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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "It is always a pleasure to dine at Hukilau Lani!! In fact, we often wish that we were in Kauai longer so that we could eat there more than once. The food is always awesome."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our party ate here on our first nite in Kauai. It set the tone for our island visit. We had a great time at Hukilau Lanai in a wonderful setting , good service and good food and drinks. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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
  • "We have been here probably 20 times and it's great each time...service, food and great setting if you sit outside."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is my favorite by far. The customer service is outstanding. The food is delicious every time. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I went to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and we liked it so much, we fit it in again before we left the beautiful island of Kauai. The experience both times could not have been better. We wished we lived on Kauai to go more often."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food (ahi poke nachos, short rib and 2x fish) were good, the complimentary gazpacho delicious. But a waiter that asks you if you want to order desert before you have finished your entree is a no go."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This pleased our group of six, from 72 to 8 years. Great drinks for all ages, interesting and unique flavors. Food was outstanding, for kids, to vegetarians to omnivores. :) We were all delighted with this place and are planning to return. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We are regulars at Hukilau and LOVE many of their usual house offerings but are always delighted with Chef Ron's new creations. On Father's Day there was a Kaneshiro (local) pork chop, cooked to perfection, with house made sausage and mashed potatoes. There was an ahi sashimi stack on a cucumber round with cream cheese, capers and garden herbs. There was house made chocolate ice cream with almonds and chunks of brownie (or was it marzipan?) All melt-in-your-mouth creations from one of Kauai's top chefs with a lovely, open air ambiance in which to enjoy it. So happy to have Hukilau in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We love eating at the Hukilau Lanai, the service is always friendly and the food is delicious. Of course, dining outside on Kauai looking out at the ocean is perfect."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our second time here and our experience here has always been great. The food is delicious - our children love the kids menu and the choices, we all love the bread, salad and soup - and the entrees are excellent. Oh and of course the dessert too! And the service is superb - our waitress and the wait staff never left us wanting anything more and were so attentive. We are looking forward to our next experience and highly recommend this restaurant to our family and friends!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "When we were visiting Kauai, my wife and I were looking for a romantic night out. We looked at a few restaurants and are so extremely glad we went with Hukilau Lanai. The food and ambience were both incredible and the perfect romantic night was achieved. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a lovely night out full of great food, drinks, ambiance and service."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Exceptional food, great atmosphere, and great people. Don't walk in without a reservation, it's that good !"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The surf & turf special blew me away! Best fish I've ever had! It was a wonderful, memorable dinner."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is one popular, hoppin' restaurant. Very busy, with a diverse clientele, from honeymooning couples to large families. The restaurant is large so they easily handle the volume without it becoming chaotic. One clue to its excellence and authenticity is that we noticed lots of local Kauai residents in happy attendance. Food and service were excellent and after dinner you can stroll the grounds down to the beach to enjoy the sights and sounds of the waves."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Best meal we had in our time on the island. Filet mignon was fork tender and delicious. Wonderful ambiance and delightful staff. So friendly and attentive. They even brought us an unexpected complimentary dessert, although we weren't celebrating any particular occasion. That was a very nice touch. It was our final night on the island, and this was the perfect choice for a special memory."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our fourth time at this little place and it was excellent again. It takes a couple of days to get in so plan ahead."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "You must have a reservation. We made ours through Open Table and the restaurant called to confirm the day before. The food send service are exceptional. Open air dining with a view of the ocen."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We dined here on our last night and I wish I had planned sooner so I could eat there again. The good was exceptional and possibly the best fish I had on Kauai. The service was even better. A wonderful restaurant that I will visit again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We come to Kauai every year and always make a point to have dinner at the Hukilau even though we have to drive 45 minutes to get there! The ambience is a tropical setting with open air dining. The food is always delicious and presented well. They have a fun wine list of 20 wines for $20 something that is great to explore."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our waitress Tamara was great and the white wine from France was AMAZING! It was our wedding dinner and we couldn't have picked a better spot. We had a corner table that was quaint and the ambiance at restaurant was beautiful. I could smell the plumeria trees on the property. Loved it. Dave and Mary"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Loved the special tasting menu (available with or without wine pairings until 5:45 pm.) including: Island gazpacho with Koloa Rum pineapple basil sorbet Candied ahi with coconut chipotle sauce Housemade Longanisa sausage with warabi & tomato salad Fresh Catch with summer quinoa & kale salad Big Island vanilla bean crème brulee Is your mouth watering yet? Highly recommended! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great place for delicious food, drinks and live music! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food was awesome, I was a little let down by our server Tamara. I heard nothing but good things from this restraunt and I was looking forward to this dinner. But when we arrived we were sat immediately, then brought waters shortly after then we were "greeted" by Tamara and she didn't introduce herself or welcome us, she just asked if we wanted drinks. then, after we had ordered we didn't see here until we got our entrees, and we had an appetizer as well as salads and another server checked on us. Basically everything was great I'm just disappointed in our server. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had an incredible pupu called 'candied ahi'. I thought I was eating steak - it had a little bit of fire to it and was so tender. For the main course, I enjoyed Mahi served over pasta with a wonderful tomato-based sauce with homemade sausage. Very rich and filling and went so well together. We always make a point of dining at Hukilau every time we visit Kauai and the food and preparation is always amazing! Our server was excellent and said he'd been working there for 9 or 10 yrs. He made a point that the owners treat their employees so well! That is always nice to hear."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been several times and it never disappoints. The food, service and atmosphere are wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great for vegetarians, although the selection for us is not large, it's very delicious. Our waiter (Jayson) was very accommodating and the service was spot on. The chef outdid himself on a special request, to make the Macadamia chicken with coconut curry sauce but substitute the quinoa pasta from a different dish for the chicken. Wow it was awesome."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This restaurant is a ritual for us every time we come to Kauai - sometimes more than once. Though good this time, the noise level was obnoxious to the point you couldn't carry on a conversation at the table without yelling. I also think the fresh fish was very limited and my ono was on the dry side - overcooked. Still a great view; still great for outside dining. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I'm visiting my best friend here on Kauai. Our favorite thing to do is dress up, do our hair and make-up, and the whole fun girly thing! Mindlessly simple! We made reservations at Hukilau Lanai and were not disappointed. We had the most fabulous time. Our server was especially nice, offered excellent suggestions, and did not rush us. The drinks were perfection. I ordered the Pina Colada on the rocks and it was everything I dreamed of when looking forward to my long awaited vacation. We requested a table by the front lawn and we accommodated accordingly! The view from our table was pretty, the tiki lamps were ablaze, and we were happy. The food was good, pretty presentation."
    Dined on 5/23/2014