Kukui's Restaurant at Kalapaki Beach

4.1
164 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
Thursday -Monday-Soup & Salad Bar /Ala Carte Menu
Specials-5:30p-9pm
Sunday Hawaiian Style BBQ Buffet -$39/$19 Keiki 6-12yrs. Ribs, Huli Huli Chicken, Paniolo Chopped Steak, beans, corn and mash potato, dessert and more.
Monday-Luau Buffet-$36/$18 Keiki 6-12yrs. Lomi Salmon Kalua Pork, Pulehu Short ribs, Kalbi Chicken, rice, Sweet potato and more
Friday-Pau Hana Special!$33/$16 Kids. Choice of Prime Rib, Fresh Catch, or Huli Huli Chicken with Uncle Norm's famous Fried Rice – all for $33 per person.
Saturday Mongolian Grill Buffet $40/$20Kids Create your perfect meal from Chef's selection of fresh ingredients, shrimp, beef, pork and assorted vegetables. Then live it all to your grill masters to complete.

Prime Tuesday- Prime Rib, Dip, Bowl, Taco, Fries. Along with other local favorites and more
Wednesday Rice and Ramen Bowls-Kalbi Steak, Teriyaki Fresh Catch, Saimin, Won Ton Mien, Burgers and more




Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Hawaiian, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Buffet Monday – Saturday: 7am - 10am
Sunday Brunch Buffet: 7am - 12pm

Lunch: 11am - 4:30pm Daily Drink and Lunch Specials
Dinner: Ala Carte 5:30-10pm/Specials till 9pm
Thursday-Monday-Soup & Salad Bar with Entrée
Toro Tei Sushi Bar Thursday-Monday 5:30pm-9pm
Happy Hour, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Live entertainment Tuesday 6pm-8:30pm

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Phone number
(808) 245-5050
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Guy Higa
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet parking
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Entertainment
Tuesday Nights 5:30pm-8:30pm
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 164 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant has an absolutely fabulous view of the bay. The tables and setting are very Polynesian as is some of the food items. One can take cocktails outside near the fire pits, or dine under cover which is good in the rain. Excellent food.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

We were lucky enough to catch the Mongolian Buffet Grill - O.M.G! Onolicious! All you can eat, fresh, healthy, amazing!! The only downside was the exorbitant price ($40 pp PLUS a mandatory 18% gratuity - and no matter how small your party is, the 18% is mandatory b/c of the Mongolian buffet).

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I expected more from the salad bar ; we had been to Kukui’s at other times in the past when the salad bar offered a lot more choices, such as two soups to choose from. I also expected a dessert bar.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great food and excellent service! Expect pool & beach traffic by tables with ocean view.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We had our last dinner in Kauai here. Great ambiance, poolside with bar and fire pit seating. We had 7 in our party including children. They offer a children’s menu. Our waitress is excellent, explained the menu to a “T”. Portions are generous here. I had their Sunday Hawaiian BBQ buffet and my wife had the catch of the day, panko crusted ono. She couldn’t even finish her plate, I had to help her and I had the buffet. My daughter also enjoyed her kalbi steak dinner as well. (Pics below) Perfect timing too, came in for 7 pm dinner, saw the sun set. Would definitely recommend especially if you are staying at the Kauai Marriot in Lihu’e like we did, very convenient.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Exceptional Sunday buffet in addition to regular menu, which we tried several times during our visit. Staff is very personable and knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Kukui’s at the Marriott Kaua’i Lagoons is a winner. Our server Sharon was excellent. The outdoor ambiance next to the pool with outdoor fire pits and tiki torches is nice and relaxing. Multiple menu choices including nightly specials, a sushi bar, and everything from a casual flatbread or burger to a grilled rib eye steak. My husband had the chicken flatbread which was terrific. I had theevening special, Mongolian BBQ. It was delicious....picked out my protein (scallops and BBQ pork), vegetables (bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, celery, onion), and noodles (wheat). The chefs were barbecuing your selection on outdoor grills while you watched. It also came with a salad and soup bar (was hot & sour soup on our visit). They have a full bar with wines, beers, and tropical drinks along with the standard offerings. The wine list, though not extensive, works and we accompanied our dinner with an ice cold bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay. Beautiful way to spend a low key evening in the Islands.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Convenient hotel restaurant with a poolside location. Good size portions.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Enjoyed our brunch. Lovely setting by the pool and very friendly staff, good food too

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Was disappointed in the food and pricing. Waitress made things ok but would not return to eat there.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was tasty (most of it) but the dining area was very large, very noisy and there were many children running around the pool area, near our table! I felt like the ambience should have been a little better for the price. Also, you couldn’t get a Bloody Mary from the bar until 11:00 - and when we did order one at 11:00, it really wasn’t that good! Not sure the excellent omelette was really worth the $45 per person price tag. Wouldn’t go back! Not sorry that we went once.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Needed a early morning business meeting location and asked for a quieter seating area, under a cooling fan and got just what we wanted.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great service. All waiters, waitresses, bus people were really friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Nancy was our server, what a great personality & helpful; had such a wonderful time there, food was awesome too.....

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were all very disappointed when I booked the reservation at no time did it say that the mother’s day brunch started at 11am. Our reservation was for 9:15 am which was for the Sunday breakfast buffet which had no dessert except for a danish and little jello cups. No prime rib or anything special. I also know that other parties that were there felt the same very misleading

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great restaurant and bar, but the Sunday Grill Dinner Buffet is bad. The food was cold and there is barely a selection of items. 4 types of meat and a weak salad bar. Come to Kukui’s for the breakfast buffet & the bar, but not the Sunday night grill dinner buffet.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Sunday brunch was delicious and the staff AMAZING!

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Very pretty location at the Marriott resort... pleasant ambiance, good service. Food was good. Not amazing, but good. Drinks were great! Soup & salad bar was a bit picked over so left that, otherwise good.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Great place for an adult beverage and delicious appetizers with a close in ocean front seating. Great fire pits nearby and tiki torches provide a nice relaxing atmosphere. Great service and reasonable resort prices. Food is surprisingly delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Always enjoy Kukui's. Breakfast is always good and dinner and lunch are also just right. Service is exceptional at both breakfast and dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The staff is very attentive to your needs. The stuffed salmon was cooked to perfection. Would highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is our second visit here, we went back because we were so impressed with the prime rib on our first visit. This time are meals were warm at best, we mentioned it to our server who mentioned it to the kitchen and they offered us a free dessert. Our meal still tasted good but it just wasn't the same quality as the previous time.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great lunch. Didn’t have time to fit in for dinner. My husband and I shred the vegetable spread, it was fantastic. We also shared the sliders, also very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Awesome breakfast bar. The breakfast buffet was fantastic. The omelet chef was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food and service were excellent. A little pricy but good

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Hotel food

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great ambiance and good food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Friday night special, the prime rib special was amazing. It came with a soup and salad bar. The salad bar was simple but very fresh and the buns were the best! Soup was a shrimp bisque and it was ok, we added croutons to make it better :) the prime rib was tender and cooked to perfection! Wine was also on special and it was great! We came hungry and left happy! We'll be back

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Fish was fishy tasting and the tempora shrimp was right out of the box.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The entire experience was delightful and delicious!!! We loved it from beginning to end!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The service was great from everyone. The Sunday brunch was delicious in a wide variety of hot and cold foods. Great for groups.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Liked outdoor atmosphere close to the beach and pool. Our waitress was really nice and had a good sense of humor.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent service and accommodating staff who understood my husband's special needs re: Parkinson's.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were sat at a dark large table in a relatively empty restaurant. We were outside and did not even have a light on the table. We were far from the salad bar.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The Pacific salmon and its presentation are excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We had a great time at this restaurant on Valentines night. My husband can’t eat gluten or dairy and the waitress was knowledgeable about that and made sure that the chef knew when cooking his meal. The food was great and service was friendly. Great view and live music.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The Mongolian Buffet (you select the ingredients from bountiful and high quality choices of seafood, meats, and vegetables) was fantastic! And for some the fact you can have seconds and thirds may be a plus.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Special Valentine's dinner was a little pricey, but helpful waitress was great in making it so we could split it. Rain made outside tables a little risky despite umbrellas. Kukui's could be really good, but needs snappier service, "special" touches like flowers or candles on tables, update of tired decor, and more dependably great food. Not our number one Kauai choice, but a good second-tier restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

It was my son's 21st birthday. The sushi was amazing. Bryce did an excellent job and was very accommodating. The ambiance was breath taking with a very calm, clear and perfect 77degree full moon night. Drinks were good and the cauliflower and kale rice was a surprising favorite. Ice cream pie for dessert a must to finish the meal.

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