Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill
Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill

Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://josselins.com/
  • Phone: 8087427117x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9pm

    Daily 5:00pm - 10pm During Peak Season
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jean Marie Josselin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us about catering options.
  • Private Party Facilities: Josselin"s Tapas Bar and Grill is ideal for large groups. Great Social atmosphere!
  • Private Party Contact: Andrew Ha 8087427117x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Poipu Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking Available in "The Shops at Kukui"ula" located near the round-about on the Sunny South Shore in Poipu.
A word from Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill
Chef Jean Marie Josselin has created another masterpiece with this new and unique tapas restaurant. Imagine dining in a rustic, yet contemporary, style dining room with an open view of the kitchen where the wood-burning oven cooks fresh, local produce, fish and meat to perfection. Share several different tapas and taste incredible culinary creations. Enjoy refreshing signature sangrias served tableside like you have never had it before. This chic new hotspot on Kauai"s south shore will have you coming back time and time again, making each experience a memorable one. "The Whole Process is About Sharing."
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Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)special occasion (40)good for groups (31)hot spot (21)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (16)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (7)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • FlowerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Some tastey plates like shrimp tempura, pork steamed buns, Thai curry soup and sashimi but pricey at 2-3 plates per person.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good But Could Be Better
    GandG
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have been coming here a couple times a year since it opened - always excited to see how Josselin's will reinterpret a dish or invent something magical. True to form the vegetable dishes were stunning. But when it came to the signature 36 hr pork belly, we were underwhelmed. It was almost tasteless & bordering on dry. Fortunately an order of very tiny sliders but excellent saved the day!! Will go back again because we know Josselin's can be so much better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our dinner started with Lychee sangria that was made with beautiful fresh fruit tableside. From the deconstructed sushi to the lamb meatballs everything was delicious! The stuffed naan bread was unique and tasted great. This restaurant is a must if you are visiting Kauai!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Treat Your taste buds
    torchyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Shared 5 Tapas in sequence, one so good we ordered it twice ( Tempura Shrimp). Every dish delighted the taste buds. The presentations were unique and the flavors blended in ways that we never expected. Every dish had at least one delicious surprise. Made us wonder about some of the dishes we passed on as we thought the combinations a little unusual. Whoever develops these dishes knows how to combine ingredients - really knows! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it!
    cmtb
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    every time i go I am never disappointed. love the food/selections and love the SANGRIA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tourist Trap
    Canadagrl736
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Bad drinks and so so food. I would avoid this place and go to Puka Dog instead.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Kauai!
    SoCalDad
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very tasty, farm fresh, local flavors - tapas style. Enjoyed the meal immensely.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We ordered the 36 Hours Braised Pork Belly, the pork was dry & fatty, definitely don't tasted like it had cooked for 36 hours. The Slow Cooked Butterfish we ordered was ok... nothing special. With the price of each dish, I expected more from this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sangria
    Curtis
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We loved the table side sangria! Very tasty! They are a very nice touch. Our waitress was extremely informative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dont buy the hype
    joep
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Don't buy the hype on this place, it is merely a place to grab a drink and shouldn't be called a tapas restaurant. Locals frequent here later at night and it is the only bar I have ever seen that masks as a dining establishment. Service is not friendly and staff really treats those who desire to dine there poorly. Easily the only place on the island I would recommend avoiding for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service & delicious tapas....
    BatteryParkBillVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    But the place is super loud. Not a spot for a romantic dinner. But other than that great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic restaurant
    swansonVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our dishes and had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Great!
    meggieb
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The variety and the flavor of the food at Josselin's is amazing! We had the lamb meatballs, roasted garlic and a couple of other items that I can't recall, but I know they were terrific. The Naan is very filling and rich so plan on that if you order it. And, the service was the best. The tapas was served at an appropriate pace and the staff was very attentive, but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal / Best Service in Kauai
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What a great find. The food was OUTSTANDING but most of all the SERVICE. Our server Ronald is one of best I have ever had. Has a passion for the food they serve. He really made the difference last night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great. great Grate
    Peppy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love this place We go every time we are in Kauai. Great people . Can't wait until next time. Need this place in Malibu
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste sensation(s)!
    flutemama
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderfully informative waitress + deliciously innovative food = fantastic dining experience for all 4 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dinner in Kauai
    squirrel
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We loved this place. The service was excellent; our waiter was extremely friendly and competent, the food was both fun and excellent, the sangria was great. A little expensive, but for a special night out (this was our date night with the kids getting watched by grandparents) or for someone who loves a great food experience (the dry-ice lemongrass infusion in the deconstructed ahi roll was interesting and delicious) its worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good veggie options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Both me and my wife are vegetarian and we were totally satisfied with the selections. They let you minus bacon on some of the choices, the mushrooms were so delicious!! Kinda pricey for small plates but flavors were really impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian Tapas and Dim Sum
    Dave419
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We enjoy going to this place each time we are in Poipu. The food is great and fun and the Sangria cart provides some great drinks. The place can get pretty loud, but it's only because of the fun of the environment. Our kids also enjoy coming and like the varied selection of food. Great Place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Confusion
    fooddwellerVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were instantly welcomed with Sangria options, but there after forgotten about. Once reminded we were there, service was okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Butterfish was incredible! Melted in your mouth. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food and Service
    Jack
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I live on Kauai and this is my favorite restaurant. I go here with special friends. Jack from Poipu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!!!
    Knfoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went here for dinner on the last night of our honeymoon and it ended our trip on such a high note!! The food is delish and so different from all of the other restaurants in the area!! And, if you like sangria they have a sangria cart they bring around to every table which is a great touch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in poipu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very good. Interesting ecclectic menu well prepared and delicious. Recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    foodiesinparadise
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Josselin's has never disappointed us. The menu selection had our favorites and some very good new items.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic - Best in Poipu
    Cheryl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been coming to Kauai every summerfor over 20 years and we have eaten everywhere - from food cart to burgers and fish tacos to the very best restaurants. One of our favorites, and for many year's Kauai's best restaurant, was Josselin's A Pacific Cafe in Kapa'a. It is wonderful to Josselin back in action at Kikui'ula. Poipu is blessed with three of Kauai's best restaurants: Josselin's, Roy's, and Merriman's. They are all excellent, but when the chef is in the house as he is frequently, Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill is the south shore's very best. The menu is fun and interesting and the food is perfectly cooked. Josselin's butterfish is to die for. And don't miss the Lychee Sangrias! Thanks Chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    excellent food though very expensive, even for resort area excellent sangria
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Josselin's
    CaliGirl
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a great time at Joselin's. The staff was wonderful. The food was very enjoyable and they went out of their way to accommodate some special food needs, like no meat and glutin free which is not easy for tapas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We came here for dinner last year and the service and food was much better than this time around, The food sounded better than it tasted. Everything was over priced. I won't be coming here again.
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  • Expensive Tapas, No View in Kauai
    Tree
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was good, not great. While the restaurant has a kids menu, it's not really a kid friendly menu - there are 3 choices. If you think the cheese pizza is something your kids will eat - only if they are used to fresh mozzarella on flat bread, no sauce - not exactly what we were expecting. Needless to say, our kids are not used to that as pizza and refused to eat it. The tapas were delicious, but run on the small side. The service was good, but wouldn't rush back here. The prices were on par with restaurants that have a view in Kauai (this is upstairs in a shopping mall). Maybe a great date night spot for locals or couples coming to Kauai, but definitely not for families.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem!
    NYCchef
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Creative and beautifully presented - the food was absolutely delicious. The staff was friendly and very well informed about the menu. The sangria choices were with local flair and not overly sweet or muddy in flavors. A wonderful experience that I wish was closer to my UWS apartment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Food
    DanTVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    As a huge fan of Chef Josselin's A Pacific Cafe from long ago, I was very excited to try his new tapas-style restaurant on my recent honeymoon. The restaurant was beautiful, service was very relaxed and fun, and the plates were all beautiful. That being said, I didn't think the food tasted quite as good as it looked (i.e. ceviche lacked acidity, other dishes lacked that wow factor) and hope it was just a fluke. I'd definitely return on my next visit and try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always!!
    Love2eatoutkauai
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We live locally and find this restaurant to be one of few top places to go to celebrate. The food is always wonderful and the service cannot be beat. It is consistantly a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy first timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were hoping to try something different, something we were'nt familiar with. We were very pleased because everything we read on the menu was unlike anywhere else. The food we ordered was great and our waitress was excellent. She really was a big help to us.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Eat
    Ralph43
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Josselin's. The bar drinks were very good. We had three different tapas and two were excellent and the other was good. We would go back in a heartbeat.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mnd1
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The server was really nice and was knowledgable of the menu. However, the service was way too fast: 65 minutes after we walked through the door we had our bill in our hands. The plates succeeded each other too quilckly and we felt really rushed. Not ideal for romantic dinners. The slow cooked butterfish was excellent, but the rest was less impressive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food, good service!
    rodc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Just as he always has, Josselin makes wonderful, tasty and well-presented food! I took my family (including 11 year old twins) for dinner and the entire family loved it. You really have to try the slow-cooked butterfish and also the Kalua pork tacos! Our server, Tommie, was fantastic and extremely attentive. We were sorry that we were unable to eat there more often! Oh, and don't miss the sangria cart - I am not a big sangria fan, but this was AWESOME!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hawaii Vacation
    neilr2b
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    On the pricey side but we knew that - you are in Hawaii. Fantastic food - must have the Sangrias, they are superb!! Staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable about what they do and the menu items. So great we went back a few days later.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Have wanted to come here for a few years and glad we finally made it. Our waiter was great. He explained the various dishes, provided good recommendations and attentive. He knew I wanted the special blistered tomatoe and burrata cheese dish and made sure I got my order in before it was gone. It was excellent. Great flavors and presentation. Have had a similar dish at Mozza in LA, but this one was better. Tuna tempura was very fresh and some of the best. Butterfish also highly recommended. Will definitely come back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • delcious and different
    yum6296
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Wonderful food. Friendly service. Really enjoyed the mango sangria. Each dish had a very distinctive flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.