Fabulous tastes abound
Creative genius at work. Sangria bar is wonderful!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time here, food is always excellent, and the service friendly. Shot ribs were great, and the scallops were fantastic.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food on Kauai!
Dined at Josselin's for the first time in June 2013. Wow! Every dish was fantastic, service perfect. Excellent variety of small plates, nice work with flavors. If I lived in Kauai, I'd be there every week. Best meal on the island, including the Kauai Grill at Princeville (in the St. Regis), which has dropped off a bit.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I love delicious and inventive cuisine in a non-pretentious atmosphere and that's exactly what we found at Josselin's. the sharing plates are bursting with intelligent flavour combinations. Our favourite was the pumpkin ravioli - was absolutely to die for. One of the most exquisite dishes I've ever eaten. We plan to return to Josselin's during our 7 night stay on Kauai!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We frequent Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill 4 to 5 times a year and we have never been disappointed. This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and when we want to entertain out-of-town friends. Chef Jean-Marie is always adding something new to the menu that is worth trying.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food near Poipu, Kauai
Want a wonderful food venue on the south end of Kauai, give Jossrlin's
a try. Wonderful small plates. Reservations suggested
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best of the year
I have dined here several times and found the place offers a truly unique dining experience. So when my three grown children and there spouses visited KAUAI I insisted they done there. The report: all 3 said it was the best place they'd dined this year. They could not stop raving about the food, the atmosphere and the experience. And two if them own restaurants! Don't miss this experience.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is hands down the most innovative, delicious and interesting food we've had in the 20+ years we've been coming to the Islands. Great wait staff and the food rivals anywhere, including our San Francisco favorites. Gourmet food with a sense of humor and reasonable prices considering the quality. World class fish dishes. Stunners are the Szechuan pork buns and macadamia profiteroles.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have never had a bad bite
I have never had a bad bite there. Each item on the menu is unique and delicious. It is NOT just anoter tapas bar!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tapas A Good Way to Dine
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill. Being seniors we do not need the volume of food offered with meals at other restaurants. Joselin's tapa approach to dining provides the opportunity to order samplers of extraordinarily well prepared food until the appetite is satiated.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The overall dining experience was wonderful. Great service, lovely dining area, I highly recommend reserving a booth if you are looking for something more intimate. The food was beyond words, taste, presentation, and the timely manner in which it was brought out. My experience was perfection and I will surely be returning in the future.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - loved the variety
Made two visits to Josselins during my vacation to Kauai. Loved the food. Nice atmosphere. Interesting combinations of ingredients made for fun exploration of new dishes. My only criticism was they didn't allow for enough time between courses. As a tapas format much of the fun is sharing the food with the others at your table and trying all the different dishes. There was hardly a pause in the food and it seemed rushed. I had to tell them to slow it down on more than one occasion and after that it seemed the dishes had been sitting and weren't as hot as they should have been. Difference between very good and outstanding is the pacing of the meal. Slow down and let people enjoy the food - its Hawaii - not a New York power lunch.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Hawaiian style tapas were
The Hawaiian style tapas were delicious & plated attractively, The service was excellent. As with most restaurants on Kauai, we eere surprised that the kitchen closes ar roughly 9 PM.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
dined August 3, 2013
Tapas style but not necessarily Spanish; local ingredients more than Spanish. Knowledgeable and attentive wait staff and original drink menu.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant!
We love to go here with a group so that we can order and try more dishes. Loved the deconstructed ahi role, the salt & pepper octopus, the clams, tiger prawns & butterfish.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are Kauai residents and enjoy dining at Josselin's Tapas Bar and Grill, especially when we have special guests in town. The food is fabulous and the presentation beautiful and inviting. The hostesses, manager and servers are friendly and knowledgeable. We usually pass up dessert, but we were happy we didn't the last time we dined there. I recommend the panna cotta, which is served in a strawberry sauce surrounded by a sampling of three tropical sorbets. My daughter loved the lilikoi sorbet so much, she ordered a bowl of just sorbet and declared it the best ever.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for our 35 wedding anniversary and had a selection of 6 tapas and two deserts. Each dish was wonderful and had unique flavors. The service was superb. In fact the food came so fast we felt a little bit rushed!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had some of the best food
We had some of the best food at Josselin's. ceviche was great, the rock shrimp was amazing, corn flan is a can't miss.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time. Love the mango sangria. Had several plates. All great, except portion on risotto was wimpy.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in South Kauai
Great tapas and sangria. Clears out at about 9:30 on Saturday night. Reasonable prices. Our favorite in Poipu
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great meal....one
We had a great meal....one of the best places on the island of Kauai!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice meal in Kauai
Two years ago, we had a 5-star meal at Josselin's. Still excellent food on this past trip, but not executed as precisely as before. The raw fish preparations should have been colder (even though they plate it over dry ice, the fish was at room temperature rather than cool). I mentioned it to the waiter, and he said it was normal. (So I marked down the service rather than the food, not knowing if it was a food issue or a timing issue.) But, the crispy octopus, lamb meatballs, misoyaki butter fish, were all excellent. Be ready to share, to get the full experience.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visited this restaurant
We visited this restaurant on a recent vacation in Kauai and we were surprised with how great the food and ambiance were. Most of the restaurants on the south side of the island are more casual with bar food, but Josselin's was more trendy, with higher quality food. The menu is great with small portions of many different types of fish, pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes for sharing, family style. My family will definitely be back, and it can't be soon enough because we just got back to Seattle yesterday night and we want to go back to beautiful Kauai already!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here about a year ago and it didn't disappoint this time. I had the mango sangria and it was delicious. I'm vegetarian and there were plenty of choices. My dining companions had plenty of choices as meat eaters. I will go back again.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding!!!!
Being from Oahu, our friends who have visited and live in Poipu recommended that we try this restaurant. We are so glad that we did! Food was outstanding! Everything was delishious! Ono! We didn't want to take away a star that our waitress didn't steer us away from too much cheese dishes, but she should have since everything was so rich and tastey! But it was our fault for choosing too many of them. Our favorite was the roasted ahi belly with unagi, yum!!!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Sangria, Butterfish
My wife I went on one of our last days on Island. I asked the water his top 5 items and wewent from there. Do not miss the butterfish or their fantastic tropical sangrias. Great service, great experience. When we go back, we will definitly visit again!!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was tasety
Each dish had a nice distinct flavor, pork belly topped it all off. Sangria is fun to have & compared to most restaurants on Kauai this one has some of the best dishes.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of four had a wonderful meal here. Our cocktails were well made. The service was well informed and gave us guidance regarding the size of Tapas dishes. The wine list was varied and had good choices in all price ranges. We started with 4 choices and went from there and added two more dishes later. We then had two dessert choices and coffee.
Of note was the butter fish, duck tacos, octopus, and the pumpkin ravioli were outstanding. The profiteroles and chocolate soufflé were super.
We were patrons of the chef's previous restaurant A Pacific Cafe and are delighted to find his new place. Very much worth a visit.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
walk-in got seated before i did
I got to the restaurant and was kindly greeted by the hostess and she asked if i had a reservation.
i did. she said it would only be a moment and as i sat down, this other couple came up asking for a table.
someone walked out to the hostess stand (looks like the manager) the couple then asked for a table and he took them
right in. when i got seated i was in the middle of the room and the couple with NO reservations got a better table than i did.
annoyed. overall food was great. just was not crazy about everyone walking around me being in the middle of the room
and had gotten seated after a walk in that ended up with better seats.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is artistic and delicious! Intriguing creations! The only negative for us was that our granddaughters didn't like it Too unusual for them. But we loved it the first time and this time as well! So I recommend it for adventurous adults.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plates well done
The food is extremely well presented with some dishes being rather showy (dry ice in a double boiler type dish that surrounds the dish with a rain forest fog. Though the wine list was excellent and marked up reasonably for a good restaurant, we ordered by the glass with a good selection. For Kauai, prices overall were appropriate for the quality of the experience.
We understand that the place can be loud, and the first visit it was "modern" loud/energetic. Off season and Tuesday, it was moderate. If "loud" is not your thing as it is not ours, take the 5:30 or 6 reservation. And informed diner is a happier diner.
If you're a fan of Red Lobster or Tony Romas, not your place. If you like to try what you can't get at home,try here.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cacophony of flavors
All of our dishes were an explosion of flavors, a creative blending of spice and food.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing and so many different options or people with different restrictions. Great taste and presentation and service.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Tapas menu
Josselins does an excellent job elevating tapas with expert preparation and unique options. The 36 hr braised pork belly and Naan bread were standouts for us.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service was excellent
We have been here for dinner a few times and the service has always been superior,but his time was no exception, our server Sara did an awesome job. Again the food was very good but not great. However I did have the largest vodka on the rocks evere here!,
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love tapas, Josselin's was an outstanding suprise. For two people, order three dishes and then see if you want to order more.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of choices and most are great!
We were a group of 6 with 7:30 pm reservations on a Saturday night. All of us were there by around 7:40 and we were seated by 7:50. The place was busy, but not full. It took some time for the drinks to arrive, but the food started coming about 15 to 20 minutes after we ordered. At around 8:45 the waiter notified us that the kitchen would be closing in 10 minutes, but we could still order desserts. There was a good variety of dishes to choose from, and the waiter was helpful in describing the dishes. We ended up ordering about 8 or 9 dishes plus 3 desserts and several drinks, and the bill, including 18% tip, was about $50 per person. Reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. We were very satisfied with our dining experience.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and fun, but
Great inventive foods. Perfect tapas for sharing. Really loud. We were as far away from the musicians as we could be, but could barely talk. It did impact my opinion a lot.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tasty unique food....very
Great tasty unique food....very knowledgeable staff.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Josselin's was a great experience. The service was superb with nice personal attention. I needed to have gluten free food and the server had a list of GF foods from the menu. The meal was outstanding - wonderful scents and flavors.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
7 of us surrounded a round table, as the lazy susan was filled with amazing delights! Each tapa had a unique combination of flavors
and it was wonderful! We had been given a great push by a local to order the pork belly, which we did. We found it to be the least
enjoyable tapa (fatty, not anything unusual), so perhaps the quality can vary from night to night?
Overall, we would recommend this restaurant to those who like unique flavors, and have the $$ while on vacation to enjoy the delicious food!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must do for a Kauai trip
We discovered Josselin's last year by accident. It was and still is a great restaurant. The bar is very fun. We will go there every year on our annual trip to Kauai.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food for sharing
This is the place to try alittle of everything off the menu. We ordered 5 plates to share among 2 couples and we were very full. The braised pork belly was outstanding as was the mixed mushrooms. Everything that we ordered was delicious. If you are into food then this is the place.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will never forget the great
We will never forget the great sangria cart - I loved my lychee sangria! The food was excellent and service was top notch! Next time we come to Kauai, we'll definitely go back.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tapas are tiny, but beautifully
Tapas are tiny, but beautifully presented and delicious. The crispy sea bass is especially tasty.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tapas Exceeded My Expectations!
The service was great, but not hovering. The food was outstanding, as Josselin in known for. The only down side for me was the noise level - musician playing and singing in the bar, active bar, and all part of the same room. No way to escape it. Moved to the furthest booth, better but still loud.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a new way of dining for us...not just pick a salad and an entrée! Waitress was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. Every dished was timed perfectly so we could savor each choice. Loved the Sangria cart - charming! Everyone there was pleasant and welcoming. Had a very comfortable new experience!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is by far my favorite restaurant on Kauai. I celebrated my birthday here with a group of friends. The deconstructed Ahi is one of my favorite dishes. Great flavor with the truffle oil, and awesome presentation served over dry ice! If you love tapas you will love Josselin's
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Deconstructed ahi roll, naan with cheese, fish tostada. It was all delish!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative menu/High energy place
Go with friends who like to share lots of smaller plates as that is the best part of the Asian inspired end. A bit on the trendy pricey side but we have enjoyed it each time we come for several years. Attentive service. Kids menu designed for real little ones and regular menu not ideal for kids who aren't adventurous so not the place I'd bring 9-11 year olds who are picky eaters.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM