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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91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
Romantic (32)
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Good for a Date (25)
Local Ingredients (23)
Scenic View (20)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Organic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Waterfront (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

beautiful gardens. excellent chicken wings and signature cheesecake.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love the setting among the orchids...it is a must whenever we visit Poipu. Our server, Brad, was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Came here for dinner while staying at the Grand Hyatt so very close by. My husband and I split the Lau Lau and pot roast, which was a recommendation from our server. The Lau Lau was good but the pot roast was amazing. Topped it all off with lilikoi cheesecake and mac nut creme brûlée which were both great. The garden is beautiful and our server was delightful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was plentiful and delicious. Beautiful gardens. A place to come back to often

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time! Great food, nice waitstaff and food was excellent and nicely priced!! 5 stars! *

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

After reading a few less than flattering reviews my wife and I decided to see if the restaurant had improved. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and had dinner. We were very pleasantly surprised with the caring servers (Cherish & Victoria) and the quality of the food and drinks. Everything is understandably rather expensive on this island, but we felt the quality, service, and ambience of this restaurant was right on. In response to an earlier review, the bartender does indeed know how to make a great martini!
Richard James

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The ahi poke was extremely high quakity. Lived the macadamia nut crusted fish over a risotto like version of the grain.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The grounds are very beautiful, with an array of varied flora. My wife and I each had a separate meal; while she very much enjoyed her meal (stir-fry), my meal (shrimp, scallops and fish wrapped n a leaf with vegetables) was just okay! The fish was very dry and lacked flavor, the shrimp were very small in both the stir-fry and my meal. I had the Caesar salad, which consisted of romaine leaves laid lightly on the plate with an ever so miniscule hint of dressing added to the leaves. A very thin piece of baked or fried tasteless bread (not sure how it was prepared) was on the center of the salad. My wife's salad which had watermelon with other greens was very good, with a perfect amount of dressing and was very delicious. For dessert we shared a slice of their brownie ice cream pie, which was very good. I must admit, the brownie lacked a chocolate taste, as well as it was not very sweet. However the ice cream was outstanding. Our server was very attentive and was very well versed in the menu, and cocktail/wine selections as well. I selected a drink that was offered as a Margarita with a special chili fusion which I believe the hose makes (I may be wrong on the name or type of Tequila). I had hoped for a great drink with a hint of heat and the character taste of lime and agave, but the drink fell short of my expectations. The drink was different, but I admit, I would not order it again, or recommend it. I would like to visit your restaurant again in the future to try your other dishes. I hope your men's bathroom is soon complete with the renovations, as it is needed. It is very difficult to find the restaurant from the main road into the grounds. I highly recommend better signage. in speaking with your staff, they too said this is a common problem reported by other guests. thank you for an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Beautiful gardens and eating area. Our meals were delicious. Great dining experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was a nice find! Recommended by a server from a different restaurant, the food was really great and Laura, our server, was great!
The music was a little loud but the setting is beautiful and the food is great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Three of use ordered fish and all the fish was very salty. For prices they are charging the fish should be seasoned correctly. Service was ok the women came by a few times. Had to get someone else to bring us some pepper

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food with an emphasis on fresh fish and other local Hawaiian produce. We enjoyed mahi mahi over a refreshing slaw and a salad with fresh local shrimp. Atmosphere is in a colonial-style house with a veranda looking out over a garden. Good tropical mixed drinks and decent wine list. Service eas above avetage. Great location for large groups.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Plantation Gardens is a wonderful restaurant in a beautiful setting. Highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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