavorful. It was pouring rain when we went but we did not feel a drop. A must see on your trip."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great service, we are from Europe and don't like to be herded through our dining experience. Our server Dante was amazing, best dining experience on the island. Portion sizes were perfect, I wish we would have eaten there sooner. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Took the family out for our last meal in Kauai b4 having to go home and it was AWESOME! Try any of the seafood dishes and be amazed at how good it is! Service was spot-on, and we had a great view of the bay. Duke's was the perfect finale to our Hawaii vacation!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014