Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

4.6
794 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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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice setting. Good service. Had fish which was fresh and tasted great. Portions fairly small and sides (risotto) minuscule

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CZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was pretentious, very expensive and not well prepared. The view was of the pool.
Will never go back and do not recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made the decision to come to Red Salt for my birthday. The atmosphere was nice but a boisterous group didn't quite allow for a relaxing atmosphere. The waiter provided good service and I enjoyed the Red Salt Burger.

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WA
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at this restaurant over the years, and it has never disappointed. While it is more a special occasion than casual dining establishment, the food is excellent. We had the tasting menu which had four interesting courses with manageably sized courses. Ordered an unfamiliar wine, and it was excellent, too.

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TD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at Red Salt, the food was delicious and staff were very friendly and it seemed like staff members were always helping each other out with a team like attitude, which I found refreshing. If one team member had hands full they other ran over and helped out even though it wasn't their table. They ran very efficiently as a result. Food was amazing and the view is very nice. Great place for a date. A little tricky finding but if you keep going down drive way past the Marriott you will run right into it

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service is the best part of the restaurant. While the food is good, it is nothing to write home about and certainly does not match the amount charged.

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B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not the amazing experience we were expecting. The food was a bit blah and service a bit dismissive. We won’t be back.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here and it was excellent! It’s at our top of the list for nice restaurants in Kauai!

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful evening at Red Salt where the service and food are superb and we always leave happy. This last visit brought a rambunctious guest one table over and we could not talk at our table due to the loud noise at times. A little disappointing as we were there to catch up with old friends.

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r
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was poor, especially for a high class fine dinning restaurant. Very loud when we first arrived at 8PM.

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J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service by Bryan! Food and Napa Cab were outstanding!

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Though the prices were steep and the portions were (expectedly) small, the food was delicious and the drinks were very good. Waitstaff was friendly, though the host was condescending. Wonderful atmosphere and a really great meal. Just wish the prices weren't so extreme, otherwise I'd love to go back.

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Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zack took great care of us. We didn’t feel rushed as we like to dine in nice restaurants and not eat and go. The ambiance was nicely decorated but casual. The tasting menu was a great value and nicely filling. I really enjoyed the scallop appetizer. The staff overall was welcoming and friendly.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There isn't much that can be said about Red Salt other than Damn!

The restaurant has a great calm ambiance about it and the service was spectacular. Our server Chris was absolutely wonderful and patient with all our questions about the menu.

Each course of food had well developed flavors no matter what was ordered.

Dinner wise, this was hands down the best restaurant we at at for dinner the entire week we were there and we at at a lot of the other high end restaurants in the area.

Do yourself a favor and eat here! (maybe 2-3 times... or more)

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VS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing! The initial decor and impression is deceiving & underwhelming, though not offensive. The service & food were spectacular.

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RF
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was a bit salty and incomplete. They put cheese on a menu item that did not include cheese. Not a problem if you eat cheese, but not a good thing for me. Ahi tartar did not taste very fresh and was not paired with anything. The lobster was over cooked. The server and host was very friendly.

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HB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service, all four of our party loved this dinner

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are here for our baby moon. It was really nice that they had a decent non alcoholic mocktail. The food was amazing as well. Very nice attentive staff. Loved it. I’d come back. I told some people to try it.

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AD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious scallops for an appetizer and wonderful meals (mahi and pork chops). The coffee and dessert were disappointing.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Fish was raw, sent back, and not fully cooked again. Service and ambiance were great

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely blown away from how amazing the food was. The drinks, oh my gosh, we’re amazing! The Shark Proof was fantastic and the Mai Tai blew me away!

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R
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a fabulous dinner. The waitstaff was prompt and very polite. We look forward to our next dinner at Red Salt

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Decent dinner- service was impeccable!

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went here for a very nice date night. The restaurant was small and quaint with an ocean view. The food was fabulous. Both had the Lobster gnocchi and the Red Salt Cake. Yum! Not a lot of food for the price...but well worth it and definitely enough if you have a salad too. A great date night

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M
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! would definitely go back there again. Great service and Views

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WE
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect from service to food. The best restaurant in Kaua’i IMO.

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CF
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food preparation, carefully sourced ingredients and beautiful menu choices makes this the best restaurant on the island. If you are vegan there is also a separate carefully thought out menu that rivals some of the best vegan chefs in Las Vegas. This restaurant is outstanding.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
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
17 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
5 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
26 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
2 reviews
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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SM
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
86 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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