Great Place in Kapa'aOur second time here. Took our family and everyone loved the food. The rib appetizer and Ahi Poke Nachos were ono ( good).
Try it when on Kauai in Kapa'a area!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMDivine dishesWe are regulars at Hukilau Lanai and have our menu favorites. But we tried three new things this visit that were all heavenly. The sashimi stack was a yummy alternative to our usual Adam's Poke Nachos, the Fisherman's Miso was to die for, and we topped it off our meal with a fabulous chocolate mousse with a chocolate crumb crust and crumbled toffee on top. You really can't go wrong at Hukilau.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat PresentationMy wife and I splurged a little bit on this restaurant, as it was a little pricey, but not outrageous. For a spot to take someone for a nice meal, it certainly delivered. The hotel it is housed in is actually a little dated; it isn't new and hip, but don't let that stop you! The live music being playing just a few feet away really helps make dinner an event, and the patio has a nice view. Ambiance aside, the food was worth every penny. It had nice presentation without being so chic that you don't know how to eat it, and the Ono & Mahi Mahi we had were fresh and done to perfection. If you weren't looking for seafood, they also have a nice selection of other dishes.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and Interesting drinksMy Wife and I went here for our fancy dinner during our stay in Kauai and were not disappointed. We arrived early and enjoyed some of their creative and complex cocktails. The food arrived promptly and was very delicious as well.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ate here for our last nightWe ate here for our last night on Kauai. It was a perfect meal and everything was delicious!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBest dinner we had in Kauai!Last dinner on the island and we apparently saved best for last. We ordered Opah and swordfish and my wife and I actually passed the meals back and forth because both were so good. Our server took time to explain everything to us and even pointed out that meals come with soup or salad (did not say this on menu). They had a great wine selection of 20 some wines for 20 some dollars. What a great deal in a restaurant. Since they probably mark them up 100% I bet my $22 bottle of Wrongo Dongo is about $10 or so in the store (which is what I buy anyways) and it was very tasty! If you are on Open Table then you are already booking reservation which is key as it seemed pretty full (Friday night just before peak family vacation season).6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding!Dinner was great. My wife had the shutome (swordfish) and I had the opah. Both dishes were excellent.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a pleasant dining experienceWe live on Kauai and always enjoy dining at Hukilau Lanai. It is a favorite because of the friendly, courteous help ,the pleasant atmosphere with a low level of noise, and good food. The Wally salad is always a must.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Food and serviceThis was our first time at this restaurant. The food was good and the service (our waiter) was excellent. The hostess (the English lass) forgot about us, which was annoying. Otherwise, was a nice experience (about $100 with drinks for two).6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMHukilauWe have been on Kauai for the last three weeks.
This was the best food we've had.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!We really LOVE this place! Every time our experiance is AMAZING! We will be going back many times to come in our future! ~ Go, you will not be disappointed!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMPlan to returnLoved the dining experience here and it is on the top of our list for a return visit. Although it was raining the evening we were there we still loved it. Wish we had been on the island longer so we could have returned for another evening.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat experience!We always eat at Hukilau our first and last nights in Kauai (we grill the other nights). The food this time did not disappoint, it was very good. We had never had the poke nachos before - excellent! Also the barbequed ribs - really tasty! The fish is always good, we have been disappointed in the meat, so stick to fish now. Sides are creative and good. This time we managed to have a dessert, the Creme Brulee, which was great texture and taste. Service both times was excellent.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Best Fish everMy girlfriend's shutome was really good, but my daughter's mahimahi was the best mahimahi I've ever had. But my Opah was the best piece of fish I've ever eaten!!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I agreed thatMy husband and I agreed that this was the best dinner we had while on the island.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful MealThis was our third time here during our Kauai visits. It's an "do at least once" dining experience. Nice setting, fun servers and very good, fresh fish nicely prepared.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious dinnerMy Husband's birthday dinner was fantastic! He loved the meatloaf-and it was an ample portion! The wally's salad that came with dinner was good. I ordered the veggie lasagna and it was delicious and a very generous portion which I really appreciated! We shared a chocolate mousse that was creamy and light! The lava flows were the best we had on the island! We will definitely dine there again!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxing dinner spotVery relaxing dinner spot for couples or groups. Nice view of the grounds and ocean. Looking forward to going back.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic from start to finishI wanted a good restaurant for my anniversary dinner, the concierge recommended the Hukilau, I was not disappointed. From the appetizers to the desert... the food was amazing. I had to try not to lick the plate. I will go back every time I come back to Kauai, special occasion or not. The service was great and unpretentious.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOFF THE CHART !!Tonight's visit was off the chart ! As repeat visitors, we always look forward to what new ideas Krissi, Manda & crew have come up with. Joseph, our waiter for the evening, presented us the answers after bringing us the islands BEST MAI TAI's. We started with the standard cheese focaccia bread and balsamic dip-then moved right in to Candied Ahi (2 orders, please! )--followed by lobster bisque and a Wally salad. The crowning entrees of the night were: 1) Seared Ahi ,dressed with pesto,presented on a bed of goat cheese laced polenta and 2) Mahi Mahi, dressed with a dollop of salsa, laying on a bed of fettuccini noodles laced with spinach, corn, red onion and homemade sausage bits and accented with a chipotle drizzle. After this, LIGHTS OUT5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and serviceExcellent food and service all the time! They know how to prepare fish in just the right way. The prime rib is also juicy, soft, & flavorful. I would highly highly recommend this place!!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGood overall, but datedOverall, this is a good value for dining out in Kauai. The prices are relatively low for high dining and the portions are generous. The service is nice and the dining room has a pleasant ambience (though not as nice some other resort restaurants such as Red Salt or the Beach House). But the menu and cooking just feels dated - about 10-15 years dated. The fried items are just a little too heavy and oily, the fish just a touch overcooked, and the saucing lacks finesse.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome dinner....I would love to meet the chef!! The food was amazing!!! The freshest fish I have ever tasted!! What a presentation!!! Awesome dessert to finish off a great meal!! We loved the view from the patio, too!!!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLovelyWhenever we visit Kauai we make a point to have a special dinner out and always choose Hukilau Lani. Be sure to make reservations and ask for a seat on the outdoor patio for the best views, ambience and lower noise levels. On this particular night there was a wedding reception being held on the grass area and then in the back banquet room. It was quite loud and took away from our usual relaxing dinner but the food was excellent! You will not find better prepared fish on the island!!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFreshest fishOur meal was delicious. I had the opah and my husband had the Mahi. The fish was sooooo fresh and the preparation was wonderful. It came with a salad. It was also very fresh and lightly dressed just the way we like it. We will be going back at least once, maybe twice before returning to the mainland. Can't wait!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe fish dishes and the primeThe fish dishes and the prime rib were fantastic. Our waiter took the time to explain the different dishes and was very friendly.
We sat inside by the railing and enjoyed that location.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!Great atmosphere. The food was beyond delicious and the service was extremely polite, courteous, and respectful. Would highly recommend if you are ever in the Kapaa region on Kauai.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFantasticWe've been goiing to Kauai for 30 years and have yet to find a restaurant that is as good, in so many ways, as Hukilau Lanai. From the food, (each serving better than the last), to the service, (Tim), to the view, H. L. is unsurpassed. We will return often. The value is remarkable-we had an entree and the food-only wine/food pairing and spent less than we have at any comparable eatery on the island. We were celebrating our wedding anniiversary and could not have been more pleasantly surprised. We stay in the Princeville area when we're on the island. The H.L. is much closer to Princeville than the Beach House, for example, and the fare is equal to the Beach House, if not better. The wine list needs better descriptions or pre-dinner tastes5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat meal at a reasonable price!We have been frequenting this restaurant over the past 9 years. Even though there has been a change in ownership, the quality of service and the meals served have not changed.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb Birthday Dinner!My wife made reservations for my 60th Birthday dinner and it was one I will always remember. We enjoyed the 5 course tasting selection for dinner. The food was outstanding! Our waiter was very attentive and we were not rushed at all. It was a very enjoyable evening and will always be remembered. Will return on our next visit for sure!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMOur best dining experience on KauaiWe are foodies and this place is wonderful. We each had the Happy Hour Tasting menu. That title short changes what it really is - a full 5 course meal, paired with wines from around the world. The wine pairings were spot on. Each of the courses offered something special. Service was right on and with a smile, and each course was timed perfectly...not too soon. We can't say enough good things about Hukilau Lanai.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary DinnerWe went to Hakilau Lanai for an anniversary dinner and sat outside on the patio. Patio overlooks grounds, pool and farther distance, the ocean. The restaurant is located in the Kauai Coast resort.
Food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Good menu with good selection of entree's. Surprising good wine selection. Probably one of the best restaurants on the island. Tried Westin Nanea, Gaylord's and St. Regis on this trip, but will definitely come back to Hakilau Lanai on next trip.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe both ordered fish dishes.We both ordered fish dishes. Both were prepared adequately. My husband liked the buerre blanc sauce fish was prepared in. He was a bit more impressed than I. The ahi I ordered was okay but nothing unusal.
Perfectly nice meal.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBest on the IslandFood always consistently good. They rotate how the fish are prepared so its different every time.
They always have fresh fish and great salads. Make reservations, it's always busy but tables are not set too close so it's very comfortable. Great service. Order the chocolate lava cake when you get your dinner if you want it. It takes 20 minutes to prepare.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you closed your eyes.....If you closed your eyes while eating you might think you were at Roy's.
Three of the 4 dishes we had were outstanding ( 2 fish, 1 chicken and 1 combo).
A must is the Maytag Blue Cheese salad even if you must pay up charge.
The wait staff is friendly
One reviewer described this as an fine dining restaurant wanna-be. From a food point of view they have made it.
For 2/3rds the price.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMy favorite restaurantThis is my go to place for any occasion when I want to have a memorable evening. Awesome food combined with great entertainment, and exquisite service made for a perfect birthday dinner. Thanks!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food at a reasonableVery good food at a reasonable price. A very laid back place, dont go if you are in a rush, and Reservations are a must...5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food, great valueDidn't expect much as we drew up in the car but wanted to try this place as we had read many good reviews. Despite our expectations, the food was wonderful. We loved the ahi nachos, the crab cakes and the onagi main course. Really good value, unpretentious, pleasant setting serving superb, fresh food. Would definitely return.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good!Great food and service. Watch out for the per drink charge. Other than that this is a great place to eat. Everyone in our party had a great time.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA MUST on KauaiBeautiful place, superb food, excellent service. I had the BEST fish I have ever eaten.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding resturantThe food, service & ambiance were all extraordinary! I would highly recommend this resturant. Plus they served one of the best Mai tais on the island. I also recommend the warm chocolate cake for dessert4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful setting & food in Kapa'aWhat a great experience. Seated front table closest to view. Service, food, and view were the best. Our hostess seated us right away at reservation time and was very friendly. Perfect evening in Kapa'a!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. We went forGreat food. We went for the gluten free menu and they did not disappoint. They even worked with us on substitutes for items with dairy. Overall an excellent restaurant.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMPleasantly SurprisedSee Steve F review on tripadvisor for the full review.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food we had 4 courses.Amazing food we had 4 courses. I would highly recommend this place.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSimply stated, we had a deliciousSimply stated, we had a delicious dinner, with great service at a romantic restaurant on a beautiful warm night. Loved everything about it.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe prime rib was melt inThe prime rib was melt in your mouth really good. Most definitely the best food we gave had so far on the island. Beautiful scenery and live performance playing soothing music.Great for special occasions4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant was recommendedThis restaurant was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The food was great and the service was very good. We'll go back.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI love dining at the HukilauI love dining at the Hukilau Lanai restaurant. It is my favorite restaurant in Kauai. The food and ambience is always wonderful.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMKauai => HukilauWhere do I begin? It's amazing to find such a good restaurant anywhere, let alone on an outer Hawaiian island! The chefs and servers are amazing...they know their flavors and constantly change things up and use the freshest local ingredients.
Try the candied ahi if they have any...it's a nice blend of balsamic and poke...and it's all delicious. All their entrees are great. My wife almost always gets the meatloaf, which will delight you. I had Opah and it was cooked perfectly.
The biggest surprise though? Their wines. They carefully choose them to match their cuisine, and it appears they only charge wholesale price...a first for any restaurant I've been to. You an get a couple bottles and not break the bank. So nice.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM