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Hanalei Dolphin

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Hanalei Trader Building, 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-6113
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a wonderful lunch at the Hanalei Dolphin. If our time had allowed, we would have returned for dinner. The Tuna Poke is Delish!

Thank KyraGordon
Santa Clarita, CA
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed in Princeville for a week and wanted to find a good restaurant for dinner. This was not an easy task. We discovered the Hanalei Dolphin and went there three nights in a row! They offered 4 or 5 freshly caught fish a night, along with one side for $36! This was the market price while we were there... More 

Thank Peggy K
Sydney Australia
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed our meal, very busy, filled with visitors and locals, so must be consistently good. I would recommend it.

Thank Maccas4
South Jordan, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fourth time to Kauai and without fail, we love to go to the FISH market in the back and get Poke bowels that are delicious. They are $12 and they give you a drink as well.

Thank Curtis O
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had a late dinner upon our arrival to the North shore. We had an approx 30 minute wait. The organization of the waiting was lacking...there were tables outside that we weren't offered even though we told the hostess we were happy to sit wherever. People who came after us sat outside and ordered while we continued... More 

Thank RHGH2001
Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After making it clear to the waitress that I did not want burned fish, she assumed me it could be done. When it finally arrived it was raw on one side and burned to charcoal half way through on the other. I made the mistake of taking a bite and then turning it over to see what was going on.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Make sure you get there early or plan to wait! We got there around 6 and waited 15 min for a table. By the time we left the entire outside waiting area was full and close to hour wait. They do not take reservations. There are some nice shops to look around while you wait or you can have drinks... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned quickly to arrive when the Fish Market opened to buy rolls and sashimi bricks before they sold out. Every day we ate sushi and fresh ahi back at our cottage after a day of exploring and sight seeing. VERY friendly staff.

Thank kenandlin669
Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had been recommended this restaurant by a local. You would have to rate it the best in town. It is not overly priced but not cheap, either. My wife's tuna was a little overcooked for her liking on the first visit but not enough to prevent us from re-visiting. We saw what else was on offer... More 

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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In an open air setting this moderately priced seafood restaurant serves up culinary delights from the adjacent seafood market. Awesome poke, sushi, and fresh catch grilled or blackened will surely please any seafood lover. We had the rainbow poke, miso, and fresh fish with a side of asparagus, stuffed with cheese, wrapped in prosciutto and grilled (worth the trip on... More 

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?