Eating House 1849 - Kauai

4.7
2350 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Acclaimed chef and James Beard Award winner
Roy Yamaguchi opens The Eating House 1849
at The Shops at Kukui"ula. Named after one of the first restaurants constructed in HawaI'I, by a Portuguese businessman named Peter Fernandez, Eating house plays homage to the popular casual eateries of the mid 19th century that incorporated a medley of flavors from the Island's growing and diverse communities.

Please call restaurant for large parties
(5 or more pax) reservations.
6 pax max for large parties.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2350 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KristiL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Embodies Hawaiian taste and aloha, everything was delicious and ambiance very island and relaxing.

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vipLSEMORY
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First place with truly friendly staff. Great food, don’t miss the pineapple upside down cake with ice cream, made to order.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Eating House seemed to be very busy. Despite this, we had at least four different servers share assisting our table with food and drinks. The calamari was excellent, the pork adobo and Ramen were good, and the pork belly was phenomenal.

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MarisaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! We’re local and this is probably the best dinner we’ve had on island. Totally worth the price and wait time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Really enjoyed the butterfish hot pot

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BarbaraB
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insanely amazing!!!! Loved it. Memorable for every reason: food, setting, view, ambiance, service. We were already looking for another reservation before we left our first!!!!

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Erik
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience last night at Eating House! We were celebrating our final night of our honeymoon, and this was the 2nd time eating at 1849 (trip in 2018 was our first). I had the burger which was amazing. Our server surprised us with an off the menu desert which was very tasty and a great treat to cap our meal. When staying in South Kauai this will definitely be a must the next time we visit the island.

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Newmada1
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I ordered the cauliflower and brussel sprouts dish which was talked up by our waiter but it was almost inedibly salty. I also ordered the ribs which were okay but we're not slow roasted long enough and so weren't fall off the bone tender. I've had better ribs at portillos - which is not what I would expect out of a restaurant of this caliber

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WinstonA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for 40th anniversary. Best meal / experience eating out in years. The butterfish hot pot was delicious and the deep fried red snapper was so much fun to eat. Thank you.

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vipcalgal
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pot stickers perfect. Hot pot with butterfish fabulous. Chocolate souffle decadent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner!
Mikey, our server was great!

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vipJillG
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite spot on Kauai for the ribeye and fried rice! We hope the malsadas are brought back on the menu. We missed them! The dining was well spaced, the service was perfect and the food was excellent!

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vipAuntyS
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Server, Michael, was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband and I made a 6pm reservation and arrived a few minutes ahead of time. We were seated promptly and a server came to provide us complimentary edamame and water indicating our waiter would be with us shortly. After 45 mins and no one coming to take our order and/or even look our direction or notice we had not been helped, we decided to leave. Upon waking out the hostess wished us a good night.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food & good service

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Bill
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Other than hostess trying to seat us on a large table next to kitchen and servers passing by, it was a good experience. Just felt that making a reservation a couple weeks in advance and specifying it was my wife’s birthday should have resulted in a table of better selection.

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vipband
Sacramento
76 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Enjoyed our meal and Hawaiian martinis! The steak served pupu style with fried rice was great. Service otoh was not good, our waiter was very disinterested and would barley hang around our table to answer questions. Everyone else was friendly but he was borderline rude.
We miss the original Roy’s but very much like Eating House.

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brady
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always The Eating House has never disappointed us. We were glad they had a pretty good menu with some of our favorites. A lot of the restaurants have had to narrow their menus so it was a pleasant surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant ended up not being open despite allowing me to make a reservation and confirming via text the day of.

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David
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We ordered a pupu dish of shrimp which unspectacular and mildly overcooked. More disappointing was that the two signature entrees, Cajun Ahi and Korean Rice Bowl with Butter Fish, that we ordered were unspired and dull.

The drinks were pretty weak as well although we enjoyed the Mai Tai. It was my finances birthday and they did give her a good dessert. The edamame free starter was slightly spicy and fun.

I wouldn't recommend the restaurant.

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RogerD
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was very good as always. We enjoyed the calamari and fried chicken. The menu was underwhelming, we wish there were more items but what was on it was very good. The chocolate lava cake is my daughters favorite dish, we all like it. Overall, we were glad to be back and really enjoyed our dinner. We understand that a member of the kitchen staff tested positive for CoVid and we hope the person recovers soon and everyone stays healthy.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience. My server was personable and knowledgeable regarding the menu. Some of my favorites from Roy’s were updated, beautifully! Will definitely return to this restaurant.

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vipDorisF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Initially our waitress was very good. The food was delicious. Unfortunately a party of 4 ordering ramen and appetizers with no cocktails (only a bottle of wine) should not take 2.5 hours. There were large gaps of time between appetizers and the main course. At one point they delivered the ramen to two of us while the other ramen sat on the kitchen counter for over 20 minutes. This was not for lack of serve staff as we observed local parties that had 2 people serving them . We may give them another try as the food was delicious but with caution.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place for family with a decent view.

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KrisB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better than the old Roy’s! Exceptional food, service and value. Best in the area. We will be back soon!

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GilD
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ate there post COVID. Menu seemed limited. Had a Cesar salad and pasta with shrimp. Food just okay - I was expecting more based on previous experiences.

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vipCathyF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we LOVED it!! Open floor plan with minimal tables and plenty of serving staff. EXCELLENT food and the chef even prepared my steak exactly the way I requested. Hubby said his meal was very good as well! Will be going back on our next trip to Kauai.

KB
KevanB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and greater staff Strong work from the kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Our staycation away from home for the weekend. We’re local Kamaaina seeking a retreat as traveling abroad is too complicated right now amidst the pandemic. Roy Yamaguchi cuisine and his reputation precedes himself. Food was tasty and consistent. My qualm is with the server. Our server started off cordial, then failed miserably toward the end. Almost bi-polar. We dined there in January too of this year and the same thing with a different server. They start off nice then drop off the deep toward the end. We dined at Merriman’s the night before. The food and server was superb. I’m in the hospitality industry and appreciate the value and worth of good consistent customer service. This restaurant is over gentrified. We will NOT return. Hate myself for leaving a decent tip.

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Gok1
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I’ve eaten here many times and if it were my first time perhaps I might have rated it higher. Although enjoying this dining experience at Eating House 1849, it was competing with the memories of my past visits. The Brussels sprouts were not as tasty as before; fewer pine nuts and raisins. Glaze lacked the taste I remembered. This appetizer was a a dish that I had always looked forward to. Another favorite, baby back ribs were cooked to tender perfection but just a bit too salty. The kamameshi with miso butterfish, while good, also seemed less well prepared than in the past.

Book a reservation and ask to be seated in the back. It will give you a wonderful view and if you are there at sunset perhaps a spectacular visual.

Will I go back? In a word- Yes. I am hoping that this was an off night and/or they were still working on processes while recovering from the pandemic. Eating House 1848 is one of a few restaurants that survived the COVID-19 restrictions in Kukuiula Shopping Center. And, consistently has been one of my favorites on the island.

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JiaH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The speed of service was great. Drink and food all came out pretty quickly. Butter fish were great, ribs were pretty good. Had prime ribs stake also, I think it’s better to stick with seafood.

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vipSCTT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are the typical high level we expect for a RY restaurant. Happy diners.

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vipElle
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the island for 3 weeks and came here our last night. This was hands down the BEST food we had here. Other places were very good. This was outstanding. Steak was incredible. Service was excellent. Wish we had gone here earlier to have that streak more than once!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating house! We go there all the time! The service and food is always amazing and delicious. We love you, Eating House!

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BrendaM
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The meal was good, but only because of the good friends we shared it with. The only great food we had was the sizzling beef appetizer we ordered. The calamari was so so. The 2 steaks that were ordered were both over cooked and terribly overpriced. It was just an ok meal. For the $400+ for 4 people, I think it should have been more than ok. I remember the old Roy’s in Poipu shopping center and I miss it. It was so much better.

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vipChristineO
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Butter Fish bowl. Great service. Nice view of the ocean.

A bit noisy, as a young couple let their baby scream very loud for an hour. Very disrespectful of the rest of us.

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MandtW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Amazing food. Worth the experience

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jimK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place at least 1-2 times a month. Never had a bad experience. Anything from Ramen to the Ahi is great. Always great service.

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Eating House 1849 - Kauai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 742-5000.

Eating House 1849 - Kauai is rated 4.7 stars by 2350 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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