Kalaheo Steak and Ribs
Kalaheo Steak and Ribs

Kalaheo Steak and Ribs

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kalaheosteakandribs.com/
  • Phone: (808) 332-4444
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak
  • Executive Chef: Ruffino Ramos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: HI-50 Kaumualii Hwy
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Kalaheo Steak and Ribs
Aloha and welcome to Kalaheo Steak and Ribs. This establishment has been serving the people of Kauai for over 30 years. Our vision was to restore the original Kalaheo Steak House and create a premier dining experience with a country-style atmosphere, giving it back to the people of Kalaheo and greater Kauai to enjoy once again.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Kalaheo Steak and Ribs reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (9)late-night find (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Looking for a change of pace?
    out4dinner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We enjoyed our evening. It was a bit off the beaten path, but worth it. The food was very good, and the ambiance was a great change of pace from typical tourist spots. There was a real local/country flare to the place. Service was friendly and the food was out in a timely manner. We would certainly go back on our next visit to Kauai.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wanted to go there
    Esalita
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We finally checked out Kalaheo as we were craving a good steak! We had a freebie coupon for potato skins, they were yummy but we certainly would have had enough to eat without them. All entrees include a small starter salad, fresh and nice to have included. We all had a New York steak. They were good but not outstanding, all three steaks we're different shapes and sizes which we are not accustomed to, we thought a NY steak had a standard shape and size. That aside, the meal was tasty, baked potato and green beans cooked to perfection but steak was not as tender as expected. I had a glass of wine which was on the small side compared to other restaurants for a similar price. We didn't save room for desert. We did have really great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    great prime ribs--consistently good every time. good kid menu. service has improved--friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the Paniolo Burger!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is, by far, the best burger on the island! It has smoked bacon, aged cheddar, lightly grilled onions,a Bleu cheese spread, lettuce, tomato, pickles and jalapeños. Not only is the burger great but it comes with a combination of perfectly cooked waffle fries AND crispy onion rings! Does life get any better? We also had the Ribeye, the Meatloaf as well as the Chicken Picatta. Everyone raved about their food but I still think the burger is the best thing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a great time
    Mark
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant as it was highly recommended by a friend. it was my husband's birthday and we were craving a good steak (filet Mignon). We were very pleasantly surprised by the friendly service, great food, good drinks and dessert. The prices were acceptable for a restaurant in Kauai or anywhere else for that matter. We will definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service Open Table
    CAvisitors
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    "Open Table is not very user friendly. It was confusing to use. We had rib eye steaks the fist time they were cooked to perfection. The side order of mushrooms was absolutely delicious. The follow night, I tried the chicken dish it was was excellent. The service was friendly, attentive and helpful. Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience. We were also given dessert with our meal, which was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food & Jazz
    CaptainRob
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food all the time with Jazz first & third Saturdays.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Find!
    Canatexian
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We chose this restaurant for our last dinner on Kauai because of Yelp reviews. After eating seafood and pork all week, we were in the mood for a steak. Don't let the rustic appearance and decor fool you. It turned out to be the best meal we had the whole week. Perfectly prepared steaks, and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kalaheo Steak
    Tavern
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Disappointing experience. Our steak was very good, however one of our party had a dish recommended as a favorite that in our opinion was spoiled. Our server handled the situation well, but I would probably not return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food wonderful owner.
    Barscenefun
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ernie was very attentive, and friendly. The food was great the atmosphere was fun had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    Stephan
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This place is great. We went there for the baby back ribs and they were fantastic. Additionally there was live music which we really enjoyed. It was a great evening...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Great service
    hawaii50
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    As always , good food and great service ....they serve grass feed Kauai grown beef so steaks are great .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Steaks with all the fixings--excellent. Try the meatloaf mash. Spivey meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Will Be Back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Having lived on Kauai for 7 years I am ashamed to say this was my first trip to the Kalaheo Steak and Rib. I had family visiting and decided it was a great time to try it. It was fantastic. The steamed clams were outstanding and everyone in our group enjoyed their meal and no one went home hungry! I do have to say the service was top notch. The servers were attentive but not annoying. I will be back and I won't wait for more visitors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best beef on the island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This neighborhood gem is hidden off of the main road, but it is a MUST visit during your trip to Kauai. By far the best beef we have eaten on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    JOAWEO
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service was excellant and the food above par. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mysandman
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    great food, service and really reasonably priced. We will be back again and again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ono local atmosphere
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The manager, Ernie, has done at great job with this restaurant. Good food, friendly service & great decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my first time time at Kalahro Steak & Rib. I will definitely be back. The service was excellent and the food was tasty. The bar area had a jazz group playing providing great entertainment. I recommend the Prime Rib. Perfectly prepared. The bread pudding for dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings are Overrated
    TravellingRon
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Based on reviews we took a quick visit to the restaurant. To be honest there is nothing spectacukar, interesting or ground-breaking to speak of. A very dated decor leaves you somewhat concerned but the food was OK. How anyone can get to 4 stars is amazing to me. This is standard but basic fare and nothing more. My wife had french oninion soup - not the classic presentation but effectively onion consumee with 2 wedges of toast with cheese. My ahi "special" was a fillet of ahi, pan seared on a pile of white rice with a over-processed lemon sauce at the bottom. My son's prime rib was OK but nothing compared to Lawry's in Vegas. All in all? An extremely pedestrian meal but the service was excellent.
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  • Great service, delicious food
    NorCalBevVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were so pleased to find this restaurant and saloon, we went back two nights in a row during our vacation. Wayne was an excellent server, he made sure we were aware of specials and checked on us throughout our dinners. The fresh fish was superb, and my husband enjoyed meatloaf one night and a burger the next. If you order am entree before six pm, Molokai Sweetbread Pudding is complimentary! The serve my favorite Chardonnays too, and they have wine bottle specials on Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Service!
    011411VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The FIRST TIME we came here since they switched over from Kalaheo Steakhouse, food was okay, service was so bad!! They were not busy at all and our waitress was horrible. THIS TIME- Just a few tables occupied, awesome food, we got the Papalina Poke, large amount of ahi for the price, $17(market price) I got the Prime Rib stir fry ($21), very tasty & lots of prime rib. BF got the Rib Eye ($32) which he loved! Our waitress NOE was great, very attentive, & friendly. The hostess wasnt as friendly, but NOE made our night great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Kalaheo Steak and Ribs reviews archive.
  • kalaheo steak and ribs, Kauai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    One of our island favorites. Excellent service, dirnks and dinners all served with aloha and professionalism. Wonderful fun evening for our party of four and actually was perfect in all categories. Love the paniolo style amibiance , think hawaiian cowboy western style. Our friends arrived on time at 4:30 and met us in the bar where we all were welcomed by the happy lady bartender, and at precielsy 5 pm, our reservation time we were escorted to our table in the dining room. The wait staff was at our table immediately and we were greeted with aloha and professionalism by Wayne our server.....fun time...superb starters, excellent prime rib, and super delicious desert, and even added on a bottle of perfect zinfandel. Loved it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is an old favorite of ours when we don't feel like cooking. The food is good, the staff outstanding and the owners make sure to greet everyone who comes in at some time during their meal. The setting is small-town main street with all the good connotations; if you want a warm, friendly, relaxing place to enjoy a satisfying meal, this is it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time in a while
    Hartfelt
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We have been in quote a few times and it's usually good. The prime rib was very good as well as the baked potato. The salad that came with it was adequate, not stellar. My husband enjoyed the cheesecake. The service was very good and friendly. We had a lovely evening. Mahalo
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great poki
    Kauaidiner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The poki was delicious. Rib eye steak tender and very nice marinade, a little pricey.service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect father's day dinner!
    Chavezs
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The ribs were cooked great and the stuffed pork chop was delicious... the booths are also very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Kalaheo restaurant
    MoniVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great Kalaheo restaurant. The steaks here are delicious and the staff is friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It's an easy 15-20 min drive from Poipu resorts and a fun change of pace. Two very different sections, dine upstairs with the blue hairs or head down to the saloon. We were there on a night when a 3-piece paniolo (sort of) band was playing, and they were quite good, except for the really bad jokes. Steamed clams were good texture and nicely seasoned, not just floating in butter, steak/veg skewer appetizer was OK, and New York steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and very tasty and tender. The place was packed on a Sun, so make a res. We ventured out from Poipu to Salt Pond Beach for a nice sunset, then ate here on the way back to our rental house. Nice change of pace from the restaurants in town if you like roadhouses, which we do.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Steaks; Mediocre Service
    Klqkauai
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We dined here several days ago and everything was fabulous. Our latest dining experience was less than stellar. Our waitperson was either too busy or she care about patrons. She never stopped to inquire about our meal yil we were finished. Filets were amazing. Potato and veggies were cold. Butter would not melt on potato. Our waitress never filled water glasses nor candle on table. Our server, Wayne, last time was amazing-everything our waitress wasnt. When we told her at the end of our meal that potato and veggies were cold, she stated "I know, several others complained about that." She then offered a free dessert which we declined and then offered a 20% reduction on my meal! but not my husbands?
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • i ordered the ribs it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    i ordered the ribs it was cold in the middle and the rib itself had no flavor. but the service was really great.
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  • Don't be fooled by the outside
    Opentableuser2013VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Inside is a charming, well run restaurant with good food. We've passed by this restaurant numerous times because it looks dark, dowdy and a bit rough. Friends recommended it and we've been back twice now. The service has always been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jesse's review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Our food was great, the waitress was wonderful, attentive, sweet and pregnant. We loved her and our experience. All six of our party would gladly come back and we represented 3 states. Alabama, California and Washington. Love the Country Music being (originally) from Kansas with ties there. My wife and I will be back with family in the next 3 weeks but the others have left. Jesse Hatfield
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last night in Kauai
    pentictonpal
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was the perfect place to spend our last night in Kauai. It was recommended by a person we met on Capt. Andy's Na Pali cruise. We had a one year old and they were wonderful with him. The Stuffed Pork Chops were amazing and the rib eye was great. We would definitely recommend this, the prices were good and the setting relaxed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great restaurant!
    sarahski
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The Kalaheo Steak House on Kauai is a restaurant that I will return to often. It has everything one needs for a fine dining dinner. It is my first choice when I take special guests to dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gourmet
    bluebirds4you
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Kalaheo Steak and Ribs is off the beaten track which makes it a special "find" for people who want to enjoy a neighborhood treasure with reputedly the best steaks on the island. We went there with two guests, one of whom is a steak fan. My husband and I lean toward seafood and vegetables. We thought our ahi was more than delicious. Our other guest was very pleased with the special nut-encrusted ahi she ordered. And then came dessert! There is a selection for any sweettooth. We sampled a couple different cheesecakes. The atmosphere is ranch style in honor of the Hawaiian cowboys who help get us those steaks--attractive, comfortable, and casual yet great for a special occassion. Loved it. We're repeat customers and will be again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Steakhouse in Kauai
    LVShowman
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Nothing fancy, just good food and good service. The owner and wait staff made you feel very welcome.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local charm in a tourist mecca
    drmemoryVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great prime rib and baby back ribs. Everything else being served around us looked very good too. The real joy of Kalaheo Steak and Ribs is that its where the locals go for great food, drink and fun. It's close to the Poipu beach area of the south shore of Kauai, but light years away from the polished, up-scale eateries (some of which are very good) that cater to the tourists. To fully enjoy an evening at KSR, reserve well in advance for Thursday or Sunday night in the Saloon, where you will be entertained by the band Wialoa playing wonderful Hawaiian slack-key music, peppered with local jokes by the base player, Charlie, who is also police commissioner of the island. Aloha!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Valentines!
    misskatsVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    had a wonderful Valentines day dinner. Felt as if our waiter forgot about our table, none the less the food was excellent (lobster) and for a great price. the decor was fun and festive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!
    cmtb
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    we love KSR! we're never disappointed when we get there! love the ambience and decor! perfect little restaurant in the middle of Kalaheo! Definite recommend to friends, family, others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.