Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort
Kona Lobster Gnocchi
Charred Leeks, Crimini Mushrooms, Truffle Beurre Monte. $7 service charge applied to split dish
Seared Hokkaido Scallops
Sweet Roasted Corn, Portuguese Sausage, Charred Cherry Tomatoes, Champagne Beurre Blanc
Porcini Dust, Truffle Oil, Chives
Birthday dinner for my wife. Service was great. Had the tasting menu with an octopus appetizer. Candle on her dessert was a nice touch
Excellent service and outstanding food. Beautiful setting looking out over the Koa Kea property to the ocean.
Beautiful setting. Food quality and presentation excellent. Lamb chops were cooked perfectly. I had the Mahi . Good flavour and cooked perfectly. However piece of fish and scoop of black rice over priced.
Bryan has been our server for many years.He does a fantastic job. Also the blueberry martinis are yummy. Will be back next year.
Frankly I was a bit disappointed. I ordered mumm champagne as they only had 1 Prosecco and 1 Champs by the glass to select from. It came in the small bottle and they unscrewed it to pour. All good but interesting. They knew we were there to celebrate our anniversary and said they would do something special. The meal was not paced at all. Once we got our salads barely eaten the main course was delivered. We ordered the chocolate creme brûlée for dessert. It came in a glass round dish less than 3” in diameter. Not plated, not displayed at all - just put down on the table. Not too impressive for a restaurant of this caliber... or supposed caliber. Overall while the food was good, it was not the experience we had hope it would be. Oh about that anniversary special moment? Yep, nada.
We have been dining at Red Salt nearly every year since it opened and it never disappoints. The miso butterfish and seared scallops were amazing. The kale salad was ok. I always look forward to the mushroom bisque but, unfortunately, it wasn't good this year. Almost like a new recipe. The only other negative was the watery, flavorless Mojito. The cheesecake was a bit too sweet, with more of a mousse-like texture, but good. The service was excellent.
Fixed price four course meal of salad, scallops, gnocchi and cheesecake was perfectly sized and paired. The burger was over-the-top and not in a good way—eliminate some of those add-ons that get lost
Every part of every dish was executed very well. Service was professional, positive and proactive so, excellent. The place for best eats not cheap eats on Kuai.
From my experience over many years, Red Salt is the best quality restaurant on Kauai. The staff goes out of their way to make for a most enjoyable evening. The Chef always make sure that the unique and delicious menu items are presented in a 5 Star Way. Its not a large space so reservations are a must.
We ate here about 5 years ago and remembered it was fantastic. We were disappointed this time. The food was not as memorable and they have gone cheap on the chopsticks! Honestly, the beautiful chopsticks they use to use made the meal feel very special. This time, just like the disposable chopsticks, the food was just not that special, Drinks were good though.
Brooke was a great server!! Thanks so much for your menu recommendations.
We had a marvelous meal at Red Salt. My husband enjoyed the special which was surf and turf so much and has been talking about it for the last few days. I ordered the Miso Butterfish which was such a delicious meal. Our grown sons had the braised short ribs and rib eye steak which they both really enjoyed. The service was very good, attentive but not overly so. The restaurant has a good wine selection.
The Butterfish is excellent. Great place with great service.
High quality food, quite loud, very highly priced
Our waitress was wonderful! She’s was knowledgeable about wines and made excellent recommendations!!
The special entree for the evening was memorable: perfectly pan seared opah served over fingerling potatoes and broccolini, topped with a small crab cake, and all smothered in Hollandaise sauce. Our appetizers and desserts were also excellent. Red Salt should not be missed when visiting Kauai.
Food is delicious, rich, but delicious. Pretty pricey though.
Delicious food, great service and a great view.
Exquisite martinis started our experience, followed by the tempura duo, featuring a spicy tuna roll and lobster California roll with truffle aioli and tobiko. What could top that? Well, we found out. My wife enjoyed the madascar vanilla bean seared Mahi and I had the miso butterfish, one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever eaten. The black bean chili glaze added just the right amount of dash to the fish, which was made even more complete with a glass of the Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir, recommended by our extremely valuable and attentive server Bryan. All in all an amazing night celebrating our anniversary. Thanks to all at Red Salt, a special place for a special occasion. We make one trip to Red Salt each time we’re in Kauai and have never been disappointed.
We came from Oahu to spend the long weekend with my family. And since we didn’t have time to do the vday dinner in Oahu, we planned to have it in Kauai. I heard about Red Salt from most of my Kauaian friends and family that it was one of the choices from many other restaurants to have dinner for date night! I chose red salt mostly because of the pictures of the food and restaurant and of course service but mostly for the rib eye with roasted Brussels sprouts! Sadly, when we were settled in, we were told they were out of the rib eye. So rather, we settled for the filet mignon which was just as good but my heart was really for the rib eye. Service was excellent and the ambiance was modern and fresh! Love everything about Red salt except the fact they were out of the rib eye
Outstanding food, very good service....outstanding wine menu. Thoroughly enjoyed
With the new Chef Noelani in charge of the restauraunt it is off the charts good!
Must have the Lobster & Gnocci- this blew my mind and I love Gnocci. Mushroom truffle soup and truffle fries were very good too. Brussel sprouts were ok. Can't wait to go back for that Lobster & Gnocci for my bday! The restaurant was absolutely beautiful.
Wonderful food exquisitely prepared. Flavors were unique and well paired.
Always good upscale dining but expensive. Limited menu.
Classy ambiance and very delicious, as expected! I would definitely recommend.
I had the frozen mango margarita and my boyfriend had the Manhattan. Both very well done. Delicious Hawaiian red salt for the unsalted butter and bread while we waited for our food.
I enjoyed the miso butterfish - delicious, flaky, with nuanced Asian flavors. My boyfriend’s steak was cooked perfectly and came with tasty creamy mashed potatoes.
The service was good too - just attentive enough. It’s definitely more expensive but the food is worth it.
The service was amazing. The waiter was very helpful, great attitude, food came out in good timing and food was EXCELLENT! THANK YOU FOR A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE.
The food and menu were fantastic. Service was impressive! Beautiful setting.
Nice place but very overpriced! Wine per glass ( very small pours) and desert (tiny scoop of ice cream) was ridiculous. Would not return !
Food and wine were excellent
Although the entrees are expensive the food was very good.
had a 6:15 reservation and we ordered drinks apps a shared salad and entrees. the drinks and the apps were great, the beet salad was ok but under seasoned and needed another component, it felt like it was missing something. at about 7pm they had a live musician playing in the lobby and once the sun set they turned up some horrible led lights. the room became very loud and just lost all ambiance. our waiter just about disappeared. took about 10 min to clear our empty salad plates and another 20-25 minutes to bring out our entrees. My gnocchi was not cooked and was tough and hard, the foi gras was super thin cut and taste burnt. The Brussels sprouts were browned but raw in the middle and hardly anything was seasoned properly. my wife had the seared ahi and it had so much of the wasabi furrikake caked on top she had to scrape it all off because it was to salty to eat. when the waiter came back and offered dessert i asked for the menu but it took so long for him to return we just said forget it and asked for the check. If you go get their at 5:30 because it seems to collapse at about 7.
We chose Red Salt for our last evening meal while in Kauai. It’s located in the lobby area of the upscale Ko’a Kea Resort. We enjoyed the Tempura Duo appetizer......an interesting twist on traditional sushi. My husband had the shrimp bisque & chose the braised short ribs for his entree. He enjoyed the short ribs but wasn’t convinced the bisque was worth the steep price. I had the miso butterfish. The dish was rescued by the bean chili paste condiment on the fish. We splurged on the chocolate cre’me brûlée for dessert. It was delicious, decadent & lovely in a petite serving. All in all, we will not likely return when we visit Kauai again next year. The prices are extraordinarily high without delivering an exceptional meal. Despite other reviews noting exemplary service, ours was so-so.
I hate giving this restaurant a so so review as the food and service was so good. Unfortunately the noise level was ridiculous for such a small venue. Reading other reviews I’m shocked this hasn’t been resolved. That being said the scallops and butterfish were outstanding.
Amazing service and menu. Mahi and butterfish were our choices, did not disappoint . A real treat and for sure a repeat destination for dinner.
Fantastic 'go to' dining experience. Everybody great from Valet to seating to server and certainly the food. Poke app along with butterfish entree and lobster/gnocchi entree were perfect as was dessert. THE place to go on Kauai!
We have enjoyed Red Salt many times when in Kauai. Everything was as wonderful as before, with the exception of our waiter this time who was slow & disorganized. The restaurant was not very busy, so we don’t understand what his problem was. New to wait staffing perhaps? Don’t let this person stop you from trying this otherwise lovely dining experience.
Soup was cold. Food was ok.
Food was fabulous but hard to enjoy-the noise level was so loud. We couldn’t talk to each other. The acoustics of the room is horrible - we could hear conversations on the other side of the room but not our own. Yes the food was wonderful. But the lack of service and noise level and the fact it was for an anniversary dinner and it wasn’t acknowledged by any gesture was frustrating. We do an anniversary dinner each year at a different restaurant on one of the islands. Other restaurants have always made it a bit special . Not here. I can get excellent food at other restaurants. I will not be visiting here again.
This restaurant is very good, but way overpriced. Food was good enough. I had the Mahi and it was a bit dry. Expected way better. Our server, Chris, was awesome. On top of everything and very helpful. The ambiance was great. Very upscale.
Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort is rated 4.6 stars by 927 OpenTable diners.
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