Gaylord's at Kilohana
Gaylord's at Kilohana

Gaylord's at Kilohana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gaylordskauai.com/
  • Phone: 8082459593
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:00am-2:30pm
    Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Pan-Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef:
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are Kauai's premier full-service catering experts. From intimate dinners to full-service event catering at your location, Gaylord's at Kilohana is equipped and staffed to make your event an unforgettable experience.
  • Entertainment: Gaylord's features rotating Hawaiian musicians & entertainment several nights a week. Kilohana Plantation, home to Gaylord's, offers diners additional entertainment and activities to enjoy during their visit: Ride the Plantation Railway through our sustainable farms, learn about rum making and taste the award-winning rum at Koloa Rum Co., or shop in the artisan shops scattered around the property and plantation home. Luau Kalamaku is Kauai's premeir luau and runs every Tuesday & Friday evening.
  • Special Events: Kilohana Plantation offers one of the most beautiful and dramatic settings for your special event. Featuring Gaylord's acclaimed food, we are able to create events for 20 guests to "the sky's the limit." From our private courtyard to our manicured lawns to our rustic pastures, we are able to customize the party, wedding or event of your dreams.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nuhou
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking adjacent to the mansion.
A word from Gaylord's at Kilohana
Gaylord's offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails.
Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi Poke, Seafood Spring Rolls and Organic Salads; Local Seafood, Meat and Vegetarian Entrees; and Banana Cream Pie for Dessert!
After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the rum shop or take a ride on the plantation train. Join us at Gaylord's to enjoy the best of what Kauai has to offer in island food and experience. Call for reservations and details on weekly entertainment.
Memorable by day…Unforgettable by Night.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Gaylord's at Kilohana reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (94)romantic (83)special occasion (72)scenic view (51)fit for foodies (43)great for brunch (32)great for lunch (28)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (22)notable wine list (16)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Old time plantation elegance
    LeeBeezFaves
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dining at Gaylord's is a step back to the elegant days of Territorial Hawaii. The Old Plantation atmosphere brings to mind a more leisurely era. Excellent menu, wines and service are to be expected. The soft strains of slack key guitars and gentle voices complete a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • havingagreattimeinkauai
    havingagreattimeinkauai
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    great meal with great service. I loved the funnel bread pudding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gaylord's is slipping
    major
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I have made it a mission to have the Sunday Brunch every time we come to the island. This is our sixth visit since 2006. Each time, the food has gotten worse and the price has gotten higher, to the point we won't go back. This time, they offered a "Prime Rib" as an a la carte choice as part of the brunch. What we were served was not Prime Rib. We got an overcooked, tough piece of cheap sirloin. To add insult to injury, the bread pudding, which used to be my wife's favorite, is now just a hard, dried out chunk of yuck. It used to be moist and delicious, with a container of vanilla sauce next to it for added flavor. To us, at least, a total waste of our hard earned money
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Place for Brunch
    DateNight
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very good food - we had reservations at 11 so we got the live music and it was worth making reservations for
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful setting!
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always eat there the night we take our late night flight to leave Kaui! Lovely venue. Excellent food. Aloha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Concerned
    Jaortega09
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was meant to be a special Dinner for my Girlfriend. I wrote a note about it. No one at any time came over to acknowledge us or the moment. That was the whole purpose of the occasion to begin with. Pretty disappointed. If u are able to write notes about the occasion then the restaurant should at least take the time to read it.
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  • Great place to dine
    texastraveler
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our best meal while visiting Kauai was at Gaylord's. This is our four or five visit. Never disappoints
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great option for pre flight dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Was looking for a place to eat before our 930 flight that would be a nice final dinner on the island, and Gaylord's did not disappoint. Good food, beautiful setting, and very close to airport!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best meal on the island!
    JeanneO
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sunday brunch at Gaylord's should not be missed. Unique, upscale buffet PLUS a choice of 3 additional entrees. Our choices included seared ahi eggs Benedict & prime rib sandwich. The best buffet items included garlic fried rice, rum bread pudding, char-grilled hamburger patties for loco moco, 3-cheese scrambled eggs, fresh house-made doughnuts, french toast with coconut syrup. Also fruit, salad, charcuterie, bagels & lox, etc. Top-notch service, bottomless mimosas, and make-your-own bloody Mary bar.
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    Garcia4
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We first found Gaylord's in 2000 when looking for a special place to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday and it was the perfect find. It still is our favorite "special occasion" destination every time we are in Kauai. Food is delicious, service is so attentive and caring and ambiance is perfect. There is outdoor seating around a pretty courtyard with fresh flowers on the tables and live,music that's very pleasing to the ear! Gaylord's is always a highlight of our time on Kauai!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Sunday brunch
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent Sunday brunch. The food was delicious. For a brunch in Hawaii, there wasn't a lot of fish, but still everything was delicious. It is very well priced too -- a great value with a wonderful location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    tjpdx54
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My family enjoyed our dinning experience - the food was excellent and the service was wonderful. We enjoyed the two gentlemen that provided Hawaiian music throughout our dinner. We had a group of seven for dinner. The prime rib was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gaylord's was great.
    Jack
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was an Open Table "find". Queried for restaurants in Lihui and about four came up. Probably the best seared Ahi EVER and mahi mahi was also outstanding. Lovely setting. Recommend highly. When we come back to Kauai will make a point to revisit. Shops all wonderful too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant.
    Lovekauai
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went here for anniversary dinner. Food, views, plantation house were awesome. Will definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty location
    IenjoyeatingoutVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This restaurant is pretty, the service and ambviance were good, but overall the food was average. I ordered the caprese salad which was tasty, and the steak which was fatty with a large amount of grizzle. My son had the scallops and my husband the ribs and both thought their meals were good but not great. We had higher expectations based on the ratings and the expensive price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch on Kaua'i
    willschills
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is the third time we've had Sunday brunch at Gaylord's and each time it just gets better. We were seated at the garden end of the breezeway and there was an excellent ukelele player there along with his daughter, who performed some lovely hula dances to some of the songs. You get a main course, then there are many good dishes served buffet style, plus unlimited juice and coffee. It's located at the Kilohana Plantation, the former residence of one of Kaua'i's last sugar barons. Beautiful house and grounds, with a few shops as well. A lovely spot to end a vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Train & Dinner
    RRRomeroVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We did the Train and dinner special. It was great for the family. Food was very good and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance
    Martini
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We went to this restaurant to celebrate my wife 50th birthday. We had a great table with a view of the gardens. Food was great as well as the service. After dinner we went to yhe loung where a pianist was playing movies songs. Great souvenirs.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic, Vintage Kauai
    CentralCalFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I really loved this restaurant. Setting is an historic sugar plantation that is completely restored. My entire family enjoyed strolling the grounds.The food had fabulous flavors and lovely presentation. I had the seared ahi in a mustard sauce. I eat ahi fairly often, but this preparation is the best I have had. My son and daughter in law loved the fried chicken and corn waffle with a bourbon syrup. Better than Roscoes! Our waiter, Jeff, was charming, informative and attentive. He made sure to lower a screen when the sun hit our eyes. He also explained a lot about the history of Kauai plantations when we asked. The entire experience was so perfect....Vintage Kauai for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try on Kauai
    Weluv2eatout
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had a very nice dinner here. The restaurant is set up in a type of horseshoe with a nice courtyard in the center. Dinner and service were really good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time at Gaylords
    luvfood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I went here with a girlfriend 3 yrs ago and vowed to take my future significant other here, which I was able to do last week. I was afraid the experience wouldn't be as awesome, but thankfully it was! The service was impeccable. We were also sat at the very end of the patio, almost on the grass-very romantic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful plantation house
    Katy44921VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I ate at Gaylord's last summer & it was good! It's in a beautiful historic plantation house & after taking the train ride around the grounds earlier & learning all about the food & herbs that are grown on the property we wanted to try it. It was fine so we wanted to go back this year. Disappointingly there wasn't anything on the menu that was grown there (maybe some herbs) or even locally sourced on the island. My steak was gristly & salty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tour bus crowds & quiet dinner-nope
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We booked our 15th anniversary meal at Gaylords after hearing it was one of the best romantic "special occasion" dinners on Kauai. Much to our horror, several tour buses arrived at the same time, carrying hundreds of people. Even though the tour crowd was ushered off to the luau (which was close to the "romantic dinner" area), the audience yelled, and drums and conch horns were continuous. The food was mixed: Ahi Poke was outstanding, and the Ono (that night's special) was horrid (overcooked and the sauce tasted canned). Service was attentive - overly attentive - and rushed. Plus, there was no mention that it was our anniversary, despite sending a note to the restaurant when we booked that it was a special night. We will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we were ignored for quite sometime
    Gwail
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    the water was poured and then we waited.... we finally had a waiter come to the table. food was good, fish a little dry, arrived quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kauai Visitor
    Adamant1
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The Mai Tai, the grounds, and the shops were great. The food was just OK and much too salty. The servers seemed very amateurish.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    KGM69QVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Every time we go to Kaui we go to Gaylord's. The food is always good, sitting in the garden is very pleasant and the prices very reasonable for Hawaii. If you are visiting Kaui and want a nice meal away from the overpriced tourist places go to Gaylord's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Always come to Gaylord's when visiting Kauai for sentimental reasons. It's a must stop for great food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Nikki
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We have been here many times. The food is very nice and tasty. They have a good variety and lots of creativity. The desserts are great be sure to save room. The chocolate and strawberry tart was amazing. The coconut cream pie is excellent. The service was not very good. We waited an hour before we got any bread and we had to ask for it. The waiter was not very attentive to us or our needs. We had a party of eight and was a bit disappointed in that department.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service1st
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Always a favorite! Something special for me and I am never disappointed. Banana pie is the best!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thought this was for lunch
    Vivi
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I thought I made my reservation for lunch. Brunch was just so so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    lovinghawaii
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was good and the ambiance was nice but the service could not have been worse. We were ignored by the server for at least 30 minutes. When we ordered, she apparently forgot to put our order in and we sat for another hour. It's a nice place and all but not worth sitting around for two hours for brunch. Lots of kids running around also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Overrated
    DisappointedDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I'd heard a lot about Gaylord's and perhaps I expected too much. We went on Father's Day and had the brunch. The brunch was well stocked, but for the price per plate, I expected more higher end choices - Been to lower priced brunches that contained same choices. Also our waitress' attentiveness and friendliness was lacking. I also dislike restaurants that add automatic gratuity. We typically tip 20% and we had a party of 7 and we were automatically charged 18% so I guess it is their loss - we did not go above the 18% due to the poor service from our waitress.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and wonderful atmosphere
    Kmajor
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and Father's Day for brunch and were very pleased with the brunch choices and quality. The atmosphere is very lovely and comfortable. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Beautiful location with great food. The outdoor setting in an old plantation is very unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    snakeyes
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Mahi mahi very good ribeye not the best I ever had. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    John
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We have been coming to Kauai for years, and this was our first time visiting Gaylord's. We did not know what to expect and were greatly surprised with how nice everything was. The food was tremendous and reasonably priced for such a nice restaurant. Afterward we spent time in the lounge and listened to a great piano player Hank. This was a very special night for us and we couldn't have been happier. Will be going back here every year from now on
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing service
    5starVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We make Gaylord's a special dinner each time we visit Kauai. The bar was busy and service good, however, the waiter who served us was terrible. We ordered an appetizer and main course. After 30 minutes, we asked another server to check on our order. The waiter returned to tell us he forgot to put our order in. The crab dip was tasty and my mahi mahi very good. My husband did not like the prime rib he ordered. Dessert of coconut-banana creme pie had little flavor. The best thing about our visit was the wonderful Hawaiian music to listen to during the meal. The guy who sang was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for what you get.
    Margot
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food wasn't good. For the price should have been much much better. Spring rolls seemed 100% cabbage and had off putting flavor. Cioppino had the 2 smallest calamari pieces ever seen and the blue crab was supposedly shredded & in the sauce (this not noted on menu). Couldn't be tasted. Also little gnats hovered around all night and landed on water glass and on plates.
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  • Favorite kauai Dining
    GaylordLover
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Discovered Gaylords's our first trip to Kauai and it is a must every time we come. Always lives up to expectations. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    SnowyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    After having several meals at beach-front establishments (all excellent!!) we 'took a chance' on Gaylords seeing how it is situated somewhat inland. The 'chance' we took was well worth it. The whole experience was excellent from being able to overhear the nearby Luau, to the short Kaua'i rain shower, to the Spring Roll appetizer to the perfectly prepared and so delicious seared Ahi and seafood pasta. The only reason we didn't go back is that we ran out of time! Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.