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The Plantation House by Gaylords, Lihue, HI

The Plantation House by Gaylords

4.7
4.7
3629 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 42 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 3,629 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kauai

    Fit for Foodies

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    Healthy

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    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!
  2. EG

    EmGee

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service for the person who guided me and my significant other to our table and the waiter, Kevin. The food was spectacular and the open area seating was pleasant.
  3. IL

    IraL

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend this dining experience. Our server Craig was very nice and helpful and on par with the food and drinks along side with the bus boy Justice, keeping our water filled and removing dishes when needed.
  4. HV

    HermanV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good, however, very expensive. A very nice place to go for a special occasion.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Food was disappointing but the service was good and our waiter tried to make it better.
  6. DP

    DanielleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch in the Home on property, also enjoyed rum tasting and train tour.
  7. GW

    GaryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, especially the French onion soup. Great service and beautiful grounds
  8. JL

    JLBrown

    San Joaquin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit Kauai every year and The Plantation at Gaylord’s is always a part of the trip. Excellent food, cocktails, atmosphere and service.
  9. J

    Jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only item I had taken back was the Hamachi Sashimi but it wasn’t because it was made wrong, it’s because I just didn’t like the taste. That’s just me, but I’m sure other customers would love it, other than that, everything else I ordered was good. My server Danielle was on it, I watched her serve me and 3 other couples all within a two & a half hour time frame. After me & the other three couples I was seated around got our food, I noticed that when we made other requests, she didn’t even need to write them down, she efficiently remembered those extra requests and what table it goes to. Very proactive, professional and friendly; including your other waiters, the young man with the pony tail and the other man that was running the food. Lovely staff and receptionist, love the work attire as well. Classy and well-run business, I loved it, the ambience and view was lovely as well. Definitely look forward to returning one day!
  10. CG

    CarlosG

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  11. AK

    AlbertK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, good food, our server Mele was fabulous, definitely coming back!
  12. C

    Charlie

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Mele was a wonderful server and we enjoyed a great meal!
  13. KR

    KenR

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This was a pleasant experience. Very nice outdoor setting. Within the complex it was difficult to find where The Plantation House was as the signage was poor. The quality of the food was good and it was very nicely presented. Our steak meals were cold though and needed to be piping hot. I think they may have sat a while before coming to us. Although food did come quickly. To be truthful it felt like a fine-dining production line. They've got a lot of things right here, but needs some fine tuning. They need someone to 'be a customer' when it is busy and adjust the experience to make it more pleasurable. For the prices they charge, which are on the high side, you'd expect a more considered service. Good, but not as good as it should be.
  14. EA

    EA11

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful in every way!
  15. 8

    808livin

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love this place. It never disappoints
  16. LH

    LH54

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a really great time visiting Gaylord's before our train ride. The food is great!
  17. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations thru Open Table we’re painless. Asked for a gazebo seat and was given one. Our 12 year old granddaughter enjoyed the Keikei fish of the day (Ahi) and we were surprised at how much she enjoyed it. It was a great birthday celebration for my wife. For us it is a 5 star “go to place for lunch” Thank you.(Mahalo)
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service and delicious food!! Definitely a must stop for lunch or dinner.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional meal on the southern end of Kuaui. Our table was at the end of the veranda overlooking the beautiful garden without barrier with very prompt service. A busy parking lot and multitude of shops, tours, and experiences don't detract from a quiet space to enjoy the setting if anything they give you something to explore while waiting for transportation. The food was great - we had the fried brie, pork belly confit, and misoyaki ahi. The brie was perfectly done and accompying honey, Mac nut garnish was well incorporated. Pork belly was amazing and melted on the fork, just gorgeous. The ahi was a tad overdone but understandable given the tourist heavy population. Would absolutely eat here again!
  20. H

    Hanapepe73

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience here is so beautiful especially if your table is closer to the yard space. You can have private conversations and appreciate your dining experience. Megan, our server, provided us with great customer service, the choices of food was terrific, and the food came out at the right pace. We are a retired group of ladies seeking a nice leisurely experience. We were able to accomplish that at The Plantation House. It would be nice if the gazebo accommodated parties larger than 3 at a table. That would have been an awesome treat.
  21. KS

    KelleS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and ambiance! We will definitely come back here next time we are in town!
  22. JR

    JanetR

    Boise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We had great service and the atmosphere is nice! However, the food is extremely expensive. If I am going to spend $40+ on a meal, I think they need to have a better selection for dinner or varied prices! The lunch menu had fish tacos and the dinner didn’t. That’s part of why we went. For those prices, we probably won’t return.
  23. C

    Cherrypie6

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful casual old Hawaiian setting with great local grown food. I will take my friends there again and again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trip with my mom
  25. j

    jpcast

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful drinks, food and wine. attentive and quick service, before and after ordering. It worked perfect for us bercause we had a flight back to the mainland, at 8:00pm and the timing was peerfect.
  26. p

    poipudiner

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience, food, and service -- as always. Great value, too. We always leave feeling pleased and well-fed!
  27. TF

    TiffanyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks. Highly recommend the quick fried Brie. Nice and relaxing. Kate our server was amazing. Every thing she suggested was on point. Definitely would come back.
  28. SR

    StaciR

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming to Gaylord’s always great service and good food. Will be back very soon.
  29. CN

    ColoradoNatureGirl

    Hawaii

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the hostess Jasmine and server Megan were outstanding. I tried the misoyaki wild salmon for the first time and it was stellar. The salmon had a delicious red curry sauce topped with mushrooms. Green beans were fresh and crunchy. And Jasmine rice was perfect texture and flavor. Topped it off with my favorite gluten free dessert on the island: banana cream pie (the crust is coconut). So good! I love meeting friends at the lovely Plantation House for lunch. I already made my next reservation!
  30. HR

    HRWFoodie

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. The food, ambience, and service is great. The fish is really fresh and prepared well. Ask for Mele for your waiter - she’s the best!
  31. LJ

    LJSMileR

    Hawaii

    87 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    Food was good, wait staff were attentive but the total lack of communication beforehand by the front reservations desk was unacceptable. I totally lost my appetite. I had booked TWO months in advance and requested outside Gazebo seating at that time to celebrate our anniversary. We arrived on time (5:30 PM) and waited over 30 minutes before being seated in a different section... no explanation, no communication at all. Management had two months to make arrangements and account to the timing of the tables but FAILED to do so. If they were unable to accommodate the request, they SHOULD have contacted me by email or phone and we could have either declined the reservation and rebooked elsewhere or accepted the the table that we ended up with. The Maitre'd offered an explanation for the table screw up.... but did not explain the lack of communication... thanks but no thanks. Why have a section for requests on the reservation form? Why didn't they contact me beforehand?
  32. l

    leezab

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We have been to this restaurant several times- always for our anniversary. This time wasn't as pleasant due to the environment not because of the food or service. The food and service was excellent as always. What disappointed us was the front reception and the other diners. First we arrived about 15 min early and notified them that we were there but understood our table would probably not be ready and would be sitting in the lobby. We were rudely told to come back at our reservation time. We went to the desk at 530 and the same person asked if we had a reservation... We confirmed that and were told we would have to wait for a table 5-10 minutes. No problem. Then we were seated on a patio along the railing and had a view of the grounds. All was fine until someone came and asked if they could move us as they had a large party coming in and we would be near them. The other table they offered was in the middle of the room, no view and next to a crying baby. We declined. That was our first error.... we should have asked to be moved out of the area entirely. When the large party came in there were 6 adults and 8 children of various ages but all under 10. The children were allowed to run back and forth and around outside on the grounds passing by our table multiple times. On child was chasing and hitting the other with a stick out on the grounds and the parents laughed about it. We really did try to ignore the entire thing while we ate our anniversary dinner. We just wish that the management would have "noticed" the children's behavior and said something. The adults at the other table seemed to ignore their children. Meanwhile The servers and the food were wonderful and our experience was probably the exception but we may rethink our dining plans if we walk into this again.
  33. JO

    JOLW

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed an excellent lunch in q quiet atmosphere. The Mai Tai's were among the most tasty on the island. We are repeat guests, coming at least twice or more often during our annual four week stay on the island. We do hope that the Sunday Brunch buffet will soon be reinstituted, maybe in time for our visit next year?
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Woke up too late for breakfast, so checked OpenTable to see what was available. Lived on Kauai most of my life and had never been to Gaylords…what a wonderful way to spend our 4th anniversary! We requested to be away from most of crowd, so we were placed in the gazebo, and it was definitely the area with the best views of the “backyard.” The service by Danielle was personable and attentive, as well as the busser, who made sure we enjoyed our lunch clutter-free. The food and drinks were excellent and it was obvious that everything was made in-house. It is our new go-to restaurant in the Lihue area!
  35. CS

    CSUFrank

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We don’t know a better place to eat on the island… The Beach House included! They are good as well.
  36. F

    Foodie68

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The setting is very much geared towards tourists and doesn’t feel like authentic Hawaiian. The food was mediocre and the mai tai cocktail tasted like it had no alcohol in it at all. I would much prefer a modest restaurant in a mall with dynamite food than a fancy place with unremarkable food in a contrived setting.
  37. c

    carleena

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent. Try their MaiTai. Great value, we left very full.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and innovative dishes. Highly recommend.
  39. T

    Tabby

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional !
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Got table i ask for.

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 3629 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 42 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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