Enjoyable dinner experience
My husband and I enjoyed our dinner with our two children. The service was kind of slow, but they did bring out our children's meals first, so we didn't have to deal with any crankiness from them. The servers were friendly and did apologize for the slowness. My fresh fish of the day was DELICIOUS! We would go back if we're ever back in Kauai, again.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
The food was amazing and plentiful. We went for Sunday Brunch and avoided the champagne option so we could eat more delicious food. It was buffet service and the room with the food was too warm for comfort but returning to the open air seating with a loaded plate and a calming live musician serenade quickly made us forget the heat. They offer one a la carte item per person and I recommend ordering that before your first trip to the buffet line as many in our party were too full to order later and the waitress was not easily found. Their dessert offerings were bite sized which was perfect for sampling a variety of chocolate laden morsels. We had a number of small children with us who all found food items they liked.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best brunch on island
We have been coming here for brunch or the last 4 years , every time we come for vacation. It never disappoints. , the view is beautiful.
The best item on the menu is the ahi tuna benedict. I wait for that all year. Their sauce is perfect, not to sour and no after taste.
We are there every Sunday when we are on island.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made a visit to Gaylors a priority on our recent visit to Kauai. Our first experience was for brunch July 2012. So when we decided to return to Kauai a year later with our daughter and her boyfriend, Gaylords was a must. Brunch was lovely, although a bit limited compared to last year, but everything we had was delish. My daughter said her Ahi eggs benedict was probably the best eggs benedict she has ever had. The atmoshere with live music and lovely courtyard is a delightful way to spend a meal.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our daughter's 19th birthday at Gaylord's and enjoyed a great brunch and beautiful music! There was a variety a food choices and the staff was friendly and attentive. The $10 bottomless mimosas are a steal! Would recommend this place to family and friends!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant is in an old mansion
Restaurant is in an old mansion with outdoor dining on the covered outdoor terrace. Enjoyed the shrimp dish and the swordfish (Sushome) was done perfectly and presented on a bed of risotto. Good sized portions, had to skip desert. Shops in the mansion are a nice addition.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a good time, very good brunch and also have been to their luau at this plantation. Getting to explore the property and shops is also fun. Recommend for a fancy yummy brunch, you will eat too much but it's all part of vacation.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lihue Kauai Favorite
We have dined at Gaylord's almost every summer
while in Kauai and it always a great experience!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Brunch Favorite
We went for my mom's SURPRISE birthday brunch! Her surprise was successful and staff/service/food was exceptional. Marque and Paka took great care of us and our occasion was most memorable. Thank you for having us!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and service
We visited this place while on vacation in Kauai. We purchased tickets for a luau but didn't want to eat the typical buffet food. We were so pleased that Gaylord's was an option. The food was great. We only ordered appetizers and a salad but everything was very good. Service was excellent and they were very accommodating with our 6 year old daughter and brought her meal very quickly. Surroundings are beautiful.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a special night out!
The pre-dinner cocktails were unique and tasty. Be prepared to spend a few bucks, but the food is delicious and the service was outstanding. One of the better restaurants to check out in Lihue.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Last Lunch
Had looked at Gaylords for dinner the previous night, but decided on Merriman's instead. So lunch the next day, we tried Gaylords. Absolutely lovely lunch with a beautiful views of the grounds and birds. Lunch was delicious. I had the short-rib sandwich and onion rings, while my wife had the pizza. A couple of cocktails and a lesiurely lunch was a great finish to our stay on Kauai.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We don't visit Gaylord's too often, but when we do, it always delivers a solid dining experience. We started with ahi poke that delicious and distinctive, served in a coconut resting on a bed of coarse salt. The caesar salad (w/smoked salmon) sounds a little strange, but it turns out to be a delicious turn on a classic dish. They were out of one of the pork entrees, but they substitututed an Osso Bucco that was really quite good, w/ roasted veggies and a mash potato side that was excellent. Other diners sampled the scallops and fresh catch, which were all excellent. Presentation was very well done and the service was first rate. I'm thinking we should visit more often!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaylord's is a gem
We have been to Gaylords many times in the past 20 years. It continues to deliver high quality food in a wonderful plantation atmosphere. The veranda dining area is airy and reasonably quiet with nice views. Our food was excellent. We had sesame seared ahi, pork osso bucco, and the special of the night was a 12 oz. prime rib. Everything was prepared and presented in an excellent manner. Our waiter, Jacob, was attentive, friendly, and courteous. He made the dinner special. We topped it off with a shared banana coconut pie which was very good.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Mai Tai in Hawaii
The best Mai Tai in Hawaii - and be sure to have the coconut/banana crème pie - it is to DIE for!!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Brunch Spot
Highly recommend a meal here while on Kauai........They also do a great Luau
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Historical and Memorable
Gaylord's restaurant is a historical house which the rooms have different merchant
vendors which is available before or after your dinner.
My wife and I celebrated our 37th anniversary she ordered the Cioppino and I the Seared Scallops both were excellent and well portions. Our sitting was a table below steps viewing trees and the backyard. A very memorable evening.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Friendly Staff
The food was very good, the band playing was delightful, the garden was magical. I would say the dinner was good value for quality well prepared food
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
For all the other restaurants that were pricey in Kauai, Gaylord's was one of the few restaurants where walking out after dinner, the money seemed well spent. Food tastes great and the service was excellent. My only complaint was the desserts. The pie was frozen.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
the wine was good! the service was excellent.... its was a Monday nite! so its so so busy.. but quiet! loved it!...eat a early lunch! before you go here! the apps and dinner are large! you surely will get your money worth here!!!.... the plates were very well decorated.and appealing!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet Friday Night at Gaylord's
New Gaylord's menu (last two years) is more limited than old Menu of the last decade (getting a bit bored with these offerings). Getting a bit pricey based on food quality/quantity. Drinks could use a 20% cut and Main menu 25% Cut to be competitive with Beach House and Merriman's to justify a 30 min each way drive from Poipu. Enjoyed the food and beverages, service, as much at Tortilla Republic and Casa di Amici , with a 50% lower Check. Still a nice spot, will hit the other restaurants for a second round this trip, but not Gaylord's. Will try again in Dec and see if they get more realistic.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch at Gaylord's
If you only go for the rum bread pudding it's worth it. Not a pricey brunch compared to so many. Well presented, lovely setting. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed sitting outside.
Two days before we came for dinner for a birthday and it was also lovely in the evening. We'd go back.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
With the plan of doing the Koloa rum tasting that afternoon, my wife and I decided to have Brunch at Gaylord's on a Sunday. We were quite pleased with our choice. The food was excellent ( the procuitto and goat cheese tarts were amazing!) Along with the price-fixed buffet, they offer three small plates that are included in the price. Also, for $10 more, they offered unlimited champagne/mimosas. The atmosphere was excellent, a musical act performed outside (seating is also outside, but under a canopy to avoid the occassional drizzle.) The server was attentive and did not rush us out. We were able to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the music before moving on to explore the shops within the plantation before heading to the rum tasting.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful lunch with
Had a wonderful lunch with friends, able to conduct a conversation without noise and a great ambiance.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful setting and great service
My wife and had a late lunch in their beautiful outdoor setting. My wife's lunch was very good - seared tuna on a Caesar salad. I made a bed menu choice with a Ruben Sandwich My wife warned that Hawaii didn't seem a good place for the choice. It was mediocre. The plantation ice cream pie was great.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
great for dinner or lunch
We ate here twice, once for dinner and another time for lunch on our last day in Kauai before heading to the airport.
Our dinner - opah (Hawaiin moon fish) with risotto was amazing. Also had the Hawaiin barbecue ribs which were very good. The waiter was excellent, he was personable and knowlegable regarding the menu. For dessert we shared a 'plantation pie' which was sooooo delicious.
Then we went back for lunch before heading to the airport on our last day in Kauai. We ordered hamburgers with a beer and of course ANOTHER slice of plantation pie (ice cream, macademia nuts, rum caramel sauce) for dessert. On this visit we had a waitress and she was wonderful.
We recommend this place, and we definately recommend the plantation pie!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and an incredible
Fantastic food and an incredible setting with live music and torch light.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
great night with friends in Kauai
We had a great dinner experience at Gaylord's in Kauai. It was a rainy night, but the seating around the open courtyard was very cozy. The food was delicious. The portion for the scallops was a little small. The spring roll appetizer was the best I've had. Service was excellent. Will definitely go back when we are in Kauai again.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Performer, Interesting Menu
Our second visit as we were impressed at our first. So often the second time around disappoints, but Gaylord's was again spot on with service and food. We also learned, although did not participate, that they had a happy hour that featured small plates at $5 along with martinis at $5 and other drinks at discount prices. Based on the performance of the kitchen, I would bet that these food offerings were very good, too. Setting is very unique as the tables are open to a courtyard in a u-shaped fashion. Open and delightful.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Beautiful outdoor dining
This is a wonderful place for a romantic dinner since all seating is outdoors surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Sunday brunch is good but not the best on the island. Although you can get an omelet it is filled with asparagus with no options. They need an omelet station.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been going to Gaylord's since the 90s whenever we get to Kauai. The food is always terrific. The staff is friendly, attentive and always there to help. The garden atmosphere lends to a nice, quiet evening for adults.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great All Around
Everything was PERFECT, except the music. I would like them to change their music choices, as it seems a little to "retro" for the fine ambiance they have. Live pianist was an excellent touch, but during his break, they piped in the annoying music again. Easy listening music really sets the tone/mood for the night! I would recommend the restaurant to all my friends!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live on Kauai and haven't eating here in years. We found the staff very attentive and the food excellant. We will go back soon.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch was great, beautiful atmosphere but slow service.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
All was excellent with this restaurant. The ambience was spectacular! Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. The only complaint I have is the new York strip was a little tough. It was cooked medium rare as I ordered but just nor a real good cut of meet. The bar for a before or after dinner drink is really, really nice as well. We will be back.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second meal at
This was our second meal at Gaylords within a week; we liked ti so much the first time that we decided to go back our last night in Lihue. It was very pleasant.....BUT we were counting on the same quiet ambiance we enjoyed a couple of nights earlier. Not to be. Although the website and the printed literature said there was no luau on Thursdays, there was indeed a luau. Hence my increasing the noise level rating and lowering the ambiance rating from our previous visit. Quite honestly it was not that intrusive but loud enough to cover the music of the dining areas. So, if you go, and you don't enjoy listening to the drums during dinner, call to be sure it will be luau-free.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We discovered this special dining spot several years ago. It is now a "must" when we are in Kauai. Excellent good and beautiful atmosphere.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
A beautiful evening!
Delicious food, excellent service (thank you, Michael), and enjoyed piano music while dining on the patio. This is a dinner spot not to be missed. The NY Strip and filet were perfection. The plantation pie is not to be missed!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambience creates intimate dining experience. The staff are attentive but not intrusive. All of this plus the food is outstanding. Even though Gaylord's is highly promoted, it's not a tourist trap. Don't miss pass it up.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special dinner for our 20th wedding
We really enjoyed having dinner at Gaylord's for our 20th anniversary. There was live music and we got up and danced. Everything was perfect.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
On a Saturday night in Novemeber I dinned at Gaylords with my wife. It was pouring down rain all day and evening but we were tucked comfortably under the roof of the courtyard dining area and treated with service making us feel like the only ones there. Food and drinks were terrific and moved to the bar after dessert to listen to the duo performing everything from Van Morrison to Jimmy Buffet. and Willie Nelson. Great Evening.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's so good !
Good food + good service = good night ! Before dinner, we apreciate the quiet bar with a of course good Mai Tai.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely outdoor seating
We went to Gaylord's on an unusually cool evening on Kauai. I ordered the fresh catch, I really enjoyed the entrée and the sides, the avocado tempura was something new. My husband ordered the osso bucco which he liked. Normally we would have taken our time and enjoyed the atmosphere and food a bit more but it was just too cold outside.
My only complaint is that Gaylord's doesn't have any heat lamps, but I guess they aren't needed very often.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant in old converted
Great restaurant in old converted estate building. Dining is outdoors under covered walkways, great touch. Nice menu, food was well prepared, very tasty. Wine list to complement menu. Service was good, some what rushed, though not sure why as it seemed there was only one main seating. After most diners finished, the table usually sat empty the rest of the evening. The ambience of the setting plus the great food, made for a nice fine dining experience. Will definitely return next time in the area.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Historic charm. Updated choices.
The menu choices are wonderful. We tried the Sesame seared Ahi and the Fresh catch after the sashimi. All were artistically presented and delicious. Had avocado tempura for the first time ever. What a treat.
One complaint. No room for desert!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch with Baby
Enjoyed a leisurely lunch with our daughter and son-in-law and their 4 month old baby on a Wednesday. Staff gracefully executed our request for space for a baby stroller next to our table. The food was wonderful and the service was attentive.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional Atmosphere For Dining
My wife and I found this place when we were staying at the Marriott. We have made it a habit to visit Gaylord's for a meal every time we are on the island of Kauai. Our most recent visit was this past week while we were cruising the islands on the Pride of America. I know it sounds crazy to eat off the ship when all your meals are free, but what better compliment can we give Gaylord's than to do so. We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the scenic view. We highly recommend them to anyone interested in a wonderful meal.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the Trip
We were staying in Poipu so the restaurant was a good twenty minutes away. The restaurant is in an old sugar plantation. You sit on the backyard patio courtyatd and it's a very pretty setting. The wait staff was great. They had a few, inexpensive options for the kids, too. We shared the Tomato Caprese Salad and it was very flavorful. I had the sesame ahi for dinner which was very good. My husband had their special Bourban Fried Chucken and waffles. He enjoyed it very much. We were going to skip dessert but we couldn't resist the Banana Coconut Cream Pie. It was amazing with a rum caramel sauce, toasted flakes of coconut and fresh whipped cream. It is not to be missed. We will return again!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiviing at gaylord's
We made our reservation only 2 wks in advance of Turkey Day so didn't get the time of our choice. However, eating earlier was ok. Our waiter was very friendly and helped with explanations, because 1 of us had the Turkey Dinner while one chose seafood. Timing between courses was perfect. Food was very good, even dessert. We'd recommend going there for holidays!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous place for our Thanksgiving dinner or any occasion for that matter.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM