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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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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good sushi/food, as described by many. They take advantage of their popularity by not accepting reservations, but allowing you to put your name in for a table at 5 p.m., a half hour before the dinner menu is served. While you are waiting, they do have a limited menu, and drinks available. Thus, good marketing on their part, boosting their... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A lot of reviews we read seemed like the place was hit or miss. We were in the mood for sushi, so we thought we'd give it a try. The Dolphin was very busy, and they don't take reservations, it wasn't much of a problem, we were seated for a table after maybe 15 minutes. They also have an outdoor... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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198 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love sushi. I had a roll at the Hanalei Dolphin that was the best roll I've ever had. We were on Kauai for a wedding. Our party was large. The servers were accommodating and good natured given the challenge of a large, raucous bunch. Our party ordered quite a variety and every last one of us was delighted with... More 

Thank ommm77
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful lunch at the Hanalei Dolphin. If our time had allowed, we would have returned for dinner. The Tuna Poke is Delish!

Thank KyraGordon
Santa Clarita, CA
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in Princeville for a week and wanted to find a good restaurant for dinner. This was not an easy task. We discovered the Hanalei Dolphin and went there three nights in a row! They offered 4 or 5 freshly caught fish a night, along with one side for $36! This was the market price while we were there... More 

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Sydney Australia
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed our meal, very busy, filled with visitors and locals, so must be consistently good. I would recommend it.

Thank Maccas4
South Jordan, Utah
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Fourth time to Kauai and without fail, we love to go to the FISH market in the back and get Poke bowels that are delicious. They are $12 and they give you a drink as well.

Thank Curtis O
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had a late dinner upon our arrival to the North shore. We had an approx 30 minute wait. The organization of the waiting was lacking...there were tables outside that we weren't offered even though we told the hostess we were happy to sit wherever. People who came after us sat outside and ordered while we continued... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After making it clear to the waitress that I did not want burned fish, she assumed me it could be done. When it finally arrived it was raw on one side and burned to charcoal half way through on the other. I made the mistake of taking a bite and then turning it over to see what was going on.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you get there early or plan to wait! We got there around 6 and waited 15 min for a table. By the time we left the entire outside waiting area was full and close to hour wait. They do not take reservations. There are some nice shops to look around while you wait or you can have drinks... 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
USD 20 - USD 35
Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Hawaiian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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?