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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4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

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4.1

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
Romantic (34)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for a Date (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Scenic View (17)
Casual (15)
Authentic (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Healthy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Food, location and service is amazing!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 11, 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 11, 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 10, 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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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and value. Great location and ambience. Haven’t been here for many years and it’s still as good as I remember. Did not disappoint.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I had the burger and it hit the spot! Others meals were good too and the sweet potato rolls were yummy! A beautiful atmosphere but we did put coasters on top of our drinks to avoid bugs getting in them. We ate outside.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful food and pleasant experience- both locals and tourists conversed over tables- a fun night!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice ambiance and service, but food mediocre

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Started with sweet potato rolls ($6)...good, but not worth the price....

The Lau Lau, an authentic Hawaiian cuisine dish with fresh fish, large shrimp, jumbo scallops, julienne vegetables wrapped in a ti leaf, steamed brown rice with furikake, wasabi aioli was well prepared and very tasty.

The local encrusted catch with smoked quinoa crust, creamed quinoa, asparagus, tomato chili oil was served hot and also very tasty.

Corkage was $15, bringing your own wine is a viable option.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Good food and our server was good. Restaurant was short a place setting when we arrived and took much too long to correct the situation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Party of 8 and all were very happy with their dinner choices. For pupus the big winner from everyone was the crab rangoons. Very different and fabulous dipping sauce. The Pot Roast got rave reviews along with the Seafood Lau Lau. The grilled fish with the Asian slaw was my selection and was a great combination. The outdoor porch seating made the finishing touch. Definitely will return.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food, waiter so very helpful. Only suggestion is have hostess's be more friendly in greeting upon entry and there was no one at hostess station to say thank you for coming or come again

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Came over from Grand Hyatt and loved the modern take on plantation ambiance. Beautiful setting, sitting on the porch overlooking gardens, ponds and ocean. Food was excellent. I had the seafood lau lau for something different. Very personable service.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We enjoyed our 25th anniversary dinner very much. The service was lovely and the food delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

夫婦で伺いました。
お願いしなくても、全てのお食事をシェアして出してくださいました。
とにかく気の利いたサービスです。
もちろんお食事も美味しかったです。
どれも日本人に馴染む味付けなのが、とても不思議な感じがしました。
ぜひ、また行きたいです。

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience with good food and fun! Reserve your table early!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

very nice location and ambiance. We had the edamame and potstickers to start, very nice. Had fish stir fry and crusted local fish for mains, both were good but the ho fun was more pasta than rice noodle in style, still tasty. Kids menu had the basics to keep the kid happy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

No i will not lengthen my response thank you

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The ambience of the restaurant is really quite pleasant. The gardens are immaculately maintained, lush greenery with well thought out lighting.
Our server Nelson was able to accommodate my wife’s dietary restrictions even though the menu is sort of fixed on a daily basis. The space is spacious and one can have a conversation without hearing others or vice versa. Only reason I give it a 4 vs 5 dot rating because the food and drinks were above average at best. The main course of grilled fish was cold and chewy and the drinks (at least mine) was devoid of much flavor...perhaps a poor choice on my part. The appetizers and dessert saved the day for us.

Summary - couldn’t have the pot roast, food choice was okay but the evening was saved by everything else.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas dinner. Service very slow. Some people got their appetizers long before others at table. When they were finished theirs others came. Same with dinner. Dinner special arrived raw. Sent back for 2 diners. Came back raw again, one had been microwaved to basically nothing. Same meals should not be brought back. Who microwaves fish??? Finished plates not cleared. Asked for manager, waited 15 minutes, had to seek him out. Whole experience pathetic. Even drinks watered down and just not good. I have been here before and it was a better experience, but just not that good for price.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We began the evening sitting at the bar and enjoyed the bartenders’ conversations with patrons. The maitais were wonderful. At our table, service was excellent and so was the food. The evening ended with a delicious desert. Everything is made there, including the pickles in the fried pickles appetizer. We will be back often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was awesome! Service was great! View of the garden from our dining table was beautiful!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This was our favorite restaurant that we ate at on vacation in Kauai. The food was fresh and delicious and perfectly prepared. We all loved our meals. The fish was exceptionally fresh and tasty. It's one of the few places that was actually worth the money it cost to go there. I'd highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My. Husband and I thought our meals were a disappointment. We have had better in past visits

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love visiting the garden.
We’ve been dining with you since the 1980’s.
Happy to see it’s still alive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

consistently good restaurant, Excellent menu choices from appetizers, salads, main courses and deserts at fair prices. Restaurant has a beautiful setting of their gardens
The noise level is reasonably low, as this is not one of those over crowded restaurants

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My wife and I dined here on a Sunday in early December 2017. She had the quinoa-crusted fish and I had the fish with asian slaw and lilikoi reduction. We split a lilikoi cheesecake for dessert. Food and server were both good. Be sure to tour the grounds and see the extensive orchid collection.

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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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