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Hukilau Lanai
Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://hukilaukauai.com/
  • Phone: (808) 822-0600
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ron Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Visit our website for information on our private dining space.
  • Entertainment: Tuesday-Sunday from 6-9pm enjoy live music in the bar and dining room.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Guest parking in the parking lot surrounding the Kauai Coast Resort.
A word from Hukilau Lanai
Beautiful views of the romantic torchlit landscaped grounds of the Kauai Coast Resort and the blue Pacific Ocean are yours at Hukilau Lanai. Hukilau Lanai has indoor and outdoor seating, Kauai Fresh Cuisine, a special wine list of "20 wines for $20-something", a full bar, seating in the bar as well as on the lanai with gentle tropical breezes. Hukilau is known for its fine food and service. Fresh Island produce, fish fresh from the Pacific and Hawaiian chocolate are signatures that define the menu along with old favorites. Everybody loves the Hukilau...Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our 3rd trip to Hukilau. We put in a request for an outside table. There was a 25 min wait after res. to get one but immediate seating inside. Outside is great while inside is noisy. The older woman seating us was rude and gruff. The younger ones were nice. We ordered two cocktails, an app and two entrees. Our waiter forgot the app and brought the entrees with still no drinks. We told him to forget about the app. He then turned the cold shoulder on us. He ignore us, and gave us the stink eye with no words spoken whenever he did come to the table. When he brought is the bill and credit card paperwork there was not even a thank you. But, food was very good. Just don't inadvertently upset your waiter. How dare you!! ; )"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing food. You have to try the poki nachos, it is not what you might expect. Not only were the waiter and the kitchen willing to go off-menu, they were very encouraging. The waiter was very knowledgable about the wine list and suggested an excellent pairing. This restarant clearly wants your eating experience to be memorable and pleasant. It is understandable why this resturant is consistsntly rated the best on the island."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We dined at Hukilau Lanai based on a word of mouth recommendation. The food was great, the atmosphere lovely, and overall a very pleasant dining experience. We look forward to going back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We tried the tasting menu (5 courses) with wine pairings. It was excellent! We started with gazpacho with pineapple/basil sorbet. Next came candied Ahi, then sauté sausage, and the catch of the day(swordfish). We topped it all off with creame brûlée. The portions were a perfect size so we came away comfortable, and not stuffed. All this great food and wine for only $40.00. I highly recommend it. It is only served starting from 5:00-5:45."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Expensive but you get what you pay for ! Every meal was excellent"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by the condo owner. We truly enjoyed our dining experience. We appreciated that they use local ingredients, and everything we had was delicious. We both chose salads for appetizers and were pleased with the variety and flavour of the vegetables and dressings. One of us had the turf and surf and the other had the mixed grill. We enjoyed both of the entrees. The fish was delicious. For dessert one had dragon fruit sorbet and the other had cream brûlée. The cream brûlée was the best! The wine selection was good, we had no trouble finding a wine to complement our dinner."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to try Hukilau Lanai for a fancy dinner on the last night of our honeymoon, and it did not disappoint. Our server was friendly and attentive, and it was refreshing to have the same person serve us most of our courses rather than a random runner. I started with the Minty Mo'o, which was a slightly more tropical take on a mojito and hands down one of the best cocktails I've ever had--minty and refreshing without being too sweet. The coffee-crusted ahi appetizer and the Ono were both perfectly prepared and just different enough to offer a unique combination of flavors without being too experimental. I only regret that we were too full to try one of the many tasty-sounding desserts."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The service here is outstanding and we have been welcomed more than 8 times in the past...tried the wine and food tastings and enjoyed every choice....great value as well....be back soon"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We come every time we are on island, and this place never disappoints. The 5 course tasting meal is wonderful and very well priced (but you have to go early). Ono and opah were fab. Desserts were awesome. Service very attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Even though it was raining, the food was good, nice ambiance, but what made it great was the service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The setting is beautiful. The food was very good especially the poke nachos. Definitely worth the drive"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "If you have an opportunity to be served by Andrew your experienced will be enhanced. He is a real professional."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We heard about this restaurant in Tasting Kauai and immediately made a reservation for the whole family (including 4 year old and 1 year old). The service was great and they were very intentional with the kids (plastic cups, coloring sheets). We sat outside with a great view of the pool and ocean and the food was phenomenal. The ahi poke nachos were very tasty, and the mixed grill with shrimp and blackened mahi mahi was amazing. Great taste and very reasonably priced for the amount of food and the location of the restaurant. We look forward to returning to Kauai and to Hukilau Lanai."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I wasn't sure when we walked into the restaurant as the décor is a little dated. However, we were seated at a spot with a beautiful view of the property and ocean and I didn't even notice the décor anymore. The food was amazing! The calamari appetizer was the best I've ever had. I had a seafood medley with 2 types of fresh fish, shrimp and scallops that tasted like butter. My husband said this was the best steak he's ever had. I highly recommend this hidden gem!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The calamari appetizer was about the best I have experienced, and so was the ahi tuna entree."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Simply a great dining experience. Excellent location, food, and service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food! Great service. Hard to find by Google maps since Aleke loop not marked off Kuhio hwy."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Our group all ordered different fish on the menu and all of it was FANTASTIC! Our service was prompt and friendly. This is a definite must for dining on Kauai!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Prices very reasonable ans service excellent."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Wonderful service from the moment we were greeted by the Hostess to the service by our Server. We were fortunate to be seated on the covered Lanai. Our server was friendly and informative about the menu options. The "Tasting Menu" with wine for $40 /$28 without wine was delicious and a good value."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Hukilau has consistently been a great dining experience. The food is always excellent, quality of ingredients, preparation, presentation, just everything perfect - no matter whether you pick fish, meat or vegetarian dish. I recommend this place to everyone who is looking for a great dinner!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food is kind of salty. But I noticed food at a lot of restaurants in Kaua'i are salty. Their tenderloin is very tender and is delicious but the sauce is super salty! I love the combination grilled plate, the waloo fish is so buttery that melts in your mouth. Mushroom tart was salty, lobster wonton is good with their sauce and calamari is ok. They have cheap wines though for $20 something. Which is a great deal! Their cocktail are very strong so if you want to get drunk you can have several of them. The funny thing is this guy came and ask if we need chopsticks. I think it's because we're Asian. We didn't have any dessert because it took too long to get our waiters attention and we had to get back to our kids. Nice experience overall."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We come every trip and enjoy their salad appetizers and deserts. The meals are about $30 and okay but their appetizers are $10 and so Ono. Our favorite is their Wally salad. And end it with their Illikoi pie or chocolate dessert. The service is always great!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The best food I've ever had. You can taste the love these people have for the food. They respect it and treat it kindly, making everyhting from scratch. Staff very kind and respectful, they make you feel like a very soecial guest. We had a great experience here. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves real food, and wants to experience something different. Prices are a littke higher than other places but it's worth every penny when you compare to other places where a plate is 20 bucks and they give you reheated and microwaved food, that was prepared a month or more in advance and kept frozen. This is real food that tastes real amazing! Will definitelly go back any chance I get."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Seated at a pleasant semi-outdoor table. Service was courteous and efficient with enough check-ins for everything we might need. Cuisine was tasty and well balanced in texture and flavor. Have always had a good experience at Hukilau Lanai."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Appetizers and dessert were good, as was one of the two entrees. The opah on pasta was a little overcooked and while the pasta was very tasty the fish was bland. service was good, attentive waitress, but the mood was brought down by people pushing supply carts up and down the main aisle."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I give this 5 stars because it is very good or better in all categories while still being very reasonable. We have gone here every year for the last 5 years. The seafood is always great. We typically get the mixed grill selection. Don't miss the lobster and goat cheese wonton and leave room for dessert. Everything is local and fresh. Lots of wine choices for under $30. Sit on the lanai and enjoy the view."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had some relatives come into town. Took them to our favorite restaurant, The Hukilau. We have never been disappointed with the food or service here. Chef Ron rocks!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My husband and I had our anniversary dinner here. We got to sit out on the lanai which was wonderful. Also wonderful was the food and service."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We were vacations on Kauai from Tacoma WA and were planning a special dinner for my birthday. We were looking at 3 different restaurants and we asked multiple locales where they would go for a special occasion. Everyone of them said they would go to Hukilau. Everything lived up to everyone's recommendations. I had the steak crown royale, which was one of the best meals I've ever had. Thank you for making our dinner so special from beginning to end."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The opah and ono dishes were fantastic. Our waiter was awesome and even took one of our favorite pics of us together of the entire trip. the traditional slack key music played from the bar was the perfect background music for our romantic evening."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had dinner at this restaurant and really enjoyed it. There is a small view of the ocean. The food is very good, although I felt the salad was over dressed, and the presentation could have been more creative. One of the grilled fish on the menu came out cajun style, which was not mentioned anywhere on the menu. I didn't come to Hawaii to have cajun style food. The service was outstanding without being overly done."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great calamari, clams, Ono and great service. Felt like we were a preferred client of the restaurant! Definitely a kid friendly restaurant that caters to the adults as well. A great menu selection at great prices. A cool neighbourhood oceanfront dining restaurant."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Every time we return to Kauai, Hukilau Lanai is a mandatory end of trip dinner for our family. We splurged slightly. Typically get the Fixe Prix (what's new). This time we piled on the extra appetizers and soup (calamari - PHENOMENAL!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!! + crab/goat cheese won tons (delish). My husband & I agreed absolutely the best, most incredibly tender calamari we have ever had (our large family is calamari aficionados). Then the lobster (?) curry bisque - Went To Heaven. My son had the molten chocolate cake, and would have literally licked the plate clean. Had lunch next day with all the food. Wish we had another week there so we could do it all again, but get all appetizers + bisque soup + molten choc (for son) dinner. Next trip!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I made a reservation at Hukilau on the advice of a friend who has been there many times. It was our first trip to Kauai and we were celebrating my wife's birthday. It turned out to be a highlight of our trip. The food was outstanding and the service was both friendly and very attentive. Our table was located right next to the garden area and it was simply beautiful. If and when we return to Kauai, the Hukilau Lanai will be at the top of our list. Thanks for a very memorable experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I live on island,and yet, had never been to the Hukilau Lanai. It met all my expectations...the staff is A+ and the food also. Returns are in my future......"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful food, friendly servers, and great selections."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dining at the Huklilau Lanai was a pleasure. The restaurant is set back form the ocean in the Kauai Coastal Resort, somewhat of an unexpected destination for fine dining on first glance. The restaurant seating is aligned along two Lanais, an upper and a lower which is at ground level. They begin dinner service at 5:00PM which includes a tasting menu from 5-5:45. The lower Lanai fills up with early diners during this period, so if that is your desired location and you wish to dine later, 6:15-6:30 is probably a good bet. With regard to the food and the overall experience, it really does not matter. Our server was Jamie and she was excellent, just the right amount of attention. The food was simply delicious. Pork Tenderloin with Marsala: WOW!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We loved our meal at the Hukilau Lanai. The food was fresh tasting. We both had the fish entrees and they were excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great food at reasonable prices. When making our reservation we let the restaurant know that we had four vegetarians in our party. When we arrived the waiter acknowledge that we had vegetarians in the group and gave us suggestions from the chef. Everyone was happy and the food was fantastic. As for us non-vegetarians, we had some incredible fish dishes! Everything in Hawaii is priced a little higher, but this restaurant had reasonable prices for great tasting food."
    Dined on 7/16/2014