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About JO2 Restaurant

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.

4-971 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI 96746
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Kipuni Way

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 212-1627

Website:
http://www.jotwo.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Jean Marie Josselin

Additional:
Beer, Wine

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JO2 Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (79)
Creative Cuisine (75)
Fit for Foodies (66)
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Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (50)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Worth the Drive (41)
Healthy (33)
Organic (30)
Romantic (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Authentic (26)
Cozy (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Tasting Menu (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Notable Wine List (19)
Casual (18)
Seasonal (15)
Business Meals (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Fun (11)
Tapas (11)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Vegan (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 17 hours ago

Awesome dining experience with a superb staff of professionals. Early dinner menu and wine pairing good value and great fresh fish and farm to table greens! Go there!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Tried about 6 dishes, they were all spectacular. Super knowledgeable staff. fantastic experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I never think it bodes well when your server approaches your table in such an obviously poor spirit that you have to work to turn their mood around. We eventually did, but it took most of our meal to do it. I definitely have never been told, after inquiries into cocktails, and deciding to opt for wine instead, “Good choice”, by a server. The food was passable, but sauces not quite balanced and tending towards the sweet side. Small portions for starters and mains, with the exception of tempura green beans, which were super basic and drizzled with a canned tasting oyster/hoisin combo sauce. Overall, a disappointing experience with harried staff and uninspired and unmotivated service. Definitely will not return or recommend.

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Best on Kauai!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was absolutely delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

The Chef is an absolute superior talent. He makes you feel welcomed and the food is outstanding. It's my favorite fine dining on Kauai.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Great presentation. Expensive but worth it..

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·Dined 4 days ago

Best food in Kauai , they have a great chef who I asked about and two soups chefs. I was there on 2/13/18

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food, great server but dinner arrival was very slow. Server covered for the delay with free drinks

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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Incredibly noisy, one of the worst I have ever seen..........could not hear the server when he stood immediately by the table. Could not converse with my guest for the din. Took ten mins for anyone to come to the table after we were seated. Took 35 mins to get firsts course after placing order, and 4r5 mins after that for the main courses. Food is good, better than average, not an inspired wine list, relatively expensive. Not recommended.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

This is THE FINEST restaurant on the island of Kauai!

The food is fresh, inventive, delicious and remarkable.

We loved every item we ordered, enjoyed every bite and are scheming to return before we are scheduled to head home.

The prices are quite reasonable for this quality, the service is superb and the ambience is lovely.

The HIGHEST RATING possible, JO2 is beyond compare!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I am reluctant to write a review for this stellar restaurant, because I am afraid when I return I will be unable to get a table! The interior is modern, elegant, and casual, the volume is quiet conversation level, the food is to die for and the plating is lush and artful. We started with cocktails (shared) A floating market- which tasted beautifully of the sea, and a smokey sage drink that we all fought over. Both balanced, tasty, and gorgeous in the glass. We had a mix of pupu, first courses, and mains that we all shared. There was a mix-up on two dishes (because they were entered into the computer wrong) which was quickly discovered, and handled with grace by our experienced server. Big winners- curried cauliflower and brussel sprouts, incredible seared scallops- possibly the best scallops I have ever had, the shrimp and lobster risotto, and the slow cooked wagyu beef cheek. The duck and kale salad was delicious, but could have benefited from a few more pickles to balance the sweet dressing, and rich duck. No dessert because we were all together too full. Thank you for a dinner we will never forget.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

This is a terrific restaurant to have back in Kauai
It is the best restaurant and fine food menu on the island.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

We booked online for a later dinner reservation and then called the restaurant to see if we could walk in "now" and they were very accommodating and we ended up seeing our dear friends there and the were able to seat us next to each other...
This is "THE BEST" The food is amazing, people amazing, service amazing... we will keep going back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We dine here at least twice during our annual timeshare week, due to the creative chef. Service can be spotty, with delays and incorrect meal information

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

This was our one fancy night out in Hawaii and it did not disappoint. The service was very attentive. The food was excellent. We highly recommend the Thai muffins.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 7 days ago

Small portions - over priced - food was tasty but not fabulous ..(was pretty though)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

2nd visit to restaurant in one week while on vacation. Food great. Still need better ventilation from grill. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful food and presentation. We did the early dining pre fixe option which was a terrific value. Service was great.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and drinks were memorable. Will be back on my next trip to the island.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the greatest meals we have ever had. The seafood dishes were prepared with creativity and enthusiasm. The vegetables had taste and the sauces complemented everything. Do not miss this wonderful restaurant! Our server who has worked with the chef for years and years was enthusiastic about the restaurant and made us feel as we were guests of the house. The value was incredible.

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access, Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This restaurant makes a huge effort to source as many products locally as they can. I had a piece of fish that I had never heard of called Moi (Hawaiian for king) and it had excellent preparation with crispy fried spinach. It was sourced from local shore fishermen. The tempura green beans were lightly battered and hot and crisp. My husbands Kampachi was paired with shrimp and clams, all the elements cooked perfectly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

We went with a bunch of friends to not only celebrate a birthday, but to also welcome and celebrate friends that were visiting from Japan. The food was amazing and so was the service.

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

JO2 was outstanding! We started with the polenta crusted scallops which were done perfectly. Light crunchy crust in a superb lilikoi sauce. Amazing. The beet salad was a treasure of flavors and textures. We had Mahi Mahi and rack of lamb as main courses. The Mahi was cooked perfectly with a buttery smooth texture. The lamb also cooked to perfection in a Chipotle blackberry sauce that was a delightful complex of sweet, rich, and spices. For my taste, the Chipotle could have been a bit more forward but the sauce was still incredible. All in all, it was the best meal I have had in recent memory.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent food. The waiter really understood the food and the Chef’s passion

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great place for seafood in Kapaa. One of our most enjoyable meals while visiting Kauai. The early-bird special from 5-6pm was awesome.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Would offer 5 stars but the ambiance is a bit cold. That said, I highly recommend. Thank you for a wonderful meal!

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Exceptional, by far the best food on the Island for finer dining in a casual setting. Jacob, our server was attentive and informative, but didn't rush us. We had two appetizers, the Korean Beef Filet and Lobster Duck Lumpia-both were served on a lovely bed of local vegetables and tangy sauces. Our main entrees were cooked to perfection, the Opakapaka and Moi. On recommendation my husband had the banana cream pie which came "deconstructed" and he said was the best he has ever had! Highly recommend this restaurant. It is a little off the beaten path and in a small strip mall, but so worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 5, 2018

Best restaurant on the island of Kauai with amazingly delicious food, food can't get any better than this

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Most of the items on menu were sold out. It was only 715pm. Disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food. Was there 2yrs ago prior to expansion. Now it was a bit loud. Not many tables added but helps with entrance. Definitely need reservations now. Grill area could use better ventilation-much smokiness at times in table area-may be due to heavy rain outside affecting ventilation.
Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food. Service not so much. Salads came 1 minute before getting our salads. Entre for one in our party of 4 was late although they offered free dessert to make up for it. But when check came charge for "free dessert" was on it as well as $8 sparkling water which we did not order and did not get. Check your tab!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Double date with friends

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We have had multiple meals at JO2 and they have all been consistently delicious and excellent! The menu is changed daily based upon what Chef Jean Marie Josselin feels is the freshest and best quality available. We remain impressed with the professional servers and kitchen staff who have done an terrific job with matching the pacing and requests for just the two of us to one of the evenings where we brought a party of 8. All of our friends commented that their dinner at JO2 was the best they had on Kauai.
The Early Dinner Hour 3 course prefix menu between 5-6pm featured two fresh fish choices on the evenings we tried it and was an exceptional value. We are looking forward to dining at JO2 at our next opportunity. Mahalo for a great dining experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

J02 is nicely decorated but in a not so nice location. Not many vegan options. Food is nicely decorated. Very tasty. Good service. Prices are ridiculously high for the portions. You need to spend $50 per person without drinks or dessert to be full. We spent $83 and the portions and food value was about 1/2 that price.

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Seasonal
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We dine at JO2 frequently during our visits to Kauai, and are never disappointed. The bluefin tuna sashimi was exquisite. The heirloom tomato salad was very tasty. The green beans tempura are always delicious and one of our favorites. Our entrees were excellent: potato crusted opakapaka, and seafood risotto.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything that comes from the kitchen looks and tastes so good. Best place for
a top quality food experience on Kauai,

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This remains to be the best restaurant in Kauai. The food and presentation is outstanding.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Pupus-perfect, entrees-opakapaka and grouper cooked and sauced innovatively and deliciously, and lots of interesting veggies. The servers all seem to be enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Well done. As good as we’ve had anywhere.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a must when we are in Kauai. Creative that tastes as good as it looks.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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