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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88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Romantic (34)
Special Occasion (28)
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Good for a Date (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Local Ingredients (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Casual (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Authentic (15)
Scenic View (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is always excellent. The service is usually great. This time the server seemed untrained, albeit very friendly.

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·Dined 4 days ago

First of all, when I called to confirm my reservation over the phone the guy I spoke with had an attitude and told me he couldn’t find my Rez and that they were completely booked up for the night. So I said why do you have it as an option to book on your website? I booked it ahead of time for a REASON. Anywho, when I arrived I beleive it was the same guy because he gave me no problems when I mentioned my name and sat my boyfriend and I way in the back around a crowded area, but as the locals that we are we don’t complain about that kind of stuff. Our server was really sweet! The food wasn’t good at all, it had no flavor what so ever. My boyfriend got the Ribeye and I got
The special, crab stuffed monchong. While eating, it was very disturbing to see a WILD CAT running around back and forth around the restaurant & by our table (gross). We could’ve sworn that the employees seen it to and did nothing about it. They’re lucky that we weren’t tourist because we all know tourist love to complain. Luckily, we had a gift certificate so we didn’t have to pay for everything.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Went there for Valentine's Day. A very romantic location. Bar service was slow but had a terrific table with a beautiful view of the gardens and great table service. The food was fresh, local seafood and was delicious as was desert. Coming from Seattle, the coffee arrived in a french press and was perfect. If you are looking for a romantic evening, this is a great spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

Our 10th visit and as usual it was great and the grounds as usual are imaculate.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

We have dined here in past years and enjoyed it. But the redo and expansion of the bar area is excellent. Happy hour is very happy now! Great bartender, Brenden! Waitress, Tori, very good. Even the “water boy” was super attentive and fun. If you are new to Hawaii have the Lau Lau.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

Worst food in all of Hawaii. Gross bowl of bean sprouts that they call ‘Stir Fry with Shrimp and Fish’. Disgusting pork chop that was not grilled, more like steamed.
Waitress, M, did not care, very low caliber staff.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

Very nice setting and very good service. Enjoyed our dinner very much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fish was good and outdoor setting was nice

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Second visit in a week. Pot roast was recommended first visit . Dry. Mentioned it to server , no offer for second try. Partners fish dish and salad excellent. Second visit salads very good. My seafood very good ,partners fish very dry. Server offered to try again and mention it to chef. Passed on the second try but happy with the offer. John.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We went here many years ago; at the time, they were one of only a few choices in Kauai on open table. We recall a nice dinner in pleasant surroundings, so we thought it would be nice to go back. The surroundings are indeed still pleasant, but tonight the serene setting was marred by a very loud, boisterous table of six adjacent to us. More importantly, the food was awful. We ordered a traditional Hawaiian Lau Lau. When we opened the leaves, the fish was obviously undercooked, the shrimp was not fresh and the taste was sour. Neither my wife, nor I could eat it. Our waitress saw we weren’t eating our meal and while taking our plates away, saw the fish wasn’t done; she immediately apologized and then comp’d our meal. The experience was so disappointing that we might never go back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I've always enjoyed dining at Plantation Gardens, but this visit was a major disappointment. Beginning with the lackluster service, followed by a mediocre cocktail, dry fish and even bad coffee. Not a good experience, especially for the price.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very nice place. Good food. Good service. My only objection was the hostess. We made a 6:15 reservation and arrived 5 minutes early. Why they make you wait for 15 minutes to be seated is very annoying. Especially when there were ample empty tables when we were seated. My only thought is they want you to buy a drink at the bar. Not a good policy.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were disappointed with the place. The service was good and the drinks were fine. Our dinners were just OK. My fish was cooked properly but served at a barely warm temperature. It is a pleasant enough dining room, but the meal was overpriced.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This lovely setting, n a botanical garden, contributes to my enjoyment of this restaurant. The food is excellent - there are always a couple of fish entrees that look great, and the salads are excellent. We always eat here several times during our stays in Kauai.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Typically a favorite. Fell short this visit. Fish overcooked to a dried out state. Flavors of dish were good overall however. Just not the best meal we've had here. Service was great as usual. We really like the update to the layout of the place.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Remodel really spruced atmosphere. Well done!

Fish done perfectly. Deserts were ok

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Loved the ambiance and food. We where there to celebrate a special occasion, my mother in laws Birthday. There was no acknowledgement by anyone that we where there celebrating a special occasion. That I felt was very unfortunate.
The bartenders and server werent very personable at all either.
We are local guests, but when we have family in town from the Midwest we expect the family be treated with Aloha.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Healthy, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The chefs were willing to cook my fish "Chinese Style" even though that preparation was not on the menu and it was superb.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Celebrated grandmas 87th Birthday. Great atmosphere , food was great, service was great. We had a wonderful time with our family dining at Plantation Gardens

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We ate at Plantations Gardens several time while in Kauai. The food, service and ambiance was always excellent. We highly recommend it to others.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great vegan dish and wonderful seafood

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We found this restaurant on a walk. All dining is on the veranda and very pleasant. Service prompt and food excellent. Highly recommend

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I love this place! Eating fabulous food with great service in a very fun garden of orchids, succulents and crazy cacti. We”ll definitely be back and the bar area looks fun too.👍👍👍👍🍷

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We were delighted with the historic setting and amazing gardens. Surprised to find this beautiful setting on the midst of vacation rentals. Service was well paced and fish preparation was outstanding. Our favorite in Kauai

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a wonderful meal with great friendly service. Fair price for value received. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent food & service. Will dine here again. Ambiance was simple but nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a lovely meal, as usual. My husband had the quinoa-crusted uku, and I had grilled mahi mahi on a spectacular Asian slaw (napa cabbage with a honey dressing). It's a lovely, quiet spot, too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and very good food. Very nice waitress. A must try place

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Beautiful food in stunning surroundings!
We were delightfully surprised by this little-known (to us) Restaurant. The food was fresh & not identical selections as other area restaurants.
My husband enjoyed the stir fry - full of two types of fresh fish & a few shrimp as well. There were quite a few veggies & some noodles in the broth - well rounded & filling.
My choice was a grilled Mahi over an Asian slaw. The flavors were perfect together. Delicious.
Hope we can return soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Very nice place. Loved the Seafood Lau Lau and Louisville cheesecake. Very good tropical drinks. Front of house, wait staff and servers all super friendly.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Meh. Let me first of all disclose that we don’t eat “meat” (mammals). So maybe that’s where this restaurant shines. But we had fish. Quinoa Crusted Catch entrée was pretty weird. Seafood Laulau was more interesting but neither was worth $30+. On the other hand, the salad with candied cashews was divine. If we return, we’ll do apps and a salad. Strangest thing was that we asked to take 1/2 the leftover laulau with a big hunk of mahimahil home. Next day heated it up and NO FISH! Just veggies. So REALLY was not worth $30!!!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food, location and service is amazing!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 15, 2018

This restaurant has been one of our favorites on Kauai since we've been coming to the island. While the menu has evolved, the kitchen has kept up the quality. The quality of service and attention to patron needs remain very good.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of our Kauai favorites. We enjoyed the food, the wonderful drinks--especaially their dessert drink, the Snickerdoodle Delight!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I have eaten here in the past, but its the first time since the new chef and redecorating. We all enjoyed a healthy delicious meals on the lovely plantation style patio. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We come here everytime we‘re on Kauai.
The lush garden atmosphere together with excellent food and great drinks is only being topped by the outstanding service. And this for an absolutely fair price!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food, good price. We would go back on our next vacation.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Our first visit to the Plantation Gardens, Crab Rangoon was very good! We both ordered the Grilled Mongchong and it was grilled perfectly! The Asian coleslaw was exceptional! The cheesecake was creamy & delicious! Our favorite was the Macnut Vanilla Creme Brûlée ! It was the best Creme Brûlée we have had! Would recommend this restaurant and the gardens are beautiful! Will definitely visit again!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

While pot roast was excellent, grilled monchong was overcooked and dry. Restaurant took it off the bill, but that doesn't take place of enjoyable dinner.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We were not impressed. Let me first say that the gardens were beautiful. Outside patio seating is very nice. We ordered the poke as an appetizer and it was very bland. Bread basket was stale. I ordered the meatloaf and had high hopes based the pot toast based on reviews and it was just okay. My husband ordered seafood medley and said it was pretty tasteless too. We will not be returning to this restaurant.

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