Gaylord's at Kilohana

4.4
2141 reviews
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$30 and under
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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, Seafood Spring Rolls 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 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 any seating needs you may need!
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LT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere for our quiet evening dinner. Service by Craig was very good.

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RF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Would love to have returned while on Kauai but we found out about Gaylord's on one of the last days we had our rental car.

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ES
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word to describe it was “WOW”! The food was amazingly fresh and savory-delicious! Because my yelp check-in was honored during lunch, we purposely over tipped. Server was knowledgeable of the menu, professional, friendly, and offered suggestions on entrees weren’t sure about with a smile despite the hot-hot weather. My son had a good time as he was distracted by the drawing and coloring paper offered, so my husband and I, as well as other customers were able to enjoy their lunch meals and hospitality of restaurant. Out of all the restaurants we’ve tried during our three weeks vacation in Kauai, Gaylord’s was number one on our list and our last stopped before flying back to California. Our only recommendation is to give our server a raise or bonus for his great service! Thank you Gaylord’s for making this enjoyablely romantic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Sam the waiter was fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

While the ambience was romantic and the service good, the food was just ok. The caprese salad had a balsamic reduction that over powered the locally grown tomatoes and the fresh grilled mahi mahi was undercooked and under seasoned. The shrimp pasta was bland and uninspired. That being said, the banana creme pie was light and delicious. We would not return as the food was not worth what we paid.

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AJ
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great venue with excellent food, albeit a bit on the higher end of the price spectrum.

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch not expecting much, but it turned out to be fantastic. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the drinks were very good (get the mai tai). Highly recommend.

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

Food was great! Service was good. Loved the live music they had

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took the family for a nice meal. Everyone liked their meal a lot. Not cheap, but good food.

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C
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked our New Years Eve dinner at Gaylord’s to be away from the crowds at Poipu Beach and we were not disappointed. From welcoming and seating us to the end of dessert it was an excellent experience. The server shared the specials for the evening and was appropriately attentive. We dined on lamb,fish, short ribs, along with appetizers, cocktails and dessert. The only low point was the crab cake appetizer.
Highly recommended for fine dining.

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g
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner on New Years Eve was excellent. The service was fast and the food was so good.

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BS
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiente and very good food. The service is friendly. I can really recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations! Our family loved spending our first morning having brunch at Gaylord’s. Beautiful grounds. Delicious food.

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LC
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

While on a nice plantation we were slightly disappointed. Bar Manager was very nice while we enjoyed a cocktail before dinner. Service was a bit slow, vegetable spring rolls delicious. I’d skip the crab cake appetizer as a bit mushy. Restaurant Manager was very nice and extremely accommodating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Felt like a low-key tourist trap. Food was on the bad side of “acceptable” resort fare. The property itself wasn’t awful - but it *was* showing its age.

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FC
51 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We have been here many times, and have always had such a wonderful time. This time was a little different! We showed up a few minutes early and the restaurant was nearly empty—at 6pm on a Thursday! The hostess said she couldn’t seat us until 6:15 “because of the huge luau party.” Fifteen minutes later we returned to the still empty restaurant. The food was ok. The service was ok. The restaurant felt like an empty shell of its former self. We left feeling totally underwhelmed. What a bummer!

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best meals and drinks we have had in Kauai. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu.

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KB
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have lunch before catching the long flight back to the mainland.

Fresh catch is fantastic as are the desserts.

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LP
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We had a reservation for Christmas dinner and no one ever mentioned it was a buffet. We were extremely disappointed and the food on the buffet was horrible. The service was terrible as well. There wasn’t even the correct silverware on the table. Had to wait forever to get a knife. We were so excited to go there and were so disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Went for a special birthday dinner and since it was Christmas they had a buffet. When we made the reservation there was no mention of this. To be kind what was left of the buffet was horrible and inedible. My wife wanted prime rib and the only piece that was left was all fat. I ate a little rice and my wife ate a little salad. Everything else us left on our plate. We spent $157.00 for 2 people to have what we had hoped would be a nice dinner in Kauai and it was a disaster.

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OT
168 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The Luau was great, but dinner was just ordinary (buffet geared for tourists), save the prime rib... which was delicious. We ate dinner at the Gaylord’s dining room and joined Luau later at 7:00 PM. Plantation reserve seating worthwhile.

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G
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Buffet Food okay. Plentiful, but nothing special in taste or variety. Carving table was good. Beautiful setting.

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LR
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal was amazing! My steak was perfect. I could cut it with a fork. The noise level was low enough where we could hold a conversation. I highly recommend this place.

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L
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the open air atmosphere. It would be great for a family celebration.

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OF
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve at Gaylord’s has become a family tradition for us! We are from the mainland but have vacationed on Kauai for the past 22 Christmases! The food, service & ambiance is superb! Unfortunately, the upstairs shops are closed on Christmas Eve but we always come back on another day to browse - worth it!

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l
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant evening and delicious dinner. Our waiter,Sam, was a wealth of knowledge about the specials and entrees. We highly recommend this restaurant for a relaxing meal.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Not impressed with what was said to be the best Brunch on the island... not a good experience from the get go and overall not worth the cost. The Bloody Mary Bar mentioned here as "Sundays after 9am" on open table was no where to be found? Disappointed and will not be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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BR
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come back every time we are in Kaua’i.!the setting is historic and impressive - and they make you feel like you re an important guest to the plantation manor house!

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Check in was a little annoying, but after that service was especially good as was the food

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t
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family was visiting

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KM
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb ambiance of the old Hawaiin island, beauty, peace, and warm cordiality, matched by exquisite cuisine that is authentic, flavorful, and affordable. A great date place and memorable. We will be sure to make reservations prior to our next trip to Kauai. Alpha and many mahalos!

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L
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every two years and absolutely LOVE this place. Favorite place in the world to eat and just BE....

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RC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice and interesting place. Good food and excellent service.

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MC
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The original service was very slow but once we got going it was OK. I had the prime rib and the flavor was wonderful. My lady friend had fish and it was equally good. There was a piano player and he played my request of Vinca Guarldi’s Cast Your Faye to the Wind for us. A very nice evening

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DB
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaylord's was a delightful place for an early evening meal before we headed to the airport to end our stay in Kawai. The main courses we selected were wonderful. Although good the dessert we choose was not as spectacular. The out door setting was very pleasant if a little chilly on the night we were there. We also enjoyed some shopping and the train tour before the dinner.

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p
46 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful plantation home with grounds worth exploring before dinner. Outdoor patio seating. Fresh fish well prepared.

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JL
24 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food. The fish tacos were outstanding and the Reuben sandwich was delicious and huge. Our child enjoyed the pasta with chicken and the view of the property is great.

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D
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Gaylord’s. The food was fantastic and the ambience was the best we experienced on Kauai. The service was friendly and professional. Our waiter, Jay, was attentive and kind. The live guitar player (Cory) was so good. We would have stayed longer in the lounger afterward to listen if we didn’t have to catch our flight home. The gentleman working in the gift shop was so kind and warm. Our only regret about this place was that we went on our last night in Kauai instead of our first. We look forward to going again when we return to the beautiful Garden Isle.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing lunch at Gaylord’s. We liked it so much that we returned today for there Brunch. Excellent!

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