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Hukilau Lanai, Kapaa, HI
Hukilau Lanai, Kapaa, HI
Hukilau Lanai, Kapaa, HI

Hukilau Lanai

4.5
4.5
2118 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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...

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 822-0600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ron Miller
  • Catering
    Visit our website for information on our private dining space.
  • Neighborhood
    Wailua (Kauai)
  • Parking details
    Free Guest parking in the parking lot surrounding the Kauai Coast Resort.
  • 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 Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,118 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,118 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Springfield

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  2. HawaiiSteve

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ocean views! Friendly staff good food and reasonably priced wine offerings! Perfect setting for Kauai vacation dinner!

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  4. Beve

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and warm and professional service.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2017

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    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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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was perfect, service was great. Highly recommend!

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  7. Joanie

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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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  8. Melissa

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  9. sosteach

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious! The service was impeccable. The live music was divine!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been going here for fifteen years in trips to Kauai. Definitely my all around favorite restaurant on the island!

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  11. YarrowB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent. I look forward to going back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have traveled to Kauai five times and this was the best dining experience by far!

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  14. JenniferM

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    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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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  17. KR23

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and sweet and welcoming staff!

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  18. MichaelR

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  19. MichaelC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  20. ihatenicknames

    New York Area

    278 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    278 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    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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  21. KauaiLocal

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Never had a bad meal. Great service, food, location and more... Must come and see for yourself.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    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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  23. VanessaV

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  25. KauaiLocal

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  26. 2Shoes

    Palm Springs

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  27. jma002

    Salt Lake City

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    On our short list of great dining on Kauai

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  28. JamesP

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  30. OscarL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    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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  31. PoorServiceExpensiveFood

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  32. SheriB

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dads 77th birthday! Mark was excellent!!

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  33. Dave

    Oklahoma City

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    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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  34. Skc1

    Greensboro

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2017

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    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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  36. ToniB

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  37. DMDiner

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  38. Huleia

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hukilau is one of our favorite restaurants on Kauai. Never disappointed. Great food, service.

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  39. Jebett

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  40. Denis

    Hawaii

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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Hukilau Lanai is rated 4.5 stars by 2118 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Hukilau Lanai

520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI 96746

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Wailua (Kauai)
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free Guest parking in the parking lot surrounding the Kauai Coast Resort.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ron Miller
  • 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 Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 822-0600
  • Catering
    Visit our website for information on our private dining space.
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