The Plantation House by Gaylords

4.6
2800 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Gaylords now rebranded as 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, and organic salads, local seafood, meat, vegetarian, and vegan entrees. Don't forget about our famous Banana Cream Pie for dessert! After your meal 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 accom

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2800 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charthouser
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This is a really good restaurant in a beautiful setting but, sadly our experience was somewhat disappointing because of a server who lacked warmth and did not seem to be enjoying his work.

The hostess on the other hand was pleasant, the bus boy was very warm and engaging but, our server was none of those things.

It really too bad because the food was outstanding but, our the attitude of our server really left a bad taste in our mouths. We skipped dessert and headed for Lappert’s for coffee, cookies, and ice cream instead!

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DanN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in a relaxing atmosphere! Staff was very pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful plantation setting, great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The hamachi sashimi appetizer was more like cabbage with a little bit of sushi fish. While the waiter got our orders correct the bus-er gave us every meal wrong. I sent mine back before I started eating, but my husband did not and it did leave us a bit disappointed.

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DD2SQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Stopped off at Gaylord's for lunch after taking the train ride. The menu is pretty straightforward and slightly over priced for what you're getting. The service, like the food, is good although it took a little longer than expected for the main dishes to arrive. The highlight of the meal was the spinach artichoke appetizer which was really tasty. The mahi sandwich and short rib sandwich we ordered as our main courses were perfectly acceptable if unspectacular. What makes this a really nice place to go, though, is the atmosphere. It's a very pleasant dining experience in a very nice setting and very comfortable. I'm not sure I'd make a special trip to come here but if you're close by or are visiting to do one of the other attractions on the site, it's worth going to.

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LoreneS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the ambience of dining on the perimeter of the courtyard & beautiful landscape. Service excellent! Enjoyed the starters which was our first. Entrees also very good!

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Rhody
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and beautiful ambience combine to make Gaylords one of the best restaurants on Kauai. I had the surf and turf, and the portions were very generous. I’m spite of a little confusion about the prices listed on the menu vs. what we were charged, we highly recommend this elegant plantation restaurant. Take time to explore the gift shop and art gallery while awaiting your table.

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SallyY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plantation House is a charming old Hawaiian home with a lovely flowered patio. The ambiance is delightful. On top of this, the food was delicious. We both had fish dishes served in creative ways. There also were several meat dishes that appeared tempting. Service was excellent. We will definitely come back here on our next trip to Kauai. Book early.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

AM
AngelaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing restaurant! The location and ambiance are incredible! The service was top notch, we really enjoyed Jeff as our service but all staff were friendly, professional and prompt. The food was incredible! I had the fresh catch prepared in the Oscar style and it was my favorite meal I have had while in Hawaii!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch on Kauai

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Eric
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting and solid food. Huge open air patio overlooking the garden. We went for lunch - Food was solid for salad, nice sandwiches. The bison burger with pineapple was great and they will cook it medium rare. Lots of kitchen shops are hustled in the plantation house - careful as we spent more on art than lunch.

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JudyO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third time to Gaylords and again they created a memorable experience. Their mai tai is the best on the island. We ordered the ahi tower — so good. The fresh catch of the day on my tacos and my husband’s entree was cooked and seasoned perfectly. My son had the pulled pork sandwich with fries. Huge portion and delicious. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipItalianFoodLover
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had our last restaurant outing at Gaylord's for lunch. It was a lovely day and our server did a terrific job especially since there were only 2 servers for lunch that day. She kept up with all of it. The food was very good (pulled pork and shot rib dip sandwiches). We do recommend them. Their homemade soups are also very good and recommend trying them, as well, since we have never been disappointed. I always recommend Gaylord's as a lovely restaurant to enjoy a wonderful meal.

As an aside to the restaurant, it was a little noisy (hence the "energetic" level for Noise in the review) as we were seated next to a large party and the music speakers were generating at a level that, in conjunction with the large party, we had trouble talking/hearing each other. Two person tables seem to be next to the large group tables when we go there.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was great however my husband ordered the Filet and Lobster but they were out of Lobster and we were not told and it came out with shrimp. The filet was grisly. I had the cioppino which is a favorite of mine but it was VERY sweet. That dish is not suppose to be sweet. We were not taken care of either. We were looking forward to our dinner there but was disappointed.

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SusieH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and ambience were out of this world, the food was over the top, and the service could not have been better. Gaylord’s is our new favorite restaurant! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Jeepgirl
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Service was great even though they were short staffed. Highly recommend! The grounds are beautiful and you can wander everywhere on the plantation..

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Skater1212
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this beautiful garden setting atmosphere. The food was great and the service was amazing. A real gem.

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vipHetalL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was fantastic! The main course meals needed flavoring or seasoning.

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SharyA
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW what a beautiful settings accompanied by a great service from the moemnt you arrive. Great food, out of this world desserts and always served with detailed explanation such as my catch of the day YUM. Dessert was well worth feeling stuffed afterwards.

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AndyB
London
23 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just a magnificent experience eating outside in their gardens. If weather is bad I’m not quite sure what they do with you. The Poke!!! The banana cream pie!! The lava cake! Food presentation was amazing. Just wondrously all around.

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DallasW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested beforehand something special for our anniversary for lunch and they gave us a very private seating. It was a really nice experience and the food was delicious.

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Robo
Hawaii
43 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Kauai

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Jerm
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice gluten free dinner selections. The Asian style seafood was delicious!

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vipCSUFrank
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both ordered the chef specialty of Mongchong Oscar (sp). Fantastic! We would certainly return for that again! A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

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Foodie
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal start to finish. Beautiful scenery and a helpful server. Would most definitely go back!!

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gatsby75
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, great service and good food. Grounds to wander, shops to explore and rum to taste. Great way to spend some hours in the afternoon.

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Bethana
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were not impressed. We were seated outside in the humidity. Multiple menu items were out of stock including surf n turf. The steak was full of fat and we didn’t have steak knives until 10 minutes after our food was dropped off. Spring rolls were good. Dessert was good.

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vipItalianFoodLover
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server, Jeff. Sat in the cute remote area out on the lawn. Excellent drinks, appetizers and entrees. So full we needed to-go boxes and had to skip dessert. A lovely evening!

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vipNatalieB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

as always the food was delicious, the location is gorgeous and the cocktails on point

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vipgmoore3159
Hawaii
54 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great, food excellent and the nice quite atmosphere was appreciated. Bar service was excellent and the menu was quite extensive.

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good, but it felt like a limited menu. You should be able to eat a steak at lunch.

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Watofamily
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat at Gaylord’s Plantation in Kauai. Food is excellent and so is the service and ambiance. Never disappoints!

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vipRocofo
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our time on the patio/terrace

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Came back after 22 years and still just as good as we remember

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vipNick02
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and even better service!

MC
MartinC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, our best dinner on the island in a week!

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debrac
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. We are so happy to have found it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, beautiful setting, great dishes and very nice servers. Thank you!

PM
PattiMae
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good all the way around!

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 2800 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.