Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

4.6
1008 Reviews
$50 and over
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, all served in a contemporary setting.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1008 people are saying
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vipKellyC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It’s a hotel lobby restaurant, so not quiet nor intimate. The ambiance was a bit sterile. They had run out of some items and even got back-up vegetables wrong. Chicken dish was over-cooked. Each plate has something g wrong our missing. For a top and pricier restaurant, this was mediocre. Cocktails were good and well/presented.

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RahulA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Me and wife both eat vegetarian and we went to the restaurant seeing they have a vegetarian menu. We looked at the menu before head and out of 4 dishes in vegetarian menu, we both were excited to try the Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli. While ordering we were told that they ran out of Ravioli and that’s something we were not expecting at all. Our reservation was for 6:30 pm so it was little disappointing that it’s early dinner and still the dish is not available. We are on our babymoon and food is something which is on top our priority list so not getting something that my wife really needed was disappointing.

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vipSteveM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best Ahi I’ve ever had. The food is outstanding. The service and ambiance are just ok.

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APipes
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

By far the best meal on the island! We don’t come to Kauai for the food, but this meal was truly lovely by any standard and exceptional by Kauai standards. Kudos to the chef! We look forward to returning again and again.

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vipDorisF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dining experience was exceptional!
Chris took great care of us. He was attentive, cheerful and knowledgeable about the menu and wine. All entrees and appetizers were delicious.

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jessel
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was Awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was so good we are going back before we leave the island!!! Amazing

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LianneT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, the food was amazing and couldn't ask for anything more for our 10th year anniversary. It was exactly what we needed to celebrate our decade of marriage. We will be returning asap. Compliments to the Chef.

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vipLance
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fabulous food! Fine dining in a contemporary Hawaiian setting.

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vipstepheng
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah was an awesome attendant for our table! Look forward to visiting again

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food
Great service
Highly recommenf

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is the best food for fine dining South Kauai. The food was excetionally favorful and had a great presentation. I highly recommed this place.

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Kaia
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was not very good period. The seating is indoors. Much better going to a restaurant with an Ocean View ~ I recommend the Timbers Resort Hualani Restaurant for food, atmosphere, view or TidePools at the Hyatt.

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vipDandJ
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply amazing! From the martinis made perfectly the way we like them to the fresh pretzel bread served with soft butter and red salt. The appetizers we tried were the scallops and the shrimp coconut curry. We could have made the scallops and a salad an entire meal. But we didn’t- we had the filet and the ahi. Both melt in your mouth. We are sure that everything else on the menu was equally good. They brought a complimentary dessert for my husband’s birthday - cheesecake 😀. And although we are sure that all the servers are fabulous, we have to give a shout-out to Mayan who made the evening perfect and even stayed late - as we were the last table to leave. Don’t be fooled because it is in a hotel. This is a must do on Kauai!

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vipScottL
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable date

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vipJupiter
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best and most imaginative food on the island.

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PCbc
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for a fancy meal while on our honeymoon and our mouths are still watering from how delicious everything was. Absolutely delicious food and fantastic service.

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christinew
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We have been so happy Red Salt has remained open and have gone as many times as we can through the pandemic. It was my husband’s birthday and we were so excited that the full menu was reopened. We had a LOVELY evening and will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Red Salt. By far the best “fine dining “ experience on the south shore. Very consistent, and that’s not easy to accomplish. Yes, it’s expensive. Everything in Hawaii is expensive. Wonderful place. I have been lucky enough to have had dinner there over 50 times. No, i don’t work there, nor am I related in any way.

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SandeM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The charred octopus was ecellent. Butterfish was excellent. Mahi mahi was bland. The Banana Lumpia dessert was underwhelming. I loved the pretzel bread and red salt... it was a fun touch.

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wja64sda
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal we experienced on the island so far. The food was fantastic and the service superior. The sea scallops were superb! The mango margarita was enjoyable as well. Merrimans was our standby but we were sorely disappointed with Merrimans this trip. Highly recommend red salt!

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JayA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And absolutely fabulous meal, and superb service.

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vipCorinne
Tucson
46 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was very good but my $50 lamb chop meal was undercooked snd only 3 for that dollar amount ?
Great service and ambience though

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vipHHHMD
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our waitperson was very atentive, personable, and professional. But service was slow -- long waits between courses. Not sure if this is a kitchen problem or something else. The food was spectacular.

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vipPatM
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience! Excellent service! Outstanding food! Highly recommend!!

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Carol
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails! Lovely view. Beautiful presentation of food. I’d go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

This used to be one of our favorites. But this was a terrible experience. Prices were ridiculous. Food was not good. Won’t go again. Unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic.. great service! Thanks, Noah!

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YuKKKK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

I liked the ambience very much. The service was way too slow, though. We waited at least 30 minutes between services.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honeymoon vacation. The lobster gnocchi dish was HEAVENLY

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Bucky
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best bar on Kauai. Great food. Quiet classy ambience. Never disappoints.

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SteveS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food choices were excellent, service was professional and friendly. A few more people to bump the atmosphere will be very welcome. Thanks Covid.

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Mmf66
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but not outstanding, ambiance a little dull, service was great but a little pricier than it deserved to be.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Everything was delicious, the appetizer, the drinks and my entree, but my husbands entree was terrible. The view is alright but the service was great. Probably wouldn’t be at the top of my list when we go back to Kauai.

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GuyM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great seafood & beef. Very good MaiTai drinks & beautiful location.

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vipSandyrk
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience & service in a relaxed setting. Small menu but each dish well prepared. Loved it!

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vipLauraC
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks, salads and appetizers were excellent. Herb crusted lamb not tasty at all and the "chicken breasts" were an "airline cut" leg and thigh. Meals not great and wish there was a different bread other than pretzle bread to go with the delicious whipped butter and alaea "red" salt.

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Diane
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with a very knowledgeable and friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience1

We had a poor experience at this restaurant. We ordered sashimi for appetizers and it wasn’t fresh at all.
Main courses were ok and dessert was awful.
Service was really good but our overall dinning experience wasn’t. Would not recommend.

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RedSaltFan
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always like Red Salt. It's my favorite restaurant on Kauai and we ran into long-time friends. The drinks are strong and tasty, the food excellent, especially the fish. The ambience is perfect and the service is just what you'd want - there when you need them and not there when you don't. Although the menu is limited right now (February 2021) there's still a lot to choose from. I miss the lamb chops...

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Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort is rated 4.6 stars by 1008 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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