Brennecke’s Beach Broiler

4.4
1018 reviews
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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 it's 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 7:30pm. Join us for lunch, dinner, or our world famous Mai Tai! Reservations highly recommended.
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Charleston
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Brennecke’s is a south shore staple of glorified bar food and fine for lunch. Open air, ocean view with solid fish tacos and a decent beer selection...dinner..however is another story...

nice reception from the hostess with on time seating was the highlight evening. This Kid-fest was Truck depot LOUD with elbow-rubbing cramped tables. We ordered the nachos which should be a slam dunk for bar food... slow server brought cold cheese soaked chips pressed in hard goo. They were disgusting.

Salad was lack luster pile of sparsely dressed boring lettuce and the burger was terrible: also served cold the premium Gorgonzola bacon burger was another pile of goo. I am a huge burger fan but this was virtually inedible over cooked tough wad of beef on a shinny dough-y bun that was, yes cold. Fries were cold unappealing soggy waffles.

This place occupies premium ocean view real estate yet the server “Glen” (I think) could barely crack a smile providing generic service where we waited to eat our cold nachos while the server struggled to bring after-thought utensils? this is not any one’s idea of a value at$20 burgers? Screaming kids everywhere, walking on tables (no joke) bad-boring food served by a person who honestly could not be bothered.

For a much better menu, service and ambiance, I take Keokies Paradise just down the road any day of the week.

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LK
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is right on Poipu Beach. Great ocean views. Food was great. Service was exceptional. Drinks were great. Would definitely recommend.

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RM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best service I've gotten on the island. Terrific gal, Shay. Ask for her!

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RK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We ordered 2 burgers, a steak, and their most popular fish and chips. Both burgers were past well done and we ordered medium. The buns were grilled almost hard. The steak was ok but the grilled vegetables were covered in uncooked garlic and had a funny taste. The fish was not really crispy and the batter was unseasoned. All in all a lackluster meal put out by the kitchen. The only thing that saved our trip there was the service, which was terrific. Sorry, but we would not recommend this restaurant.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded 3 days ago

Sorry about the poor dining experience you had with us. Sounds like you caught us on an off night, especially with over cooked burgers. Did you mention it to your server? We are glad you enjoyed your service so much and we invite you back to try us again, maybe during happy hour for some pupus and drinks.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Btennecke’s 5 years ago and having been dreaming about it ever since. It did not disappoint!! Will be dreaming about it until next yrip

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner during your stay in Kauai

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service, incredibly rude waitress.

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JV
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service and amazing view. Made a reservation for 11 and they were ready ahead of schedule.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the great 5 star review!!!!! We love what we do and I am glad it shows. Aloha.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance & food was delicious!! One of our better meals on our Hawaiian vacation. We arrived for our 9pm reservation and it was still happy hour. Apparently, it’s always happy at Brennecke’s!!😊 Very good value and it was our teenagers’ favorite restaurant! We all loved it!!!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded 3 days ago

AWWWW thanks for the excellent review! We all work hard as team to accomplish each 5 star review!!!! Aloha.

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PH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The location , proximity to the beach is wonderful! We had lunch here twice on our week stay on Kauai. Definately a place to visit for anyone visiting the island. You can't beat the view or the people watching!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks Peggy for the great review!!!!! Aloha.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used open table day of reservation and glad we did. They seated us right at 8, our reservation time. When we. He led in wait time was over an hour. Whew. Great fish and chips and sushimi!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 8, 2019

We appreciate your business. Reservations this time of year are key. Safe travels. Aloha.

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JL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The view is gorgeous but the food is mediocre at best. Ordered the gorgonzola burger which had zero taste or flavor. The burger patty actually tasted like it had been premade and frozen.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 8, 2019

Sorry Julie about the poor dining experience. Our burger patties are 100% local grass fed Kunoa beef from right here in Kapaa. Glad you enjoyed our second story perch over looking the vast Pacific Ocean. Aloha.

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k
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with friendly service and amazing views over the beach at Poipu. Family-friendly. And excelent drinks!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks for the excellent 5 star review. Aloha.

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PP
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the ambiance, the view, and the fun food! Been coming here for over 30 years and it has always been great!

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K
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennecke's was delicious! We did make a reservation, so we wouldn't have to wait. I think you definitely want a reservation on a weekend. It's a casual dress, but the food and drinks are on point, and you can't beat the 2nd story view! I had the macademia nut crusted mahi mahi and it was much better than over at more expensive Beach House! My husband had the Opah and Scallops which he thoroughly enjoyed! FYI it's a bit more expensive than you'd expect by the looks (casual) but remember the view and location can't get much better!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks again for the great review. Multiple platforms as well! Aloha.

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RL
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service and food! Love it there! We discovered Brennecke's 11 years ago the first time we were on Kauai. Loved it then, too. Was great to return and remember it so well!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the continue business over all these years! Aloha.

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GF
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the location. We had a great seat on a window overlooking the park and beach. The sushi is excellent and the Poke is out of this world. Server was very attentive. Great afternoon.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 8, 2019

We appreciate your business and the time it took to write this review. Glad you enjoyed our view. We look forward to your return visit with us. Aloha.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It’s the second time we went there and both times walked out disappointed. First, we made a reservation and arrived 3 minutes early but had to wait 20 mins for a table. Then the service was just so bland and unattentive. This place could be so great because of the location, view and a natural, cool beach vibe. But the people that worked there that night just didn’t care. They should understand that the patrons are excited for a positive and enjoyable evening. The high prices deserve quality service.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 8, 2019

Mike sorry about the poor dining experience and the plan inattentive service. I believe the night you were visiting had some "behind" the scene issues going on and that could have translated into one of your poor experiences. As for the waiting for your reservation, we just need to do better as management to prevent that from happening...it's not easy sitting 350 people a night in 94 chairs. We appreciate your business and hope you return for a more "typical" Brenneckes experience. Aloha.

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KW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal with good service and an amazing view of the beach!!! This is out second visit to Brennecke's and we have never been disappointed.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was the only decent place in Koloa that served lunch. Not bad but not great either. The sashimi was excellent and very fresh; seafood is definitely the way to go.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for your review. We appreciate your business. Aloha.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, open air setting. Friendly service. Good for kids. Best mai tais!!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for the nice review. We love what we do here and I am glad it shows. Aloha.

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j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Brennecke’s. Food was great, server was wonderful.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Aloha.

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EV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to see the ocean, beach people, sunset and have a great meal. I loved the Ahi steak with raviolis.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

THANKS FOR THE EXCELLENT 5 STAR REVIEW!!!!!

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice break from the fancier restaurants we were visiting. Great location by the beach and very friendly service. Food was ok, not amazing, but good value for the price.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

We appreciate your business. Aloha.

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Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual dining experience - enjoyed the outdoor patio and view of Poipu Beach. Our waiter Shannon was on his game - he did a great job. Food was plentiful and a great value. Prime rib portions were healthy. Bar staff was friendly too.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for your great review. Shanning I believe you were referring too...is always a hoot. Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. ALOHA.

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h
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very pleasant dining experience. Very casual! Small wine list, but mostly people were drinking cocktails or beer. We'll go back but probably for lunch.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for the nice review. We appreciate your business and look forward to your return. Aloha.

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DM
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great location for casual dining. Good menu with great bar. Fish taco appetizers were worth repeating.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for your business and your review. Aloha.

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h
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate here twice while staying in Poipu, the food was delicious both times. Second time we brought family members and they liked it too. I would eat there again without hesitation.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks so much for returning with family members and dining twice with us. We love what we do here and I am glad it shows. Aloha.

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FF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ok

Seems menu has changed a bit especially the pina colada no so good anymore.

Like the remodel of waiting area and restroom.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for noticing our remodel and we are glad you like it. Sorry about the poor pina colada. Aloha.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and mai tais. Service was great and the view was spectacular.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for your business and nice review. Aloha.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect place with a great view, great food and an incredible Mai Tai!

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Brenneke’s! Every trip to Kauai is a must to eat there. Live entertainment. Great drinks, service, and food.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

We appreciate your continued support over the years and we look forward to your next visit with us. Aloha.

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TO
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great alternative to the expensive hotel dining options. Friendly staff and great food, fast service. Nice view of the ocean.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks so much Tung Oil. We love what we do here and I am glad it shows. Aloha.

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NS
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location and vibe. This was our second time here during our two week vacation. Just had to go back. Fish and chips and poke bowl were fantastic!

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Glad you enjoyed the fish n chips and poke bowl two of my favorites for sure. Aloha til next time.

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BM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was good. Have tasted better Mai Tais. However would go back to the restaurant.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks Beth for the great 5 star review. We appreciate your business. Aloha.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The cocktail waitress who made sure the 6 children had cherries in their Shirley temple was very attentive and kind to the children

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
Responded on July 3, 2019

We love families here because we are family owned and operated for the past 37 years. Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Aloha.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, but like most places in Poipu, pretty expensive. Nice casual beach vibe. Excellent service

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MM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to order the nachos with pork. It’s amazing! Sitting by the window with a view of Poipu beach cannot be beat. We come here every time we visit Kauai.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok. Not outstanding. Expensive for the value.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered macadamia crusted mahi mahi
It tasted and looked deep fried
The taste was average
I expected better quality

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