Gaylord's at Kilohana

4.5
2072 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Gaylord's offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Our kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting our local farmers and fishermen. Our 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails. Menu items include starters like fresh Ahi Poke, Seafood Spring Rolls and Organic Salads; Local Seafood, Meat and Vegetarian Entrees; and Banana Cream Pie for Dessert! After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in our assorted boutiques, visit the rum shop or take a ride on the plantation train.

Memorable by day…Unforgettable by Night.

If reservations are not available online, please call us anytime and we will be more than happy to accommodate any seating needs you may need!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday Brunch 9:00am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(808) 245-9593
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Sassone
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Catering
We are Kauai's premier full-service catering experts. From intimate dinners to full-service event catering at your location, Gaylord's at Kilohana is equipped and staffed to make your event an unforgettable experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nuhou
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Parking details
Free parking adjacent to the mansion.
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Entertainment
Gaylord's features rotating Hawaiian musicians & entertainment several nights a week. Kilohana Plantation, home to Gaylord's, offers diners additional entertainment and activities to enjoy during their visit: Ride the Plantation Railway through our sustainable farms, learn about rum making and taste the award-winning rum at Koloa Rum Co., or shop in the artisan shops scattered around the property and plantation home. Luau Kalamaku is Kauai's premeir luau and runs every Tuesday & Friday evening.
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Special events & promotions
Kilohana Plantation offers one of the most beautiful and dramatic settings for your special event. Featuring Gaylord's acclaimed food, we are able to create events for 200 guests to "the sky's the limit." From our private courtyard to our manicured lawns to our rustic pastures, we are able to customize the party, wedding or event of your dreams.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2072 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant with great food and ambiance.

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WN
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

It was raining which only enhanced the ambiance of this classic Hawaiian plantation. It is rich in history. I was thrilled to be there and enjoyed my wandering on the grounds. I wish I could say the same for the fish tacos. They were dry and boring. There are places that rely on reputation and habit. This may be one of them. I was disappointed in the food. I’ll go back, try a different dish and expect more. Mahalo.

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DB
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we had on the island. Excellent flavor, taste, and presentation. ALSO, the drinks are properly made (and strong) - we experienced so many other places serving watered down drinks. We got great value for our money at Gaylord's. The service walked that very fine line between warm and welcoming and very professional.

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaylord’s was an excellent place to eat after visiting the plantation and the rum tasting. Great food and service.

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D
Portland
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good not great but the sever we had was terrible. Never told us about the specials was not attentive. Food service was extremely slow and she never came by to explain what the problem was. We always go to Gaylord when we are in Kauai but this time was not a pleasant experience.

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Gaylord's many times over the past 25 years on my almost annual visit to the island. I am never disappointed! Whether it is Sunday Brunch (went twice in my 4 week stay), evening meal before departing for the airport or lunch on a lazy day of sightseeing, this is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Ambiance can't be beat! History of the plantation is important. Shops are wonderful.
Don't miss it.

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RR
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have never been disappointed at Gaylord’s. The Cioppino was outstanding and the Filet melted in our mouth. The live music was so-so but we went for the meal and the atmosphere that surrounds this old plantation house.

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Phoenix
217 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My wife and I had a reservation for a 6 pm dinner on a Wednesday night. When we arrived we were seated immediately. We requested a table with a nice view and we got it. We had our menus and got some water. Unfortunately we did not see a wait person until 15 minutes after being seated. When our waitress made it to our table she was very friendly and helpful. In my opinion the restaurant was understaffed with wait personnel.
We saw an interesting looking French white wine on the wine list (Vouvray) and asked our waitress about it. She was not familiar with it. So we picked a wine we knew.

After these issues in the beginning we had a wonderful time with the poke appetizer, cioppino and the fresh catch of the day. Everything tasted very good.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Celebrating my husband’s birthday & marked as such in reservation. However, there was no mention of the Birthday at check-in or by the wait staff. The Prime rib was excellent-the Mahi Mahi was fair. Our waiter seemed uninterested in our table & quite short with us. It was a weekday and not busy. He definitely could have put forth a little more effort & a smile.

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service.

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BW
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three different main courses all excellent. Attentive service. Top notch mai tals.

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BJ
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had been there before so were slightly disappointed this time because the drinks were terrible. Seems like you could order an entree before.

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c
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. Great food many choices and great patio setting. Staff was above friendly and great service by everyone

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaylord’s is one of my favorite places on Kauai to visit. We usually end up there at least 2 times every visit. At dusk and in the evening it is absolutely magical. There are also various shops and tours you can take while on the plantation

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great service and great atmosphere...need I say more?

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s
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the first time to go here for dinner shich was really good.
We had a Boneless Short Ribs, Seared Scallops, Grilled Filet Mignon and a Island Caprese fro 4 of us to share which were enough for us.
I have been here for only lunch but I would like to go back for dinner again.

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OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastisches essen, super essen, tolle drinks, perfekter Abend

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience as usual, great server and the food was hot and delicious

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a lovely place, setting, atmosphere very beautiful location.

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RH
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite spot on our trips to Kauai. Food is very good and best at dinner. The Mai Tais are excellent but a little small (meaning you will want more). The surrounding grounds are great a as well.

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SV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The server at the prime rib table needs to use the fork instead of this hand and fingers. Holding on to the meet and serving it to your plate with his fingers in not proper or clean.

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D
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday brunch. The food and ambience were both great. The manager, Randy, made us feel like valued customers. The servers and bus boys were very attentive. There was live Hawaiian style entertainment, and we able to enjoy it without being rushed.

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k
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good as Debbie took very good care of us. The only disappointmen was there was no Kama'aina or Senior discount, as the Sunday Brunch is a bit pricey at $38/person. Very good selection of desserts. The garlic steak was tasty and the mahimahi was very good. Excellent Kauai Coffee...always hot and the service kept my cup full throughout the meal.

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CB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice outdoor seating with live music. Food was delicious and tasty. Service was perfect. Food served fast but you weren’t rushed. Nice spot for a relaxing meal. Highly recommend.

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RS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Gaylords on 10/27/18. The food, service, and ambiance were the best we experienced on the island. It could not have been more perfect.

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaylord's has been THE restaurant for our wedding anniversaries for over 20 years. Great food, service and atmosphere. Quiet enough for casual conversation. Solo guitarist was perfect for atmosphere. Open air covered dining area is looking out over Hawaii's natural beauty. The building was originally the home for a large sugar plantation. Many shops and other activities. A must stop when visiting 'The Garden Isle'.

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L
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to start? Our server, Ipo, was absolutely adorable and delightful. She was very attentive and helpful, and had a very engaging personality The new manager, Randy O’Connor (aka Randy O’Connor with three ‘O’s”) also gets two thumbs up. We felt very welcomed and cared for by both of them, and did I mention that our drinks and meals were all amazing too?!? Be sure to ask for a “Funky Monkey” if you’re ordering an alcoholic beverage and tell Randy you did so st Bill’s suggestion!

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LR
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was excellent at a table with a beautiful view of the gardens of the old plantation house. Most tables are in the covered veranda area at the back of the plantation house, which is a lovely setting. After lunch we strolled through the boutiques that now occupy various rooms of the original mansion, making a lovely vacation excursion.

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DC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gaylords is a very non pretentious restaurant with down to earth good local food and ambiance with a clever little courtyard so everyone is not too cramped. The food is local and a real treat. The fish we split a salmon appetizer and then had maki maki and tuna for dinner were all outstanding. Vegetables were cooked (grilled) perfectly. We will go back.

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. We had Sunday brunch and it was so delicious. See also my review on yelp. The outdoor patio seating is perfect for enjoying the lite music, luau, garden and the trees. The shops and art gallery upstairs are an added bonus.

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TB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food, and ambiance . Very enjoyable and perfect for an anniversary brunh

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s
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Debbie was amazing!

The food was delicious.

It is a relaxing place for a special occasion.

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LN
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. We have been going to Gaylords since 2006 when ever we are on Kauai.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and very good food. Wait staff and restaurant manager were great. Thanks for a memorable evening Gaylord’s.

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L
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere! The food is good quality and creatively prepared. Service is generally quite good with some servers being more engaging than others.

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LE
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience, good food and excellent service. The experience was enjoyed by all (3 generations). Take the informative and fun train ride through the property and enjoy lunch at Gaylords.

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DH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu was great. We had the filet and found it to be very salty, as well as the sauce for the filet.
The crab cakes were a bit dry due to being overcooked.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday!!

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DH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice setting. Well known for prime rib. If you want that make sure you go on a night they are serving it as they do. It every night.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is a must, lots to do, shopping, Rum tasting and a pottery shop on site. The brunch has a nice selection, loved the fresh fruit and the desserts were delicious.

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