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Hanalei Dolphin

5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-6113
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sushi” (839 reviews)
“fresh fish” (263 reviews)
“ice cream pie” (34 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
5-5016 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei Trader Building, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the best sushi on the island... on the pricey side but fresh and flavorful. (Shrimp tempura tho can be improved upon, bland and lacks presentation)

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank wanderlustyyy
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to Hanalei Dolphin on NYE, so we made sure to arrive early. By about 4:30 pm people were starting line up, so we got out of the car and went to wait. This place opens at 5 for cocktails and apps and then...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kmfesq
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good, fresh fish served in a variety of ways. Very friendly and fun staff. If you're looking for sushi or fish and chips this is a good bet. Seating indoors or out. Fish store around the back.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 1363maryu
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had the teriyaki ahi...OMG it was so good. My wife raved on the scallops. I also had the seafood chowder to start. It was by far the best chowder of any type that I have tried. The ambiance was nice. A little load but...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Alan W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was the place to go in Hanalei but the food was average, the place felt more tourist oriented and didn’t feel authentic.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MTerpenning
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a busy spot. Sit at the bar if you can. Fresh sushi and grilled fish-can't beat it. Let the chef decide what rolls to make you and the soup comes in a big mug-which you must have!! Awesome dinner.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Althea1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sushi was some of the best I have had. My husband and I also had a fresh fish starter that was excellent. Our server was very friendly and efficient. Everything was really fresh.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank WhereWildThingsAre
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic experience. The food was great but what was even more impressive was the service. First thing when we walked in -- we were told that the restaurant was shortstaffed and service might be slow. The honesty was refreshing! That said the service was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 62SamV
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best poke on Kauai - we always get to go from the market behind the restaurant. Great location next to the river.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank hifromva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s ok. But that’s really it. One time I went, the waiter literally insisted I get the house special - teriyaki ahi- despite me saying vehemently I don’t like teriyaki. He brought it anyway, assuring me I couldn’t taste the teriyaki. I could. It hasn’t...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank crrnyc2014
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Cheryl M
7 June 2018|
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Response from GARY W | Reviewed this property |
Yes- It is a great place to eat. Enjoy.
Cheryl M
1 June 2018|
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Response from dkrejser | Reviewed this property |
I am ot shre if the rest is open. I was in Hanalei a week after storm and restaurant lookedclosed but the market was open
27 March 2017|
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Response from Chris3081 | Reviewed this property |
We went mid-week and did not have much wait, if any.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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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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