The Lanai Kauai

4.3
227 reviews
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Tucked into the Shops at Kukui'ula, The Lanai is Poipu's newest bar and restaurant experience. Our chefs strive to bring quality and sophistication to the laid-back island lifestyle. Join for daily happy hour, lunch, dinner, or come by to share a drink.
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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good service, Pricey but good portions. Open air dining was nice but Didn’t like that we had to use the shopping mall bathroom outside of the restaurant, and didn’t have any view besides store fronts.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance once again. Love going there.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with healthy selections—would absolutely go back! One of our favorite places we dined while in Koloa.

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CT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. We had the vegan harvest which was delicious! Also had the hummus to starry which was delicious. Great service. Definitely recommend.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, very personable staff.
Drinks and food was done real nice.

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KJ
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the new menu! Great presentation. Cocktail list is perfect a little bit of everything. Nice wine selection. The pork belly pupu is delicious. Vegan option outstanding. Loco moco variation is mouthwatering.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

One word describes the experience: underwhelming. Should have gone elsewhere where locals eat.

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DL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible! Service was very friendly and efficient, but a wee bit fast - we were served our food very quickly and felt rushed. We were only in the restaurant for about 45 minutes, start to finish; I don’t mind paying the price for such excellent food, but would have appreciated feeling like we could have lingered over our wine.

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LC
Denver
81 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We didn’t have to wait for a table on a busy Thursday night. We were served right away . The server was attentive and nice. My husband ordered the short ribs which was great and the perfect size. I ordered the shrimp which was great as well. Dishes were presented nicely. The ambience was ok: nothing super but comfortable. A nice place if you just want something not too big, served attractively with great flavors.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marky our server was excellent. Molokai mule was refreshing. Deviled eggs for app, along with shrimp and pork belly were delicious. Short ribs over risotto for main was outstanding.

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y
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service both excellent in a relaxed al fresco setting.

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Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I had shrimp mojo, my husband had the steak. Both very flavorful. Have to mention the crispy Brussel Sprouts, which are just delicious. Very good service. Wine was expensive, but that's how it goes.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was prompt and friendly. I would recommend this to anyone.

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k
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall the experience was very good. I was surprised we couldn't really order bread with dinner, other than pita. Also, the dessert menu was very limited to only one item, cheesecake.

Kent

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E
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very enthusiastic and welcoming and made sure we got our appetizer order in just before happy hour pricing (half price!) was over. The food was very good, we especially loved the perfectly crispy Brussels sprouts, would come back again just for those! The outdoor but well covered patio was nice and comfortable even in the heavy rain. We will definitely be back to the Lanai!

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PE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best Caesar salad dressing and best bartender, Kern. He has won competitions on serving up drinks and you can tell. If you like bourbon, and Old Fashioneds, they carry Blanton’s and Kern serves it up with traditional luxardo type cherries as well as muttled orange peel. On 2nd drink of the same, he added fresh thyme and was fantastic!! Nice friendly server. Dinner was good too. We ordered the lemongrass mahi-mahi and seafood soup.

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C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Suffice it to say there are enough other places in the area that are far better choices. I have a pretty simple dietary need (no alcohol in my food), the waitress said I should tell her what I was interested in and she would check with the chef. After 3 times back and forth, she said the only option was steak, this even included most appetizers! After I said I just would get a salad she said they could do a grilled fish. Why wasn't that suggested to start with?

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot in poipu area

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best is no corkage if you buy wine in the market next door.

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C
Seattle
228 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely light dinner at Lanai. We purchased a bottle of wine at Living Foods (so no corkage fee at Lanai), and ordered the Chacuterie plate and the cheese plate for a lovely dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good, but could have been better for the price. Some of the flavors were completely overpowering the food instead of complimenting it. The greens in my salad were completely beat up and didn’t seem fresh. The service was excellent and the drinks were really good. I would definitely go back for a drink but might skip the food next time.

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C
Seattle
228 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lanai has been a fine addition to the Poipu dining scene. They pay attention to the origins of the food they serve (this is a project of Living Foods). I especially like the nice variety of pupus offered. We have made a dinner of a salad and pupus many times. The entrees are also arty good, but the pupus are more inventive.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was 'fine'...not great, not bad. Was fairly expensive for the experience but it again was 'fine'

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the overall experience super friendly great service food drinks and atmosphere superb
Thank you.

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s
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent choice for a quality lunch and dinner at a more moderate price point.

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C
Seattle
228 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lanai is affiliated with Living Foods. You can buy a bottle of wine at Living Foods and the restaurant will waive the corkage fee. I find their pupus and salads more interesting than the entrees, so often order only from those portions of the menu. The entrees are good, just not as interesting as the pupus. Service is earnest if not always as attentive as they might be.

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GF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Very limited menu; service was like being at a diner counter but less congenial

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F
Hawaii
52 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere. Good service. The roasted chicken was very well done. Delicious. Worth the trip.

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MJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious food. Laid back atmosphere. There are a lot of good food options in this area, The Lanai stands out as it manages to be delicious without being pretentious and without being pushy. The Lanai also provides an intimate setting which allows you to focus on your food and company as opposed to the “production” going on in some
Of the physically larger options in the area. The Lanai is the optioned I’d choose to return to.

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RG
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The servers are great and the manager, Apryl, is wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Seafoood platter is discontinued. Expensive for what we ordered. Sat next to the entrance on a slanted small table. The next table was so close the diner behind me kept banging my chair.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

大人2名 5歳の子供1名で伺いました。
大変サービスが気持ち良く、楽しい時間がすごせました。
料理も美味しく、連日行きましたが何を頂いてもハズレ無し
おすすめのお店です。
ドリンクのレモネードも逸品です。
併設されてるliving food marketも楽しく、
kukuiulaの敷地内のトイレもかなり綺麗で、子連れでも
全く心配ありません。

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

There were four of us and I enjoyed my meal. The Brussels were very good, definitely get an order of them. The cheicken dish was delicious and my husband loved the short ribs. My son didn’t care for the fish in coconut milk, it was very unusual. Overall, I would definitely give it a try!! I enjoyed my meal very much.

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F
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food , excellent service
Would definitely recommend and go again

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BS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good food and good service. But you must reservation for a table.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was mediocre. Had high hopes given reviews from others but really fell flat for me.

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L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Glad to have a vegan option - and an interesting, tasty one at that. Would love it if they had more than just one so that I could have something different when I go back. Maybe a pasta? But stuffed squash with green curry sauce is nice and also pretty.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lanai is my favorite restaurant on the Island. Very fresh food. Great presentation. Never fails to impress.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was unimpressive and overpriced. The miso chowder was cloyingly sweet, while the shrimp and grits were watery and a gut bomb.

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