About Plantation Gardens

Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar is located in a beautifully restored plantation manor on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Dating back to the 1930's, the estate once served as the plantation manager's home for Hawaii's first sugar plantation, the Koloa plantation. Later, the estate was acquired by the Moir Family who built the world famous gardens that surround the restaurant. Our menu reflects the heritage of old plantation Hawaii, which celebrates the abundance and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Our fresh fish is caught daily by local fishermen in waters off Kauai. We use organically grown vegetables and herbs picked fresh on nearby farms and from our own gardens. Guests may choose to dine on our lanai overlooking tranquil gardens, lily ponds and tropical foliage or in our exquisitely refurbished dining room which features gorgeous Brazilian cherry wood floors, woven bamboo tables and plantation ceiling fans.

2253 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Hawaiian, Pan-Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 7 days a week: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Bar opens at 5:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 742-2121

Website:
http://www.pgrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Unlimited Parking at Kiahuna Plantation Resort

Private Party Facilities:
Plantation Gardens is the ideal location for your Kauai Wedding. Located within the Kiahuna Plantation Resort, the restaurant is nestled among award winning orchid gardens and tranquil koi ponds, and is just a few steps away from gorgeous white sand beaches. Invite your entire wedding party and guests to stay on property, exchange your wedding vows in the beautiful Moir Gardens and throw an unforgettable reception at our authentic Plantation style restaurant. A hidden gem on the sunny, south side of Poipu, Plantation Gardens is the perfect venue for a casual yet elegant Hawaii wedding.

Private Party Contact:
Mona Gonzaludo: (808) 742-1908

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Plantation Gardens specializes in wedding receptions, private parties, corporate and convention banquets and other celebrations for groups from 10 to 300 people. Please contact us for more information.

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Plantation Gardens Ratings and Reviews

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
Romantic (31)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for a Date (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Scenic View (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Authentic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

This is one of our favorites on the island, but the waitstaff on a Monday night was not up to par. Our drinks came late and when we ordered a glass of wine with our dinners, I had to ask someone where they were because we'd almost finished our main course. They need more than one bartendar or better service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Consistently good food at fair prices
Great menu selections

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The restaurant has lost a lot of it's old Kauai charm now with a large portion of the space having been converted to a bar. Along with that, the selection and quality of the food, along with the service, has also slipped significantly. Having been going to this restaurant for many years, we were disappointed at our experience on this last visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is the second time we've enjoyed the Plantation Gardens in a few days. The staff is very friendly, and the food and scenery can't be beat. For what you pay for a meal, this is a great value. It's reasonable. And they'd be easily justified charging more because of the outstanding setting and scenery. The menu is varied. I really liked the Black Pepper Tofu, which was huge and delicious. (Interestingly, there's no black pepper in it, to my knowledge). But I was looking for vegan, and this fit the bill. All in all, good food, a very nice setting, and friendly staff. What more could you want?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The service, while well-intentioned, was less than hoped for. Our order was somewhat mis-taken, resulting in the food coming out in a funny order, and there was little communication with us about the mixup. Additionally, we were sitting for more than 10 min before a server introduced herself or offered us water. I wouldn’t go back.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Plantation Gardens is a favorite spot of ours on Kauai. The setting, on the lanai, is beautiful and unlike anywhere else with the quiet and beaitiful garden. THe service and food are always good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My vegetarian option was fair at least It had some flavor. My wife's seafood lau lau was bland. Porch seating was nice except for the wind.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food & service! My niece chose the Furikake Fries which were really good! We also got the Crab Rangoons which were amazing! Ribeye & Grilled Monchong was really good. The Asian Slaw that came with the fish was so tasty! For desserts, we got the Baked Hawaiian, Lilikoi Cheesecake & Creme Brûlée. All were delicious! We will definitely recommend this to friends & will be back soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was newly impressed by the Plantation Gardens. I've been coming here for years, but it seems the menu is more carefully crafted for vegetarians than before, and the servings are more hefty. Overall, the menu is well varied for everyone. Our waiter, Kai, was delightful, and even the water server was friendly. The setting - in the gardens of The Kiahuna Plantation Resort - can't be beat for its serene atmosphere. All in all, The Plantation provides a very satisfying dining experience

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Nice setting but nothing else outstanding.
Pay extra for bread. Waiter not attentive. Food ok especially chicken wings. Short ribs very fatty.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We decided to eat here the last night of our trip and were very disappointed. The vegetables in the Laulau were practically raw and fish was very fishy. Overall food was not good and the ambiance was meh. It was raining so they had the screens down so we couldn't see any of the garden. There was also a cat roaming around. My whole family is allergic to cats so it was very unappetizing as it kept coming to our table for scraps. Not an elegant restaurant. Has a diner feel to it.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good dinner, made with what tasted like very fresh and local ingredients. Every one of the dishes we ordered were eaten with no leftovers. Excellent options for both vegetarians and carnivores. Good sized portions too.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

We’re on Kauai for 12 days to celebrate our Anniversary and Thanksgiving. We chose the Plantation Gardens for our anniversary dinner. It’s a special place for us.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 20, 2017

beautiful gardens. excellent chicken wings and signature cheesecake.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The reception, service and food were outstanding. I was pleasantly surprised by the large portions too. The setting, overlooking beautiful gardens, was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Passion fruit cheesecake is a must try, delicious , coconut shrimp and fresh fish were great

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Plantation Gardens looks better than it tastes. While the garden setting is lovely and eating on the veranda is very colonial-islander, Gardens doesn't deliver on the food or value fronts. We chose to eat here on our last night in Hawaii because we thought it would be memorable send off, instead we spent the next hour discussing what a disappointment it was. While my pot roast was good, it was no better than I have had at Jersey and California diners. My wife had a generous plate of beef sliders, but, again, nothing to write home about, and our travel companions complained their fresh was dry. The best thing I had? Courvoisier to finish the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delightful setting, very good service, and average food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We have been regulars at Plantation Gardens for 30+ years. Although at times the food was only fair and service spotty, things have steadily improved the past 2 years. Recently remodeled. Lovely plantation ambience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice place... good food... excelent service... this was my second time here... ill come back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always delicious, great service and beautiful atmosphere!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Enjoyed this meal from start to finish. Great service. Beautiful setting. Good variety on the menu. Entrees were delicious and well prepared and the dessert was outstanding! This was a great spot to spend our last evening on Kauai. Will hope to return again someday!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The Plantation Gardens is in a beautiful locations with gardens and lovely flowers. The foot is great and the service very good. We have it on our list to be sure and dine there when we are in Hawaii.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Disappointing- the pot roast was great but my wife struggled to find seafood in her Seafood Lau Lau. I would not recommend this dish! Full of been sprouts and grated vegetables, a small piece of fish, a scallop And 2 prawns - not value for money Ambience and service very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food here is best we have had in Poipu. Amanda our witress was super friendly and profesional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a wonderful time, the food was very good. Our waiter Benjamin was wonderful! Very attentive, brought us fresh edamame as it was too spicy for us. We enjoyed chatting with him, he had so much local information and stories.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was given the wrong entree and had to wait 15 minutes for the correct one. I was not comped for the entree or even a glass of wine. My friend’s fish was over cooked. The setting is nice but it’s not worth the money for mediocre food and bad service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

If you're allergic to cats or frogs, stay away. There is a pond outside and local cats like to hover for scraps. If you're a cat lover, it's enjoyable. If you're allergic, you may want to sit inside. The food was very good. I recommend the sweet potato rolls, delish! Lovely views from the outdoor porch seating. A little pricey, so it's not an everyday kind of restaurant, but it's great for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Outstanding in every respect - we had our anniversary dinner here 3 years ago, loved it and it hasn't changed. We were seated within one minute of arriving for our reservation; excellent varied menu - meat/fish/vegetarian, very good wine and cocktail list; truly beautiful surroundings of manicured, extensive and highly varied plants and flowers; quiet setting allowing conversation, and near the ocean. Five stars.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Definitely a very enjoyable dinner in an unusual garden setting. The only small drawback is that even though it is in sight of the ocean, it really isn't a spot for a sunset view. It was a nice change from the large-hotel scene.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The overall experience was really good. We had just gotten married and my aunt and uncle wanted to take us to dinner. After searching yelp and asking advice from others, they suggested this restaurant. It was beautiful and we were seated immediately at a very nice table. Both couples had ordered a Cesar salad to split before dinner. My aunt told the server she wanted to have the Ahi Poke appetizer as her main entree. Shortly after ordering, her Ahi Poke arrived. She reminded them she wanted it with our entrees and after her salad. They took it away. Our entrees showed up with no salads. The entrees were amazing (two rib plates) and nut crusted fish for me. My aunt’s Ahi Poke arrived again. The bous’ Ribs were amazing. My fish was a little over cooked, but still very good. My aunt’s Ahi Poke was disgustingly salted. I like Ahi and I like salt, but it was too much. We told a server (not ours) about not getting our salads. He said he would comp a round of drinks. We ordered the baked Hawaii to share for desert, which was amazing.

I would definitely come again. The goods far outweighed the bads. When our bill came, we weee not charged for any drinks. We had two rounds. They were very accommodating and made up for their mistakes. Perhaps having the Ahi Poke as an appetizer as it was intended, would have been a better choice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I thought the fish dishes were very bland. I could not flag down a waiter for any salt and pepper and there was none on the table. I would not go back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our Ohana enjoyed it very much, as always. Keep up the good work with Aloha.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The best damn restaurant on the island. Pot roast melts in your mouth.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We’ve visited Kauai the past three years, and finally tried this restaurant. We almost didn’t because it’s rated $$$$ on your website. But after looking up the menu, it wasn’t any more expensive than the other restaurants we had been going to. Even the Beach House is rated $$$. I think you should change this rating so it doesn’t scare off other patrons. We loved the ambiance, the service, and the food was amazing! So Good! We had dinner here twice. The second time was for our anniversary which I stated in our reservation, but nobody acknowledged this special occasion. So we were disappointed with that. The food and service was still good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food was exquisite and the servers from the bar tenders, the wait staff, and even the bus boy were both personal and professional. I highly recommend Plantation Gardens.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Nice casual place to eat. I ordered the Lau lau. It could have been good but it was over cooked so seafood was a little rubbery.
Cute place

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

My wife and I keep returning to this wonderful restaurant every year when we visit Kauai. The Plantation ambience on the lanai takes one back a hundred years to a very different time. The grounds are fun to explore, the food is amazing, and this is just a marvelous place to relax and converse with your partner...

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Lovely garden view. My husband & I both had a dish that had scallops, shrimp & fish wrapped in a leaf. Tasty. Scallops great; shrimp good; fish dry. If we were in Poipu again would go back & try something else.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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