JO2 Restaurant

4.6
1304 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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Payment options
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kipuni Way
Additional
Beer, Wine
What 1304 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
21 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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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
7 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
9 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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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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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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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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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
109 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
8 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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Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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

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

Best food on Kauai! Incredible.

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Portland
6 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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San Francisco
58 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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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
5 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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Houston
24 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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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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BF
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was there on August 13 while on vacation in Kauai. Food was fantastic. Monica, our waitress, was excellent. Interesting food prepared with care and is incredibly well presented, and tasty. Our dinner was so good that we came back for dinner the following night.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely blown away by JO2. The food is insane, every bite is impeccable. The service was outstanding. My new favorite for date night or girls night out in Kapaa Town.

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Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem... well worth the drive from our stay at St Regis. Top restaurants we’ve eaten at on our trip to Hawaii, which included Morimoto and Mama’s fish house on other islands. It’s hard to really beat the tapas! So many to chose from and all that we tried were excellent and shareable... quail, miso salmon, Korean style beef, scallop ravioli were all excellent. Our favorite mains were the lamb and moi special. You have to try this restaurant if you are on Kauai!!!!

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BJ
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food: creative, beautiful, tasty and generous. Best diner in Hawaii. Fish is extra and perfectly seared. Merci Chef.

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Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious creative good. Everything we ate,delicious.
Will be back 😊

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The opah was delicious in the Tom Tom sauce. I could have licked the bowl. Waitress was very friendly and knowlegable about the dishes. The food didn't make me swoon but it was the best food we had on the island!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Amazing flavors, my compliments to the chef. Our server seemed to have been rushing us sort of. Was quick to try and get us to place our full order leaving me to rush and pick an item. Food was amazing nonetheless

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was not as good as I have had in the past have dined there 15 or more times. One thing I did not like was the same tomato chickpea relish was used for appetizers we happened to order one with it and they accidentally brought out one we we did not order by mistake both had tomato relish and one of the main dishes the Mahi had it as well may have been slightly different but same ingredients but still a fan and will be back

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Service was very slow, not as always.

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San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Was warned about the poor service and Denise fit the bill. Opentable sort of spoils you. Seated in the bar, not dining room or patio, transition area. Denise reminded us three times how she forgot us, oh well.
The food was amazing however and picked up the slack.

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