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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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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic food & exceptional service. Bit pricey but worth a splurge. Sat outside in upper lounge for awhile before dinner. Drinks & finger snacks, then move to dining room when opened. Gorgeous view & watched sunset. Waiters happy to take your pics instead of selfies:).

Thank Kim D
Los Angeles
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent fresh fish/seafood/sushi in beautiful Hanalei. Feels like Hawaii. Good selection for non fish eaters and for kids as well.

Thank Hugh7
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Dolphin is known for fresh fish. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. We sat outside and watched paddle boarders go up and down the river. We had Frings (the onion ring has sweet onions yummy), local green and fresh Ono salad and the Tahitian Ahi Poke bowl. Bother were delicious! We would eat there again.

Thank TexasOjo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our drinks and fresh catch fish. Our server was friendly and helped us choose which catch each of us would prefer.

Thank babbettandcaptbill
Princeville, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very fun signature cocktail selection. Stopped in after kayaking as this location overlooks the river we had just been on. Service was a little slow but staff was pleasant.

Thank Janet T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You just cannot beat the food, bar, comfort and consistency of the Dolphin. Its perfect, Kayak, step up to the bar and you are in paradise

Thank TonyFi18
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chose The Dolphin because it's where we always buy our fish when cooking at the house in Kauai. This place has a busy, fun atmosphere. It's also a sushi bar, so you can get fish prepared either cooked or raw. They have three treatments for cooked fish - brushed with butter and grilled, cajun-style blackened, or teriyaki grilled. We... More 

Thank Stephanie S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good for the price. It definitely isn't great but it isn't bad either. We had the fish tacos, which I would NOT get again. Again not awful but certainly not great. My husband enjoyed his dish, but I can't remember what he ordered.

Thank LaurieH22
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Dolphin serves seafood cooked in various ways but it was the sushi that brought us here. They did not disappoint us but one of us has a sesame allergy and the waiter was notified at the very beginning to make sure what we ordered was ok or if it couldn't be made we would avoid it. There was a... More 

Thank wooski
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a day of hiking, the hubby and I didn't have the energy to eat out. Didn't want to cook either. We decided to get take out from the Hanalei Dolphin fish market (in back of the restaurant). We ordered two different poke bowls and some seaweed salad. Poke was a little bland but decent. I much preferred the Koloa... 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, 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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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: 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?