Tidepools - Grand Hyatt Kauai

4.6
2350 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
The most romantic setting on Kauai. For the ultimate in ambiance, delectable food and stellar service, Tidepools is the place. This quintessential Hawaiian setting has a backdrop of waterfalls with thatched roof bungalows that seemingly float above tropical lagoons. Savor contemporary Hawaiian style cuisine in this distinctive open-air setting. Diners rave about the exceptional service and fresh fish and steak options with a unique island flair including macadamia nut crusted mahimahi, grilled opah or a succulent steak. Salads feature greens grown at our hydroponic farm on site and the desserts are luscious. Don't miss this delightful experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 240-6456
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Horan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ainako
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Parking details
Free valet parking at the Grand Hyatt Kauai for diners. Plentiful self-parking also available with easy access to the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2350 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 20 hours ago

Great food service bit slow

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful experience. Ask for Les! He was amazing in every way. His knowledge about the menu was deeply appreciated. He was so helpful in helping me decide what to get. He made our honeymoon memorable !

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Lovely setting. Great food and service. Was there for husbands birthday.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Anniversary

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We were there for our 30th anniversary, and let them know that. They seated us in what amounts to be a walkway from the bar area to the primary restaurant seating. Heavy traffic from waiters/waitresses, as well as guests (hardly a romantic dinner). Service was very slow - didn't bother requesting a second drink. They gave us a free dessert for our anniversary, but we just wanted to leave (took 2 bites) Everyone was friendly and the food was good - but I can't recommend this for any special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My husband and I went for a nice dinner on our honeymoon and Tidepools did not disappoint! The ambiance and overall setting are gorgeous and the staff was so sweet and polite. They even threw in molten lava cake dessert because it was our honeymoon. Definitely coming back next time we’re on the island

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We had a wonderful table in a private area off the main restaurant. Food, service and ambiance was very good.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Wow what an experience! This is a must do. The restaurant was very attentive to our needs, read the notes placed in the open table reservation and went really above and beyond to make it the best possible experience for our family and mother who is on her bucket list trip. Had the best seats in the house. Thank you for making it so specialist!

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Fish was too heavily laden with salt and sauce!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Brilliant ambience, great service and awesome food! A must visit in Kauai for those celebrating a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Spectacular setting in an open air Halé with Koi all around. The Appetizers were good. Service was OK not great. My steak was overcooked--perhaps this is really a seafood place. All around a mediocre meal in a great setting.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We made a reservation in advance, which is highly recommended, and we were seated pretty much on time. The ambiance is fantastic, with waterfalls and water surrounding. We watched the clouds change with the sunset and as the sun went down the tiki torches came on.
We started with bread and crab cakes- both very delicious. The crab cakes had aioli sauce of some kind which was great with the cakes. My husband had the macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi with a rice side, though they were sold out of the mahi mahi so it was substituted with ono, but still tasted fantastic. I had the Hawaiian catch which was shitome partnered with a shrimp, scallop, and small lobster tail, with a side of purple sweet potatoes. Again, there was a delicious aioli sauce drizzled over it all for a tasty finishing touch.
Finally, we ordered the chocolate lava cake which was the perfect finish.
The service was great, and our waiter was so kind the entire evening offering choice wine pairings and suggestions on food.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I definitely recommend dining here. The views are incredible and food is delicious. Our server was very helpful and explained each dish on the menu. Everything sounded great. Will definitely be back on my next vacation to Kauai!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance--at a very expensive price.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Celebrating birthday

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Excellent experience. Service was top notch

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was bad even for uninspired hotel food, with the inflated price you would expect from a resort. Not recommended.

Bread had hard edges, suggesting it had been sitting out all day before being warmed.

Fish was dramatically overcooked.

Dishes were poor executions of boring ideas from 1991.

Service was not great either, but I don’t really care about service generally.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Everything done to perfection or close to it. Meal was terrific and service close to flawless.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Amazing food and service. We were celebrating my wife’s 40th birthday and they make her feel special.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great setting. Food was good. Service was good but not great. Booked for a birthday they did t even acknowledge.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Absolutely incredible food. Possibly the best meal of our lives. The scallop appetizer is a MUST!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food and service are very good but it’s pricey.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were looking forward to having a very special family meal at Tidepools for our last evening in Kauai. Having enjoyed all our other meals at the hotel and after reading all the amazing reviews our expectations were quite high. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere surrounded by beautiful fountains and ponds with Koi fish. Unfortunately, our table was not ready for our reservation. We had to wait about another 20 minutes after we arrived. I’ve never had this happen to me before at a high end restaurant. However, they were apologetic,warm, and friendly when they seated us. We started with tasty cocktails, the tuna poke appetizer, the jicama salad, and garden salad. The tuna poke was delicious. If I was going to get nit picky my only feedback would be that it was more of a tuna tartare than a poke and should have been described as such. The jicama salad was fantastic and quite unique with pickled mango. I had to ask to view the wine menu after our main courses had arrived. Again, something I questioned in my mind for a high end restaurant but was not overly concerned about. Although I did not say anything, the wait staff were extremely apologetic and insisted on covering the glass of wine as well as a dessert. I very much appreciated their care to remedy this minor faux pas. Our biggest disappointments of the evening were our main courses. I ordered the macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi, my husband ordered rib eye, and my son ordered seared ahi. My son enjoyed his dish though he felt it was similar to other seared ahi dishes he has had in the past. I could barely finish my mahi-mahi. It was very bland in flavor and extremely over cooked. One of the driest I have ever had. However, the surrounding sides were quite tasty. I also believe that if I had said something they would have been more than happy to fix me another. I made that choice. My husband said his steak was cooked fine but not as good as expected for a restaurant of this caliber and price point.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

It was an amazing evening surrounded of waterfront and fishes while having a delicious dinner. The service was great. I really recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Excellent ambience. Restaurant is on the grounds of the Fairmont and surrounded by fish and turtles. Really good service.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Excellent food Excellent service for the area. I would recommend if you are staying at Grand Hyatt or in the vicinity. Volcano Ono fish was excellent. Prime Rib was a bit too fatty for my taste but oh well, i should not have ordered such a dish in Hawaii, stick with seafood if you can. Service was nice. For Hawaii it was excellent. I love in NJ/ NY metro area and we are used to better quality meats and service but for Hawaii and my overall experience I give it an A+! Very lovely setting if you are staying at the hotel .

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary here. The ambiance and service were top notch. We had a very private table with high back chairs surrounded by the koi ponds. The food was very good. I'd rate the food at Red Salt higher but overall this was a great dinner.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Shrimp was not cooked in one of our dishes

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great meal great ambience waiter however forgot my wine after being reminded him twice. He Presented the wine after my main meal was completed and offered an apology and no charge for the wine rather unacceptable for a high-class place

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food and service were amazing. Our waitress Wilma was perfect she made our night even better.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great ambiance and service was good. Not too impressed for the price paid. Steak was over cooked. Foie Gras was terrible.
Must say the Opah was great tho.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Wonderful dining experience. Beautiful presentation of food . Amazing flavors. Wait staff was attentive and did not rush you. Will go back next time we are in Kauai l.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Tidepools is not your typical resort dining. You don't feel like you are in a resort but at a beautiful poi poolside restaurant. The service was outstanding. You want for nothing. Food is thoughtfully prepared and delicious. The setting is gorgeous. Definitely worth the trip to the Grand Hyatt.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Beautiful restaurant and so romantic. Marta served us foie gras and octopus for appetizers. She was friendly and professional. We ordered the surf and turf ribeye. It was delicious and so well executed. Thank you for the lovely table by the water. We will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Wonderful staff and food!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Definitely a special occasion restaurant. Excellent ambience and quality food and service. Price reflects all this. You will pay 2x the same experience in any other venue in CA. So, come prepared for $100/person and enjoy a special occasion here.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great with kids. They love watching the koi ponds

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The fresh fish on the menu was amazing as well as the waterfront dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Excellent service and food! The manager was so accommodating. Best meal and ambience on Kauai!! Our teenagers even loved the food.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We were guests of the hotel and ate here for Fathers Day dinner. The setting is out of this world in it's uniqueness and beauty. Out daughters (6.5 and 4.5 years old) did great and the kids menu was very simple and good tasting. Key fish everywhere. Beautiful at sundown and after dark. Would return again in a heart beat! Very special. Food was great!

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