Hukilau Lanai
Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://hukilaukauai.com/
  • Phone: 8088220600
  • 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...
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Hukilau Lanai reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (150)special occasion (138)scenic view (123)fit for foodies (122)romantic (122)neighborhood gem (67)notable wine list (46)good for groups (36)kid-friendly (29)hot spot (22)great for brunch (10)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and atmosphere! Highly recommend for a special evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allergy Considerate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very accomodating about allergy restaints. I am allergic to lactose and gluten and they have been able to create a gourmet seafood meal every time we've visited Hukilau (8 times in the past e months). Excellent chef -- excellent wait stall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were looking for a great place to eat on our Kauai vacation and sure found it at the Hukilau Lani! Great food, super service and an all around great evening! You must try Adams Poki Nachos!! They are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant on Kauai. Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Five thumbs up. We had quite the experience on Tuesday night. We stayed here at the resort and had been told by guests at the pool that the food is awesome, we were not let down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tasting Menu
    Alicia
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We deliberately went between 5 and 5:45 for the tasting menu. It was delicious and was paired with wine for each course. We thought it was a great value with great food. We recommend it to everyone. It was our last meal on the island and the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must
    VacationerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I visit Kauai every year and I always make it a necessity to dine at Hukilau Lanai. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable! We had the Surf & Turf (filet cooked perfectly with a beautiful sauce, the fish and the lemon sauce was very flavorful), the Opah and the Prime Rib were outstanding and just melted in our mouths. I also have to mention that the Arugula salad is "killer", what a great combination with the Chevre...add the cheese, it's worth it. All dishes are truly fabulous and we've always had wonderful meals. The bottle wine prices are great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Anniversary Dinner
    manpak
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A very nice open air restaurant, located in the Kauai Coast Resort, overlooking tropical gardens and the ocean (setback, so not a beach view). The restaurant itself was not 'fancy', but very comfortable, with lots of seating room. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Try the Sweet Potato raviolis as an appetizer, different and excellent. My wife's Filet Mignon was "melt in her mouth" excellent. My fish plate was very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food and atmosphere
    5Stars
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent filet. Perfect. Very friendly staff. Great atmosphere .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food. great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the food was really, really good. the prices were on par with everywhere else in the neighborhood, even a little cheaper than some, but the food was head and shoulders above the rest. also, the staff were really knowledgeable and attentive without being obnoxious. really great experience overall. highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Special
    VVWDAWVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We eat here every year, and it never disappoints. The food is very good and so is the service. Our server, Sandra, was very friendly and efficient, and she even new all of the ingredients for the marinade on one of the entrees when we asked about it. All four of us had fish entrees that were superbly prepared. We also appreciate the fact that the dinners include a salad or soup and usually has a side item with it too. Even with an Open Table reservation, they sometimes run a little late, but you can enjoy the flowers on the grounds behind the restaurant or live music in the lounge while you are waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Except for ...
    GandG
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Kind of a creepy waiter, we have no complaints. We had fish dishes perfectly prepared and our entrees came w/ salad or soup. With a $30 price tag, it can't be beat for a white tablecloth dinner here on Kauai. Now about the waiter, he was pleasant enough but would hover over our table before addressing us and then made our comments. Maybe he just had too much fun in the sun that day. Anyway, it was kind of a turn off. The restaurant has a well-chosen wine by the glass offering, which is great if you're coming from Princeville, Lihue or Poipu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect location for Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary--this place was perfect. The waiter was friendly & knowledgeable. The food was outstanding. Clams for appetizer was good. The chowder with house made bacon was divine. I had the Onaga which was the best seafood dish I ate in my 1.5 weeks in Hawaii, I can't recommend it highly enough as it was outstanding. Hubby loved his prime rib cooked perfectly. The lilikoi tart was the perfect ending to a great meal. The Mai Tai was OK (acceptable but not special), the Island Orchid martini was missing something so I ordered a shot of Creme De Cocao which sweetened it up nicely. The waiter handled a difficult table of seafood critics next to us with poise and grace. Thanks for a memorable meal (and truffles)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor Gem
    MichaelB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The ambiance was just right for a night out for a special occasion. The food was delightful and portion sizes were filling. We enjoyed our dinner here entirely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance
    Cossieguy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant for a lovely evening. Great foid,good service and fantastic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Prime Rib EVER!!
    Tammy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is one of the few places in Kauai that we go to order something other than fish. They have one of the best Prime Rib's we have ever had. It is so tender, you can actually just cut it with your fork. Just make sure you get your reservation request in early. It is so popular, it can take 3-4 days to get a table. So worth it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reasonable fine dining..
    Kris
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have visited Lihue annually for the last six years and usually stick to places that locals frequent. We thought we would change it up a little and try something on a hotel property. It was a pleasant surprise. I had the tasting menu, so I had a little of everything. The gazpacho was so refreshing and light. The candied ahi was delicious. The sausage with eggplant was a little salty. The fish was cooked perfectly with the quinoa. The wonderfully paired artisan cheeses with the baguettes were the perfect ending to a lovely meal. My dining companions had steamed clams and the other had prime rib. Each cooked perfectly. They also enjoyed the seafood chowder. The location was so easy to get to if you are on the east side. Reservations needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We booked this restaurant for our anniversary dinner:The hostess noticed I was dressed up and gave us a table on the lanai at the end where it was a little more private and romantic. When I mentioned to the waitress it was our anniversary, they brought our desserts with "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate and a little extra gift of a couple of chocolate truffles in a gift box, which was a classy touch. Food was very good and service very attentive, loved the mango cucumber gazpacho. Never order surf and turf as portions are usually too big for me, but the "mixed grill" was just right. Steak and fish both delicious and melted in my mouth, pace leisurely without being slow, Live music in the background made the whole evening special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our special place on Kauai
    sunflowerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is our special/favorite place to dine on Kauai. Te food is delicious, service is amazing, and the view is spectacular. If we only dine out once when on island, it is at the Hukilau Lanai!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Way To End Our Vacation
    FSThree
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was the last meal we had before heading back home. It was a great choice. I was surprised by how they managed to maintain a sophisticated experience while still accommodating children. I had the pork medallions over fried polenta, which was generous in its portion and lush in its taste. I also had the 'Freakin Hot Chocolate' cocktail, which was an interesting mix of vodka, spicy chili, and chocolate powder. I won't order it again (phew), but it was fun and tasted great for what it was. Our server was kind and all smiles. However, she seemed to struggled with recalling the specials which made for a long and unusual first meet. That said, service was great overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marcheeya
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's hard to save room for dessert when everything is soooo good (BUT you really should though!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Kauai Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Beautiful setting and luscious and delicious food. Great service and yummy French press coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We came here for our wedding dinner and had an incredible experience. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was perfect. I would rate this restaurant as one of the best on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best deal on kauai
    hanaleiswimmer
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    be sure to try their tasting menu - with or without wine. truly best deal in town - without wine is $28 for 5 courses. with wine is $40. they even accomodated our one gluten free person. we love that they use local sources - fish, produce, make their own sausage, etc. every dish was so tasty and plated beautifully. wait staff did an outstanding job. we were a group of 3 and would highly recommend hukilau lanai to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    Kauai4ever
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We are repeat diners at Hukilau lanai. It is the best quality food at "reasonable" prices. In a place like Kauai, you can spend the same amount of money somewhere else and get mediocre food, so we always go to Hukilau because they do not compromise on the food and service quality. Servers are very well trained on the menu and wine list. It's always an enjoyable evening at Hukilau.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing....again
    monsieurjohn
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    this is probably my 6th time eating here - it is a must every time I go to Kauai. Although the ambience inside is not as good as outside, the food and service more than make up for it. The Ahi nachos, the arugula salad with the goat cheese (chevre), the Hukilau Mixed Grill in the Thai chili cocunut sauce and the chocolate warm cake are my favorites!!! Cannot miss with them. Also, the other items I have had are very good; however, these are the ones that I dream about when I'm not on the island. I have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and just good food during my dining experiences - and it is always memorable and always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect romantic dinner
    dancingchef
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had an excellent meal on our honeymoon. The food was excellent, service attentive but not invasive, portion sizes perfect and very relaxed..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • post wedding delight!
    bulldog
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    this location was selected four our wedding celebration, the experience was amazing and the food was excellent. the waiter was knowledgable about the menu and helped us to make great choices. the food was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. the creme brûlée was to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific food and great view!
    bdockVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food, view and service were all very good. For apps we had the poke nachos (good, not great), curried lobster bisque (amazing), lobster wonton-like things (very good). The salads included with the meal were all good. For main courses we had the meatloaf, ahi, and monchong - all were terrific. Our server was friendly but not overly so. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great good, poor service
    Eatwell2day
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!! ; )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hukilau Lanai Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Picturesque setting, Great appetizers especially the calamari and lobster and goat cheese wonton and the lobster bisque. We loved the prime rib and hukilau mixed grill. Second time we have been there and plan on dining there again next year. Get reservations before you arrive to make sure you have the time you want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    Esqinluv
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Gem
    cecejag
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the Tasting menu
    Luv2eat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 1st Dinner on Kauai
    DateNight
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Enjoyed the view and food!!!!!!!!!! Very friendly service - excellent selection of dinner and drinks - very fresh fish
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • benmari
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food! We ate there 3 x and loved it !! The lobster curry bisque was to die for. The lobster & goat wonton with goat cheese wonton with ginger plum sauce was beyond yummy! I would highley recommend this restaurant too anyone who is going to Kauai! Thank you Hukilau for the memories we will never forget you and hope to see you again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Briansf
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Expensive but you get what you pay for ! Every meal was excellent
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Place For Our Anniversary
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, innovative food
    Megandjohn
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    JCurt
    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
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Another delish meal!
    KateVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet