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“Best Resturant in Poipu”

Plantation Gardens Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 37 Restaurants in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$33
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar is located in a beautifully restored plantation manor on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Dating back to the 1930's, the estate once served as the plantation manager's home for Hawaii's first sugar plantation, the Koloa plantation. Later, the estate was acquired by the Moir Family who built the world famous gardens that surround the restaurant. Our menu reflects the heritage of old plantation Hawaii, which celebrates the abundance and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Our fresh fish is caught daily by local fishermen in waters off Kauai. We use organically grown vegetables and herbs picked fresh on nearby farms and from our own gardens. Guests may choose to dine on our lanai overlooking tranquil gardens, lily ponds and tropical foliage or in our exquisitely refurbished dining room which features gorgeous Brazilian cherry wood floors, woven bamboo tables and plantation ceiling fans.
Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
“Best Resturant in Poipu”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

The setting of the gardens is very charming and I loved the old kauai feel of the interior. The food was excellent and our waiter was great in explaining the dishes. We ordered the sliders in the beginning which were the best I have ever had and then we had the grilled fish which was well seasoned and prepared.

I can't say enough good things about this resturant. If you are in Kauai this is a must to stop at.

  • Visited May 2014
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new york
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“Have a drink here - eat elsewhere...”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

This place has either seen better days or was never that great to begin with. Started with a fantastic drink at the bar (house made infused vodka, fresh fruit juice, fresh herbs - very nicely done) and had high hopes for dinner.

And then dinner happened. We might have liked it marginally better (from an atmosphere perspective) if we had stayed in the bar area - which has its own lanai - but were instead seated in a parking-lot-bright back lanai overlooking a tiki torch lit yard and an apartment complex parking lot - ugh. We both decided to get the "Chef's Trio" so that we could try a "traditional" lau lau as well as the "fresh grilled fish of the day" AND, to complete the trio, the pot roast (which, for some reason, sounded like a good idea at the time). Not.

The lau lay was a strange soggy steamed and almost completely flavorless mishap with mixed vegetables at the bottom and chunks of seafood on top - all cooked in a cross between airplane and buffet steam tray style. The "fresh grilled fish of the day" was so overcooked that it resembled a pork chop and the pot roast was just that, a cooked-to-death chunk of beef with no special reason to have been put on a menu to begin with - albeit, still a hair better than the other two "chef's" specials. The trio was served with a bowl of white rice - to apparently sop up the soy sauce provided at the table…

Staff seemed genuinely nice and helpful - and service was good… but, Plantation Gardens is not the place to go for a great meal, or for great atmosphere for that matter.

  • Visited April 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wedding Dinner”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We hosted our wedding dinner here in April. We booked the East Lanai and it was fantastic. Mona made everything so easy and it couldn't have been better. The service was fantastic and all of our guests raved about the cocktail hour and appetizers. Great place to host a wedding dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Veranda dining”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

I love relaxing on the veranda enjoying the garden. Very private. Come early to get a feel of the property before settling down for a wonderful 'southern feel' experience. Southern without the humidity but with all the charm and grace. I can't remember what everyone ate but it was all good. Would have tried it again if I had had more time. A very different feel from all the other restaurants in Poipu - like you are enjoying your own summertime porch if you were indeed lucky enough to have one this magical. - and your own 'top drawer' chef.

  • Visited March 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“The perfect venue for our wedding!”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We had our wedding cocktail party on the lawn followed by the reception inside. Everything about the evening was fantastic. The food was great and the service was even better. Mona was a huge help with pre wedding planning every step of the way and went above and beyond to make sure every detail was perfect for our big day. The staff was wonderful throughout the night and the atmosphere of the open air restaurant was magical. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. So many of our guests commented on the superb service from the friendly staff and on how delicious the food was. I would highly recommend Plantation Gardens Restaurant as a wedding venue for any couple looking to get married on Kauai. We cannot wait to get back to Poipu and we will most definitely be returning for dinner!

  • Visited April 2014
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