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With the culinary influences of native France, clean flavors of Japanese cooking, and ingredients inspired by Hawai`i’s multiethnic community, JO2’s succulent offerings are both creative and rooted in tradition.
We requested a quiet table. We were seated in the middle with an another table within 3 inches. We have medical disability issues and both are using canes. This small table was difficult to use and required us to hold onto our canes through out our meal.
We had eaten at A Pacific Cafe many times. Knowing chef had returned to Kapaa was appetising.
There were 3 of us, reservations at 1700. Promptly seated by the bar, servers were great. We started with the JO 3 tiered fish appetiser. Roasted Octopus, Ahi collar and a poached Salmon. Half the octopus was tender and tasty the other half super chewy. The collar was a bit too charred in some parts, the salmon was fantastic.
We followed with Curry Califlower, amazing. Duck salad, my dining partner is all about duck and ate it all. Tempura bean salad, crispy and delicious. The roasted Fennel was super complex. I would have it as a main. The risotto was forgettable and was really late as was the Salmon.
Knowing how great chef we will return. Found myself longing for the Firecracker rolls from the past. The price was very reasonable.
Excellent restaurant. We ate at JO2 twice in 3 days as it was so good. Altogether, my wife and I had 8 appetizers and 1 main course. All were consistently good which is unusual for a restaurant. The ravioli, calliflower, and carrot dumplings were particularly memorable.
Enjoyed our dinner here in May so much that it was the third reservation we made (after hotel and flight) for our visit in October. Local, fresh food expertly prepared and served in a casually upscale hole-in-the-wall. Probably the best food on the island so we’ll worth making the effort to dine here.
We always make sure to have dinner a couple of times when we visit Kauai. Great unique approach to local proteins and veggies.
We came here for local fusion food and we were not disappointed. The only downfall was it seemed that the food took a little longer than we would have expected.
We really love the creativity of every dish . The fish is constantly well prepared, nice portions and beautifully presented. Our waiter Christopher was friendly and the Waite staff help to make sure the meal progresses smoothly in a timely fashion.thanks for the enjoyable evening!
Best dining experience. Food is amazing....Chef knows his stuff!
Good food, horrible service. Kitchen smoke filled the dining room. Wouldn’t go back
Great food, amazing cocktails & great service from Tammy.
The hostess tried her best to seat out party of four according to my preference. Outdoor seating was delightful. It was adjacent to parking lot but with simple bamboo wall, we felt we were dining in a zen garden.
Since we had a late lunch, we ordered several small plates and shared them. Everything was tasty; rock shrimp risotto, cucumbers and Moi were execute. Soba noodle in many plates enhanced the presentation.
Wait staff was attentive and courteous.
I did not have much expectation as this place a resort restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by JO2.
Simply the best restaurant in terms of food on Kauai.
That was our last night in Kauai and the end of holidays dedicated to 10-th wedding anniversary. We have tried a few different places on the island and JO2 beats them all! Great flavour combinations, presentation and overall experience. Thank you JO2 for making this dinner a culinary highlight!
Our meal was awesome. The ingredients were fresh and the food was excellent. Definitely recommend.
Jo2 has the finest food on Kauai. J M Josselyn is one of the top chefs in Hawaii and he is usually cooking every night. If you appreciate well prepared food, you must eat here.
I have eaten at J02 dozens of times. I'm a local. I've left numerous five-star reviews for them. Last night they were a little bit off. The food was not exceptional as I've come to expect. I will be going back.
Food was unique and awesome, service was excellent, good ambiance, all in all a great first experience. Thanks!
Had a 5pm reservation. Walked in at 4:57 and was asked to go back outside and wait until 5. Food was beautiful, but not delicious. Inside was hot and noisy and dark. Lots of mosquitoes. For $100 for two people, I expected fantastic food. Didn't get that. I'm local, but won't be back.
This was by far the best meal and service I have had on Kuai. Amazingly creative delicious food!
Wonderful as always! We love JO2!! Our friends from Texas think it is the best restaurant on Kauai.
Poor quality control in food prep. Mechanical and electrical problems with the kitchen and dining area.
Food was amazing, service outstanding, would never guess by the looks of it. We’ve been traveling to Kauai for the last 10 years and this is by far our best dining experience. Our server Monica gave the best recommendations and our bellies were glad we took them—thank you.
Highly recommend JO2 Restaurant! The food was so delicious. My husband and I shared several small plates -- scallop ravioli, seared salmon with ramen, carrot dumplings, stir fried beef Korean style, and jicama tacos, with banana cream pie for dessert. All the sauces in the dishes were so tasty! Lovely cute restaurant.
Food was delicious, ambiance was terrible. I would rather go to an upscale restaurant that had good food and good views especially when you’re on vacation on an island instead of being in a strip mall.
Best food ever!!!! Loved it!!!
Outstanding food. Absolutely the best restaurant on Kauai .. and one of my favorite restaurants anywhere !
Jean-Marie Josselin is an incrediblly talented Artist/Chef!
The food was fabulous! The waiter and food runner truly took pride in their job and were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
This far exceeded our expectations.
Don't be fooled by the shopping strip location.
Best food on Kauai! Incredible.
an island favorite of ours. Tammy is our favorite! so so so fun and such high energy.
This is the same Jean-Marie Josselin of Beach House, Pacific Cafe, 808 (Las Vegas), and Josselin's Bar and Grill fame... Don't let the venue (small strip mall in Kapaa) fool you... The food is AWESOME...
The food was fabulous
Another wonderful meal. I think we got a very new waiter who wasn't quite sure of the ingredients and what to recommend but besides that excellent. Scallop ravioli and risotto were top of my list.
Definitivamente el mejor restaurante de kauai, no tiene la mejor vista pero si la mejor comida.
Salimos a cenar diario a restaurantes diferentes probamos de todo algunos normales otros nada buenos. Para nuestra última cena elegimos jo2. Fue la mejor elección un servicio excelente la comida deliciosa todo perfecto. Volvería a comer cenar aquí siempre.
Creative cuisine with great flavors. Able to accommodate gluten free diet too! Delicious!
The foods and wine of pairing was so good.
Souse of foods were very delicious.
I hope to go to this restaurant again.
Totally one of the best we have ever eaten at!! Next visit to Kauai you’ll be seeing us again... Thank you to Jackie and Dana
Superb in every way - presentation was gorgeous and easy exceeded only by the quality
The food was excellent, but unfortunately we were seated outside which was uncomfortably warm, and at one point we didn’t see our server for over forty minutes, with no water refills or updates on why our food was taking so long. We ended up finishing up early rather than keep waiting. They apologized and gave us free dessert, but I would not go back.
Food was excellent! Beautiful and creative preparations.
I took a party of 6 to dinner recently. The restaurant was so noisy we couldn't hear each other. Our order took over 1 1/2 hours to be served!!!! The server told us that there were two large parties there causing the delay. Really?? Two parties caused this much chaos? The manager Tammy told us the same thing and that our food would come out in a few minutes. It did not. We were not offered an explanation as to why the kitchen couldn't handle the orders (there were smaller empty tables, and no wait so it wasn't like they were slammed with customers). We were not offered any small plates or even more bread to eat while we waited. The only concession from Tammy was to cover our desserts, which we hadn't ordered and did not want by that time (1 1/2 hrs later!!!!!) While the food was good, the atmosphere was noisy and chaotic. The serving staff seemed panicked. The service was terrible making it a terrible experience. Too bad. We won't be going back.
JO2 Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1321 OpenTable diners.