Duke's Kauai

4.6
2371 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 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. We would come back. Very good dining experience. Our server was GREAT!

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PW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with multiple menu options. Only place we saw on the island with a salad bar. Value just as good as anywhere on the island. Cannot beat the views and ambiance.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service & ambiance!

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

Great place spectacular views! Average food but great dessert!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, waiter was nice, took photos of me and my sister when I asked, and all of the workers had beautiful big smiles!❤️ food was delicious!! People who go there are nice, some are some what rude, but eh whatever! Definitely recommend!!!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always my first stop when I land in love lihue.... great service great food great atmosphere.... a true Hawaiian legend. You will not be disappointed... ever... at Dukes

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Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice but a bit expensive

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress and fun live music! Food was delicious!

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JK
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on Kauai. Excellent service and perfectly prepared entrees. Highly recommend!

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MI
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salad bar was well-stocked and had a good variety. The food was also excellent. Portions were generous, and the waitress (Kimi) was simply outstanding. The best service ever!

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service from Pua was excellent, salad bar fresh and extensive, ahi sashimi perfect. My husband’s prime rib was perfectly prepared as well with a good size portion.

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JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Blaise, was terrific. She made sure my wife's 70th birthday dinner was perfect. Great food, great view, great service.

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HS
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Duke's is a great place for waterfront dining with views. Their food is excellent, but not superb. The Hula Pie is a must. Don't go here if you are wanting a good glass of Scotch. They only had around 4 brands, such as J&B, Johnny Walker Red, etc. I love Macallan 12 year and they said no. I haven't been to a nice restaurant in a long time that didn't carry Macallan. Even the Oasis by the Sea restaurant in our condo (Waipouli Beach Resort) has Macallan. So stick to those foo foo beach drinks or go for beer/wine. If you order a Tropical Itch, it comes with a bamboo back-scratcher. Had the Ono cooked Duke's style with lemon flavor, etc. It was good, but just a little dry. It came with Black Rice which I had never tried before. It was okay, but not as tasty as my wife's rice she got with her dinner. Also had veggies, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. I also had the seafood chowder which has bacon/ham in it. It was great. The prices are actually not bad compared to many restaurants on the island. The fish dinners were $28 to $32. I pay more in Seattle for a good seafood dinner. If you go early, you can sit in the bar and get great food and drink deals for happy hour. It is right at beach level and has views of the water and the small stream that flows through the center of the restaurant. Overall I like this place and have come back several times.

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GC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hostess station was a little slacking but other than that good experience

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the indoor “jungle” feel. Would have liked to sit a table with ocean view, but it was okay.
Dishes are rather pricey- I feel like guests are taken advantage of due to the fact that the restaurant is on resort grounds, so the prices are jacked up,

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Highly recommend. Very nice ambiance and food is unbeatable.

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Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great value. Our best meal of our vacation so far!

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FP
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dukes was amazing! The food was delicious and the prices are right around Los Angeles prices. The view is fantastic, the server was great and the Hula Pie dessert was the absolute best! My entire family loved it and said they are ready to visit again! Wonderful place!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was good, but very slow. The interior feels a bit dated. The biggest issue we had was that the kid’s kraft Mac and cheese had Parmesan cheese added to it, which my kid refused to eat. They brought another serving, but it took 20 minutes. However, the fish entrees were great!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat! Make sure you get the Hula Pie!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dukes food was above average but not spectacular. It was served hot and the steak was cooked as ordered. Veggies average. Salad bar popular but didn’t try. The view around the outer tables is worth the money

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

Dinner was good. Drinks were delicious.
Fried calamari was my favorite

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service thank u!!!

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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

While the food was good, it seems that it’s not as great as I recall. Used to be that salad bar was included with entree, and they have been charging now for many years. Service was good, though it was very warm. There were no fans above where we were seated.

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OC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fish was fresh and the preparation was flavorful. We think Dukes has the best salad bar for only $4 extra. Server was helpful and efficient. This is a go to place for a great meal and a view b

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Montana
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Definitely the best salad bar on Kauai. Great service.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We very much enjoy visiting Dukes when we are on Kawai. The salad bar is always quite good, and the staff are wonderfully friendly and attentive. The fish was prepared perfectly, but the prime rib was a touch on the dry side and a bit overdone. The drinks were quite nice, however the bug in the water glass put a damper on the finish. We went back another night and plan to go a third.

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1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fabulous! Every dish had unique flavors that made us want more and more. We ended up coming for dinner 3 times to try everything on the menu. Every dish and drink were perfection!

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Little Rock
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a gorgeous setting. The sword fish was some of the best I have ever tried. Our server was wonderful and help one of our party eat and make his flight. We will definitely return.

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KO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. The salad bar has fresh ingredients. The hula pie dessert is the best. A great meal with an awesome view!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wait staff; lovely environment; delicious food. What could be better? Nothing!

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the absolute best experience at Dukes. We knew the food would be good but the overall experience is one we will take away with us forever. From the friendly gentlemen at the valet to the kind hostess down to our amazing server Frank who made so many helpful suggestions. He was honestly the best server we have ever had. This is a dining experience we will never forget.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible location. Service/food was top notch.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We have gone to Dukes a number of times. This time was our anniversary. My wife ordered prime rib but what she got tasted more like pot roast. Also, they were out of their signature dessert, hula pie, claiming that their freezer stopped working. Dukes has a companion restaurant several miles away but apparently no one cared enough to get some hula pies from the other location. All in all it was a lousy experience. We’ll not be going back.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good, food was good. What got me was I advised we were celebrating an anniversary. Our 39th wedding anniversary, and it wasn’t acknowledged. No big deal, not a huge milestone, but still.

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PC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thought the food would be better than it was. Salad bar was great! Lovely surroundings.

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DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were lucky to have the best table tucked in the corner overseeing the beach. Our service was friendly, helpful and mindlful. We will return again.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved Duke’s and everything about it, but this time we wanted to especially thank the hostess at the front desk (sorry, we didn’t get her name) for finding us a special table for our 15th wedding anniversary and also thank our server, Josh, who was excellent. Thank you both for a special evening. We’ll see you next year! Mahalo!

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service.

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