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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” (823 reviews)
“fresh fish” (259 reviews)
“baked potato” (28 reviews)
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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 via mobile

This is a great restaurant with fresh fresh fish. We had sushi and it was delicious. There was a wait for a table. It is a bit noisy, but some like that.

Thank Sheryl34347
Reviewed 4 days ago

Three in our party ordered the Mahi Mahi on a recommendation from our hotel concierge (Hanalei Bay Resort). We were told to get there right at 5:30 as it would be crowded, the locals loved this place (doubtful), and they didn't take reservations. We got...More

Thank PickySeniorTraveler
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to try lunch here as they do not take reservations for dinner and we would have had to wait over an hour for our large party. The interior wasn't open at lunch so one option was to sit outside on concrete stools (not...More

Thank Madebes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The variety and quality of food was great. However the service was dissatisfying. 3 times they tried to take our plates away while we were still eating! Its certainly not a relaxed place to eat but food was good!!

Thank Quantummottle
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the grilled sweet n sour chicken which was excellent! Just really loved the open Hawaiian atmosphere and dining experience. Just a little pricey, but overall worth it.

Thank Charlie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always stop by the Dolphin when visiting the North Coast. While our favorite is the swordfish, I also recommend the calamari appetizer. It is a sliced calamari steak and you’ll really enjoy the taste and the texture. No reservations, so get there by 6:00...More

Thank ChicagoCrusader
Reviewed 1 week ago

After spending a wonderful afternoon paddle-boarding on the Hanalei River, we came to the Dolphin, sat by the river, and enjoyed the best fish tacos I've ever had. They used local fish and the sauces were excellent. The price was right too during happy hour....More

Thank OregonRainGuy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was called Fish Salad, but that doesn’t begin to describe it! The fish was a beautiful, perfectly grilled, ahi, and the salad had fresh greens, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers. The homemade Tahitian dressing absolutely made the salad. We are buying that to take home!

Thank elswells
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great fish and sushi dishes in an old plantation style building next to the Hanalei river. They do not take reservations so get there early or a little later.

Thank Q7637ARgeorgep
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great. The Monchong fish was perfectly prepared and the Dolphin salad was easily large enough for two to share. Service was fine. BUT... We sat in the sushi section of the restaurant which was noisy and aggravated by totally useless and loud...More

1  Thank wolfg981
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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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