The Lanai Kauai

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$30 and under
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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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t
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great family meal. Very flavoursome food. Delicious

MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced for what it was

s
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Friday night date night. Nice ambiance. Great host and Derik our waiter was timely and took great care of us.

RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING !!!!! Just simply Outstanding!!!! What a great find.... Food prepared to perfection....
We had the Vegan Dish and the Scallops.... Outstanding......

r
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem on Kauai! We dined here a second time during our 10 day trip because the experience was so good. Unique, delicious food and friendly service.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and food! It was such a relief to find a place that offered healthy, locally inspired and delicious cuisine!

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ahi Tataki was outstanding. Avocado croquettes were interesting but not exciting. Drinks were inventive but on the pricey side. Really enjoyed the creme brûlée’s: chocolate mint and hibiscus.

H
Sydney / NSW
286 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food with interesting flavours. Good value. Service was friendly and efficient. Enjoyable lanai seating - would not be fun in rain.

s
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Fun location.

W
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, the best! It was a quiet night in the shopping center, but lanai Kauai was a bustling place, offering a wonderful dinner. Two of us had hamburgers, which our son said was among the best he ever had: a high compliment for him! Short ribs in 80 degrees...YES, ABSOLUTELY. Miso Chowder..
Wanted to lick the bowl.
For sure, we are going back before over vacation is over. Servers were the best!

MO
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The short rib was da bomb!! A must do. Unfortunately, it was our last night on the island.

JZ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I just go for the Starters. Get 3 or 4 of them and you have a great meal that you can savor for a couple of hours. Great "umbrella" drinks. The wine is kind of expensive though. Whatever the corking fee, it would be best to bring your own choice.

FB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very comfortable service, wonderful sauces on the food. If you love to sit outside & eat...this is the place!

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute atmosphere and great food! We got the fish plate and hanger stake, both yum! I got a side of the truffle risotto too and that was really good!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good cocktails, and solid food. Nothing that made me NEED to go back, but a very good experience.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was hit or miss. Fried Brie was awesome and best Ceasar salad I’ve ever had. Hubby had the loco mock which was a special take on the Hawaiian meal and it was great. Chicken was meh.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wild shrimp and pork belly was amazing! All the cocktails were delicious.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location, quiet, open air seating very relaxing. Cocktails came fast. Menu was limited but what they do have is excellent. My daughter made a comment that their business model is like In n Out burger, limited menu and what is on the menu is excellent. Agree. I had the Loco Moco their version not to be missed. Hostess and waitress were super chill. Will dine there again.

K
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ambiance was nice. All outside but breezy. Very friendly service. Food was good - avocado croquettes were a bit bland. Caprese was perfect. Loco moco with shirt runs were good. A bit salty. Steak was flavorful.

MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and very delicious food. We happily left with full stomachs

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was great! Our waitress was super nice and attentive. Drinks were good as well. I would give it a 4.5 if I could give half star.

OT
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Baked Brie and scallops were outstanding. Also had a very fine French Rose. Highly recommend this restaurant.

JZ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered 5 appetizers to share between 3 of us. They were amazing. The Hawaiian ceviche was huge so I had to take one home. I’ve been to several places in Kukuki’olono. This is the one place I will definitely return to.

r
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and service! So many delectable things on the menu it was hard to choose.we had the avocado croquettes and the seared ahi for appetizers. Phenomenal! Caprese salad was very refreshing and the shrimp dish my husband had was flavorful and delicious. I need to go. Ack soon and try all the other items I wanted.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very personable and knowledgeable with menu. Their twist on the loco moco with short ribs and risotto was very good. The miso seafood dish was flavorful with a generous portion of mahi mahi. Would go back again.

BB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was amazing. We sat outside and it was so delightful. We had the best meal here during our entire stay in Kauai. Highly recommended!

N
New England
85 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Menu very limited and fresh fish filet was grossly undercooked had to be sent back. Server was good and they tried hard to please. Salads were great!

LA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and the staff are equally fantastic.

PA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Total hidden gem. Although this restaurant is at the end of an outdoor mall, it was far less crowded than other restaurants near the centre.

The food was excellent. Beautiful plating, fresh local ingredients, perfect seasoning. What more could you ask for? The service was great as well. Everything we ordered came out hot and delicious.

Make The Lanai a priority the next time you go out for lunch or dinner in Koloa.

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Very mediocre food.

SS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take the time to eat at this restaurant- you will be met with a menu differing from most and the preparation is outstanding-
We had the avocado croquette, the deviled eggs and the Pablo crusted Brie and all were delicious!
Entrees ordered were hangar steak, fresh catch miso chowder and the loco novo on incredible risotto- all fabulous! We even ordered extra risotto to go-
This is a great choice for casual fine dining!!! We’ve never been disappointed here:))

CB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was the best we had on the island!! Service very good too.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were wonderful! Even provided an off-menu special vegan dessert for the birthday celebration.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant hands down on Kauai!

EM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Hello! The Lanai is definitely in a great spot. Its menu is sparse for a family of five and picky teenagers. We should have looked it over before coming. That said, the fresh food is good, just not a lot of choices. I would recommend for those who are into fresh, expensive, different food.I tried the caesar chicken salad. Not much to speak of. The chicken was dry and there was no seasoning. That for $26.00?? No thank you. The atmosphere was pretty good though!

MT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lanai was great. Fresh, tasty food in breezy location with great service. We made reservations- it could get busier at peak times and it’s a small restaurant. Service was great - just enough check ins. The food was so flavorful and beautifully displayed. We had the hummus duo, the chicken and vegan pasta. Delicious!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was not good. My main meal skirt steak the dish was like warm and I asked for it to be hot and 2nd time meat was hot but everything else cold. I sent it back. They asked if I wanted something else I declined .

OT
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good! Salad portions are smaller but each dish we got was delicious. Options for vegetarians/vegans, too!

J
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall recommend. Nice ambiance and the food is good. Highlight was the tuna. Lowlight the fish special. The fish was over cooked and under seasoned. Not that easy to find well prepared cooked fish in Poipu for some reason?

DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been coming to Kauai for over 20yrs and can honestly say this was one of our best meals ever! I had Miso Fresh Catch (ono) and my wife had Shrimp Mojo - we both loved our entrees! And our bartender-server, Gabi, was fantastic! This was better than many meals costing twice as much - I highly recommend it!