The Lanai Kauai

4.4
253 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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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very mediocre food.

SS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant hands down on Kauai!

EM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

k
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Cute spot, usually one of our favorites... the menu seems to be shrinking, with very few items, and the restaurant being out of a few things, the choices we’re so limited that we enjoyed our appetizer and unfortunately left.

highlights of the night | the host was a sweetheart so was our server.

the baked brie was delicious, only critique was the fruit compote tasted like it was starting to turn.

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Between the three of us we had the avocado croquettes, deviled eggs, ceasar salad with shrimp, shrimp with pork belly, and the kale salad. Everything was fresh, perfectly prepared, and tasted wonderful. The service was also fantastic.

MD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We have been there before super excited to take our family there ,( before) loved it! This time two out of 5 got sick...
Besides the heat was extremely hot with no fans at all. Server was great ...but the chicken was so dry and had a bad taste to it ,we believe it was old or it was left out way too long ?Sad part was that is the dish I Recommended😐

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners we had on the island

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family dinner. EXCELLENT drinks and the service is very genuine and friendly. We will be back!

e
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service and lovely setting for our last dinner in Poipu.

LT
Hawaii
52 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mellow and nice outdoor dining. Kama’aina fav! Living Foods kitchen delivers some wonderful fresh food! We ordered and shared a hangar steak pupu Style, kale salad, crispy Brussels and finished with a chocolate torte! Delish. Nice wines and great service!

AO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Décor agréable. Bons plats. Bon service. Les cocktails sont délicieux.

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MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender is outstanding. Wait staff always pleasant. Food was fantastic

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The menu changed the same day and none of the premier items were available. Don't rely on the website to be accurate. Over-priced on everything for a strip mall restaurant. The website recommendations were astounding but nothing really available any more due to mismanagement.

JE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale and creative Hawaiian food in a relaxed and beautiful outdoor environment. One of the best cocktail menus on the island featuring tropical but not sugary creations. Attentive and very friendly service. Overall my fave restaurants in all Hawai’i.

OT
Singapore
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed all the food, highly recommend the Loco Moco and Ceviche, but all was good. It’s outdoors only so got a bit warm as there aren’t fans or a breeze.

f
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the presentation very nice. The setting wasn't as picturesque as many here in Kauai, but the servers were friendly and the service prompt. If the shopping area gets busy this restaurant is noisy. But definitely worth a visit.

BA
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Mark was fabulous! Very enjoyable evening celebrating our 30th anniversary and our last night in Kauai!

AT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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.

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

Amazing food and ambiance once again. Love going there.

OT
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.

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.

s
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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.

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.

a
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this place. And enjoyed a beautiful anniversary dinner ♥️

LC
Denver
86 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.

D
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.

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.

AZ
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.

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.

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.

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