Gaylord's at Kilohana

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$31 to $50
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Gaylord's offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi Poke, Crab Cakes and Organic Salads; Local Seafood, Meat, and Vegetarian Entrees; and Banana Cream Pie for Dessert! After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the Koloa Rum shop, or take a ride on the plantation train.

Memorable by day…Unforgettable by Night.

If reservations are not available online, please call us anytime and we will be more than happy to accommodate you!
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P
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and very enjoyable Enjoyable atmosphere

TK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bit expensive, for breakfast buffet, great setting

F
Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant and food. My only qualm is why they insist on not seating you until the exact time of our reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early and had to wait 10-12 minutes before being seated at a table that was available the entire time waiting.

VA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! This is our end of trip dinner anytime we are on the island of Kauai. Never disappoints! We love ending our trip with this tradition . Last stop before the airport! Thank you Gaylord’s

l
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service in relaxing atmosphere

K
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service and quality of the food was much improved since my last visit. The prime rib was cooked perfectly and the lamb was tasty. The meal would have been complete with a great dessert. The chocolate decadence would have been better if it was warm and served with ice cream.

PD
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Rating is low due to an extremely long wait for reservation time made through Open Table. 6 pm reservation got seated at 7:20. No effort made to let us know that they had an issue until I mentioned our disappointment with manager when leaving.

KT
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The fish was very dry. Over cooked. Other than that the rest was very good.

k
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waitress would not accommodate a gluten free diner. Manager later compensated free desserts and stated chef could make any of their dishes gluten free.

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Several missteps: Entrees arrived before the salad; one of the returned entrees after the salad was not fresh/hot; not our server knocked over wine on wife...manager and water were gracious and generous but it never should have happened.
Non responsive service in the bar...we sat there 10 minutes before server noticed us; order a tall gin and tonic got a regular one; separate bills for bar and restaurant.

GK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fish tacos were excellent! Great outdoor experience with a roof over your head.

r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner in a romantic setting with my love. What could be better than that.

G
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We had to wait 50 mins for our meals. Burger ordered medium , cooked well done.. iced tea had to be sent back it was awful.
Ordered coffee , thought the waitress might comp the coffee but no.
Will go back but disappointed with this most recent trip to Gaylord’s.

CJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Ribs are not great. Do not compare with Chicago or KC.My wife’s local gish was good.

LB
New England
42 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a bit of a tough day due to traffic issues coming out of Lihue and staff shortages, but they made do and made us feel welcome and well served. Food was good.

RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The brunch is just not that good anymore. Regular menu meals are good, but the brunch is served with orange juice, POG, coffee, or ice tea. The orange juice and POG are so watered down it is hard to call them juice. Maybe flavored water. They don't refresh their buffet line often enough. For $39 I expected better.

RW
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous environment and food!

CC
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought some friends with us because whenever visiting KAUAI we always stop at least once. Sunday brunch is our favorite. Food and service excellent

J
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is lovely, server was very attentive and the food was very good. Would definitely return.

b
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in a beautiful setting (former sugar cane plantation) ... perfect service from Donna ... excellent seared ahi and beef short ribs

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience. Really enjoyed the fish tacos as well as the fish and chips. Excellent fries. Big portion sizes.

P
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. Everything was prepared perfectly. The ambiance is great. We have eaten here before here, it’s always good. We will be back again.

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Birthday dinner. The food was marginal- under seasoned, not hot enough, fish tasted “fishy”, crostini was burnt or underdone. I called a couple of days ahead of time to see if they could accommodate a dessert made only with natural sugar (maple, honey, date or coco sugar) and was told “absolutely “. When it was time for dessert, I was informed that I’d be getting fruit with honey on it— disappointing and I passed. The server was apologetic but also seemed to take offense that I opted out which made for an awkward end to the meal. Service was slow. Lots of money for not a great meal. The setting is gorgeous but didn’t make up for the rest of the experience. I will not go back.

OT
Anchorage
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Awesome Cobb salads. Loved the butternut squash soup! We always come to Gaylord‘s when we are on the island. Our server was very good and apologetic, but the kitchen appeared quite slow. It took about an hour to get our food. I think this is odd, given our previous experiences, so we would definitely give it another go… The scenery is amazing.

PF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wir waren zum Abendessen dort. Ambiente ist der Hammer und das Essen sehr lecker. Die Bar innen war ausgezeichnet und sehr schön. Wir würden bestimmt wieder gehen. Preis/Leistung eher hochpreisig.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good. The fish and chips were delicious as was the home made tarter sauce. Dessert was hit and miss.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner
Lovely grounds, delicious entrees
Wonderful time with my sons. Very relaxing even though it was a holiday.

JM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have been coming to Kauai for years and have enjoyed an occasional luau or just dinner at Gaylords. I personally like the Sunday Brunch. The setting is just very relaxing even before the rum tasting.

TB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spending New Years in Kauai with family.
We wanted it to be memorable.

We are never disappointed with the quality of service we receive and the meals are always delicious.

Highly recommend

TS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned after 15 years- it is a bit different, things change! The service and the food were still wonderful! Highly recommend eating here!

PS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all. Food was great, service too. Especially loved the setting! Want to go back soon!

MC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Beautiful but a tourist tap and RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. Food was subpar.

ML
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

As the top rated restaurant in Lihue we had higher expectations than were experienced.
Here's were they fell short: A piano player was playing 'rag time' very loudly which gave a frenzied feel to the restaurant which seemed to make the serving staff frenzied as well. They literally ran everywhere, they spoke hurriedly, and seemed to be rushing us (we were there for less than 90 minutes total) through our courses. We started with a drink, appetizer, main course and coffee with dessert.
Three staff members dragged a couple of tables right beside us (metal legs on a stone floor) as well as rearranging each of the eight chairs.
A different server brought our appetizers (2 of the three as they forgot the salad for one of our party) and just put them in the middle of the table. Another server asked if we wanted an extra plate to share but what we wanted was the third appetizer.
My husband ordered the Hoisin ribs, I ordered the short ribs. The 'food runner' switch our meals and then when I questioned him, he said they were both beef. Our original server came by at that moment and switched our plates. I also had to ask for a fork as I only had one when we sat down to our table.
One of our party had the shrimp pasta (big serving) and requested to take-away what was left. The server literally dropped it on the table as she was running by without a word.
I asked for coffee with my dessert but I had finished my coffee by the time the desserts came.
All in all, 4 different serving staff attended our table and our bill was placed on our table before we were half way through our desserts ('just so we wouldn't have to chase her down for it').
The service wasn't great... it wasn't completely terrible either but it was well below what we expected from the 'top rated' restaurant in Lihue.

LV
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Family Christmas vacation

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner on Christmas Eve when Gaylord’s was not serving its usual menu but a fixed-price special menu (choose one of two appetizers, soup or salad, one of five entrees, one of two desserts). Everything was excellent and the service was superb in spite of it being Christmas Eve. Most impressive!

j
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food but poor service.

R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is friendly. Service is excellent. The food is fresh, portions are generous. Lunch is moderately priced.

I
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice experience. The pork ribs were the only disappointment.

p
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Always love eating there and visiting shops and rum company!

AC
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

We really enjoyed the live music and of course the ambiance of this place is unique and relaxing. While the food -- pasta was a little over-done, the shrimps and sauce were delicious. We really enjoy the fried spring roll appetizer and of course, the service is always excellent. Good all round value.