The Lanai Kauai

4.4
185 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Tapas / Small Plates
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 9:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(808) 378-4359
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
The Lanai is located at The Shops at Kukui’ula, and is adjacent to Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe. Please turn right into the shopping center and park on the north side of the lot. Walk into the shopping center and The Lanai will be on your left.
What 185 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
k
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall our dinner experience was amazing! Only thing I would like to see improved upon is the wine list. I would have liked to have more house wine options to choose from so I could pair the perfect wine with my amazing dish!

Report
Helpful
P
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Steak marinade flavor not good
Fish in Thai soup fissshhhyyyy
Service excellent

Report
Helpful
OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely spot. There was live music in the courtyard and a very relaxed vibe. We had two salads and mules to drink...both were wonderful. Dave was a great waiter.

Report
Helpful
M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food with a very interesting menu.

Report
Helpful
G
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant outdoor/covered patio setting at the quiet end of a nice shopping complex between Poipu and Koloa. Friendly efficient service. We enjoyed a bit of happy hour (reasonable) before dinner. MahiMahi floated in a coconut ginger chowder was excellent (but a little salty), satisfying and attractively presented. Pricing reasonable for this expensive area. Recommended.

Report
Helpful
AT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great menu, and a wonderful relaxing spot to hang. It’s not in the center of the plaza but for me that’s a plus.

Report
Helpful
S
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it so much we came back again the next night!

Report
Helpful
LE
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. We have been to the Living Foods store many times for carry out and looked forward to a good meal at the associated Lanai restaurant. To start, the menu is very odd - we were hard pressed to find anything that looked attractive. We ended up with penne pasta with a heavy cheese sauce, shrimp, and pork belly. Way too rich to finish. Might have been okay with bacon, but the pork belly was out of place. There was no fresh fish featured on the menu, which is odd at a restaurant a mile from the ocean. Service was ambivalent - you needed to be ready when the server came or there was a long wait until she cycled around again. The “full bar” is not really a full bar as it does not offer blended drinks - again odd for a tropical setting. Lanai really needs to up its game if it hopes to compete with much better restaurants in the immediate area.

Report
Helpful
BB
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant is owned by the adjoining gourmet market. But after very good avocado croquettes, the salad was surprisingly poor quality greens. The fish entree was buried in a bland broth. While the hamburger was very good, the accompanying fries were just huge sections of a potato and not very appealing. A disappointing meal.

Report
Helpful
DM
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lanai has an unbeatable combination of excellent, fresh food well made and beautifully presented, and an informal atmosphere and friendly service.
Though the mahi-mahi in fresh chowder was the highlight of the evening, our appetizers including the baked Brie were delightful, and my locally sourced chicken was moist and flavorful.
Heartily recommended, for a casual and gourmet dining experience.

Report
Helpful
FC
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice surprise to discover this small jewel of a restaurant. Our food was wonderful, as was our server. The fresh squash vegetable entree was amazing and perfect for Fall, even Fall in Kauai.

Report
Helpful
BS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an excellent outdoor, but covered spot with varied menu and great staff.

Report
Helpful
V
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had appetizers and a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. The Deviled Eggs, Encrusted Brie and the Shrimp and Chorizo. Very tasty and filling. We had reservations so were greeted and sat right away. Our server was pleasant. It’s open air so it was fun to people watch.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal! Atmosphere is laid back but food is 5 star! Absolutely delicious!

Report
Helpful
OT
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Service was better then anything else, food decent, price for everything not the best. Altogether ok.

Report
Helpful
OT
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh delicious food in a beautiful setting! Very friendly staff! 5 star!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great beer and Kale Salad. The ceviche was very good. My miso fish soup was absolutely great. Thick creamy broth and the fish was not over cooked.

Report
Helpful
OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just ok.

Report
Helpful
B
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food very good. The avocado croquettes and deviled eggs great. Shrimp and grits really great. Loco moco different and delicious. All a bit pricey. The fish in chowder was not good and we told them and their response was “thanks for the feedback”. Considering we spent over $500 on dinner I expected a bit better response.

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fresh, innovative, flavorful and delicious. We shall return again.

Report
Helpful
M
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter was friendly; however, service was very slow. This was our last evening in Kauai and we had hoped to visit the shops but by the time our simple dinner was brought, it was too late. I’m not usually picky in reviews and did not care for the tuna raw bar - seemed fishy/old. Husband’s mahi was not the best we’d had either. No acknowledgment whatsoever of our 25th wedding anniversary although we’d noted that in reservation. Deviled eggs were good. We may may return for lunch in future but there are many better dinner choices. Sorry - this is a place I really wanted to like more!!

Report
Helpful
JJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined at the Lanai our final night on Kauai. The food was exceptional...creative and delicious. The setting is outdoor seating within a vibrant courtyard, yet still romantic and calm. You can easily tune out your surroundings or take in the people watching. We fully enjoyed our experience here!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Although this is labeled as a tapas place, our meals were decent portions and everything was delicious.

Report
Helpful
AA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best food and cocktails our entire trip! Great twists on classics! Highly recommend their Lanai Tai and Moco Loco! Great service! A small patio restaurant; recommend getting a reservation!

Report
Helpful
AE
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, service. Outdoor seating only made it pretty chilly.

Report
Helpful
RS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent! Great for tapas. We had the cheese plate, charcuterie and deviled eggs. So good and high quality and nice presentation. Kids loved the fancy Mac n cheese and I had the best ceviche.

Report
Helpful
C
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu is not huge but everything was flavorful. Deviled eggs were awesome.

Report
Helpful
HB
Orange County
94 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The outdoor setting is very nice, even if there is no ocean view. We enjoyed watching the people visiting the mall. Service was good. My fresh fish was served in a chowder...it was quite different, but very tasty. My husband had steak and potato. The potato was unique and tasty. We enjoyed our dinners very much.

Report
Helpful
H
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't miss the chef's miso catch of the day over the creamy coconut chowder it was unbelievably good.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Understaffed and noisy

Report
Helpful
SS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I started to feel ill towards the end of the meal, and our server noticed. I didn’t say anything and don’t think I looked noticeably displeased, but she said she felt bad that I didn’t love the meal and didn’t charge for our drinks! I don’t think the food was the issue, probably just spent too much time in the sun. I thought it was very nice, especially since we didn’t complain. They really seem to care about patrons. The shopping center they are located in is very pretty, and they are on the quieter end of it. Bathrooms are a bit too far, none at the restaurant. Had to dash around the back of the shopping center and up a flight of stairs - there’s an elevator if you need it but not a great arrangement if you need the restroom often or in a hurry.

Report
Helpful
CL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our food was good, but there just wasn't enough of it. We had a variety of items from the menu and they were tasty. We did have to wait for our starters/pupus and I'm not sure why. We did make a reservation which was helpful.

Report
Helpful
TR
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eclectic menu with island favorites, including seafood, pork and beef dishes. Good wine list both by the glass and bottle.

Returned for lunch two days later and had a memorable meal.

Report
Helpful
EE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. The best in Kauai.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best meal of the trip. The drinks were light and refreshing. We had multiple appetizers including the deviled eggs which were delicious. We also had the loco moco which was actually short ribs with truffles risotto, sooo good. I will plan to eat at the lanai again when I am back!!!

Report
Helpful
S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch and it was fine. I was excited for the menu. I ordered a beer which took almost 10 minutes to get to me. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and by the time it got to me the bottom bun was actual soggy bread and couldn’t be held to eat as a sandwich. It also didn’t have a lot of flavor. My husband had a margarita which he said was okay and the burger which he also said was fine.

The baked Brie app was overall the best part of this meal.

Report
Helpful
B
Las Vegas
65 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great addition to the Kukuiual Village restaurant line up!!! Simple but interesting menu, nice simple drink menu, very nice staff. Small interesting bar set up as well
If they show the same creativity in frequent menu changes they will help to elevate the other restaurants around them. The Shrimp/Chorizo appetizer is more than yummy, the SousVide hanger steak was perfectly prepared.

Report
Helpful
LP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Just don't follow the Open Table directions link.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow wow wow - the cocktails, the apps and the meal were fabulous. The service impeccable and the whole ambiance was one of true welcome.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food, worst service.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
5