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The Plantation House by Gaylords, Lihue, HI

The Plantation House by Gaylords

4.6
4.6
4938 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 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 4,938 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kauai

    Best Overall

  • Kauai

    Best Service

  • Kauai

    Best Ambiance

  • Kauai

    Best Value

  • Kauai

    Good for business meals

  • Kauai

    Good for groups

  • Kauai

    Healthy

  • Kauai

    Great for fine wines

  • Kauai

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Kauai

    Romantic

  • Kauai

    Good for special occasions

  • Kauai

    Most Booked

4,938 Reviews
  1. HalGF

    Kansas City

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent evening with great food and service! Craig is an excellent server - will ask for again!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were last here over 30 years ago and were glad that it hasn't changed. Still a very tranquil and beautiful spot for dinner. The food was terrific, as were the MaiTais. I feel that we got a very good value for the meal and the setting. I marked the noise level as high because there were three obnoxiously loud couples at a table not far from ours. They were not well behaved. Once they left, it was wonderful.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 5th time, and it hasn't ever done anything other than exceed our expectations! Outstanding!

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  4. Barby

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was very friendly and concerned about our meal. He was willing to send our entrees back when my husband’s soup was extremely delayed. My husband had read in other reviews that there had been troubles with the kitchen staff’s abilities.

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  5. RobertP

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit underwhelming. Greeter, hostess was a bit curt as well and soft spoken but not unpleasant. We waited at our table about 10 minutes prior to anyone greeting us. The atmosphere was pleasant. The food quality and quantity were fine The staff seemed to be going thru the motions and did not rise to the level of a restaurant positioning itself as a fine dining experience.

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  6. MarshaZ

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Was excited to return after all was excellent last year but disappointed this year.

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  7. NewYorkerz

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service, delicious food! We had there mahi mahi tacos. Simply delish! Beautiful setting in a plantation.

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  8. maggie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Surprisingly intimate for a place that is also able to serve 100’s of people at a luau.

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  9. MikeB

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fiod and service was great as expected. We have eaten here many times and will hopefully again

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  10. CGG1

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jeff and Brent were outstanding and this was me of the best meals we ever had anywhere

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  11. BEEF

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Rustic house on large parcel of land. Menu was diverse and prices consistent with other nice restaurants on Kauai. Lighting was a little dark but helped with the ambiance. Service was excellent and the nice lady running the desk was "on it."

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  12. Willy

    Vancouver

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting with indoor and outdoor seating. Open air. Greeted nicely, seated immediately. Server pleasant and knowledgeable. Regular menu and specials offered. Appetizer (ahi poke)-excellent. Mains-special opakapaka and reg. menu short ribs were large portions, nice presentation and delicious. Pacing was rushed-barely finished appy before main served. Probably one of our best meals in six months.

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  13. SueK

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambiance and the food! My "go to" spot for my business luncheons.

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  14. Lovegoodfood

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, people, and ambiance. Our server was fantastic.

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  15. Arugulaoverload

    New York City

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was meh. We thought we would give it another chance and try again. Menu seemed improved from our last visit 2 years ago, however, our meals were not hot and seemed to have been played long before we received. All the greens were wilted from sauce. Also, my entree of short ribs had sauce all over the rim of the plate. Sloppy presentation. Disappointed , will think again for next time.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful historic home with a dreamy courtyard to eat in…This was our favorite restaurant on Kauai due to to the food, ambiance, and friendly local service! We did the train ride first and had lunch there. Everything was good.. but our favorites were the poke stack appetizer, short rib dip, and fresh catch entree! Next time im coming for dinner! 🌸 Thank you! 🌸

    1 person found this helpful

  17. KarenB

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is very diversified and reasonably priced. The service is excellent and the ambiance was wonderful. All tables are on beautiful covered patios and they have complimentary blankets for cool evenings. I ordered the Plantation Fresh catch Oscar and my husband ordered the smoked prime rib. Both meals were delicious. I also highly recommend their house Mai Tai! Best meal of the week!

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  18. KurtZ

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special evening- lovely location, delicious dinner, impeccable service from Kayla. We arrived early for our reservation and enjoyed browsing (& buying) in the charming shops in the Plantation House and elsewhere on the Kilohana Plantation. Definitely a night to remember and recommend to others.

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  19. Lpjm

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The 2 little girls playing loudly in the center area with no adult intervention was quite loud. The other guests were fine. I am allergic to cats and the cat coming under the table several times was disturbing. Staff was very helpful

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had reservations for 5:30 and arrived about five minutes early. Our table wasn’t ready so they said that they would text us when it was ready for us. We let the hostess know that we didn’t have the cell phone with us, so she said they would come get us when the table was ready. Nobody ever came to get us, so we went back to the hostess and we were taken to the table. Nobody came to get us….. we then waited thirty minutes to be acknowledged by someone passing by. The server that we reached out to was great, her name was Liliana and she picked up the slack from the server that never came to our table. The food was okay, not great and we felt that it was overpriced for the quality of food received. In a nutshell, it was more like food you would be served at a conference center. They also add 2% to the bill if you use a credit card. We’ve eaten at numerous restaurants on the island and this one, I can safely say is not on our “must return” list. Sadly we all felt that way and won’t be returning or taking guests there. We definitely like to return to all Of our favorites each year when we vacation on Kauai. Again, this review is not reflective of the server who took it upon herself to salvage our meal before we walked out.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was excellent and the location is beautiful.

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  22. AnitaF

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Cobb Salad and they have the best! Great and friendly. service. The home is beautiful and has been the scene of many family meals. Love Gaylords.

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  23. MikeA

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect birthday celebration for my girl at the best table in the house. Our waiter Jeff was outstanding.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, its presentation and the service were magnificent. The setting and scenery were great. I can’t wait to go there again on my next visit.

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  25. LiziL

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great lunch date with my husband. The service and food was great. We love this property. A gem.

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  26. David

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    what a beautiful Oasis, in the middle of this plantation. The food was exceptionally good, our surver, Jesse, was very attentive,knowledgeable, and friendly. This was our first stop upon our arrival on Kauai. A great place to have a delicious meal and fill in the time before check in at our hotel. 

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  27. RoseD

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the fried brie. Will definitely come back!

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  28. JanL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service (Mele) and food was prepared perfect and right on time. Great atmosphere as well in a historic building. Definitely will return on our next trip to Kauai.

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  29. joetam

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have loved the Plantation House for the last two years & have recommended it to everyone from our Greeter Stand @ Kukui' ula. Everything was fine this time, but did notice the portion of food & quality of meal just slightly under what it has been in the past. Nothing major, but not to the quality that I have bragged & boasted about.

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  30. DeanL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived on time and all the tables were empty, but they make you wait in the hall. The food was OK. My chicken was a little dry. Seemed overpced and like they were trying to hard to be something.

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  31. KalenaS

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, service, and food were all fantastic! We celebrated our Anniversary here and will definitely be back!

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  32. KristineM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service not great. Seated by entrance …. Loud party near us that played music on their phones. Tried to ask for pepper but no one around. Salads under dressed .

    1 person found this helpful

  33. JenniferH

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely setting for lunch or dinner. Service was very good. Food was not as hot as could’ve been. Fried Brie and Parmesan fries appetizers both came quickly but were barely Luke warm. French onion soup was perfect.

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  34. Annette

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, great food and service. Fun, kind staff. The poke stack, Portuguese stew, and Sea of Cortez shrimp were very delicious. The vegetable spring rolls were below average. The cocktails were well crafted. It’s outdoor dining … so dress warmly if you have an evening reservation.

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  35. RichardD

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t get the oysters - weirdly huge and not traditional prep. Otherwise food was good. Kinda old, stuffy atmosphere, but visually nice seating on lanai.

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  36. Fifi

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both loved our food. Service was very good. Beautiful grounds

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  37. Floyd5238

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our long time favorite places. A must for our annual visit.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, the specials were fantastic! Very friendly staff 10/10 recommend

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful! The food and service were great!

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  40. Joesph

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was poor, our food that we ordered was incorrect all night and the chef didn't know the difference between a NY steak and a prime rib so we finally walked out.

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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 4.6 stars by 4938 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 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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