Red Salt at Ko’a Kea Resort

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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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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
50 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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vipPastora
Chicago
58 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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vipAnniversaryAmbience
Denver
65 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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TimJ
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, very good service....outstanding wine menu. Thoroughly enjoyed

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JerryN
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the new Chef Noelani in charge of the restauraunt it is off the charts good!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Must have the Lobster & Gnocci- this blew my mind and I love Gnocci. Mushroom truffle soup and truffle fries were very good too. Brussel sprouts were ok. Can't wait to go back for that Lobster & Gnocci for my bday! The restaurant was absolutely beautiful.

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vipHarryV
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food exquisitely prepared. Flavors were unique and well paired.

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vipMalice6
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always good upscale dining but expensive. Limited menu.

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Sparty43
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy ambiance and very delicious, as expected! I would definitely recommend.

I had the frozen mango margarita and my boyfriend had the Manhattan. Both very well done. Delicious Hawaiian red salt for the unsalted butter and bread while we waited for our food.

I enjoyed the miso butterfish - delicious, flaky, with nuanced Asian flavors. My boyfriend’s steak was cooked perfectly and came with tasty creamy mashed potatoes.

The service was good too - just attentive enough. It’s definitely more expensive but the food is worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. The waiter was very helpful, great attitude, food came out in good timing and food was EXCELLENT! THANK YOU FOR A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE.

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AnneC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and menu were fantastic. Service was impressive! Beautiful setting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice place but very overpriced! Wine per glass ( very small pours) and desert (tiny scoop of ice cream) was ridiculous. Would not return !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the entrees are expensive the food was very good.

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Josh
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

had a 6:15 reservation and we ordered drinks apps a shared salad and entrees. the drinks and the apps were great, the beet salad was ok but under seasoned and needed another component, it felt like it was missing something. at about 7pm they had a live musician playing in the lobby and once the sun set they turned up some horrible led lights. the room became very loud and just lost all ambiance. our waiter just about disappeared. took about 10 min to clear our empty salad plates and another 20-25 minutes to bring out our entrees. My gnocchi was not cooked and was tough and hard, the foi gras was super thin cut and taste burnt. The Brussels sprouts were browned but raw in the middle and hardly anything was seasoned properly. my wife had the seared ahi and it had so much of the wasabi furrikake caked on top she had to scrape it all off because it was to salty to eat. when the waiter came back and offered dessert i asked for the menu but it took so long for him to return we just said forget it and asked for the check. If you go get their at 5:30 because it seems to collapse at about 7.

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vipCarolM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We chose Red Salt for our last evening meal while in Kauai. It’s located in the lobby area of the upscale Ko’a Kea Resort. We enjoyed the Tempura Duo appetizer......an interesting twist on traditional sushi. My husband had the shrimp bisque & chose the braised short ribs for his entree. He enjoyed the short ribs but wasn’t convinced the bisque was worth the steep price. I had the miso butterfish. The dish was rescued by the bean chili paste condiment on the fish. We splurged on the chocolate cre’me brûlée for dessert. It was delicious, decadent & lovely in a petite serving. All in all, we will not likely return when we visit Kauai again next year. The prices are extraordinarily high without delivering an exceptional meal. Despite other reviews noting exemplary service, ours was so-so.

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vipEEMG
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I hate giving this restaurant a so so review as the food and service was so good. Unfortunately the noise level was ridiculous for such a small venue. Reading other reviews I’m shocked this hasn’t been resolved. That being said the scallops and butterfish were outstanding.

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vipCOLDTACO
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and menu. Mahi and butterfish were our choices, did not disappoint . A real treat and for sure a repeat destination for dinner.

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vipALANT
Philadelphia
166 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic 'go to' dining experience. Everybody great from Valet to seating to server and certainly the food. Poke app along with butterfish entree and lobster/gnocchi entree were perfect as was dessert. THE place to go on Kauai!

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vipdepauwgirl
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We have enjoyed Red Salt many times when in Kauai. Everything was as wonderful as before, with the exception of our waiter this time who was slow & disorganized. The restaurant was not very busy, so we don’t understand what his problem was. New to wait staffing perhaps? Don’t let this person stop you from trying this otherwise lovely dining experience.

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vipCraigM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Soup was cold. Food was ok.

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VALKC
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was fabulous but hard to enjoy-the noise level was so loud. We couldn’t talk to each other. The acoustics of the room is horrible - we could hear conversations on the other side of the room but not our own. Yes the food was wonderful. But the lack of service and noise level and the fact it was for an anniversary dinner and it wasn’t acknowledged by any gesture was frustrating. We do an anniversary dinner each year at a different restaurant on one of the islands. Other restaurants have always made it a bit special . Not here. I can get excellent food at other restaurants. I will not be visiting here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This restaurant is very good, but way overpriced. Food was good enough. I had the Mahi and it was a bit dry. Expected way better. Our server, Chris, was awesome. On top of everything and very helpful. The ambiance was great. Very upscale.

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