Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

4.6
947 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 947 people are saying
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vipAshurina
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made the reservation for our wedding anniversary and we’re also staying at the resort. Best experience ever. Phenomenal service, absolutely delicious food and drinks, and great ambiance! Would highly recommend!

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vipDrewC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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dand
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please support all the great restaurants on Kauai as they get back to work and reopen. Red Salt is a special meal at a special place. Stayed in the resort and I t was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Overpriced food, claims to be much better and ocean view neither are true. Not what is expected for the price.

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KarenG1
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, wonderful meal, outstanding service. Noah couldn’t have been more on point. Very attentive to timing his service to us. Mai tai is not to be missed, best one yet! Mahi mahi was cooked to perfection. My daughter requested an all vegetable meal and it was gladly accommodated.

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KrisV
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service and cocktails were good. Fish did not taste as fresh as we expect when eating on Hawaii coast. Seemed overpriced for quality and taste of food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing! A must if you’re in Poipu.

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ColleenB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing food.

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TrinaS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding service, great food and a nice ambiance!!!

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JulieM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice people, food was good but not great. Sliders were the highlight and mango cheesecake dessert was the low point.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food was good but the whole vibe was a bit strange and the drinks were all $20+ each for a basic cocktail. Food was excellent but limited choices I think because of coronavirus

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service!

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Tito
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very pricey, small portions, not that tasty and they charge for extra bread.... really? Drinks are ridiculously pricey and very small, even the beer is served it what appears to be a “sampler” glass. Wouldn’t recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dining just after the restaurant reopened during Covid. They are extremely aware of the virus and prevention of its spread. It was a relaxing dinner with high quality food and great service. Would highly recommend.

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vipGwail
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be able to dine at Red Salt again!!
Service and dinner was excellent.

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vipJennwinch
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m so happy to go to red salt! We had the best dinner everything was so delicious!!!! The ambiance was amazing I highly recommend it!!!!! I had the chicken which was outstanding with polenta unbelievable! My husband had the short ribs equally amazing! And the pretzel bread oh my goodness!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Overly overly priced and table was set against a wall way in back of virtually empty restaurant.

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christinew
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a long wait we were so excited for our birthday dinner plans. Although the menu is limited, we had a wonderful evening. The only bummer was a kind of rowdy group that one person had a huge laugh during the whole time we were there. However with Covid and all the other crazy things happening in the world it was nice to know someone was truly letting loose!!

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JerryN
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went on Opening Night of Pandemic Recovery. Chef Noe was as always on top of things. Our requested server Mayan was making sure the dinner went without a hitch. He always does! Mr. Aki, an old friend of my wife's, came by to say hello to our table.

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vipWoundedwhale
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Service was great. Had the tasting menu with an octopus appetizer. Candle on her dessert was a nice touch

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vipJohn
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food. Beautiful setting looking out over the Koa Kea property to the ocean.

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vipNVA1
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Food quality and presentation excellent. Lamb chops were cooked perfectly. I had the Mahi . Good flavour and cooked perfectly. However piece of fish and scoop of black rice over priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan has been our server for many years.He does a fantastic job. Also the blueberry martinis are yummy. Will be back next year.

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Food4four
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Frankly I was a bit disappointed. I ordered mumm champagne as they only had 1 Prosecco and 1 Champs by the glass to select from. It came in the small bottle and they unscrewed it to pour. All good but interesting. They knew we were there to celebrate our anniversary and said they would do something special. The meal was not paced at all. Once we got our salads barely eaten the main course was delivered. We ordered the chocolate creme brûlée for dessert. It came in a glass round dish less than 3” in diameter. Not plated, not displayed at all - just put down on the table. Not too impressive for a restaurant of this caliber... or supposed caliber. Overall while the food was good, it was not the experience we had hope it would be. Oh about that anniversary special moment? Yep, nada.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been dining at Red Salt nearly every year since it opened and it never disappoints. The miso butterfish and seared scallops were amazing. The kale salad was ok. I always look forward to the mushroom bisque but, unfortunately, it wasn't good this year. Almost like a new recipe. The only other negative was the watery, flavorless Mojito. The cheesecake was a bit too sweet, with more of a mousse-like texture, but good. The service was excellent.

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Allison
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice ambiance and delicious food. We’d definitely come again!

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vipPastora
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Fixed price four course meal of salad, scallops, gnocchi and cheesecake was perfectly sized and paired. The burger was over-the-top and not in a good way—eliminate some of those add-ons that get lost

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JohnV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Every part of every dish was executed very well. Service was professional, positive and proactive so, excellent. The place for best eats not cheap eats on Kuai.

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appreciatesquality
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From my experience over many years, Red Salt is the best quality restaurant on Kauai. The staff goes out of their way to make for a most enjoyable evening. The Chef always make sure that the unique and delicious menu items are presented in a 5 Star Way. Its not a large space so reservations are a must.

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AmyF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We ate here about 5 years ago and remembered it was fantastic. We were disappointed this time. The food was not as memorable and they have gone cheap on the chopsticks! Honestly, the beautiful chopsticks they use to use made the meal feel very special. This time, just like the disposable chopsticks, the food was just not that special, Drinks were good though.

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Sharae
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brooke was a great server!! Thanks so much for your menu recommendations.

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Katydid
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a marvelous meal at Red Salt. My husband enjoyed the special which was surf and turf so much and has been talking about it for the last few days. I ordered the Miso Butterfish which was such a delicious meal. Our grown sons had the braised short ribs and rib eye steak which they both really enjoyed. The service was very good, attentive but not overly so. The restaurant has a good wine selection.

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BobB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butterfish is excellent. Great place with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

High quality food, quite loud, very highly priced

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vipCvilleguy
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful! She’s was knowledgeable about wines and made excellent recommendations!!

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vipExperiencedDiner
Grand Rapids
60 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The special entree for the evening was memorable: perfectly pan seared opah served over fingerling potatoes and broccolini, topped with a small crab cake, and all smothered in Hollandaise sauce. Our appetizers and desserts were also excellent. Red Salt should not be missed when visiting Kauai.

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vipklwebb
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is delicious, rich, but delicious. Pretty pricey though.

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vipFlamingo1013
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and a great view.

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vipBDay2020
Denver
68 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisite martinis started our experience, followed by the tempura duo, featuring a spicy tuna roll and lobster California roll with truffle aioli and tobiko. What could top that? Well, we found out. My wife enjoyed the madascar vanilla bean seared Mahi and I had the miso butterfish, one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever eaten. The black bean chili glaze added just the right amount of dash to the fish, which was made even more complete with a glass of the Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir, recommended by our extremely valuable and attentive server Bryan. All in all an amazing night celebrating our anniversary. Thanks to all at Red Salt, a special place for a special occasion. We make one trip to Red Salt each time we’re in Kauai and have never been disappointed.

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Sweetxtasy4276
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We came from Oahu to spend the long weekend with my family. And since we didn’t have time to do the vday dinner in Oahu, we planned to have it in Kauai. I heard about Red Salt from most of my Kauaian friends and family that it was one of the choices from many other restaurants to have dinner for date night! I chose red salt mostly because of the pictures of the food and restaurant and of course service but mostly for the rib eye with roasted Brussels sprouts! Sadly, when we were settled in, we were told they were out of the rib eye. So rather, we settled for the filet mignon which was just as good but my heart was really for the rib eye. Service was excellent and the ambiance was modern and fresh! Love everything about Red salt except the fact they were out of the rib eye

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Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort is rated 4.6 stars by 947 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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