Eating House 1849 - Kauai

4.5
2514 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.

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
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DonP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great server, Mara, and the food was very nice. However the front desk person was curt and when we had trouble understanding her through her mask, she was impatient.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here to celebrate special occasions. Service is always spectacular and the food is outstanding!

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nm5060
Omaha
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was very good. Restaurant is hard to get into and had to book reservations more than a week in advance. This is surprising because while it is good, there are other excellent restaurants in Kauai that are as good or better.

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vipRCAH
Minneapolis
144 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent, we were just disappointed with the limited menu. That is the only complaint. The ribeye steak was prepared to perfection and the Hawaii martini was excellent.

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KatieC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was so great. Delicious cocktails and food. Mikey was an amazing server, on it, knowledgeable and timely. We will be back! The butterfish was incredible

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vipCoodles3
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of the two best restaurants in the Poipu area, as far as we are concerned. Expensive but our dinners were so superior to similarly priced Poipu area restaurants, that we gave it 5 stars for value. Butterfish hot pot one of the best dishes…ever!

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vipTheairman15122
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our last dinner while on vacation

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we were told the kitchen was short staffed and the menu was limited we were a bit worried, but the dinner and experience was excellent. Views at sunset were beautiful. Nice open air environment. We had the ahi tuna and the burger. Ahi was fresh and delicious. Burger was outrageous. The mix of meats along with the cheese were excellent. Definitely would recommend the burger if you are ahi’d out! Service was great and helpful in ordering.

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vipKarolinaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. Though we didn’t have the best table (the lighting coming in from the kitchen through the glass wall is harsh), but the food as well as the service made up for it entirely. So much so, we’ll be dining there again. Please do yourselves a favor and order the hot pot dish- my father says it’s some of the best fish he’s ever had. Thank you for having us! Mahalo!

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vipHS12
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Get the butterfish… you will not be disappointed! Staff amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Cold food. Took 50 minutes between order and getting the food. Server arrogant.

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vipPeterB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place for couples and larger parties. The service, ambience and food is all good. Due to Covid they have limited their seating capacity a bit. If you haven't made reservations for the last two weeks of December you may not be able to done here, I do suggest calling to see if anyone canceled.

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RosemaryL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The drinks and salads were very good and arrived promptly , our main courses took 50 minutes and they were sub par for the price.
We were very disappointed.

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vipJulian007
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service & Food :)

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Michele
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary Experience Thanks to Apoli!
My husband and I were celebrating his 50th birthday and other milestones while in Kauai. I contacted Eating House 1849 in advance to see if they could do anything to make the occasion special. Apoli Sagucio Jr. (Restaurant Manager) went above and beyond in absolutely every way! The quality and presentation of the food was outstanding, the service absolutely extraordinary and the kindness showed by Apoli and all staff was absolutely second to none. Given the prices of restaurant dining in Kauai is quite high, Eating House 1849 was above and beyond other comparable high end restaurants.

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KarenK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This was a very disappointing experience! . First off, their menu hasn’t changed in years There are not many choices and so many dishes taste the same. From the appetizers to the rice bowls, count on the same vinegar flavors. They have a terrible issue with gnats that fly into your drinks and food! We have gone here for years and gave it one more chance. But after seeing that nothing has changed, we will not be back. I cannot understand why a chef would not change up the menu more frequently and offer more interesting options. The biggest positive is the view in the back of the restaurant. It is stunning!

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BruceB
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We were thoroughly unimpressed. They had an abbreviated menu our server said. Nothing on it really sounded good. So we ordered the "spicy" Ramen at our servers recommendation. Neither of us really cared for it and it wasn't very spicy at all. The saving grace was that it was at least the least expensive entrée option.

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SG101
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. The brussel sprouts and cauliflower were delightful and the Butterfish was umami packed and like butter. Don't forget dessert, we had the chocolate souffle molten lava cake which was sublime.

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TedM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation and birthday . Great service and great food. The ahi plate is a work of art .

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vipBill
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! Best homemade dumplings ever! Get the butter fish hot pot!!!

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vipBarb80120
Denver
79 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. We were hoping to see a larger menu selection, not sure if this is usual or due to Covid. Highly recommend the Duo Poke, Potstickers and Hot Pot with Butterfish. The Hawaiian Martini sounded great but tasted very watery and wasn’t cold. At this price point for drinks I expected better. We would still come back though,

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow do to limited staff, cooks and waiters

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal

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LindaL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, but not fabulous as the price would dictate even for Hawaii. Service very good, again not top rate as the price might suggest.

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vipEmmyBee
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Clearly, our weight person was over worked. He was rushing and telling us he had to leave our table before he answered our questions. He seemed annoyed that we had questions. At this particular location we were sitting near the outside at a two top with a bright light shining in our eyes directly overhead. This restaurant needs dimmer switches on those lights so that the ambience is as nice as the four tops just towards the middle of the restaurant.
Overall we enjoyed the food, it was very rich. We loved the beef ribs and potstickers. We ordered the corn beef sandwich to split as it was something we had not had in a long time. Although it was quite tasty, I believe there were items missing as in possibly grilled onions and sauerkraut? Your full menu is not online but I know we were missing part of the ingredients. The sandwich was cooked perfectly but the salad was very weak. It would’ve been nice if they had told us that it had goat cheese in it which I am allergic to.
We have enjoyed Roy’s cooking for years. I would go back and try the Ramen bowl. There were two of us and it was very hard to split that and not make a mess.

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AnchorageDiner
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for Thanksgiving dinner, which was wonderful. There was a small glitch with the meal but our server and the manager bent over backwards to make it right. The beautiful view was a perfect complement to the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, jason who took care of us was excellent, everything came as ordered and properly sequenced. Well worth a visit! Make sure to try the desert!

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vipSRJandDES
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal on our first night in Kauai - highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The staff were great, however we were misled by the online menu versus what was available in house. Appreciate the service staff and compliments to the kitchen staff, but I doubt we would return.

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vipJennifer
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Our waiter could not have been better.

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vipKGolfer
Denver
85 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time here - but not our last! Food was excellent and the portion sizes just right.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very limited menu. Only one fish option….. in Hawaii? Very disappointed.

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TomN
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As always, the food here was excellent. We were disappointed in the minimal menu as they usually offer more seafood dishes. As far as ambiance, we have always been seated at a table for two by a window….very pleasant in humid Kauai. This time we sat in front of the kitchen with a view of the kitchen and the front desk….awful!! Covid Protocol was spot-on.
Server Jason was excellent and his assistant and “bus” person were both great! Kudos on service…always great at any of Roy’s establishments in Hawaii!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Everything we got was amazing. The portions were generous. Wish I would have saved room for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, worth the price

Had to ask for table with view for a 5:15 seating with an empty restaurant, hostess tried to sit us at worst table with no view when we had resevations and restaurant empty. We were told we needed to wait and said ok, then were seated 2 minutes later at a much much better table with views

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vipFoodieotherun
Calgary
64 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Very professional and friendly.

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vipYolie
New Mexico
280 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was not crazy about the seating this time but always before we’ve been with decent views Brussels sprouts have improved and I like them more! The pot stickers were fabulous. Tavern chicken was excellent and my husband once again had the ribs! Great food and service was efficient. Pineapple upside down cake was wonderful.

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PeterB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of our stay in Kauai. The butterfish served in a pot with rice and vegetables is beyond outstanding. A must. We give it an 11 out of 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

FAQs

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

Eating House 1849 - Kauai is rated 4.5 stars by 2514 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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