Naupaka Terrace

3.8
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Naupaka Terrace is a sky-lit Kauai dining adventure of creative island cuisine and enchanting Hawaiian scenery. Inspired by Hawaii’s indigenous naupaka flower, this plantation-style restaurant features creative local, sustainable, and organic products, inspired dishes and fresh island catch artfully prepared by our chefs. . Relax on the peaceful outdoor terrace overlooking torch-lit waterfalls, fishponds, and views of the ocean and sparkling pools. Experience a culinary adventure of fresh, flavorful food that puts you in the mood for Kauai.

Breakfast is served daily 6:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat hearty buffet or an a la carte menu of breakfast favorites, house specialties, omelets and more!

Dinner is served daily 5:00 p.m.
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1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The staff didn’t know we had a reservation at 8:45 which was the only time we could get one. The buffet stopped at 9pm and when they finally figured out a place for us to sit we were told just go fill as many plates as we wanted and bring them back to the table because they wouldn’t be filling the buffet anymore. The buffet price was not listed anywhere and we were unpleasantly surprised when we got the bill. The food was barely warm and the crab legs were so over boiled they were tasteless The prime rib and crab buffet is not worth the hype, price, or effort to get there. At $129 for two people it is definitely not worth repeating or recommending. Although the staff were accommodating there was no real positive or cheerful service to guest interaction except with our waiter.

JM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Will catch dinner or the buffet depending on if we are there for a show or not.

H
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated for holidays.

All staff were great- even though they were working on Christmas night. Professional and friendly.

The poke was hiding by the fruit?

Could use more salad bar choices -garbanzo beans, mung sprouts, broccoli, peas, pasta, purple cabbage, alfalfa sprouts, tofu.

Delicious soft serve ice cream, prime rib, horseradish, crab.

Thank you for being consistent through the years!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We came here for Christmas breakfast after church. The food was standard fare. Although we had to wait a little while for our table, the service was very good. The Christmas decorations were very nice.

j
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not much competition so it seems as if this establishment does not have to try very hard. Food is very over priced and only "so-so" in taste. Presentation is below average. Service was below average. There was a constant flow of families in beach attire schlepping through the restaurant right past our table as we were trying to enjoy our meal. I would never waste my money at this place again.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ambience is very good but the location could have been even better, there is no ocean view. Also, the menu is very limited and uninspired. The ahi was good but nothing special. The thai chicken was not good, too much ginger and no other flavor. Overall, I would not recommend it for anything other than a regular dinner.

s
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The breakfast buffet at 9:00 am was relaxing & not too busy. The omelette was great. One of the few places on Kauai that you can get lox, bagel's & all the fixings, fruits were fresh & sweet. The service was so attentive. We were celebrating the birthday of a friend that passed away, with his family. Great place for that.

LT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I guess I was looking for American food. Forgot this is a high end establishment and they have to dress it up, to an unrecognizable point. So as far as who and what they are is the new un normal.

KT
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Food and wine were great, and the waiter was excellent. Will do it again.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for 7p. I was staying at the resort where the restaurant is located. When we arrived I was told the “management” decided that they wouldn’t open the lovely dining room on Sunday and Monday. My only choice was to eat in the bar and there were no tables in the outdoor area since it was first come first serve seating at the bar. I told them to cancel my reservation so I could make another through open table but they weren’t able to do it through their iPad or calling them. I had to have my partner use his open table app to reserve something. Just bad customer service all around. No accountability and no offers to make things right in the future.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The hostess was friendly and very welcoming. The food was excellent. I will do another meeting here again in the future. Thank you.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food5service4ambience2

Restaurant closed
Dined at bar next door

CR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved the Hawaiian pizza we got from Naupaka, however we thought it was a little pricey. The beef bone marrow appetizer was a ridiculous waste of money. We were able to scrape off maybe half a teaspoon of the bone marrow spread and it had barely any flavor.

M
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Not worth the money. We chose the breakfast buffet only to find all the fruits and vegetables were absolutely covered in bugs and had to be fully replaced by staff. Further, the open air nature of the restaurant allows birds to get in and they frequently land on your plate if left even briefly unattended. We were not warned of this when seated and were surprised that when we left the table, staff had removed our plates due to birds and we had to start over again filling our plates. Overall the food was average and the other problems simply make this restaurant a bigger hassle than it was worth. Go elsewhere.

C
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was fantastic and the service was very fast. We will come again.

DS
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find! While menu somewhat limited, the fried red snapper awesome and marlin tacos great. Also, the burnt marshmallow brownie with Lappert’s ice cream was fantastic. Very quiet at 8pm but servers were great.
Definitely worth returning!

f
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I had the seafood pasta. My wife had fish tacos. Both were best we'd had anywhere. 4 thumbs up! The staff is very friendly!

K
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The portions were surprisingly large. We were afraid that we would walk out the restaurant still hungry.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner - back to where our honeymoon was. Everything was great!!!

KC
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a romantic dinning experience at Naupaka Terrace for these many reasons. Emily was courteous welcomed us with aloha graciously placing us at an outside tables with beautiful panoramic views of the outstanding Kauai Beach Resort. Emilio professionally served us our Hendrick's Martini and Wente Chardonnay Wine having a great wine and cocktail list to choose from. Emilio recommended to us our marvelous Butter Lettuce Salad and generously gave us a basket-full of warm fresh baked bread with butter. Joyfully we dined on our magnificent tasting Glazed Pork Shank and Catch of the Day both from the Large Bites portion of the menu. Pleasantly Catelyn filled our water glasses. We thank Chef Logan, and the many cooks with great teamwork all is made possible. Your delicious dessert put us over the top full of joy and looking forward to our next wonderful visit at Naupaka Terrace thank you.

LR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely setting and good food for the price. Service was excellent. It was one of our better meals in Lihue. Loved the Pupu platter.

VK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice setting. Good food. I thought it took a little to long for our waiter's first appearance, but once he introduced himself the service was excellent after that.

NW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food & drinks were good. The service was excellent. Sitting out on the terrace was great. Definitely make time to try this place out.

KC
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Naupaka Terrace is at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue on the Garden Island of Kauai. We each had delicious local fresh catch for our dinner prepared artistically beautifully. Emilio's expert service and recommendation was fantastic. We were very happy with Austins cheerful helpfulness. Thank you Chef Troy our dinner and dessert of warm lava cake completed our wonderful dinning experience. We highly recommend Naupaka Terrace for an excellent dinning experience with aloha.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Great service and good food!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Overpriced, mediocre food, but pretty location and convenient if staying at the Kaua’i Beach Resort

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the omelet station would like to see a brunch on Sunday’s :)

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The friendly service and recommendation menu was a good choice. If you stay at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, it will be your first dinner option.

LO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered the whole snapper - fried crisy on the outside & moist on tbe inside. The Kauai shrimp was so sweet & nice presentatuion. Just wish there was somw chili pepper water. Friendly staff & great service.

RB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, all in our party got the Prime Rib and Crab Buffet. There were quite a few choices for all courses and if you leave hungry it’s your own fault. Our server, Frank, was very friendly and personable. I would definitely recommend this and we will be back next time we are on the island.

w
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful setting. We went here for breakfast and dinner.

S
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The desserts, sushi, and salads were good. Prime Rib was ok, & crab legs were disappointing (I didn't think they were king crab as advertised, more like snow crab which I don't care for).

DH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. We went for my wife’s birthday. We sat outside and it was very nice. Food was good for a seafood buffet. Service was great.

S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere is beautiful if you sit outside on one of the little patios. Arrive early and walk around this beautiful resort. The food is fresh and delicious.

GN
Edmonton
33 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

From the last time we were at Naupaka Terrace the level of service seems to be not as good as it was in the past, but the food was as good.

l
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

It was our 26th anniversary, and already have been inconvenienced by a late check-in to our room, we were hoping for a good experience at dinner. We were greeted right away by the person who filled our waster glasses, and then waited 15-20 minutes for our server. I finally went to the hostess stand to inquire about the situation and when I pointed out our table they said, almost in unison "Oh, Tom". When I got there, Tom was there, talking with my husband (who later told me Tom had been in the area the whole time, bussing tables). He took our orders and the service was fine. The food was overall delicious! We shared the beet salad which was loaded with beets and had a very pleasing dressing, kalbi ribs that were outstanding with a tangy, smokey flavor and the catch of the day that, although prepared a bit on the dry side, was served with complimentary ingredients.

P
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Staff was great and very attentive being a groups of 7 with children.

ES
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Ambiance and service were fine. Although the food presentation was ok, the quality was less than desirable. The shrimp in the Shrimp and Grits was VERY sub-par ... mushy, tasteless!!! Very disappointed! The dessert (bread pudding) was excellent...what a contrast :)

DC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice assortment of food. Wait staff very attentive. Happy with the experience

KT
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the fish taco. The fish was very dry. My husband had the fish dinner. His fish was dry as well.