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“Too busy to serve”
Review of Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Dolphin
Ranked #5 of 47 Restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$35
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Too busy to serve”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

High priced, very busy and clearly understaffed. Perhaps that is why we did not get enough of the waitress' attention to be able to order food that served our needs. I got the Teriyaki Tuna. Nicely cooked, but no teriyaki apparent and no sauces or anything else. Two people got the mixed fried fish. Their response was, "blah." I would have liked a drink with dinner, but the waitress never came back. The waitress at the Beachwalk in Kapaa said that the Dolphin was her favorite restaurant and perhaps we had gone there on the wrong night. Indeed.

Visited July 2014
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Branson, Missouri
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361 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Meal! Would eat here again”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We enjoyed our meal here and if back in Kauai we would dine here again. The wrapped asparagus was amazing! I've been trying to replicate it at home ever since and haven't been able to get it quite right. The Ahi Tuna was overcooked the first go around, but they were happy to make me a less done one. The Seafood Chowder was also really good.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Eric S
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Memphis, Tn
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Appetizers”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

They have great sushi, terrific appetizers and very good margaritas. I liked sitting next to the Hanalei River. Service was prompt and attentive. This was my 4th visit and I plan on returning next trip to Kauai.

Visited July 2014
Thank katnvivi
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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Trys too hard to be fancy”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We went here because we wanted to have one "nice" meal while we were visiting Hanalei. What a wast of money! First things first, the decor.. it looks like it's stuck in 1999, second snobby hostess and we must have had 3 servers, third it's really expensive, and for what you get, it's not that great. There are so many wonderful small restaurants in Hanalei where you'll get great service and most importantly great food. If you want to drop $100+ on a meal, I'd do it somewhere else.

Visited September 2013
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best Sushi and great Ahi!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our family has now eaten here twice this week! Great atmosphere-and delicious everything! Some of the best sushi we've ever had as well as the best Ahi! Super great waitresses- we love Tiffany! You won't be disappointed - it's delicious! Very fun!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Miabaker
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