The orchids in the garden
The orchids in the garden are worth a trip to Kauai! This was by far the best meal and the most beautiful location of all during my two weeks on Kauai. Get a table on the lanai, have a mojito (better than any mojito I have had elsewhere, including all of Texas), and relax. It's a place that is difficult to leave, so take your time during your meal. You'll find yourself thinking about Plantation Gardens for a long time, with much aloha and nostalgia.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old World Hawaii - Relaxing
Old World Hawaii restaurant - Indoor or outdoor porch seating. Very Fresh salads - Daly specials of seafood outstanding. Walk the garden path with a wide variety of Hawaiian plants and flowers - photo opportunities everywhere. No rush service makes this restaurant very relaxing and enjoyable.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Must-Do for Every Visit to Kauai
We have been dining at Plantation Gardens on every visit to Kauai since 1977. The specialness of this wonderful dining experience has never failed to amaze! Ambience, courteous service and delicious, healthy, fresh offerings have been consistently wonderful over the many years we've been privileged to visit. Thank you Plantation Gardens for the high bar you have set and sustained!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The only place we go
We live on Kauai. When we go out, good food is important, but we also like to hear each other without screaming. Plantation Gardens has very good food, and is the only place we've found in Poipu that you can carry on a real conversation. There are other places with food that might be better (if you want "meat" instead of seafood or pork) but then you need to bring earplugs.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fund this place at short notice during our honeymoon. our server, Brad, was excellent and very affable, his knowledge of the menu was very very good. The food itself was totally gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this place.
Enjoyed watching the local heron, looking for fish in the pond next to where we were fishing !
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful Setting and Food
This restaurant has a beautiful garden setting with that "old Hawaii" feeling. We were here for our anniversary and our meal from start to finish was delicious. We had the special (monchong) and fresh fish of the day (swordsbill). Service was great with good recommendations from our server. Prices are very reasonable for a high end restaurant. Try the cookie/ice cream trio dessert!
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delightful island garden dining.
Charming Pacific Rim restaurant with great views of their nice garden. Great service, food, island drinks, and a nice menu. Located in the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation Resort across from the Poipu Shopping Center.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here is quite delicious, very fresh and healthy (except for the corn fritters) If you like bread with your meals BYOB (bring your own bread) because this restaurant HAS NO BREAD! You can't even buy bread - they don't have any bread. Unbelievable as it seems.
BTW I am in agreement that bread should not be AUTOMATICALLY placed on the table and then wasted if not eaten. I think bread should be available upon request. Perhaps it can even be an item on the menu, for a price. We are from San Francisco, we are very health conscious, eat out frequently and we are not at all overweight.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed the experience,
Really enjoyed the experience, it was lovely sitting outside near the garden to have dinner. The Quinoa (vegetarian) dish was amazing, can only recommend. Also tried the steamed fish which was nice. If you stay in Poipu you should try this restaurant.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Setting is fabulous and fitting
Setting is fabulous and fitting for a wedding reception that same night. Food was excellent but service was slow, perhaps due to wedding.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like Dining on Scarlett's Porch
The food isn't southern- it's pure island with delicious fish dishes and yummy cocktails- but the beautiful outdoor wrap-around deck is like dining on someones porch- which I believe is the point. Warm breezes are generated by huge ceiling fans and the whole vibe is very laid back while still maintaining a touch of gentility.
Service was friendly and informative. Prices are reasonable given the resort location. Poke, machong and the ono were highlights ofour meal.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delicious meal and
We had a delicious meal and unfortunately I can't remember what I ate. The fresh fish was fabulous! We loved it!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and restaurant
Second time we ate here.
WONDERFUL... AND HIGHLY RECCOMENED,
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Must when in Poipiu
When we are on island...Plantation Garden is a favorote. The ambience is amazing when you sit on the lanai. Our fish was great and our server was very friendly and attentive. The couple next to us was there for the second night in a row! Bring a camera and capture the beautiful gardens.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful spot, great food.
Another great restaurant in Poipu area. Located in a beautiful garden, we sat on the porch. The food was excellent and the service was great. Our waiter treated my son - age 6 - like a prince. It's a romantic spot for sure!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful garden plantation house
Definitely leave your hotel or condo in Poipu and come have dinner here. The chef is excellent. Our favorites included crab rangoon appetizer and the monchong fish in red curry. The kids liked the chicken wings with lilikoi aioli appetizer and the baby back ribs
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first night of dining
Plantation Gardens was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Our reservation was honored and we were sat right away. Center table outside on the patio.....just beautiful. Service was wonderful, the servers we all very attentive. We were there with our 3 boys, 18, 13 & 11 and everyone found something to eat on the menu. We would definitely recommend for either families or 2 people out for something more romantic.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutelty Stunning Restaurant
Loved everything about it! Food, server, ambiance. Great place to eat.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Watch for allergies
On some items, the menu did not reflect the ingredients included in preparation, such as added fruit. Some menu items were prepared with nontraditional methods (i.e. spring rolls were not made with rice paper. This made it difficult to select from the menu for one with allergies. Barring this limitation, the food was good, the service was great, the dessert was awesome (cheese cake) and the atmosphere was totally Hawaiian.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such a nice place and the gardens are so very beautiful. Very relaxing and enjoyable dinner.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow. Just wow.
Although located on the grounds of a resort, this is not a typical hotel restaurant. Beautiful setting, amazing service. And the food? Amazing. This is a real gem. Our favorite on Kauai.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely peaceful setting
We were lucky enough to sit on the veranda & enjoy Hawaiian music being played for a small wedding. The setting was lovely & although it rained, a beautiful rainbow appeared after & made the evening more special. We went as a family of 5 & they were very accommodating with a kids menu. Cocktails were a little bland & their signature dish the Seafood Lau Lau was good & healthy but nothing special. Overall a very relaxing pleasant dinner.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most amazing mixed drink I've ever had (lavender pina colada). Outdoor seating was romantic. Food was excellent.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic dining on a huge porch
We've been here several times and its always been a great experience, even when things aren't perfect. The kalua sliders took a little bit long but were comped without us saying anything. And they were good. Machong fish with mac nut crust over sweet potatoe mash was excellent. Li Hing Mui mango margaritas were superb as usual. And dining on the gigantic porch is such a relaxing experience I would recommend to anyone visiting Kauai. Gardens are very beautiful as well. Mahalo!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant has a beautiful
The restaurant has a beautiful setting. I like the lanai set-up very much. It has a very nice ambience. Of course, the gardens are beautiful. This time (I was there last October) all the orchids are in bloom. And, the house specially cocktails. They are great! Pork Tenderloin was delicious!
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Gardens and Fresh Fish
The fish was caught earlier that day. They had some creative cocktails as well. I had the lychee Asian pear Cosmo which was very good. It cost $9.75 I believe. We ate out on a porch that over looked a lilly pond where a bull frog serenaded us from time to time. Overall, very nice experience.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had our 10th anniversary dinner here with our daughter and Tony, our waiter, was outstanding along with all of the food. If you're going, you've got to have the mac-nut encrusted goat cheese appetizer! Would go back in a heartbeat!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Risk Worth Taking
I was with my wife and a large group of people on this trip to Kauai. EVERYBODY else was talking about several other popular restaurants in the area, but we had difficulty getting a reservation that fit our needs at these other restaurants. We were able to get a reservation at The Planation but didn't know/hear anything about it. Well, now we know. It was a very special evening for the two of us and I highly recommend it.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Plantation Food
We had a lovely dinner on the veranda. It was quiet and overlooked the plantation gardens.
The food was terrific.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had heard many positive
We had heard many positive recommendations about the Plantation Gardens, and found it to be lovely. At the same time, even though we were dining late, and the restaurant was not crowded, our service was very slow, and when we did get service, the dishes brought to the table were not what we ordered. One of our party became annoyed, and when one of the staff saw her "if looks could kill" expression, he came over immediately and explained that there was a computer glitsch. He took personal responsibility for our satisfaction, appologized profusely, and said that we would be satisfied when we got our bill. The remainder of our meal went perfectly well, with our entire meal being compd, which we never expected!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner on the porch
We hav eaten at the Plantation Gardens many times and they just seem to get better. It was a birthday dinner for my wife and it was a great evening. We had a macadamia nut coated maui-mahi with purple Hawaiian sweet potatoes and a grilled ono with a red curry and bok chou. Everything was delicious . Our waiter, Jake, was very friendly and attentive. They gave my wife a complementary lilikoi dessert with Happy Birthday spelled out in chocolate on the plate with a single candle. Nice touch.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome. The chef special
Awesome. The chef special just melted in your mouth. The spices and seasonings did not overpower.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner in Paradise
I love this place! Have been dining here since I was a kid. The ambiance is amazing set in the middle of tropical gardens. The food is solid. Really good fish dishes and some interesting native Hawaiian "puppus". Our salad had too much salt in it was our oy complaint. Our server was super friendly but there was lot of lag te between courses. Bottom line amazing atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Be prepared for slow service and solid food with a few exceptional dishes and a few misses as well. I give the tropical cocktails an A+.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place within tropical
Environment. Great food, nice servuce, prices justified
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Kauai treat. Quiet and romantic. Mostly seafood, but that is what we were looking for. This was our second visit. First one 3 years ago and it is till wonderful. Probably always will be. Service was friendly and outstanding.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back into glory
For 13 years and 25 trips to the islands, but we've enjoined Plantation Gardens. For several years of late it was still good but the food was not as stellar as earlier. Tuesday, Sept 12, 2013 we think the food became special again. We think veteran servers speaks well for a place, and our favorite, Monica, treated us like old friends, describes and presents the food with authority (and when she doesn't know, checks), competent with the wine pairings, and maintains professional. Seated on the dining lanai with adequate room, comfortable tables..... Very nice. Priced Hawaii high but a drop below Merriman's or Tidepools, and Josselin's. Pleasant desserts and a reasonable port makes for a nice Hawaii night out.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vary Good but . . .
I had read the mixed reviews, and even after visiting, I'm still "mixed" on everything except the service. It was GREAT. I had ordered the pork, and I honestly couldn't eat it because it was so very dry. However, the waiter whisked it away and brought me the pot roast, which was very, very good. I do think it's over priced for what you get, however. The ambiance, on the other hand, is very nice, so no doubt, you are paying for ambiance, as well.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The setting was a beautiful
The setting was a beautiful plantation garden which was very relaxing. service was very friendly. The food was excellent and very reasanbly priced for Kauai.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined twice here on the same trip
Nothing says you like a place like going back for an additional visit particularly on the same trip. Given a choice between the marvelous Merriman's Seafood and Plantation, we chose the later based on the really nice lanai seating and the less noisy garden setting. We had an enthusiastic server (Leah) who made the experience fun and delicious. Cocktails with island flare, 4 apps/salad plates, and dessert cocktails. Satisfied, smiling and so glad we spent our final dinner with the good folks at PG. The old dishes seemed fresher and spiffed up a bit. New exec chef? I don't know. For 13 years, this has been a regular stop on our Hawaii trips.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
What was not a great experience was using Open Table to make the reservation. I wanted 6:30; thought 7 was not available from the website; got a reservation for 8; then a message that 'this user has a reservation for 7?? Had to call the restaurant to confirm. Turns out 6:30 and 7 were not open so we were able to get 7:30. If I hadn't talked to them we may not have kept the Open Table reservation and missed out. Pretty frustrating.
Plantation Gardens was a lovely experience. We already love the gardens and ambiance and the service and food made it a great experience for our first dinner there. Our friends who come to Kauai often had not known it was there and they loved it too. Really a nice experience.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was recommeded by our guide, Nick from the Outfitters Kauai Kayak Shack as a great place for a nice higher-end meal during our vacation. It could not have been more perfect.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dinner was very good and beautifully presented. The gardens are beautiful and eating on the veranda is very relaxing.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to celebrate 50th!!!
The food was great, service was great, friendly staff! I had the special macnut crusted fish, which was really good!! And the Baked Hawaiian was recommended for dessert, it was really good!! Not too big, just the right size! Atmosphere was very relaxing, tropical, vacation feel! Loved the experience!! Would highly recommend!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Old Hawaiian
This was a treat. The dinner was excellent and the place was a page out of the Plantation era of Koloa. We have been coming to Kauai for 15 years and this was our first time at Plantation Gardens. I wish we had arrived earlier because the orchid gardens were hard to see after dark. We will definitely return when we are pack in Kauai again.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and ambiance
This was my families first trip to HI, and the restaurant was recommended to us by friends. The food and atmosphere were great. The restaurant is housed in an older building that has been remodeled, very open and airy. Though small, the menu had a great selection of fresh seafood as well as other great options if your not into fish. Also many great options for beer and wine enthusiast's. We sat out on the patio and had a spectacular view of the orchid garden(defiantly worth going a few minutes early to walk around in before or after dinner). Would definitely visit this eatery again!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small menu but all the selections
Small menu but all the selections are wonderful
Our favorite restaurant in Poipu
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll be back...
We thought we'd eaten at all the best places in the Poipu area but this was terrific.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and delicious
Great service and delicious food - really good Hawaiian fish! Fun classy old school Hawaiian atmosphere. Had a wonderful dinner!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful gardens, great food
Beautiful gardens, great food and reasonable
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiving in Paradise
Gave up on Thanksgiving at home and had a lovely meal on the lanai at Plantation Gardens. The food was excellent. I chose a local favorite and my husband chose the traditional Thanksgiving foods. Mine was the best. Veggie steamed to crisp/done, scallops, prawns, fish in a ti leaf bundle. ONO! (great!) The setting can't be beat. Love viewing the history of the place through the photo display on the walls inside. Overall a great evening and I had no pans to scrub and no leftovers.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM