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Hualani's, Lihue, HI

Hualani's

4.6
4.6
815 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Hualani's Restaurant at Timbers Kaua'i delivers a fresh, thoughtful and creative dining experience in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The menu is driven and influenced by our on-site organic Farm at Hokuala. Our Executive Chef designs each plate to reflect the spirit of our island and its bounty of locally sourced ingredients from the pastures, the farms, and the ocean. At our bar, we deliver well-balanced craft cocktails that complement the seasonality of the kitchen.

*TUESDAYS DINNER: Special “Farm-to-Table” menu, created weekly our Chef*


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 320-7399

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact via e-mail at rcolobong@timberskauai.com for private party requests with the date requesting, number of guests, and type of event. You will be contacted within 3 business days to review and confirm details.

  • Neighborhood

    Lihue

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking available at front entrance to Timbers Kaua'i. Valet and walk downstairs to Hualani’s open air entrance on your left.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 815 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kauai

    Best Overall

  • Kauai

    Best Food

  • Kauai

    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

  • Kauai

    Best Value

  • Kauai

    Fit for Foodies

  • Kauai

    Healthy

  • Kauai

    Great for Lunch

  • Kauai

    Outdoor Dining

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    Scenic View

  • Kauai

    Special Occasion

  • Kauai

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Kauai

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    Overpriced food. The service was great except when it started to rain and the management couldn’t accommodate the customers getting drenched. No apologies. They just let us stand there trying to keep dry while our belongings and clothing got ruined. For a place that should be used to rain the had no plan of action. There was an entire empty room where they could have sat customers but no, that just wasn’t possible. Really?!!! I wouldn’t have minded but then your hit with a $350 dinner bill. Thanks.

  2. SF

    ShelbieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I live on Kauai and we had never been to hualanis. It was an absolute gem of a place and we will definitely be back. The service, food and views are incredible!

  3. SC

    StevenC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Service was excellent. Food was great. They should consider better placement of tables outdoors to optimize the spectacular ocean view. Value-wise I found the prices to be high. The menu is limited. I recommend more vegetarian options as well as chicken options. I must say I had one of the best steaks I have had in Hawaii here.

  4. UN

    UNIQUE

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Menu too “new age” for us! The novelty of a whole fish and ambience made it worth it! Expensive. Very casual setting. Used wrong type wine glasses for chosen wine. Never got expresso. Forgot to add cost of expensive wine which we pointed out. Wine list had no vintage dates. Desserts were good. Enjoyed the experience but once was enough. Part time locals.

  5. TH

    ThomasH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was excellent our waiter's name was Mat. He decided the dishes and checked on us just enough times. They must have a great head of F&B manager there, Things seemed efficient and thoughtful. Great care was taken to make us feel very comfortable. Food was special.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful time eating here. Breathe taking views

  7. DS

    DavidS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The food was ok, just not special, and very expensive. The server was nice but the style of service again, very underwhelming. Still, $500 for 4 people to dine. I expect better food, service and a dining room with more intimacy or creativity.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5

    Overall, it is a beautiful place. However, we weren’t met by our waitress for over 15 mins after arriving. Also, we got to the restaurant just after it opened, so there was really no excuse. She had “RBF” as she served folks. I finally asked a nearby waitress for some assistance and she became our server for the evening. She never once came to apologize and I asked to speak to the manager and he was fairly unapologetic yet understanding. It ruined our last evening in Kauai, so really poor rating here.

  9. FF

    FitforFoodie

    Hawaii

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    I had the fish sandwich (the fish was ahi). There were two pieces of ahi in the sandwich, which is very unusual! In my 6+ years of living on this island and often having ahi, in a sandwich or with a salad, I have never before had TWO pieces of fish, cooked to perfection. The sandwich was outstanding. The view is incredible and the restaurant was not crowded. The only negative was that the waitress was slow and very nonchalant. She was pleasant, but did not notice that our water glasses need to be refilled and that I had not received my cocktail prior to my meal being served. In general, she behaved as if she was on vacation!

  10. FA

    FranA

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was delicious! Interesting and different pupus. Dinner and dessert were also delectable. Beautiful view so make sure you arrive with enough time appreciate it. Service was friendly and quick.

  11. MD

    MoniqueD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite experiences on the island. The atmosphere is just as incredible as the food and the service was superb. looking forward to coming back again

  12. g

    georgep

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, probably the best food in the Lihue area

  13. KC

    KristianC

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went to Hualani’s with my wife on one of our honeymoon nights in Kauai. I had the best waitress I could have asked for. Danielle from Australia was an amazing waitress. She greeted us with a joyful smile and gave amazing recommendations. The food came out quickly and tasted phenomenal. They are known for their whole fried fish. That’s what we had and it was so delicious. Danielle knew it was our honeymoon and brought us a complimentary dessert. I highly recommend this restaurant and ask for Danielle!

  14. CM

    CharlesM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic drinks and food and great service to match. Cozy spot with great ocean views.

  15. F

    Friend

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view. Casual. The food was delicious, classic, nothing wild. Courteous greeting from the valet to the hostess. Polite service. They let us talk and did not rush us.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    A wonderful dinner! Seriously so amazing. Definitely more high end, so be prepared, but every person loved their meal. Great for a night of relaxation.

  17. BZ

    BineZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great local food, this is a must visit! Entertainment was also very lovely, thanks again Hualani team!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view overlooking ocean. Great food. Awesome service

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was incredible! It was the best meal we had on our recent trip to Kauai. The pricing is on the higher end, but worth it for the farm-to-table dishes and experience. The portion sizes were very generous as well. We will be back!

  20. TS

    TrishS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything exceeding our expectations. It was perfection

  21. G

    Gina

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    After all the accolades about the restaurant, I was expecting food on par with Roy’s or Merrimans. I was disappointed as the food was fine but not exceptional. My fish sandwich was more tasty at Kenji Burger. When I made a reservation on Open Table I was asked if this would be a special occasion: there was no mention from waitress regarding this. I thought the menu was limited. I will say the place is gorgeous.

  22. EO

    EatOutEnjoy

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Dining Experience!! The service was amazing! Food superb! Cocktails were spot-on! Ambiance top notch!! Can’t wait to return!

  23. BI

    BakingInHawaii

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, fantastic food, all in a beautiful and laid back casual atmosphere. This place is tops.

  24. BS

    BlakeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first time to Hualani's and I was stoked. It was super mellow during lunch and had some great lunch options. The food was on point. I got the lamb kimchee entree and the thing was stacked! Darren was our server and he took care of us! He was the man. Big mahalos to Darren and Hualani's for a good time.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gorgeous view definitely a great spot!

  26. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a wonderful 21st Wedding Anniversary dinner there. It is a very nice setting with a great view soon as you walk in. Our wait was just a few minutes with reservations. It was just slightly louder than a typical indoor experience because of the wide open space (with fresh air) and live music. The server knew the menu very well (in detail when it came to the ingredients). I left a comment on the original OpenTable reservation about it being out 21st Anniversary so when the meal was done they brought us a dessert with special anniversary decorations. Dinner & service done as it should be done. I would definitely return and recommend to others.

  27. MD

    MothersDay2018

    Denver

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Overall this was a good choice for our last night in Lihue. Food was really good and service was ok but this was expected with things going on.

  28. MH

    MaggieH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    We went for lunch. We were first guests of the day when they opened at 11:00 am. Drinks took forever and made no sense as there was a lot of staff just no one to take care of their only guests. Two of us ordered burgers (1) medium and other medium well. Both were served medium rare. Also ordered a salad with Ahi. Ahi was over cooked with no pink at all. We were very disappointed with this overrated restaurant.

    Hualani'sResponded on June 8, 2022

    Thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience, no matter how hard it is to read. I would be terribly disappointed if I were in your shoes and apologize that we delivered such a disappointing experience from start to finish. That is certainly not what we strive to deliver. I would appreciate it if you would please reach out so we can bring you back as my guest to show you what we can really do. Mahalo, Jason Watson Food and Beverage Manager

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner set for 7:30pm. Due to potential rain that evening, we sat closer to bar which had overhead covering. Waiter was very polite and attentive to potential problem, and asked if we wanted to move further inside. We chose to stay outside since the view and ambiance is just breathtaking. Recommendations were excellent- appreciated waiter’s understanding of food, including preparation. Had coconut shrimp, Miyazaki A5 wagyu, and the local fried fish specialty. All items were very good, and beautifully presented. Was bit pricy, but everyone enjoyed the evening and food. 👍😋

  30. FT

    FloridaTeacher

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved this place! The view was breath taking! The food was amazing as well. We both ordered fish dishes for our entrees and coconut shrimp as appetizer. Service was superb as well!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    The server was having a rough night. Beautiful area, food was good.

    Hualani'sResponded on June 2, 2022

    Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback on things we can improve on. I apologize that the service was lacking and you did not get the dining experience that you were hoping for. If you are able and willing to give us a chance to give you the experience you deserve, please reach out to me and we would love to host you for lunch or dinner. Mahalo again for your time and understanding, Jason Watson Food and Beverage Manager

  32. TA

    TaniaA

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The staff was wonderful! Thank you Queeny, Branden, Lauren and Xandra for taking such good care of us. The food was just ok. Steak was cold, vegetarian curry was underwhelming and the fish dishes were just ok (although the best tasting items). View was great and wine was lovely.

    Hualani'sResponded on June 3, 2022

    Aloha Tania, Mahalo for visiting Hualani’s and mahalo for leaving a review, as hard as it is to hear. We appreciate your feedback and it sounds like a very disappointing food evening. I know I would be frustrated with such a dining experience so we will certainly use your feedback as a teaching opportunity for our culinary team. Mahalo. Michael Young – Resort Manager

  33. LD

    LD650

    Sacramento

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous!!! Best meal on island so far!! I had the fresh catch-Mong Chong? My husband had the fillet! Presentation, taste, combination was so yummy!! We also got the coconut shrimp and fioccaobread!!!! Let alone the property being beautiful!!! Service excellent, server and expediters. Thank you!!! We already reserved in a few days

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, views were awesome, the staff was friendly and we had an fun time!

  35. JC

    JimC

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and great food.

  36. FH

    FrancesH

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5

    Another memorable dinner! We enjoyed Hualani previously and enjoyed it again this visit; the ambiance is unparalled! Cuisine is good; service spotty but friendly. Overall a very nice evening.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food

  38. JW

    JaneW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Service was good ambience is great and the food is fair would you

  39. E

    Erinleigh47

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are staying in Poipu and took a morning to drive to the Hanalei area. Hualani’s was the perfect stop for lunch on the way back to Poipu. The property is so beautiful. The drive along the golf course with the trees is spectacular. Arriving at the restaurant was such a lovely surprise with the views. The restaurant was so good because of the freshness of the ingredients. Lovely kale caesar with the fresh catch. Everything was good and the views are so magical and serene. We can’t wait to go back.

  40. MA

    MadeleineA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5

    We unfortunately were there for their pre-fixe menu. At $95 per person it was not worth it. The courses were not paced, our drinks arrived moments before our first course. Both of the first two courses were small and not memorable. Ahi Poke and then a tiny salad. My entree came out cold and my husband’s hot. They took mine back and re-heated it and when it came back it was slightly warm but not hot. My fish lacked any flavor at all and being that it wasn’t hot, I was extremely disappointed. My 3rd drink came with a hair on the side of the glass. I was so tired of sending things back that I just ignored it and didn’t drink the drink. The dessert was also bland and boring. Beautiful restaurant, adorable and sweet hostess who took our pictures in front of the view (this was our honeymoon treat so we were excited). But overall will never go back and certainly don’t think it was worth the price

    Hualani'sResponded on May 31, 2022

    Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback on things we can improve on. I truly apologize that the service and food was lacking and you did not get the dining experience. If you are able and willing to give us a chance to give you the experience you deserve, please reach out to me and we would love to host you for lunch or dinner. Mahalo again for your time and understanding, Jason Watson Food and Beverage Manager

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Hualani's is rated 4.6 stars by 815 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Hualani's

3770 Ala Oli Way Lihue, HI 96766

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lihue

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking available at front entrance to Timbers Kaua'i. Valet and walk downstairs to Hualani’s open air entrance on your left.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 320-7399

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact via e-mail at rcolobong@timberskauai.com for private party requests with the date requesting, number of guests, and type of event. You will be contacted within 3 business days to review and confirm details.

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