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Aina Kauai Restaurant, Kapaa, HI

Aina Kauai Restaurant

4.8
4.8
242 Reviews
$50 and over
Kaiseki
‘Āina Kaua‘i offers creative Japanese cuisine that highlights the flavors and bounty of Kaua’i.

Dietary restrictions must be confirmed by email before making a reservation. We cannot accommodate restrictions given at time of service.

No refunds, changes, or cancellations. Please book only after you are willing and able to commit to attending.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Kaiseki, Creative Japanese, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 378-4112

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at eat@ainakauai.com to reserve for a private event.

  • Neighborhood

    Kapaa

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Kauaian Kaiseki Tasting Menu

    $145.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    A multi-course tasting menu curated with the freshest local ingredients. What we admire about kaiseki is the practice of harvesting ingredients at peak freshness, sensitivity to subtle flavors and a multi course meal highlighting time and place through refined cooking techniques. We infuse this Japanese art form with the flavors and traditions of Kaua‘i to create an experience we call Kauaian Kaiseki. Sample menu at www.ainakauai.com. *** No refunds, changes, or cancellations regardless of reason. *** *** Dietary restrictions must be confirmed by email before booking. *** Additional charge for each drink ordered. 20% service charge is included and will be used to pay for expenses other than employee wages and tips.

What 242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii

    Best Service

  • Hawaii

    Innovative

  • Kauai

    Best Overall

  • Kauai

    Best Food

  • Kauai

    Best Service

  • Kauai

    Best Ambiance

  • Kauai

    Best Value

  • Kauai

    Innovative

  • Kauai

    Neighborhood gem

  • Kauai

    Romantic

  • Kauai

    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mitch and his team delivered an incredible experience. An amazing flavor adventure not to be missed for lovers of tasting menu style dining experiences.
  2. A

    Anne

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make your reservation immediately. It was such a wonderful evening. The food was artfully crafted. Local, fresh and unique. Each course was its own experience. We were simply blown away by the beauty and flavors. And the drinks were fabulous. I don’t want to say too much and spoil the experience but it was the highlight of our trip to Kauai. Super friendly service too!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining we've had on the island this week. If you are a foodie, I would make sure this place is on your list. It should be a Michelin ⭐️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing as well as the staff. The staff was not only very knowledgeable but also extremely attentive. Chef grows several ingredients on his own farm and you can taste the freshness. Will recommend others to go and encourage everyone for this once in a life time experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed the tasting menu and the excellent service. The ambience of the restaurant does not match the quality of the dining experience. Although we both judge, this restaurant has outstanding, our recent dining experience was marred by a very noisy table next to us.
  6. JH

    JimH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Bring everyone who visits us on Kauai. Freshest local ingredients prepared exquisitely!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. One dish paired nicely with the next. Definitely felt full after our meal. Wonderful staff and great atmosphere.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well executed, true to nature with amazing technique in preparations. Hyper local ingredients, many from chef’s garden. Must try when in Kauai.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOW! What an amazing experience! Highly recommend for anyone visiting Kauai. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to!
  10. B

    Bill

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant on Kauai.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an unbelievable restaurant experience. One of the best we’ve ever had!!
  12. JH

    JimH

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing to complain about this place 10/10 would recommend and comeback every time I go to Kauai
  14. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Incredible experience! The Kaiseki tasting menu was even more plentiful and delicious than we expected. As Kauai residents it is such a gift to see local farms and growers celebrated in such a special way. The only thing we didn't love was the constant fan noise coming from the kitchen, which the music didn't blend well with. Maybe there's something that could be done to improve the audio ambiance. Thank you for a great meal!
  15. BB

    BrendaB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it. We were beyond full. The service was perfect, the staff and Chef were engaging and seemed truly appreciative that we chose their restaurant to dine in. Food was fresh, abundant and well prepared.
  16. M

    Michael

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a really fantastic meal. It’s modern is cooking with a Hawaiian/Japanese flair. Strongly recommended. The sake flight was good with the meal. Mitch, the owner and the chef is fantastic and really has done some amazing things with local plants and flavors.
  17. GH

    GabrielH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food. One of the best broths ever. Very impressed.
  18. HS

    HeidiS

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Kauai. Our second meal here and we are already plotting our third. Love this place. It’s an experience, not just a meal.
  19. A

    Asdama

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific emphasis on local ingredients with a well curated and highly inventive approach. Nice wine / sake / cocktail suggestions, too
  20. L

    Love2eatoutkauai

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single bite we both were saying “wow”. Every element on each plate was so delicious
  21. i

    ihih

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly great experience! Not only was the food delicious, but also was presented with a lot of attention to detail. I’m so glad to have had a chance to dive here because I expect that in years to come it will be difficult to get a reservation.
  22. LS

    LizS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and food. Best dining experience in Kauai in 25 years - I’ll definitely be back!!
  23. TK

    TysonK

    Anchorage

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very unique experience. The food was excellent, though the order of courses probably needs some work. Overall, worth the visit for sure, we had a great evening and enjoyed trying a unique menu.
  24. LL

    LaLa

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First, we had some dietary restrictions and the chef graciously accommodated us. Secondly, the 2.5 hour tasting experience exceeded our expectations! From the great service, menu explanations to artistic food presentations with beautiful serving dishes to the complimentary beverage pairings. Each of the 9 courses came out timed in succession right after the last diner finished their dish. We all loved that we started with the 1. Kakigōri, a palate cleanser of shave ice with roselle, lime sorbet and butterfly pea lemongrass foam. The 2. Sarada was locally grown mixed greens with star fruit and pomegranate arils. The 3. (4-piece) Sashimi was arranged as a checker board pattern alternating Ahi/Kanpachi topped with ginger liliko’i drops and bathed in Island ponzu. The 4. Sanshu Mori was a vegetable trio of Ohitashi -a cylindrical wrap of blanched tender cabbage sitting in a macadamia sauce topped with Bonito flakes; Furofuki- dashi broth base with a braised heart of palm topped with a miso dot; Agebitashi - fried eggplant in a dashi-shoyo broth. The 5. Sakano or market fish was a Hawaiian snapper with crispy skin in a saikyo miso sauce, kukui, chive and chili oils. The 6. Robata platter contained a skewer of bite-sized grilled zucchini, tomato, shishito pepper, skewer of Ahi tuna chunks, skewer of chicken meatballs and fish cake. All came with assorted sauces - mango/chili, hot mustard paste, wasabi and pink Hawaiian salt. 7. Tempura including shrimp, purple sweet potato, squash and kale. 8. Shokuji was a trio of items including: Oshinko, a picked cabbage; an Osuimono - Daahi with winter melon, Kamaboko, mitauba and Takikomi Gohan. brown rice topped with grilled ali’i mushroom, Tsukidani asparagus seaweed and Āina Furikake. Final 9. Island Mizukashi trio of chocolate matcha cake, umeshu kanten, gelatin w/finger lime & pineapple ube sorbet! Everything tasted so fresh and it was a real treat to have a plethora of Kauai’s ingredients! We highly recommend this fine-dining
  25. K

    Karen

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Had a great time with friends. Food really outstanding, tasty and inventive. Our server, Lacey was very knowledgeable about each dish and explained it too us as she served. Only 'down' side, the cost, our bill for 4 adding drinks and tip was $1,000.00. Sadly we won't be able to return any time soon.
  26. KA

    KalaniA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service.
  27. CW

    CavaW

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    It was super delicious and we had great fun. All Kauai familiar ingredients made into unique beautiful creations. High fashion food. Thank you I only wish more time was taken to explain the ingredients and cooking methods. Most of the descriptions were using Japanese words that I didn’t understand. It was missing the storyline.
  28. s

    seriousjean

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a truly unique and exciting evening and meal, this will not disappoint. Excellent food, menu, service, ambiance, need I say more? Oh, by the way, the people are wonderful too! This has been the highlight of our trip to Kauai, and we will definitely come back.
  29. JW

    JosettW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a dining experience, not just a meal! The food was very good and presentation spectacular! Because of the high price and set menu, it's not somewhere where you would dine regularly, however. They only serve about ten diners at a time, so very intimate setting, and just an overall great experience!
  30. CK

    CarrieK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food, the service, and the story of the chef and creator. Centrally located to get to from the north shore of Poipu areas. Highly recommend for a special date night in Kauai.
  31. SM

    ShannaM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful date night here last night eating delicious food. I don’t want to give too much away, like some other reviews have stated, because I think being pleasantly surprised was part of this great dining experience. My boyfriend is a tall and bigger man and I was worried that he would not be full and this was not going to be his type of food. The waitress was very personable and answered all of my boyfriend’s questions about the food, which I’m glad he asked because I also didn’t know what certain ingredients were. We both left feeling full, satisfied, and very impressed. The cocktails were also unique and tasty.
  32. 4

    4eats

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was excellent except for tempura was very oily and not crisp. Dessert was also not very good a dry matcha Swiss roll cake and some gelatin thing. Service was great but it is probably very easy with a fixed menu where everyone in the place is eating the same thing at the exact same time. However some of the dishes were very creative takes on standard Japanese cuisine with a local twist. Servers were knowledgeable about the food and were attentive without being overbearing.
  33. k

    katherineg

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my top dinning experiences this year!!!
  34. N

    Neri

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding! Will be back soon! Mahalo💞
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a symphony of flavors. Most amazing.
  36. E

    Elyse

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible! The entire experience was absolutely amazing. The food blew us away!
  37. JH

    JessH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible kaiseki dinner with locally sourced ingredients. Loved that the chefs stayed true to what a traditional kaiseki is. The sake pairing was well thought through.
  38. KE

    KimE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding. Pleasantly unexpected The food was perfectly selected
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, tasty, lots of flavors.. Beautiful presentation. Friendly staff.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a (not so hidden) gem! We had a fantastic tasting menu with several favorite dishes. We sat at the chefs counter (a must-do if it’s available) and watched the plating and preparation up close. The beautifully plated dishes and careful attention to detail were that of fine dining. The servers and chef explained each dish and answered questions. We will definitely return on our next visit to Kauai!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Aina Kauai Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 242 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Aina Kauai Restaurant

4-985 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746-1551

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kapaa

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Kaiseki, Creative Japanese, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 378-4112

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at eat@ainakauai.com to reserve for a private event.

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