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The Plantation House by Gaylords, Lihue, HI

The Plantation House by Gaylords

4.7
4.7
3734 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Gaylords now rebranded as The Plantation House by Gaylords offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi poke, fried brie, fresh seafood, delicious steaks and vegan entrees too. Don't forget about our famous Banana Cream Pie for dessert! Take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the Koloa Rum shop, go on a rum safari adventure or take a ride on the plantation train.

If reservations are not available online, please call us anytime and we will be more than happy to accommodate you

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Pan-Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 245-9593

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Saguid

  • Catering

    We are Kauai's premier full-service catering experts. From intimate dinners to full-service event catering at your location, Gaylord's at Kilohana is equipped and staffed to make your event an unforgettable experience.

  • Private party facilities

    Gaylord's at Kilohana offers a variety of party spaces to host your private event. Our open-air courtyard or lanai is a fun and festive space for dinner; the private dining room is the picture of historical elegance; and our newly renovated living room/bar will be the "it" spot for cocktail parties and lively mixers. Guests may order from our standard menus or hosts may choose to create a custom menu prepared epecially fo their event.

  • Private party contact

    Restaurant Manager: (808) 245-9593

  • Neighborhood

    Lihue

  • Cross street

    Nuhou

  • Parking details

    Free parking adjacent to the mansion.

  • Entertainment

    Gaylord's features rotating Hawaiian musicians & entertainment several nights a week. Kilohana Plantation, home to Gaylord's, offers diners additional entertainment and activities to enjoy during their visit: Ride the Plantation Railway through our sustainable farms, learn about rum making and taste the award-winning rum at Koloa Rum Co., or shop in the artisan shops scattered around the property and plantation home. Luau Kalamaku is Kauai's premeir luau and runs every Tuesday & Friday evening.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,734 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The food was really disappointing given the positive reviews. Perhaps they had an off night.
  2. JS

    JeannineS

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Having a late afternoon lunch was the highlight of our day. The food was outstanding and the service superb. Out waitress took her time to explain each item on the menu as well as telling us all about the wonderful chef. The Plantation House property was beautiful. Take the time to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the property. I highly recommend going there.
  3. FK

    FabiaK

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Excellent service. Wonderful food.
  4. MG

    MariaG

    Pinehurst

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service - knowledgeable and personable. Most excellent fresh fish
  5. KW

    KirkW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    we've been dining at gaylords the past 15 years. love the setting, the grounds and the overall experience. this time was quite a mixed bag. the hostess was quite grumpy and disinterested. went to the bar and we were completely ignored by the bartender even though we made eye contact with her and stood five feet away.gaylords lost money on that. we sat at a far couch until our table was ready.normally we would have left but we know it is hard to find good help. kate was our server. she was more than outstanding.one of the best waitress we've had on kauai.food was ok not great.
  6. s

    smudd

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    We have dined here many times with nice experiences. Last night was horrible in every way. Snotty hostesses who refused to give us the table we had requested, for no apparent reasons. A talkative but fairly disoriented waiter, a busboy who kept trying to take our plates while we were still eating from them, the list goes on. But the worst was the food. Small portions of short rib entree that was okay but I didn't get to finish the veggies as my plate was whisked away. The chicken and pasta dish was inedible and my husband only ate a few bites but no staff member asked if it's was okay. Very overcooked pasta as well as the chicken with no offer of cheese or red pepper. Creme brulee was just like vanilla pudding. Ginger cookie with it was very soft and seemed stale. Lemon drop drink was very sweet, not the typical lemon drop, which is what I always order. Sadly, we drove from the North Shore but we will not be doing that again. A waste of time and money.
  7. JD

    JamesD

    Houston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places to visit on the island. The ambiance is so relaxing both inside and out. It’s one of those places if you happen to be there with friends you could sit and visit for hours. The cocktails and food were all prepared amazingly. The service was prompt and attentive. So happy to be back dining here after the last 2 years are behind us.
  8. DE

    DuguayExperience

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Awesome experience! We will eat there on every Kauai visit.
  9. M

    Mog123

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I really wanted to give this place a very high / perfect score. We went for an early dinner. The happy hour bar/salon area was awesome. We had delicious Mai Thais and the grounds were beautiful ! It was so lovely for my husband and I until a large party with young kids came. I love kids but the screaming was unfortunate. I would definitely go later next time. The Staff and service was near perfect. We ordered the Caesar salad and fish specials and they were delicious. However, the first salad had an odd Balsamic taste that wasn’t quite as advertised so we returned it. Overall, the service was excellent!
  10. B

    Blvndrmz

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very enjoyable experience. Extensive menu and excellent service.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite dinner of our ten-day trip to Maui and Kauai….the food and ambiance were both outstanding! We can’t wait to return on our next trip!
  12. MG

    MadeleineG

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as always but very cheap that patrons are now charged 2% for using a credit card. CC fees are part of the cost of doing business.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    In our top 5 places to eat. E.V.E.R! Day catch Oscar the best fish I've ever had. Banana pie was outstanding, and the view serene. I would go back in a heart beat. Server was mediocre but she owned it at the outset.
  14. CP

    CraigP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very special evening. Food, service and ambiance were all excellent. Highly recommend.
  15. EC

    EdwardC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and beautiful setting in manicured garden. Our waiter Lego was very detailed in his explanation of the entrees and the service was excellent. The busboy Elijah was very good also.
  16. AM

    AlexM

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service by LILO, one of the best waiters ever! Excellent food!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent waitress and phonomenal food with service combined . We love coming every year ..
  18. d

    drjkauai

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    I often eat at the Plantation House. I was so disappointed with this visit. We wanted a drink prior to dinner so went into the lounge. The barrister kept saying that they were turning over staff and refused to provide us with drinks. We waited 20 minutes before anyone even asked what we wanted. The woman who filled our water glasses at dinner was fabulous. The waiter was awful, completely not interested is serving us. He didn't even tell us his name. The food was cold which shocked me as it was a $43 dish. There are many other restaurants on island like Hukilau Lanai and the Ocean View which will get my dinner reservations as I will not eat at Gaylords in the evening again.
  19. B

    Brian

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was attentive and helpful. We enjoyed the fresh catch oscar and the pork, both were exceptionally tasty. Great drinks and wine list.
  20. DA

    DAA1

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was perfect, open air, our table was boarding the garden and the staff were all courteous and friendly.
  21. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of choices for a lunch menu. Food was excellent
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing. Great ambient. Our waiter, Jeff,was exceptional. Very polite and knowledgeable about dishes. When I made reservations, I mentioned that it was our 50th anniversary. They did acknowledge anniversary of the couple at the next table, but never acknowledged our. This was upsetting.
  23. j

    johnnieg

    Orange County

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gaylords provides a menu with a good selection of seafood, and meat options unlike most restaurants on Kauai which have limited menus because of Covid and the economy. Additionally, their service and ambiance are great. My wife had the short ribs, and I had the Filet Mignon au poivre. I had them put the blue cheese topping on the side because it can get overpowering. Both were wonderful and the steak was cooked as requested. The portions are large. From the hostess, server and bus person were very attentive and friendly.
  24. s

    sharts02

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to bring our guests. They always enjoy the experience. Kat has been so good to be kind & helpful
  25. w

    wdtempe

    Phoenix

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we have been dining at Gaylord's once per years since the late 1980's. Always an excellent meal at a moderate price. Keep up the excellent work.
  26. AF

    AnnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Such a beautiful, peaceful, classy place with lovely food. The seafood of the day was ahi and it was delicious. The ambiance is a treasure. Be sure not only to dine there but to see the area!
  27. CS

    CindyS

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from service, drinks and food was top-notch! Next time I’m in Kauai Gaylord’s is on the top of my Must Do list.
  28. RH

    RickH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for our 5th anniversary. Great seating excellent service, very good food and the sound of a luau in the backdrop. Really enjoyable and will return in the future for sure. Highly recommend for a nice quiet atmosphere that is high quality.
  29. GC

    GCondap

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Not perfect 5s because the lunch sandwich I ordered (short rib dip) was tasty but soggy on the bottom. I wont’t order it again. We checked in at our reservation time and still had to wait about 15 minutes, and we had to remind the waiter to bring mayo. After saying all this, we liked the setting so much we want to go back!
  30. K

    Karenb

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant the setting is so peaceful. We typically go for lunch rather than dinner for a cost savings but always love the food! I usually get the fish with jasmine rice and a sauce which was ahi and sooo good! My husband gets fish and chips which loved as well. You can't go wrong here!
  31. MH

    MikeH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Loved the fish surprise with my shrimp scampi.
  32. GS

    GlennaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent late lunch and service. The place is beautiful and so are the grounds. Well worth it!!
  33. K

    Kaleo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food is as amazing. The lanai was cute. The cobble floor was a little challenging for my elder aunty and there was a rooster roaming around making noise. Other than that, it was a great place for lunch.
  34. N

    Nancy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at the Plantation. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary there. We celebrated our 30th there too. They gave us a special dessert for our anniversary. The wait staff there is excellent. Always filling our water and taking away our plates. Presentation of food was excellent . My husband got the french onion soup and it was excellent. For dinner I got the fresh catch Oscar it was really good. My husband got the seafood special of the day with the shrimp. His presentation and taste were good as well. Hoping we can come back and celebrate our 50th there!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and love the garden view!
  36. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Gaylord’s from the food to the environment is the very best! Menu selection is outstanding and it is such a beautiful place to have a meal. Did I mention how delicious their cocktails are…again, the best. Our family always eats at Gaylord’s when we are on Kauai. Can’t say enough about it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent and made a great effort to make sure all her guests were happy. Overall, it was a little bit slow - I think it’s Covid-related though, so I wouldn’t hold that against them. Our appetizers were very tasty - the brie and the scallops. Our entrees were ok - my husband and I ended up sharing one dish (fresh catch Oscar), which was fine, but very heavily sauced. Neither of us cared for the seafood stew, unfortunately, but it was a very generous portion.
  38. BS

    BrianS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great restaurant with a creative and diverse menu. Exceptional ambience in a covered garden setting with great attentive service. We had Burgundy chicken fresh fish Oscar with crab asparagus and Hollandaise sauce and a Filet. Highly recommended. Many of the other restaurant menus we looked at had a very limited menu with 3-4 entree choices . Highly recommended.
  39. DB

    DavidB

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection.
  40. j

    johnnieg

    Orange County

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had dinner at Gaylords and were pleasantly surprised that unlike most restaurants on Kauai, which have limited menus and services, they had a large selection of dinner items and a full staff. I am tired of going to restaurants with 1 fish, 1 steak, 1 chicken and 1 vegetarian entree, and the servers complaining about how understaffed they are. Gaylords, in each category of appetizers, salads, soups, seafood, meat and vegetarian entrees there was a large list of items to choose from. My wife had the seafood Oscar with crabmeat and asparagus topping a filet of fish over mashed potatoes. It was cooked to perfection and wonderful. I had the Portuguese Seafood stew (Cioppino) which was one of the best I have ever had. Plenty of fish, scallops, calamari, shrimp and mussels in a marinara sauce. I wish we could have tried the desserts, but the portions were so large, didn't have room for anything else. The hostess, server "Sam" and even the bus person, were attentive, without being intrusive, friendly and explained completely the different menu items. While not cheap, entrees around $40, Gaylords is great value for the food and service you get. Will definitely be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Plantation House by Gaylords offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 245-9593.

The Plantation House by Gaylords is rated 4.7 stars by 3734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for The Plantation House by Gaylords

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Nuhou

  • Neighborhood

    Lihue

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Pan-Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free parking adjacent to the mansion.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Saguid

  • Entertainment

    Gaylord's features rotating Hawaiian musicians & entertainment several nights a week. Kilohana Plantation, home to Gaylord's, offers diners additional entertainment and activities to enjoy during their visit: Ride the Plantation Railway through our sustainable farms, learn about rum making and taste the award-winning rum at Koloa Rum Co., or shop in the artisan shops scattered around the property and plantation home. Luau Kalamaku is Kauai's premeir luau and runs every Tuesday & Friday evening.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 245-9593

  • Catering

    We are Kauai's premier full-service catering experts. From intimate dinners to full-service event catering at your location, Gaylord's at Kilohana is equipped and staffed to make your event an unforgettable experience.

  • Private party facilities

    Gaylord's at Kilohana offers a variety of party spaces to host your private event. Our open-air courtyard or lanai is a fun and festive space for dinner; the private dining room is the picture of historical elegance; and our newly renovated living room/bar will be the "it" spot for cocktail parties and lively mixers. Guests may order from our standard menus or hosts may choose to create a custom menu prepared epecially fo their event.

  • Private party contact

    Restaurant Manager: (808) 245-9593

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