Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

4.5
733 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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NM
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
307 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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JA
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. We visit every time we stay here.

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F
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food arrived very slowly. Salad was expensive and didn't have many add-ins besides the greens. Miso butterfish and short rib entrees were excellent. Lillikoi cheesecake was unexceptional. Server was functional but not overly friendly.

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Eggs Benedict. The service was impeccable. Great setting. Loved every minute. Thank you.

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p
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

OK food, good service but pricey....sure HI but still....

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. The service was outstanding. But the noise level got so high we couldn’t hear much and just wanted to leave by the end. They could really use some acoustic tiles or something on the ceiling to help reduce the noise once the restaurant fills up.

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been going here for years as a 1x per trip fancy dinner. Entree's were the best, soup (shrimp curry) and dessert (chocolate mousse) were expensive and nothing special. Shrimp curry had 1/2 a shrimp and 1/2 a bite of mahi mahi - seriously? Drinks were $20 and watered down and just flat out bad. Not even too sweet bad...just bad. My wife liked the lobster gnocchi a lot, but got sick that night - either from that meal or the drink. I had butterfish and it was overcooked. Pretty disappointed, going to have to find another spot next time.

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F
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty good, but not memorable. Took a long time,

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner...perfect in every way!

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RR
58 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

$50 hamburgers - you got to be kidding. Everything is over priced.
Service not very good. Wine selection poor.

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SL
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food and the best mai tai

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OF
43 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is “fine dining” at its finest. A lovely ambiance, interesting/well prepared food and a truly wonderful, well trained wait staff. My personal bugga-boos are being rushed without a pause between courses and having dishes removed before everyone at table has finished.

Our waiter was brilliant..it was as tho he was reading our minds...plenty of time to enjoy conversation and our cocktails before our appetizer magically appeared!! The entire meal was well paced allowing time to savor each before moving on to the next. Well done...we can’t wait for our next visit before we have to return home.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Over-priced for the quality of food and ambience. I had the red salt burger. I see what they they were trying to go for, but I felt the whole thing came out a mess. I really didn’t like the flavor mix and could barely finish my $50 burger! Fries were just ok. As were the salads. My wife had the lobster gnocchi. It was also heavy (too much butter and cream) and the lobster didn’t feel fresh. The view was also limited as u only look out to the pool and the surrounding buildings limit the view.

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EO
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! We had the octopus as an appetizer which was my favorite dish. The service was also excellent.

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H
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and wonderful service!

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S
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at red salt was amazing! One of the best dinners we had. Very pricey. Not a great atmosphere since you are in the lobby of the hotel and no view. But overall a nice dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we ate in a week on Kauai. All of the seafood dishes we had were excellent - scallops, Mahi, and the lobster gnocchi. Our server, Chris, was personable and made wonderful recommendations, including wine pairings.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food. the selection was somewhat limited (three items on the menu not available) but the ones they did have were lovely.. well prepared and cooked to perfection.. the side items fit the entre perfectly.. etc etc.. the wait staff were very attentive and punctual.. the whole evening was a terrific event...

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D
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Exactly as written by previews people: Good food, good service, nice room, very loud. Noise level is s bit too high.

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s
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here two years ago, several times, while staying in Poipu. This year we are staying in Kapaa.
We were shown to our table before reservation time graciously. Host was integral part of great service. Paul, our waiter, was wonderful even as he was attentive to other guests.
Drinks were served and orders taken food was fabulous. Cesar salad a hit with us all the Parmesan flan delicious.
Birthday person was presented at the end of service with a wonderful cheesecake and a birthday wish.
Highly recommend this place.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s very loud - otherwise, it would have been perfect. Staff was excellent, food was wonderful but it was hard to carry on a conversation.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience. A couple of the dishes were not properly prepared and needed to be remade. But aside from that everything was great.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible and delicious dinner! Highly recommend!

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Ahi and Mahi Mahi meals at Red Salt!
Can say I understand the noise scale question just asked, but was perfect.
We will definitely make a point to return!

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GG
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a meat lovers paradise. Heavy on the cholesterols but delicious AF. Lighter fare should be directed at the lounge be where sushi is served.

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d
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. It's in what looks like a hotel lobby. VERY expensive for what you gwt.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and price wasn't bad for what the food was. We went on Valentines day so was busy, staff seemed busy, but to be expected!

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MO
46 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is incredible at Red Salt. The wasabi encrusted ahi, the snapper, and the mahi were awesome, and the presentations of each dish are works of art in their own right. Apps included the fois gras brulee, the lobster bisque, and the beet salad. Fabulous entries into all of our main courses. Unfortunately, although our server Ashley was capable, her delivery needs refinement. As she presented each course, her description was almost spoken as fast as an auctioneer speaks. Ashley would be fantastic if she would just slow down and not rush it as much. The dining room is comfortable, but not memorable. Still, we continue to come back to Red Salt year after year for the incredible food. The flavors and textures of anything we order continues to make us overlook any other nuances of the place we might not be infatuated with.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Service lacked finesse, food was cold. No wine suggestions with food. Birthday dinner ruined.

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TS
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Red Salt as a last minute restaurant choice for our last day on the island, after a busy day of activities. Having been to several other restaurants in the area and being a bit disappointed with the service and food given the high prices, we were very pleasantly surprised by Red Salt.

Delicious food and cocktails in a bit smaller upscale but not pretentious dining room. Scallop appetizer was fantastic as were the ahi tuna and lobster gnocchi entrees. Excellent cocktails and a good dessert. Attentive service (we noted some pretty inattentive service at some other supposedly higher end resorts).

Be prepared to pay a little we thought it was the best upscale food that we found on the island.

Would definitely return for dinner if on Kauai again.

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RR
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Red Salt several times with good results. This time for our anniversary we planned on an earlier dinner and found that it was nice to not have it quite so noisy. We had a nice view table and the server was pleasant and efficient. Food was fine but not outstanding as you would expect in a high end restaurant.

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M
33 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is beautiful but we had to go to the bar area because the noise was so loud in the dining room it registered as bad for workers and impossible for conversation
The food was very good and our server was fabulous. We ended up having a lovey meal. I’d go again but ask for the bar area

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B
38 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their blueberry martini. Food and service has always been great. One of our favorite restaurant in Poipu.

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TH
92 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Very nice atmosphere. Staff very friendly.

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