JO2 Restaurant

4.7
1319 reviews
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$30 and under
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JO2 transforms nature’s bounty into exquisite dishes incorporating Kaua`i-grown heirloom vegetables and the freshest ingredients from the sea.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 212-1627
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Jean Marie Josselin
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Cross street
Kipuni Way
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Beer, Wine
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New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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JO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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TW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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VO
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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J
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always make sure to have dinner a couple of times when we visit Kauai. Great unique approach to local proteins and veggies.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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G
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best dining experience. Food is amazing....Chef knows his stuff!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food, horrible service. Kitchen smoke filled the dining room. Wouldn’t go back

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, amazing cocktails & great service from Tammy.

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GS
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Simply the best restaurant in terms of food on Kauai.

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Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CR
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was awesome. The ingredients were fresh and the food was excellent. Definitely recommend.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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ST
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unique and awesome, service was excellent, good ambiance, all in all a great first experience. Thanks!

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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best meal and service I have had on Kuai. Amazingly creative delicious food!

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PS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! We love JO2!! Our friends from Texas think it is the best restaurant on Kauai.

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Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Poor quality control in food prep. Mechanical and electrical problems with the kitchen and dining area.

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AD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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DL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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f
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Best food ever!!!! Loved it!!!

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SF
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Absolutely the best restaurant on Kauai .. and one of my favorite restaurants anywhere !
Jean-Marie Josselin is an incrediblly talented Artist/Chef!

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food on Kauai! Incredible.

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k
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

an island favorite of ours. Tammy is our favorite! so so so fun and such high energy.

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Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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...

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous

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J
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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SJ
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JK
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative cuisine with great flavors. Able to accommodate gluten free diet too! Delicious!

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HS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foods and wine of pairing was so good.
Souse of foods were very delicious.
Good atmosphere!
I hope to go to this restaurant again.

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ST
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every way - presentation was gorgeous and easy exceeded only by the quality

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CS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

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.

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j
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Beautiful and creative preparations.

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

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.

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