Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

4.6
767 reviews
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Contemporary American
Red Salt’s diverse menu by acclaimed Executive Chef and Kauai native Noelani Planas celebrates fresh Hawaiian seafood and produce in a casual, yet sophisticated seaside atmosphere. Modern dinner cuisine including vanilla bean-seared mahi, ahi tartare, and the decadently layered Red Salt burger are served in a contemporary setting. The Red Salt Lounge is host to a sushi bar featuring the day’s freshest catch in innovative, isle-inspired rolls. Lounge and sushi bar seating are not available for reservation and is first come, first served. During morning hours, Red Salt offers tropical takes on traditional breakfast dishes, such as lobster benedict and lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes, recently featured by Food Network.
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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience, the personnel including manager are extremely kind and friendly, just natural. The restaurant is not too big so the ambiance is reminding me of a nice restaurant in Paris - France, very romantic.
Food is really good and tasty, not too big but just the right size so you can have a dessert as well. The Vine list will give you a good choice of domestic and international high-quality Vine choice. I would give them seven stars overall but obviously, five is max :) My wife and I had a very romantic dinner and we will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mmmmm very tasty

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner. I got the lobster gnocchi and my husband got the ahi tuna risotto dish. Chris was our waiter and he was amazing and genuinely sweet.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and atmosphere ! We both had the chefs tasting menu and would highly recommend. Our server Chris was wonderful too . Hope to come back !

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CF
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome. Food was great.

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FA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Salt exceeded our expectations. From the service to wine selections to our dinner entrees everything was prepared beautifully and the flavors were amazing. We had the tomato and kale salads with the scallop appetizer (sooo good) and butterfish (melts in your mouth). Try this place out—guaranteed not to disappoint.

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TH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu
Outstanding wine from the owner’s own Napa vineyard
Both waiters (went twice on a 6 day vaca) were very attentive
Expensive and worth it

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RK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t go wrong here. A little expensive but worth it.

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FE
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great; good, ambiance, service and the food.

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Read great reviews but the food wasn’t good at all. It’s sad when you spend $300 for 4 people and the best part of dinner was the bread. Everything was pretty bland.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

It was very good but honestly everything is extremely overpriced for what it is. As much as I enjoyed the meal the service and ambiance does not match the ridiculous prices.

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B
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and a delicious meal. The short ribs and miso butterfish were superb. They have a good Wine list at reasonable prices. Very professional service and fine dining.

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FM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Service was great. Would highly recommend

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JT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & food were amazing! Would highly recommend! I had the vanilla mahi- it was so fresh and light. My husband loved the red salt burger. Definitely worth checking out even if you aren’t staying st the Ko’a Kea resort!

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KK
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing dinner! So much yummy food. Tomato salad, curry stew, ahi, all delicious. I tasted the best mash potatoes I’ve ever had! My daughter doesn’t even like potatoes and loved them!

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SM
Melbourne / VIC
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a find - Red Salt has quickly become a favourite of ours. Creative and delicious cuisine by a chef who really knows their produce. Outstanding cocktails, and some of the best service we’ve experienced. And that burger!!!

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KE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times and visited pretty much every good restaurant out here and this is the best by far. Doesn't get any better!

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals here were wonderful. It was a wonderful evening

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I have had. Both my Husband and I’s dishes were amazing. I had the filet mignon and he had the tasting menu with the lobster gnocchi. Truly one of the best meals we have had.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and plating was Spectacular!!!

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JA
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our absolute favorite restaurant on Kauai. The food/menu and quality is not surpassed here and there are a lot of good restaurants. This is a standout for us and we eat here multiple times while on vacation. It’s a very special place to our family.

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MG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In the 10 years since it's opening, Red Salt has remained one of our favorites. The blend of local fresh fish with creative ingredients is why we are always happy to return. The mushroom bisque is delicious and Red Salt is the only highly rated restaurant in the Poipu area serving seared scallops. The forbidden rice is always perfectly prepared with a delicious sauce. Looking forward to returning again.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kauai shrimp pasta, and short ribs were fabulous! Be sure to say yes to bread with butter and red salt. The GM was present, graciously doting and service oriented. I love this place. Thank you!

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J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

We were prepared for the high prices but our expectations were not met in some other areas. The food was mediocre. The tasting menu serving was a smaller portion than the regular serving. The lobster gnocchi was tasteless. The butter fish was tasty but note that it is spicy. The filet mignon was cooked as ordered and adequately flavored. The soft shell crab appetizer was good. The loudness is overbearing. It’s almost easier to hear the conversations at other tables than at your own. The highlight was the service. Chris was attentive and accommodating.

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Portland
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience! The service was top notch- everyone was very accommodating, kind, and happy. They made an effort to get to know us and ensure our dining experience was exceptional.

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Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the ahi special appetizer which was good. Moved onto salads, my wife had the kale and I had the tomato salad, again both were really good. For main course my wife had the butterfish and I had the mahi. Again both were prepared perfectly. Desserts were the chocolate mousse and the Red Salt cake. Our server Chris was very helpful and attentive. Overall a wonderful dinner.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We stayed at the Ko’a Kea hotel, it was five star all the way. The pool food was top notch. Service staff was great. Hotel was clean and friendly. We expected the same from the restaurant for dinner and were underwhelmed and overpaid. Wait staff was not friendly, Ok but was too expensive for the basic menu. My husbands meal came 15 mins after everyone else’s and the burger was over cooked. It was provided complementary due to the wait, but was not what we’d expected after other reviews. They do not serve sushi on sundays and mondays.

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M
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is consistently good; we try to hit this once a month. The service (Eric) was friendly, informative, and efficient. The "lobby feel" can be a bit sterile, but stay focused on the food and service and you won't be disappointed!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Salt has been our favorite restaurant on Kauai for a number of years now. I’m happy to say it remains so. Food and drinks are excellent, reasonable wine list, great friendly service. We will have dinner there again before returning home.

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MH
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite... not inexpensive, but is so worth it. Starts with great people - like Paul/manager and staff like Jamie and Chris - and continues with great environment, and then amazing & delicious food. The best place for a special event, or if you just want to treat yourselves to an experience that is extraordinary. LOVE this place. Thanks again.

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G
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific!!!!!

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k
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dinner experience. Wait staff was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I have come here four times and had a different item every time and
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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, cuisine and service! Romantic!

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NM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice meal. Good service. Restaurant is on first floor and not really separated from check in and bar area, but ambience was still nice. Thought it was a little higher priced than value received, but still enjoyed the meal.

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j
Los Angeles
313 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The consensus seems to be, among locals, that this is way over-priced and not worth it. They are so wrong! Devore isn’t all that special and the prices are up there, but service and quality were stunning.

Started at the bar with Kirsten serving drinks. She was making all of the restaurants cocktails herself and did an amazing job. Seriously, many of the specialty drinks are pretty involved, so she was impressive!

Seated about 20 mins after our reservation because other diners were lingering, but server Chris made sure we got our orders in before the kitchen closed not rushed at all.

The food was gorgeous and delicious. Easily the best food we had the entire week on Kauai.

They do have sushi but only in the bar.

Don’t miss this place!

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K
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal my compliments to chief Keola! And our server Zach made the experience that much better. First class service from all the staff members, will definitely be coming back.

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M
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous waiter and now I’m embarrassed that I don’t remember his name. Nate? Zach? Tall, cool glasses! So efficient and fun and accommodating. We had a wonderful evening. Missed the cotton candy but the buratta made up for it!
Mahalo Nui!

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J
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining experience was pretty darn good. We had coconut curry bisque and charred octopus for appetizer. Both were fresh and good. We’ve been spoiled by the octopus at Adega in San Jose California which was amazing, and that notwithstanding, this was pretty good. My wife had miso butterfish and I had ribeye. The butterfish was very delicious with good preparation and the ribeye was well cooked. I am in the keto diet so the fattiness was perfect for me but if I weren’t on keto it may have been a bit fatty. She had red salt cake for dessert and it was great per her - not too rich/sweet. The service was on point and everything was just right!

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Red Salt. The food is really delicious and something for everyone on the menu, many GF items and a separate vegan menu. Bryan our server was truly a delight, he was friendly and efficient and went out of his way to accommodate special requests from our party of six. He was one of the best servers we’ve encountered in our travels. Mahalo to Dave the bartender too!! We can’t wait to come back to Red Salt.

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JD
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outanding food and service. Celebrated my wife’s birthday and she was very pleased with her entree which was the lobster gnocchi. All of the entrees were delicious as was the scallops appetizer.

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