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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food here is incredible. It is all so fresh and all local. The fish is amazing, the sweet potato raviolis are to die for, the swiss chard tart is great, and everything else is unbelievable. This is the best restaurant on the island, has great options for everybody including vegetarians, and dining here is a must.Do not miss it!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We always enjoy going to the Hukilau Lanai. It is one of our favorite restaurants to bring our out of town guests to."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The best meal we had on the island. The service sport on and live music was great"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband, myself, and friends spent a wonderful evening at the Hukilau Lanai. My husband and I had been there before, and love the food and atmosphere. Our friends enjoyed the evening also. We felt the portions were a little too large. I love the orchid martini. The only drawback was the live music, which was too loud and not quite on key."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food and service! We bought a bottle of wine, had a drink in the afternoon, they held the bottle for us while we shopped at the nearby Coconut Marketplace, and when we returned for dinner, we had the rest of the wine served to us at table. Very personalized service!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had a very relaxing and enjoyable time sitting outside by the pool and beautiful flowers and trees. The food was really good, my husband even ate a salad which is very seldom done. My husband enjoyed the macadamia covered chicken breast with the parmesan truffle mashed potatoes too..I had the gluten free plate with the trio of fish yummy Mahalo for the special Chocolate with Happy Anniversary on it. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "food and service are ALWAYS excellent! my favorite is the mixed grill, and i love the mushroom tart. very nice that the delicious wally salad and focaccia are included as part of the meal, no extra charge. we dine at hukilau lanai frequently and have never been disappointed. we only wish it was closer to po'ipu so we wouldn't have so far to drive home...."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent! I was impressed with the gluten free selections. I wasn't regulated to a salad. I could order a meal and was served GF bread. Yipee! The service was super. We enjoyed it so much that we are returning next week. We wanted to listen to Dennis Chun perform after our dinner but the lounge was full. We sat on the chairs and couch just outside the lounge, but the sound system was so poor that we could not hear anything."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "As usual this is a wonderful restaurant. The service was excellent. The food was great except for the prime rib which was ordered medium well and came extra well done."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Have dined at the Hukulau many times and the food has been great every time."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This restaurant has withstood the test of time thru consistently fresh ingredients, creative dishes and presentation, and attentive service. Bar has live music entertainment and it all overlooks a beautiful garden view. Has been upgraded with new chairs (very comfortable) and table settings. Perfect choice for a romantic evening or special occasion. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We dined at Hukilau Lanai for my husband's birthday. We enjoyed the outdoor ambiance and our server Jessica was terrific. The calamari strips with lemon aioli was fantastic, cooked to perfection! My husband enjoyed the cajun swordfish special. But we all agreed, the favorite of the night was my selection of Pork Tenderloin in Marsala cream sauce over polenta. It was fabulous, so tender and flavorful! After sharing a few bites, I ate every last bit and wanted to lick the plate clean! We ended with husband's choice of warm cake with chocolate "lava" center and side of vanilla ice cream. Perhaps not the most original and interesting option, it was a chocolate lover's dream. A fantastic way to end our amazing vacation on beautiful Kaua'i."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The host staff (3 people) were young and seemed all over the place. Maybe instead of having 3 people stand up front, perhaps have 2 of them serve and bus tables. Food overall was good. You get complimentary bread and a soup or salad with your entree. There is no romantic view here. If you're lucky to get an unobstructed view, you can see some of the hotel landscaping and their pool area."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As usual, food was tasty and portions adequate. Our server was attentive. This is one of our favorite places to dine."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We take all our guest here for their last meal on the Island before they leave to go back to the Mainland. I have been doing this for 4 years and have yet to have a meal that was not just super. The service is always one step up from what you might believe it should be, always just great."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "incredible dinner! great attentive service. Had the 5:00 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing for $40. amazing deal. all of the courses were delicious. by far the best dinner in Kauai."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our concierge recommended Hukilau Lanai and she did not steer us wrong! The Lobster wontons to start were yummy! Everyone raved about their entrees. I loved the mixed grill. Our service was exceptional and the atmosphere was quiet, and relaxing! This will be on our favorites list!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We have had many opportunities to bring our friends and visitors here to dinner for a special occasion. We especially recommend the Hukilau Lanai for our wedding couples after their wedding and renewal ceremonies. Many have even asked us to join them and they have let us know they really enjoyed the food and service. Jill, your hostess, has been a great help in reserving special tables for my wife and I and our friends and visitors. Your waiters and waitresses have provided excellent service each time we have dined. We highly recommend your restaurant with its wonderful musical entertainment. Mahalo."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was a dining experience. Call for reservations, make a night of it and enjoy. The food and service was incredible, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have earned their number one rating! We had their calamari for starters. It was lightly breaded and served with a wonderful wasabi sauce. It ranks as one of the best we have had. We then had their fisherman soup, the surf and turf and finished with the macademia tart and chocolate mousse. Everything was excellent, cooked to perfection. The steak and fish were served with a delightful port wine reduction and was absolutely delicious. The mashed potatoes were so good I hated to finish them. The tart was the best I have ever eaten. Everything we had was just wonderful."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Always have great meals here and excellent service. The fish dishes are always cooked perfectly. The tuna was cooked medium rate as ordered. The sauces really make the dish. This is our favorite spot on the island. It is consistently good, which is not always the case on the island."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A must do on Kauai. The calamari is the best we've ever had & we eat a lot of it. Be sure to try the macadamia nut chicken. It is the best chicken we've ever eaten. Overall, the service & food were fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was initially put off by the fact this is a hotel restaurant, but it is as individual as any can be. They focus on locally grown and produced food, and do it beautifully. Service was friendly and efficient. Great meal to end our vacation!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had a delicious grilled fish platter that was totally gluten free. My meal included a great salad and gluten free bread. It is rare to find gluten free bread at any restaurant, so this was a special treat."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food is okay, location is good, service is good, nothing special, definitely not for foodies, very over price. Fish Express at Lihue has better fish dishes."
    Dined on 6/24/2014