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Hanalei Dolphin

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5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is excellent. We went late evening and weren't expecting much because of the time, (around 10:30). The hostess and waitress were extremely friendly, the whole menu was still available, the food and atmosphere were great and the prices reasonable. I would definitely recommend trying the fish of the day.

Thank David B
Lahaina, Hawaii
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Service was friendly. The restaurant is kind of run down. Hamachi sashimi was excellent. Seafood chowder and fish and chips not so good. The value of the fish and chips was terrible to top it off. Very small piece of fish for the price.

Thank Travelerhelper
Healdsburg, California
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place for fresh fish or sushi. The downsides are: no reservations; very crowded; limited parking; very noisy. The upsides are: great food; friendly service; great food. It's worth the wait.

Thank World-Foodaholic
Newton, North Carolina
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196 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant seemed to always be busy, but with lots of seating and waiting area where you can enjoy a drink, no one looked like they were unhappy to be waits for a table or waiting for a long time. We were fortunately able to walk in an get seated since we were a bit early. We enjoyed their house... More 

Thank Oscar_Retriever
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was with a group, and we had a nice lunch, but I wouldn't go back. I had Calamari Steak, and it seemed greasy to me. We weren't unhappy with lunch, and we had a great seat outside overlooking the water.

Thank StarwoodJunkie
Fort Worth, Texas
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really great atmosphere, right on the river. Good, fresh seafood served with a light and clean presentation. Highly recommend during your stay. We did have a little wait as it is a popular spot on this side of the island, however there are stores nearby to keep you busy during your wait.

Thank RoniShaner
Salem, Oregon, United States
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were here May 9th for our celebration dinner. There was 7 of us and they were very accommodating. Five of us each ordered something different to share,the other 2 had Sushi not realizing it wasn't much (6pcs) so my hubby ordered fish also. Don't get me wrong,we love sushi but 14.00 for 6 pieces is expensive to us. The... More 

Thank Laree' L
Phoenix, Arizona
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95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted seafood. Reviews seemed favorable. Parking was not too easy, but manageable. Wait was long for inside table but opted to sit outside along river/ canal. Only appetizers and drinks could be served on their outside area. Weird!! Decided to order a bunch of appetizers. Best decision! Ordered stuffed mushrooms, artichoke crowns, shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, and California roll with... More 

Thank Carl F
Windsor, Canada
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607 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 442 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good restaurant with a wide menu that can vary a little depending on what fish is in season and caught that day. Basic items like their Poke bowls and Sushi are as good as you get anywhere. The New England style seafood chowder is better than in New England. They do an excellent job on many... More 

Thank jfarlam
Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

the burger was overcooked. The waitress took order, forgot to bring requested lemons (had to go to bar myself to get them), another person brought our food, and the waitress never returned to check if the food was correct, good, bad, nothing. Only returned to give the check.

Thank Brian K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?