Hukilau Lanai

4.5
2362 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Beautiful views of the romantic torchlit landscaped grounds of the Kauai Coast Resort and the blue Pacific Ocean are yours at Hukilau Lanai. Hukilau Lanai has indoor and outdoor seating, Kauai Fresh Cuisine, a special wine list of "20 wines for $20-something", a full bar, seating in the bar as well as on the lanai with gentle tropical breezes. Hukilau is known for its fine food and service. Fresh Island produce, fish fresh from the Pacific and Hawaiian chocolate are signatures that define the menu along with old favorites. Everybody loves the Hukilau...
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 822-0600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ron Miller
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Catering
Visit our website for information on our private dining space.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free Guest parking in the parking lot surrounding the Kauai Coast Resort.
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Entertainment
Tuesday-Sunday from 6-9pm enjoy live music in the bar and dining room.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Springfield
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on vacation in Kauai. We came here for my wife's birthday. It did not disappoint. It may of been the best meal we have had. We both had fish that we incredible. The service was fantastic. The food and desserts were awesome. We set on the Lanai and it was great. We will absolutely come here again if we are able to get back to the island. This place is great for a romantic dinner!

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HS
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hukilau is one of my favorite restaurants in Kauai.
I eat there every summer when I visit the islands - it's always great.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ocean views! Friendly staff good food and reasonably priced wine offerings! Perfect setting for Kauai vacation dinner!

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Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and warm and professional service.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The tasting menu served during the first 45 minutes after opening was some of the best food we have had on Hawaii. It was a bit slow to come out but worth the wait.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was perfect, service was great. Highly recommend!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant with great food and service. Our waiter was perfect except he stood too close to us or the table (in our personal space) where it was awkward as we were either looking at his waist line or craning our necks to look upward at him.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants on Kauai. The view is pleasant but it is the food and service that are exceptional. We always reserve ahead of our vacation for outside patio dining. We've never been disappointed.

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Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! The service was impeccable. The live music was divine!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going here for fifteen years in trips to Kauai. Definitely my all around favorite restaurant on the island!

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YB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. I look forward to going back.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have traveled to Kauai five times and this was the best dining experience by far!

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JM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation, but still had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. A couple of notes on the food: Beautiful selection of local seafood, and the mixed grill was superb. On the other hand, the salad was over-dressed, and the prime rib wasn't very tender (but cooked perfectly). Special birthday chocolate on the dessert plate and truffles to take home were a delightful touch! Great dining experience overall.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great place to eat! It was my birthday dinner and My wife and I had the 3 fish combo and it was over the top!
Shout out to our server Sean! He was simple one of the best servers I have ever had!!!!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hukilau does it again. They are reliably excellent. It's not cheap, but it's good every time. I'm not generally a fish person, but my wife got the three fish combo, and had to keep me away with her fork. It was SO good. I'm a convert!!

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KR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and sweet and welcoming staff!

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Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal. Great outdoor table & view, really great service, and super great food. One our best meals ever, best for sure in Hawaii.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of the positive reviews for the Hukilau Lanai are correct: this is the best restaurant we've encountered on Kauai. Everything was just right: the food was fresh and delicious, the service was truly outstanding and the view was beautiful.

This is how good it was: the only thing I can think of as being "less than perfect" is that the light bulbs in the dining room ceiling fans were CFL's. These tend to suck the color out of everything, including the food. But, that's it. Everything else was spot-on.

I would go back to Kauai for several reasons, and dining at the Kukilau Lanai would be near the top of the list.

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New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were staying at the Beachboy which is the property that the restaurant is located on. So the first night we chose to eat there for convenience. It was so good, we ate there 2 more times. It is worth driving there. One of my favorites is the meatloaf--what a great way to start the vacation after that long flight and time zone changes. The perfoect comfort food. And much better than my Mom ever made. WE eventually tried just about everything on the menu and loved it all.
There are 20 wines in both colors for $20+ each and they were good.
And I loved the coconut cheese cake!
Portions are extrememly generous and , if you are staying at a time-share, you have lunch for the next day!

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MG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Never had a bad meal. Great service, food, location and more... Must come and see for yourself.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us were visiting the north end of Kauai and this was recommended by our condo owner. The Hukui Lau provided outstanding flavor for the two different fish dishes we ordered and the flavor was super from the sauces through to the attractive garnishes. The presentations were lovely as an added bonus. Started with the ribs appetizer which had great flavor and delicious sauce, followed by soup/salad which was included and my lobster bisque with tiny pieces of lobster had flavor, thickness, and I'd recommend it 100%. Servings are a good size so you won't go away hungry. We finished with their milk chocolate mousse with toffee pieces and thought I'd won the lottery! Food, ambiance, service all top notch and I've already recommended it to others.

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VV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, My husband had the surf and turf. I had the trio of fish. I was a little disappointed because it was our 27th anniversary and I had put that in the special instructions but nothing was said by the server. Why bother to mention anything special on the reservation on open table?

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try their fish dishes. Highly recommend the Hukilau mixed grill- they feature 3 different local fishes- all was exceptional.
Try to go between 5 and 6pm when they offer the 5 course tasting menu. Mai Tai was awesome too.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local fish and locally sourced ingredients make this a restaurant I return to frequently. The mixed grill of 3 fish is easily shared, Adam's poke nachos are what dreams are made of, and the vegetarian lasagna hits all the right notes. Helen Turner's music hits those right notes too.

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Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the Hukilaui Resturant for many years and continue to enjoy your Resturant.

The food and service is impeccable.
We look forward to seeing you for 2nd time later in the week.

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j
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

On our short list of great dining on Kauai

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JP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5-course tasting menu with wine pairing is awesome. Small portions with excellent preparation and locally sourced ingredients. Service was top notch.. Overall excellent evening.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with wonderful atmosphere and service! We went to celebrate our wedding and were glad this restaurant was recommended to us by our wedding planner.

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OL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and drinks were excellent, but our main server was not attentive at all. He was even confused about some of the items we ordered right off the menu. The manager began taking our plates since he was not keeping up.

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FF
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town on business. Brought 3 kids and spouse. Wanted a good dining experience our last night on island and achieved that here.

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V
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dads 77th birthday! Mark was excellent!!

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Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great dinner with an interesting wine list. There were 4 of us and each of enjoyed all the dishes we had. One person had the 5 course dinner and loved it. Our server was great as well.

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Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great customer service. Gave us a free appetizer because the were running behind in seating us. Lobster and goat cheese wontons were awesome! Try the lobster bisque.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Excellent food, not good service. Did not get my wine until my meal was almost over. Had reservations and a walk in was seated before we were. I went up and asked the hostess about this and was seated immediately, felt we were not important

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My dad has difficulty walking, they easily accommodated our table location request - and then again when an extra person showed up. Hina was a very gracious and attentive waitress. The food was delicious! Also love the live entertainment in the comfortable lounge.

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DM
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant we've found on Kauai. The seating is either on an open lanai or a covered patio, both with views of the gardens. No ocean views but still very nice. The service was both very knowledgeable and appropriately attentive. For starters, 3 of us had caesar salads and 1 had the chilled gazpacho. All were excellent. For entrees, we had the ono, a chicken with mushrooms, the filet, and Wally's special steak. All were well prepared and presented and tasted great. My wife has a gluten intolerance and they were able to easily accommodate her. We've eaten at a lot of places on the island over the years and there are some good ones, but Hukilau is the best we've found.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hukilau is one of our favorite restaurants on Kauai. Never disappointed. Great food, service.

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J
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant just does not disappoint. Good quality ingredients, good service, great hostesses, good value and it will continue to be my go to place while visiting Kauai. I do wish they brought back the seafood sampler with the shrimp.

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place, superbe food, excellent service and exceptional value. This is one of the best places on Kaua'i to enjoy your dinner. You must give it a try.

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