Eating House 1849 - Kauai

4.7
2329 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 2329 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipGilD
San Francisco
19 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
15 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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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
17 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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Wanasurf
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was hands down the best meal we had on Kauai!!

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vipAngieH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food. We ate here two years ago and couldn’t wait to return. A must for anyone visiting Poipu. The potstickers are not to be missed.

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vipDelishdinner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best shrimp ever , most amazing lemongrass! Pineapple upside down cake with macadamia ice cream, to die for!

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vipraidernation
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stellar food. Asian influenced, fresh, delicious. Our choices of potstickers, kale salad, butterfish made us very happy. Same plantation style building as M’s across the courtyard, beautiful view of fields at sunset. Tables at least 6 feet apart and open air with breeze coming through made it extremely Covid comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING!!! Have the rueben or the chicken

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a wonderful dine in experience. It was safe, clean and great customer service by all of the staff members. We had the clams and calamari for appetizers, the whole fish snapper and spicy ramen for the main course and upside down pineapple cake for dessert. Everything was delicious and we left with a full but happy bellies. Roy Yamaguchi never disappoints.

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NatashaB
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal. The location is great on the 2nd floor with views of the land and sea. Our wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable about the options. The food was delicious. Whole family felt it was the best meal in the Poipu area!

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vipHLPWROX
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was exceptional. Service lovely. But, the first part of the experience was diminished by groups of multiple families with children of many ages who were very loud and allowed to roam around parts of the restaurant. Suggest adults without children dine near end of serving hours.

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Anju
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste of the food and cocktails matched their thoughtful presentation.
Ambiance perfect with views to match.
Knowledgeable and well trained wait staff.
Won’t go wrong spending an evening here.

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vipAnnG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have pasta and chicken fingers for kids. Some seafood options too. Nice place for sunset. Tables spaced. Good covid measures.

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JerryN
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We missed our regular server Deja. Happy tp see Chef Kaleo again!

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KauaiLocal
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here often. Highly recommended. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a beautiful, relaxing place with delicious food and drinks

TJ
TracieJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not have asked for a better place to spend my 50th birthday. The staff is amazing and the food was exquisite. Highly recommend for any occasion, this is a restaurant you don’t want to miss!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waiter! He was funny and recommended the short ribs! They did not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

March 27 2021
Average food. Poor service. The table next to us was so loud we couldn't even talk to each other. The waiter was told a few times and did nothing so we asked for the manager who said they couldn't please everyone. The rest of the parties in the restaurant were bothered as well. We couldn't stay for a drink or dessert due to the terrible level of laughter and talk and yelling from the other table. Neither the waiter nor the manager made any attempt to reseat us or keep us from leaving Our last Kauai dinner.
Don't go here if you want a pleasant evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A minor quibble with one of the dishes. I had the paella and have had it several times in the past. It was slightly different this time--too much tomato. My wife had the black cod (butterfish) rice bowl and, as usual, it was excellent. The chocolate soufflé dessert was likewise excellent. In spite of my disappointment with the paella, we will certainly be eating there again. And for those of you not familiar with this restaurant the wine list, while not extensive, is very reasonably priced.

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vipDianeW
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a dinner of lupus and a salad - and still took food home. We especially liked the Szechuan baby back ribs and the pork potstickers. Of course we shared a chocolate lava cake for dessert! Excellent food and service. We already made a reservation to return next week!

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George
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poetry
Beginning To End
Beautiful Experience
Incredible Food Flavors, Smells & Looks
Kind Sincere Service, Felt Welcoming and Comfortable,
Stunning Views
Best Restaurant On Kauai
Go Treat Yourself
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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 2329 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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