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US$20 - US$40
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, Seafood, Hawaiian
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place deserves it high ratings. The service (Briana) was amazing and offered opinions when asked (this vs that). The presentation of food was very inviting: Apps - Lobster Curry Bisque (5) - great taste, a touch of heat. Temperature was perfect, not too hot,...not tepid. Would order again. Also order the Calimari. The dipping sauce was great, I like my cruch to my calamari but that is preference and not a knock on their less than crunchy version. (4) Me - I took the special a chicken and fish "duet" - Ono and Chicken Thigh with Chorizo fried rice. Was tasty and I would order again, I cleared the plate (5) She - the mixed grill - three types of fish - Mahi Mahi, Ahi and Ono (5). With a coconut curry sauce and orzo. Very well balanced - the fish cooked to perfection. Had dry Mahi Mahi a few times on Kauai (culinary blasphemy) but this was best cooked so far. Other fish just melted in your mouth. Finished by splitting a Macadami Nut Tart with Lampert's cinammon ice cream (5) Yum, not too large (mentally had to make room) and went well with the brewed Kona coffee we paired it with. Setting also nice - it was night though - don't know if there is a view but it is definitely a well run operation.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entrance area is less than impressive with a timeshare vibe; however once we were seated the tables were fairly private and quaint with linens but no ocean views. Now for the good part. The fish chowder was amazing! My spouse ate prime rib which...was a large portion and tender. I had the Hawaiian fish special with three varieties of white fish. This was the best food I had across all islands. Service was prompt, respectful and professional. The picture was taken after I already started to eat my dinner.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can concur with the justifiable excellent ratings for Hukilau Lanai. It is a splendid restaurant with excellent food drinks and a genial group of servers and bar tenders. Sitting in a green lawn area with twinkling tiki lights with the ocean on the horizon,...this is a very pleasant space. The food specials change nightly and the menu covers all the bases. Tropical drinks and wines fill the rest of the menu. The desserts are quite spectacular, too. All this and at very keen prices. I guarantee you will enjoy your evening at the Hukilau.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our excellent experience at this restaurant began with the hostess who helped us find a time to reserve (online reservations were full). Our server, Jessica, was professional, friendly and attentive. Her service re established our appreciation of Kauai. We had some difficult experiences prior to...our meal at Hukilau Lanai. The food was well prepared, delicious and served at appropriate intervals. The grilled mahi was wonderful; the chicken and mahi combo was terrific and the candied ahi was probably the best starter we have ever tasted. Do not be discouraged by the fact that the restaurant is on the premises of Wyndham resort. This is a top notch place and amazingly the prices are moderate.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a restaurant close to where we were staying for our Christmas dinner. We started with the Adam’s Ahi Poke Nachos, I would recommend these to anyone who loves fresh fish and incredible flavours. It was so good. We actually ordered the turkey dinner,...yes so typical for North American people, but it was Christmas after all. We were started off with the lobster bisque and the seafood chowder, it tasted amazing and the dinner was perfectly cooked. We finished by sharing the crème brûlée which was a great way to finish our evening. The staff were wonderful and very attentive yet didn’t hover. Honestly I don’t think it would matter what you ordered because it would be perfectly cooked and flavourful. We would definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hukilau Lanai was unforgettable, not just for the lovely ambience and terrific food, but above all, because of our server. Her name was Hina, and she was fabulous — indeed, she set a new standard in our experience: so extraordinarily warm and welcoming, so well-informed...and helpful, and eager to make dinner as beautiful an event for us as possible. My husband and I went to the restaurant first on a Monday, and when we returned the following Friday, Hina remembered everything we’d had on Monday and what we especially liked. Her recommendations for what we should order were perfect, whether the fish entrees (sensationally good), the fish chowder and lobster curry soup (both flawless), or the macadamia nut tart and coconut cheesecake (out of this world, both of them). We were truly grateful to Hina for making both dinners the culinary highlights of our week in Kauai. When you visit the island, don’t miss Hukilau Lanai, and make sure Hina is your server!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 22 December 2021 via mobile

Best food since being in Kauai. Service was great. Restaurant overlooks beautiful landscaped grounds of Kauai Coast Resort. Had the Ono and seafood chowder; both were excellent. The coconut cheesecake is amazing.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 9 December 2021 via mobile

We weren’t sure about what to expect from this highly rated restaurant that was walking distance from our hotel. We visited for dinner after having had a late lunch. The drinks were tasty. Sweet potato ravioli was a true delight. Lobster bisque and gazpacho were...extremely well-balanced in flavors. The warm chocolate cake did not disappoint. Staff was very friendly and service was impeccable. I would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 6 December 2021

Hukilau Lanai served us an exquisite dinner. My friend ordered the filet mignon, and I ordered the three local fish entre. The fresh fish was delightful, and each fish had a deliciously unique flavor when paired with the delectable sauce. My friend is very picky...about her food and had distinct instructions on how she wanted her steak seared and cooked. The server paid close attention, wrote down the instructions, checked with the chef to make sure he was able to accommodate the order, and return to us, reiterating the request, the chef's reply, and clarifying questions. We were highly impressed with her dedication in getting the order correct. The steak was perfect!! I highly recommend the Hukilau Lanai to all visitors and natives of Kauai! The meal and service were EXCELLENT!!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 December 2021 via mobile

This was such a pleasant surprise! Expectations were low because the exterior is jaded by the aged timeshare resort it is within. Don’t let that stop you. The food and service was stellar. The fresh catch fish specials were amazing. We had wahoo and moonfish...and both were excellent. Overall, excellent experience.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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I second the advice of another traveler to just call them and ask. Since the restaurant is part of a resort complex, I would be amazed if it did not operate on Christmas Day. But it might offer a buffet or some other type... More
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Hukilau Lanai is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5