Duke's Kauai

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2206 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and Food!

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p
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice location, and a great view. The service was great; I was a little disappointed in both my drink (mainly ice with juice) and my food (which was cold when it got to me).

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LP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with my husband while visiting Kauai. The food is wonderful and the service is great. We ate here three times while on the island because we loved it that much!

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LP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food, beautiful surroundings. The salad bar is a must!

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Denver
38 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Service was excellent - knew when to approach the table. Fish dinners were perfect. Salad bar for $4 when added to a meal was a bargain. Hula pie was unbelievable. Next time in Lihue we will go back. Happy hour is good also

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Junior was very personable and professional.

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MF
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had eaten there in 2015 and thought it was quite good. I feel that it went downhill. Salad bar had some browning lettuce. My fish was dry (overcooked). My son's steak was rare despite being ordered medium. I am sure there are much better places where two people can eat for over $100. The hula pie was great.

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PO
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very noisy and tight quarters. We have been there dozens of times but this time it wasn’t very good. The salad bar was lacking in so many ways. We were very disappointed to say the least. Hopefully it will be better next time or we will write the place off of our favorite places to dine on Kauai,

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WD
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local Kauai resident 45 years. Have dined many times. Always enjoy you food and service. Only one complaint. I reserved a table on the upper level at time of making on line reservations. Upon arrival for our meal I was advised there were no tables available, with a 30 minute wait if I wished. I asked the young lady what is the point of a reservation.

On your website it asked if there are any special request. I requested the upper level as the lower is more windy and my wife always feels uncomfortable there. Obviously Duke's does not pay attention to "special request". I feel the seating arrangements should be adhered to if you are the one asking for "special request".

That's all, just needed to get that off my cheat. BTY, you manager does a terrific job.

Cheers, WD

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TF
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest waterview restaurants in Kauai. Great menu...perfectly prepared. The beach club (downstairs) features a casual menu and upstairs dining room is perfect for a wonderful sunset meal.

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G
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome from the moment you pull up to valet to the end of your hula pie ! We had the calamari, shrimp pasta and steak. So yummy and service was awesome they split a smoothie for my two boys and we ended with a hula pie.

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D
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner! Fantastic salad bar, everything fresh and great selections. Homemade muffins delicious. I had macadamia crushed Ono with a delicious rice, my friend had baked Ono with a lemon garlic sauce and “forbidden black” rice which she said was delicious. Wines by the glass were priced fairly. Complimentary birthday dessert which was a delicious Hula Pie! A definite restaurant to go to when visiting Kauai! Very beautiful setting also.
Will definitely go back !

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LB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Duke's and of course the Hula Pie.

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S
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best meal at our hotel, we enjoyed it and would go back.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My steak was waaaaaay undercooked. I sent it back and when I finally tasted it, I realized that the meat was off.

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GC
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good surfing vibe. Good food.

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KK
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great location, right on the beach overlooking Kalapaki Beach. We ordered three different seafood dishes and all were great. Also, we enjoyed the frozen ice cream pie. We have also eaten at Duke’s in Waikiki and had a fantastic meal there, too!

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DM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance, loved our server. Fish was really dry. Salad bar was yummy as always.

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OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal with incredible service by Jake

Mahalo

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

People working there are very attentive and professional. Our server was personable and helpful. Knowledgeable about the menu selections. Restaurant itself is beautiful. Perfect for our last evening on Kauai!

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FL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic family friendly restaurant on the beach out the frimnif the Marriott Beach Club Kauai
Service staff were fantastic, food really tasty and the cocktails fabulous
Well worth eating at if you are staying on Kauai

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FM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monchong was outstanding!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Get the Hula Pie!

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P
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This restaurant has beautiful harbor views and is quite busy as a result. My MaiTai was watered down and without flavor. Our Opah and Ono dinners were overcooked and dry. With two cocktails and a $60 wine, our bill was over $200..... Not a good value.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had very good service, the food was excellent (steak) and it was a beautiful atmosphere. Thanks!

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Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best server we’ve had in years with Aileen. Food was perfect and the view wonderful.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with a great view! Fabulous salad bar! Great service!

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FM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duke’s is a go-to favorite. Fresh salad bar with lots of options. Had Duke’s Style Ono and Mac-Nut Crusted Oprah. Saved room to share a Hula Pie. Pleasant and attentive staff with Aloha spirit.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the atmosphere is awesome. The prices are very reasonable. Duke’s is my favorite restaurant!

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CC
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We had a reservation for 7:45 and got in on time. We ordered the hummus appetizer, salad bars, and a variety of entrees. The server was pleasant. But slow. She did not make eye contact when she was at tables near us so there were a few times we couldn’t get her attention when we needed something. The salad bar was fine but not amazing. My husband ordered that for his entree, and it was definitely not worth $18.00. It was a good value for the rest of us who ordered it with our entrees. ($4.00). The entrees were good, and we ordered one piece of hula pie to share. We were running late as the server brought our entrees so we explained our situation and asked for our check and our dessert to be brought immediately. She did so, but we were still finished with our food before she brought the check and dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner amazing spot great hi quality food

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I was surprised with the entire experience We visit the Duke's in Maui every year and it is a much different place. The restaurant could not handle the number of customers. It seemed very crowded, very loud and the were out of food that we ordered. We were first told that 2 out of 4 of our original orders were sold out after we already ordered (the waiter was sent back to our table) and then the same for another choice replacing one of those after that. The display was unimpressive to say the least. Everything was just thrown on a plate. No garnish, there were 2 pieces of squash as a side? The kitchen cooked the steaks incorrectly mixing up 2 different orders and switching them around so one person received a steak well done but ordered medium and one who ordered a well done received medium. A lobster tail was put on the wrong plate so we had to pass it over to the correct person with the butter. Our drinks from the bar took forever, also. One bright note, the waiter was super friendly and helpful and apologized for the kitchen being out of items, etc... Overall we were upset after spending so much money on what was supposed to be a nice dinner. Bummed!

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LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Duke's is an absolute must if you're on Kauai or Oahu and the Kauai restaurant does not disappoint. We chose Duke's for our last dinner on the island before heading home and are so glad we did. There's not a bad seat in the restaurant with all views looking out toward the ocean. While the food can be a bit on the pricier side it's not outrageous. We all loved our meals and our kids loved their Volcano drinks. We'll be making Duke's a tradition with every island visit.

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Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My prime rib was just OK, and wife’s filet was just OK. The Hula Pie was excellent. As convenient as this restaurant is to the Marriott
I would suggest looking elsewhere for dinner!
Really not worth the $100.00 we spent without any appetizers, but we did have 2 T&T drinks each!

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duke’s was our go to while on Kauai. Consistently delicious and dependable service. The salad bar is outstanding! The prime rib, shrimp pasta and seared ahi entree were some of our favorites but everything we had was memorable. Great all around experience!

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AR
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say this was one of my better experiences at dukes. We had a reservation, were seated quickly, not always the case. The food, service and view were excellent! Mahalo for a wonderful dining experience!

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r
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dukes is a favorite place of ours when visiting Kauai. The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is always friendly and the food is excellent. The fresh fish is always great but so are the ribs.
Makes for a memnorable evening.

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Adelaide / SA
19 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always our favorite place for dinner when visiting Kauai.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great - again!

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HG
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Can't complain about the food. Excellent but nothing outstanding.
Men's room stunk.

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