Duke's Kauai

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Set on the sand of stunning Kalapaki Beach, Duke’s Kauai provides visitors and locals alike with an authentic Kauai experience complete with panoramic ocean views, island inspired cuisine including fresh fish, premium steaks and refreshing tropical cocktails. Here at the original Duke’s restaurant honoring the great Duke Kahanamoku, guests are surrounded by artwork highlighting Duke’s life as Hawaii’s most famous citizen and father of modern surfing as well as the genuine Aloha that is Duke’s legacy. Our Barefoot Bar offers a more casual menu serving both lunch and dinner. The Barefoot Bar does not accept reservations and is seated on a walk-in basis only.
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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Wait with reservation was long. First table was poor location considering reservation. Reception staff not friendly.

Lack of side dishes made meal plain. Fish over cooked.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was super great ! Food came out at a good time and the food was fabulous!

JD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent anniversary dinner. Our reservation was just as requested - on time and with an ocean view. All the staff were extremely courteous and attentive. The food was great and the salad bar superb.

U
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erin was an amazing server who was knowledgeable but most importantly she was gracious and kind and made the evening very enjoyable

SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Not the best food but beautiful ambience if you’re looking for a lovely view experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Table with a great view of the surfers in Kalapaki Bay. Food was good but on the pricey side for the quality and portion size. Our waiter was excellent - very enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable about the menu.

CW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Excellent service, amazing bar and Beautiful views of Kalapaki Bay and Beach. We go there every time we are in Kauai.

p
Palm Springs
37 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jeramiah, was superb. Friendly, informative, patient and professional. Salad bar was good, but many fewer choices than in the past years.

C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a relaxing dinner and a personable server, J.J. I was given time to decide my choice of food and it was as yummy as I had hoped. I will definitely return.

DK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service and the food tasted fantastic! Dukes was recommended by a few people for a great dining experience and it was just that! Our waitress Blaze was very attentive and on top of everything. She made our experience worthwhile.
Highly recommend the prime rib 👌🏼👌🏼

PS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy but good food and good service not great service but good view of ocean was nice

MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, great view, great service - thanks Brittany! Would definitely recommend and will go back if I’m lucky enough to return to Kauai.

G
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Food was very good. Salad bar looked and tasted fresh. Service was exceptional. Views great.

SC
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Jeremiah was great suggesting the Opakapaka special which was outstanding. Great preparation and very good side dishes. We would return.

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seared ahi and Hula pie. We came back for a second night. Can’t be beat!!!

DS
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit with 8 days in Kaui - had to enjoy our free Hula pie (it comes after dining at the restaurant and having one with our meal). As before, food is excellent as well as service. We will definitely be returning to any Duke's in Hawaii (there are other locations on different islands). Nearly a dozen trips to Hawaii from the E. Coast - we always look forward to a dinner at Duke's!!!

B
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I had heardAnd read about Dukes as a premier dining spot on Kauai. So with much anticipation I entered the restaurant and despite making a reservation I still had to wait 10 minutes despite counting many open tables not very good preparation with an online reservation service. A menu seem somewhat limited and I opted for the shish kebabs so I could taste the local flavors including the pineapple and grilled meats with teriyaki sauce the salad bar was at standing and could’ve been a meal in itself and it four dollars was a great complement my mail the mail family arrived and it was not very well prepared and in fact it was somewhat cold I have Soum that everything was prepared for us.Being on a business trip with a per DM rate I had to limit my spending so I could not try any of your delicious tropical drinks however I did opt for the Hula pie which was delicious although it was a disappointing entrée the salad bar in the desert more than made up for it overall Dukes is very hyped up through advertising and it was mediocre at best because I was staying at the resort where it was located it was very convenient overall I think they need to do some critical analysis of their operation and make improvements that is all

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The opakapaka fish is probably the best tasting fish I’ve ever had. If you’re lucky enough to order within the small season it’s available DO SO!!!!?

AS
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy to be able to get a table so last minute! We arrived early and had a drink at the bar and our table was ready on time! The best part was getting a table in Chelsey’s section, she’s the best!

DS
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Once again excellent food and service good given one server left early. As usual Hula Pie rocks!

CR
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from everyone, valets, hostess, server and manager. Prime rib was delicious! Looking forward to the next time.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Although the restaurant looks a little dated the food continues to be of an excellent standard. Lovely friendly and helpful servers and hostesses. Atmosphere was lively but relaxing. Popular so advise booking ahead. Overall a great experience.

D
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view, great fish and prime rib, Brittany was a wonderful server and anticipated every need.

JK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Dukes. We save it for our last meal when we visit Kaua’i. The location at Nawiliwili is lovely, the food and service are top notch. A perfect evening to end a perfect vacation.

AS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to Duke's many times. This visit was a complete disappointment. It took forever to be seated with many tables sitting empty. We had a reservation but it didn't seem to matter. The service was poor. Very little attention paid to us. Food took a long time to arrive and the meal was cold. The server attempted to fix the problem by offering a Hula Pie at no charge but the damage was done.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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K
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was another wonderful meal and experience! Will be back!
Kori
Nashville, TN

TM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal we have had on Kauai so far. Our server was amazing! Only negative - not much of a negative though- was the salad bar was so-so. We were there later in the day and many of the salad bar items seemed a bit old. But as a $4 add-on to our meal, we really didn’t care.

However, the meal was scrumptious. The location is a bit hidden. Well worth the effort to find!

f
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery, wonderful personalized service from our waitress, Chelsey,and indescribably delicious food.

j
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view from the front edge of the balcony into the Kalapcki Bay is really, really nice. We got pretty lucky in getting one of those tables, and recommend asking for one and waiting if you have to. We tried the fresh fish in Duke's style and sauteed mac nut & herb. Both were excellent, but the black forbidden rice was the most interesting part just because it was so different from what you see normally. The food is top notch, and the service and atmosphere are as well. But what really sets it apart is the view out into the bay. Next time we're in Kauai, we're going back for sure.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Kids burgers came out very over cooked. I showed the waitress that the burgers resembled charcoal briquettes. The waitress told us they have to be cooked well done because they were frozen instead of just saying sorry and getting them cooked in to an edible state. That left us feeling uncomfortable. Next, our steak come out seared on the outside and raw (blue) in the middle when we asked for med-rare. We tried to eat it since we were nervous to say anything since the waitress made us feel bad about our crispy super burnt burgers. But, the meat was too chewy since it was basically raw, so we pulled her over. We showed her the meat and asked that we have it cooked to med-rare. Again, instead of saying sorry or OK she said "You know that med- rare is pinkish in the middle". I replied with yes we we did know and that this was NOT med-rare it was raw with a seared outer edge. She took our steak and brought us back a new one cooked perfectly med-rare. By then our dinner was tense and uncomfortable and we just wanted to get out of there. Also, our table was not kept bussed. Glasses and salad bar plates were piling up. Horrible experience. I would not recommend to anyone.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Taking my aunty out for helping us. We couldn’t get Kapua but our waiter Jeremy I think was pretty attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The view is nice, but it’s crazy overpriced for low quality food. For example, we paid $26 for half a breast of Huli Chicken, three asparagus and a scoop of over cooked rice (seriously, they don’t even give you the whole piece of chicken!)....and the crab and macadamia nut wontons were inedible. I can see why the place was empty on a Friday night. Shameful.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The location is excellent and the service was great. the views spectacular the best part was the salad barI! I ordered the fresh catch Dukes original way & my husband ordered the ribs neither one of us could finish our entrées. We were very disappointed.

SM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salad bar was delicious! So was the Hulihuli chicken amd the Dukes Mai Tais were superb ....ands potent!
We will highly recommend.

BP
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ahi sashimi was perfection. One of our diners had never ventured to try raw tuna before, and now she's hooked. We also had the Seven Spice Ahi, the Spicy Sesame-Ginger Roasted Ono (wahoo) and the Coconut Ginger Braised Seafood - all of these seafood dishes were excellent, with delicious sauces and glazes. Service was also great - this is the best Duke's we've been to!

K
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My now favorite restaurant in Kauai. The fresh catch of the day cooked “Dukes Style” was amazing, the salad bar and fresh soft rolls was great and the Hula Pie was the best way to finish off the meal. Our server was incredible and showed us wonderful customer service. I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a MUST go to for dinner!

IT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday-65th! Unbelievable! We love Dukes!

g
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great stop either on the way to airport or after arriving and waiting to check in!

OT
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner (opakapaka prepared as SAUTEED MAC NUT & HERB: panko and parmesan crust, basmati wheatberry rice, lemon caper butter), we also enjoyed the crab cakes & salad bar. For dessert the waitress brought out a Hula Pie which was enormous- seriously it could’ve served 4 people. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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