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Hanalei Dolphin

5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-6113
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sushi” (766 reviews)
“fresh fish” (238 reviews)
“ahi” (214 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to the Dolphin last year, and found the sushi to be very good, at least as good as we can get in Los Angeles. This year we decided to get the cooked fish dishes, and were extremely disappointed by the average quality. Located...More

1  Thank macfarlanewh
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have come here many times and have always had an excellent meal. However that has changed. I don't know if they have a new chef or what but everything was overly salty. We had stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. They were good but salty....More

1  Thank InConstantMotion
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you like seafood, you will enjoy the Hanalei Dolphin. The menu offers traditional seafood plus sushi. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere along the winding river bank. Make sure you go early and enjoy a drink outside near the river. The parking is tight but...More

Thank RonnyyD
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have done lunch & fish market a few times on prior Kauai trips, 1st time for diner, had heard service was questionable. Packed, but got seated in the main dining room right away, service was good. Bottle of chard, fresh Opah was very good, seafood...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hanalei can be quite busy, so it's a pleasant surprise to find the outdoor seating at the Hanalei Dolphin. The food is typically fish offerings and drinks of your choice. The parking is wherever you can find a spot in a parking area. The environment...More

Thank ridgefieldrmj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Both had seafood our first night on Kauai. Nice location, friendly service, good food, expensive. Was our most expensive meal in the 9 days we spent on the island. Each fish dinner was $36. Beers were only about $6 each which is about right even...More

Thank stacys2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at 5 PM got seated at bar to wait for 5:30 seating. Bar server was great. Ordered Martini's very small for $12.00 Compared to what we've had ( this is our 7th day). Seated quickly and sat for quite sometime. Waiter arrived took...More

Thank Carole1010
Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard many great things about this restaurant and I'm glad I decided to try it. I have had sushi at many places but The Dolphin at Hanalei has the best sushi I've ever had. It's very fresh and the taste is just amazing. I...More

Thank IROI
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here on our last night in Hanalei. It was definitely a splurge- $100 for sushi, 1 dessert, no drinks- but the sushi was super delicious and the ambiance was great. We sat side-by-side at a small table in the...More

Thank kcg2002
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The poke was great, however, the sushi roll (Flying Hawaiian?) was nothing to write home about. Our server was very enthusiastic and offered lots of suggestions. We didn't have to wait on a table when we went, but our server said that it had been...More

Thank RoaringCrab
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Questions & Answers
26 March 2017|
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Response from momofdukes | Reviewed this property |
Difficult to eat gluten free there as it's a limited menu to begin with.
Ruben B
9 June 2015|
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Response from dragonfly129 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, The outside has the special sushi menu bur we ordered from both the regular dinner and special sushi menus.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
  • Phone Number: +1 808-826-6113
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