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Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort, Koloa, HI

Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

4.3
4.3
1746 Reviews
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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 includes favorites from both land and sea, decadent desserts, tableside martinis and more, all served in a contemporary setting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Sushi, Pacific Rim

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Sushi Lounge Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (855) 747-8444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Noelani Planas

  • Private party facilities

    For parties of 12 or more, prix fixe menus will be available only.

  • Neighborhood

    Koloa

  • Cross street

    Red Salt is located inside Ko'a Kea Resort.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking available for diners.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,746 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kauai

    Fit for Foodies

  • Kauai

    Healthy

  • Kauai

    Romantic

  • Kauai

    Special Occasion

  • Kauai

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Kauai

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    We come to Kauai every year and look forward to dining at Red Salt which we have been doing for 6 or 7 yrs. We would never miss it. Last night we were so sad and so disappointed with not only the service but what was maybe a kitchen problem. Although the couple dishes we began with were delicious, as the food always has been, everything we did have served was EXTREMELY slow coming. We actually never even got our entrees ordered b/c we waited sooooo long for our waitress to reappear. When we told her we were very disappointed and we were not going to wait or order anything more, She apologized, gave us our check and sent the manager over. We told her of our disappointment and she stepped up and comped our bill of starters and wine. We realize it was a BAD night. We will return again next year with hopes that will never happen again. Thank you and sorry for the bad review but felt like it had to be heard. Neal & Yvonne Greene
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful vibe and service, we felt tended to even though it was busy. Dishes were inventive and mostly well done, though fish was cooked a bit more than our taste for all the fish dishes. Loved the invitation to enjoy the fire pits after our meal, and our server, Dustin, was terrific.
  3. WO

    WayneO

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Ambience is not as advertised in pictures on open table. No view of ocean, but of pool area which was not impressive. Server was attentive but entrees came out within 60 seconds of app plates cleared, so felt like we were being rushed. She also over-poured an entire bottle of red wine into 4 glasses upon opening bottle, not a very sophisticated wine pouring move. Dishes were hit and miss. My wife had black cod - fish itself was prepared spectacularly- but items on rest of plate were mediocre at best. Monchong was overcooked and not seared, as advertised. A vegetarian entree came out saturated in sesame oil, not an elevated flavor profile at all. I had lobster risotto, which was very good. All in all, not worth the hefty prices. We thought meal and setting would be stellar, but that was not our experience at all. Would not recommend and will not return.
  4. JB

    JeremyB

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was a bit slow without regular checking in on the table.
  5. KB

    KristenB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service was excellent and attentive. The sushi was amazing and the entrees were delicious. Best meal so far on our trip
  6. SL

    ScottL

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location greAt food and great service
  7. CM

    ClaireM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious food! Would highly recommend for an evening out. Get the burger! And ask for Mike 😉
  8. CS

    CameronS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice high-end experience! Delicious food, and very very nice menu! Nice classy (but relaxed) atmosphere. We will definitely return. Thank you
  9. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service! Will definitely look forward to eating there next time we are in town!
  10. KB

    KieranB

    Dallas

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Celebrating my son‘s 32nd birthday now visiting the island of Kauai. My wife who is an interior designer thought they did a really good job on the interior of the restaurant, food was really good but as everywhere these days service was a little haphazard but everybody had a great attitude! All the attitudes are really good but just the amount of attention that you’re receiving these days isn’t really that much, be ready to order fairly early and you’re sitting down and don’t expect a lot of checking on you regarding new drinks etc. but the service is with a smile and the food is really good so all good.
  11. s

    sams

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    It was the loudest and noisiest restaurant we have been to. They had very large loud groups who were screaming instead of talking. Not blaming the restaurant for the loud customers but the restaurant does not have a good setup separating large groups from smaller tables. Our server Mike was very friendly and accommodating and made our noisy evening a bit better. The food was good but not spectacular to justify the prices. The dessert was a disappointment, we ordered the pineapple upside down cake and the pineapples did not show up, it was a sponge cake with ice cream on top, we’ve had better desserts from Walmart. Thank you Mike for chatting with us and making our noisy evening a bit better, if it wasn’t for you I would have given this restaurant 2 stars.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Long wait despite having reservations. Restaurant was extremely noisy and staff was not attentive to our table. Although the food was good I was overall disappointed with the experience of this restaurant.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The beef was amazing!
  14. HT

    HughT

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary there. The food was delicious! The service was excellent. We had met a local on one of our hikes and she recommended it. We thought it was fun
  15. RH

    RyanH

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food with great service. Our server gave us some great tips for touring the island.
  16. LC

    LindaC

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service, we have been going there for years and it’s still great.
  17. d

    deni

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Loud corner by kitchen. Hard to hear. Mushroom bisque had no flavor. Burrata salad didn’t have enough dressing and tomatoes had no flavor. Other diners enjoyed their meal.
  18. EM

    EMKiss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an incredible evening and our server Mayan was so kind and knowledgeable! It was a magical evening from beginning to end, with incredible food, wine, cocktails and atmosphere. An amazing dinner infused with the ahola spirit!
  19. JM

    JohnnyM

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, well done! Too loud this particular night. Had 'tableside' martini, shaker top ended up in drink, no replacement, etc for $21 martini... Oh well. Felt rushed, 90 min in/out, with manager swarming about.. Would go back, just have 6 or 7 others to try first... Nice to have comp valet parking, but they probably have little other choice 😉
  20. KD

    KimD

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service
  21. MA

    MATRIXOWNER

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ashley our serve is the very best! Martinis shaken by the table a super plus. We will be back 3 more times in the next 3 weeks!
  22. DP

    DoreenP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Service was really slow, took 20 min for first contact with server and the place was not busy. Food was tasty but tiny portions, especially for the price. The side that came with entree was peas, there were 3, as an example. Cocktails were tasty and well done. The restaurant is very noisy.
  23. JS

    JedS

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time and we were told that the reason we would have to wait longer is because they accepted a bunch of walkins ahead of us. After waiting an extra 20 minutes to be seated, we were waiting for an additional 20 minutes before we had any thing to drink. Finally, I had to walk to the bar to ask for ice water after 25 minutes of sitting at the table. At this point, we approached the hostess station and complained that we had been at the restaurant for almost an hour and had yet to even being given ice water. The manager intervened and oversaw our table for the rest of the night. He offered to buy us a dessert, but we ended up having to go because we had stayed far longer than our sitter would allow. The food was excellent, and the drinks were good. We were hoping that with such high prices, the service would be excellent to match the quality of the food and the prices, but that is not what we found.
  24. JK

    JonahandKat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Kauai for our anniversary and decided to celebrate at Red Salt. The food and service did not disappoint. We enjoyed the hospitality from our server Pono and the hostess there too. Also, it's a VERY beautiful well-kept restaurant. We will definitely be back the next time we happen to take a trip to Kauai. MAHALO!
  25. R

    Rick

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice evening. Good menu. We were very happy with everything we ordered. The ambiance was very nice. It was a great evening.
  26. C

    Chaps

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our Fifty Fourth Anniversary! Great SERVICE AND FOOD! Dustin was exceptional!
  27. JS

    JohnS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Prices are very high for pretty average food. We were surprised with our reservation that we had to wait 15 min, and then we’re seated in the bar in full view of the lobby and the hotel front desk. There are much better options in the area.
  28. w

    wdtempe

    Phoenix

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good but way overpriced . We go to Poipu, Kauai once per year and we will not be returning to this restaurant.
  29. EB

    ErikaB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly an experience. Amazing food, knowledgeable server who made sure each detail was executed just right. The Red Salt burger was incredible and the duck special was perfect. We will be making a reservation every time we come to Kauai. Very romantic ambiance and the perfect way to end our time in Kauai.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th wedding anniversary. Everything was outstanding, service, food and value. Everyone we interacted with was courteous and friendly. It a warm friendly experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a amazing evening and if you get the opportunity ask to be seated in Jo section. She provided world class service and made several suggestions that made our evening memorable. Thanks Jo for going above and beyond. Diane & Tom
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    35th wedding anniversary
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The presentations were beautiful! Food was amazing! Service was great! Loved everything about our dinner! Compliments to the Chef & Ashley our waitress!
  34. T

    Taster

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  35. PN

    PatrickN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Staying at the hotel, had a reservation. 1) 25 minutes before our drink order taken 2) wrong drinks served, sent back never mind, ordered wine 3) General feeling of going off the rails, our server was very nice but you could tell she was close to being over the edge 4) Food very disappointing hamachi appetizer was ok, but served with no wasabi? Heirloom tomato salad was HORRIBLE, tomatoes mushy and uneatable Jidori chicken over done and dry dry dry Ordered ribeye rare, came medium rare (which is acceptable to me) and was pretty tasty. Mashed potatoes were ice cold 5) Our poor server was running around like crazy, bar tender was swamped, yet two managers were just standing around...stacking menus, chatting with each other...unbelievable. There were problems at every table within earshot of us and not once did a manager check in.... Won't be back, and although the hotel (Koa Kea) is quite nice, we would think twice about staying here again because of the restaurant.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    This was easily the worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. From the beginning to the very end the service was absolutely terrible. The restaurant seemed very under staffed. Nearly every table was complaining to the manager. The food was cold when it finally arrived.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot - best food we had in Hawaii. A touch pricey but worth it.
  38. AB

    AaronB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Red Salt burger was amazing!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cologne Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Das Essen war sehr lecker, geschmacklich eines der besten auf unserer Reise bisher. Leider waren sowohl Vorspeise als auch Hauptgang nahezu kalt. Es stand vermutlich zu lange bereit, um uns gebracht zu werden. Die Vermutung passt zum insgesamt etwas überforderten Service. Extrem freundlich, aber leider hatten sie das volle Restaurant nicht richtig im Griff. Wir mussten mehrfach ungewöhnlich lange warten. Der Geräuschpegel war sehr hoch, aber angesichts der voll besetzten Gastraums auch keine große Überraschung.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While staying at the Koa Kea Hotel, we decided to try Red Salt. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The staff was lovely. Would highly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort is rated 4.3 stars by 1746 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 54 times today
Google Map for Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

2251 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96746

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Red Salt is located inside Ko'a Kea Resort.

  • Neighborhood

    Koloa

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Sushi Lounge Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Sushi, Pacific Rim

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking available for diners.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Noelani Planas

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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