Brennecke’s Beach Broiler

4.4
926 reviews
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Seafood
Brennecke's houses several complimentary business activities open daily for both visitors and kama'aina (locals). Besides it's historic and iconic location across from world-famous Poipu Beach, Brennecke's boasts it's success to its countless return visitors and life-long employees that maintain its ambiance of timelessness.
Offering a robust menu of salads, gluten free options, steak, and fresh, never frozen, seafood options every diner is sure to be pleased. Brennecke's is the only full service ocean view open air dining on Poipu Beach with daily happy hours from 3-5pm and 8:30 til closing. Live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm. Join us for lunch, dinner, or our world famous Mai Tai! Reservations highly recommended.
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MM
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant came recommended to us and we actually switched dinner plans last minute to fit it in our visit. The live music was great. The singer and guitar player were awesome. The setting was fun, upbeat and beachy However the food was a disappointment. We ordered an ethisiasticallt recommended nightly special of the “fresh caught” Mahi Mahi. And
As seafood lovers were looking forward to it served with shrimp and over coconut rice with vegetables. When it came it was literally a scrawny left over piece of the tail. I was so surprised they would even deliver a piece
Of this quality for the $33 special. ..... the waitor seemed to understand right away when questioned if it was the tail
As it was placed in front of me. He told
Me to try it and see— I took a tiny bite and knew it was poor quality and he offered to exchange it for a macadamia encrusted fish. But rather than reorder the same meal etc I asked for the fish and chips which three others had ordered at my table. It was decent but batter was a little greasy. Not really i mpressed. Honestly the impression I got from being delivered a piece of
Fish that looked the way mine did would make me not want to return to a Brennecke’s again for anything other than the drinks and music... Kauai by the ocean.... I would expect that quality from an airline meal. The chef seriously should have known better to send me out what he did. It was insulting. If they had run out of the special. They should have just said so.

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AG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the dinner and our server
Shani was wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great restaurant

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r
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great views. Food okay.

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JL
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service and drinks were exceptional. Always a fun place to go to for a meal.

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E
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Brennecke’s EVERY time we come to Kauai, and, as usual, the fish was sublime and the service was top notch. The macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi was perfectly cooked and seasoned and the coconut shrimp succulent and delicious. I said this in a prior review on a different site, and I’ll say it again. Brennecke’s knows how to cook local Hawaiian fish and does it perfectly. That the top seller is fish and chips is beyond my comprehension. Order local fish cooked in local fashion at Brennecke’s and you will consistently have a mouth-watering meal. We’ll be back again and sgain!

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RC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great location. Nice place. Service felt rushed. Food is good, not great.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal we had on Kauai this trip. Food, service and atmosphere were great. Will definitely be back.

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E
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was flavorless. More like a pub for burgers. Not worth a nice dinner out. Disappointing.

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AF
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We watched the sunset and had delicious food and drinks. Do make a reservation!

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always eat at Brenbeckes when we visit Kauai. It is consistently good. Make reservations or go early because it is always busy. The coconut shrimp and Ono fish and chips are wonderful. Ask for Koloa rum for your MaiTai with an extra shot of Koloa dark rum float. Very ono. Love it and the view is wonderful.

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W
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great location.

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LM
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch! Great mai tai and the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had! Highly recommend!

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V
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the live music Friday night!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Our server was great the bartenders were pretty rude

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HG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped for lunch and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food and the drinks were. Amazing flavor and portion sizes. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were equally tasty. Eating there again for dinner in 2 days.

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SM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice casual dining on the beach to celebrate granddaughter’s 6th Birthday. Excellent service and a lovely evening.

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SE
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect beach setting and amazing food. We ate here twice during our trip to Kauai and we will definitely be back!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was sub pair . My ono was lack of flavor had to get more sauce (water did not seem surprised when I asked for more) drinks were great! The view and drinks saved the meal!

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DM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The drinks were great, service is always good, and if you go before dark, the view is very nice. The food is okay but nothing special.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was quick and courteous. Food could have been a bit hotter coming out but it tasted great

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DA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We met friends from the mainland for lunch on Sunday at 1230pm. There were no breakfast or brunch items on the menu which was a real disappointment as I was looking forward to a seafood omelet. You should really think about expanding the menu a little bit. there are very few places on Kauai for Sunday Brunch and this could be a big draw for your restaurant. all it would take are a few dozen eggs and a little imagination. seafood omelets, loco moco, pancakes, bloody marias (spicy bloody mary with tequila), mimosas, etc., Kalua pork with eggs. just talking about it is making me salivate!!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views and de

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m
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual laid back vibe
Good food
Nice view

We arrived earlier than anticipated and they were able to seat us earlier without any hesitation!

Will go back if in Kauai again

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LB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When visiting Kauai we always make time to eat at Brenneke’s for lunch and dinner!

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DC
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for casual dining with a lovely view of the beach and ocean. We always stop here when visiting the island

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PV
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great coconut shrimp!

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DL
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was fine but certainly not special. The dining area is small, so it is difficult to get a table. The MaiTais are labeled as world famous, but didn't seem spectacular to the 4 of us at our table who ordered one. Again, the food was fine but not very special. Location is certainly convenient and walk-able from the condo that we are renting. That is the best feature.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Mai tai

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e
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Tourist trap. Really low quatfood at inflated prices.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night dinner on vacation. Great people, food, & ambiance.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant may have the best beach ambiance in Poipu. We like it so much we had lunch there twice. The fish and chips entree was delicious, and the ahi lunch entree was good. My husband loved the ahi poke bowl. The service was particularly congenial and consistently good. We'll return if we get back to Kauai.

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TB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

We’ve been enjoying Brenneckes for years. This time as usual the food was delicious and the service was good. However the first night we had to wait 35 minutes past our reserved time and the second night we waited 20 minutes. Unacceptable to overbook or take walk-ins before reservations.

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N
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

As we arrived for dinner at 5:15 the restaurant was hopping with folks enjoying happy hour. They seem to be the ones in the know - I can believe this tropical bar does happy hour right. Unfortunately, dinner is not so good. Nothing was terrible, to be sure. Our table overlooked the lovely ocean, as many of their tables do. Our waitress was competent, although so busy it felt like we were at Denny's. The food was mediocre yet costly. The ceaser salad consisted of romaine, grocery store dressing, and a few sprinkles of Parmesan. Certainly not the sort of salad where a crouton or anchovy would be found. The fish entree cost more than $30. The fish was ok, but the little toy shrimp next to it seemed to have been scrounged from a grocery store deli tray. The prime rib was large, but not tasty. I don't know I've ever had prime rib that wasn't good - it's about the most consistent dish you get from place to place. I think this onewas cooked long ago, sliced, then reheated upon request. In sum, nothing horrible, but I'd suggest you go for happy hour or stick to the less expensive bar food.

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t
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Food is excellent. Best Mai Thai on the island. The servers are so friendly!

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T
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Tried few new dishes this visit.

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OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The bun was very hard on the fish sandwich.

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LB
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal fish.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for their corn beef and cabbage meal.It was great.

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LK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great portions and tasty food. Kids' prime rib meal was a great deal!

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