We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Hanalei Dolphin

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-6113
08:00 - 22:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,561 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,538: English reviews
Warwick, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Friendly staff, great cocktails and sushi. Also edamame was delish. Outdoor tables and inside tables.

Thank jgregory2016
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing poke and sushi burritos. This place is a hidden gem. I've had poke at probably 20+ different stands/ restaurants over the years and this one is right at the top!

Thank Tyler S
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were impressed by the food,( try the Poke!) the very relaxed athmosphere! Not a place to place to eat late and take your time though but we will definitely go back!

Thank Linda C
San Jose, CA
Level Contributor
109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our most recent stay on Kauai, we relied on the Dolphin Fish Market for our fresh fish. If you can't afford the meals in the restaurant, stop by the market in back of the building for the same, high quality fish. The service is great and they will give you good advice about what to buy and how to... More 

Thank CalifTravelerOne
Princeville, Hawaii
Level Contributor
49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had never been disappointed at the Poipu location but today again the Hanalei location offered the most dry tasteless piece fish sandwich. The server lady told me that the fish of the day was Marlin, and I asked her to assure me that the fish would be juice and tasty. Of course she did. What a disappointment when the... More 

Thank Nilma C
Lahaina, Hawaii
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best dinner we had on the whole trip! my boyfriend and i were going to wait for a table, as they dont take reservations but actually scored 2 seats at the bar. We decided to just dine there which im happy we did! we had excellent service from our bartender(andrew?), he was SO full of personality. Had lots of funny... More 

Thank Beth R
Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the organic tossed salad with grilled mahi. The blue cheese dressing was excellent. The salad was bright and fresh with a delightful assortment of lettuce. The mahi was a Medium to Well done. Although I did not specify (my bad) I assumed it would be prepared medium rare. My husband had the calamari sandwich. The calamari was nicely... More 

Thank skibuz
Level Contributor
37 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The seafood chowder is very good! And that is what we went for. The restrauant is nice with friendly staff.

Thank mldelrosa
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Level Contributor
42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Good sushi/food, as described by many. They take advantage of their popularity by not accepting reservations, but allowing you to put your name in for a table at 5 p.m., a half hour before the dinner menu is served. While you are waiting, they do have a limited menu, and drinks available. Thus, good marketing on their part, boosting their... More 

Thank Jbreview
Framingham, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A lot of reviews we read seemed like the place was hit or miss. We were in the mood for sushi, so we thought we'd give it a try. The Dolphin was very busy, and they don't take reservations, it wasn't much of a problem, we were seated for a table after maybe 15 minutes. They also have an outdoor... More 

Thank JLH1030

Travellers who viewed Hanalei Dolphin also viewed


Been to Hanalei Dolphin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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: Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
  • Phone Number: +1 808-826-6113

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hanalei Dolphin and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Hanalei Dolphin staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?