Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
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  • Joe T.
    "Food is amazing!! Teriyaki ahi and the dolphin shrimp."(4 Tips)
    Reserve123.com
    "This is the best sushi in Kauai."(3 Tips)
    Darren C.
    "The rainbow poke' Martinique sushi is the bomb!"(3 Tips)
    Catherine Ann W.
    "especially the Dolphin Tahitian Poke and the Flyin' Hawaiin roll."(10 Tips)
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  • Chris H.
    Chris HowardAugust 10, 2014
    Go around the back and order sushi rolls from the fish market! Get em sliced or unsliced. I get the soft shell crab roll unsliced and eat it like a burrito at the beach.
    Upvoted Oct 2
  • April G.
    April GregoryDecember 8, 2014
    Great restaurant. Friendly service. Lots of locals eating, which is a good sign. We had the Hebi fish. It was good. And the Stolen Roll. Also good. All the sushi rolls being made looked fantastic.
  • Andy P.
    Andy PascalMarch 13, 2013
    Best sushi in Kauai. Stolen Roll will make you see God. And whatever the special is that night, get it. Chef Jeff is a genius.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiOctober 2
    We found it overpriced for the experience but highly recommend checking out their fish market in the back which has the same delicious poke and rolls for less and very cheap fresh shucked oysters 😋
  • Katie O.
    Katie OJune 28, 2013
    Stay outside in the waiting area if you want wine, apps or sushi. Lindsay is the best waitress, we asked for a sushi rec and she gave us a recommendation not even on the list - "the next best thing"
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanOctober 11, 2011
    wait - before you eat here, consider going to the fish market behind the restaurant, getting some fresh sushi rolls and eating them picnic style at the beach!
    Upvoted Oct 2
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyJanuary 18
    Food was a little overpriced but still good quality. They only serve select appetizers and sushi menu items as well as cocktails after the lunch check rush and before 5:30. Sit in the garden!
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerDecember 27, 2012
    All the sushi is amazing, the poke appetizer is sublime, and for lunch get the steak sandwich its ridiculous (the other person get some fish and share)
  • Breanne S.
    Breanne StoreyJune 3, 2013
    The sushi here is incredible. They don't take reservations so come early for a drink (i recommend the skinny chi-chi) while you wait for your table.
  • Salim M.
    Salim MithaSeptember 10, 2013
    Dolphin roll is excellent (spicy tuna + crab + avocado & cucumber). Sit on the outside restaurant (but not in the garden unless you want slower service)
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SchimpfNovember 25, 2013
    Fish tacos for lunch @ an outside table! Come back for dinner and enjoy the specialty sushi rolls! Staff was attractive and tentative!
  • Paula M.
    Paula MartinAugust 7
    The fish sandwich was really good! The fish was super fresh. The fish of the day was the stripped Marlin, really yummy. Mild taste not fishy at all.
  • John C.
    John CookSeptember 2, 2014
    You can only order from the full sushi menu at dinner. So if you come during lunch you're out of luck, but the Cali roll is still great
  • David S.
    David SSeptember 7, 2014
    Great place to get fresh fish for grilling. They also have a selection of meat and they hand cut it to your liking.
  • Tucker P.
    Tucker PatchOctober 6, 2012
    Insanely good sashimi; fresh and wonderful. If you can't decide on a roll, try the Stolen Roll--you will not be disappointed.
  • Don (wilytongue) S.
    Don't forget to go behind the resturant and get frish from the market behind this place! I can say expencive but worth it!
  • Paddy
    PaddyFebruary 29
    Popular seafood place in Hanalei town. Very nice blackened fish salad with blue cheese dressing. Nice Mai tai too.
  • CB C.
    CB ColoradoMarch 15, 2012
    Sit by the garden in back. I had the rainbow poke and a Marlin sandwich. My wife had fish tacos and onion rings. All very good.
  • Annmarie H.
    Annmarie HillAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The no ka oi is THE best Mai Tai. The sushi is straight off the boat out of the fish market they own. Amazing!
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RippetoeSeptember 4, 2013
    The bartenders are friendly and helpful if you choose to eat at the bar top. Dinner is much better than lunch for sushi!
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BattNovember 27, 2010
    Friday Nights: get the sushi special roll. Tempura Lobster Roll! Sit at the Sushi Bar and have Chef Jeff and Gary make you the best sushi I have ever had!
  • Robert L.
    Robert LeeSeptember 6, 2011
    Best sushi in Kauai! The opah and walu were amazing - have them chargrilled so u can taste the flavor of the fish!
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieApril 2, 2015
    All about Poke's. Inamona & Avocado Ahi, Spicy Ahi & Tako.
  • Catherine Ann W.
    Catherine Ann WelchMarch 30, 2015
    Great spot in Hanalei. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Sushi was delicious! Definitely recommend it.
  • Clayton C.
    Clayton CrawleyMay 3, 2012
    The tuna is local - try a spicy tuna roll unlike any you've had. Chef Andrew rocks!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HeuerAugust 21, 2012
    Ahhmazing #FishTacos perfectly battered Ono, great guac, suweet salsa.
  • JacQue D.
    JacQue DelgadoSeptember 12, 2013
    You can order the full menu at the sushi bar after 9pm. But dont take a cab here
  • Brian T.
    Brian TothFebruary 18, 2013
    Fish tacos- garlic aoli is strong- so good! Calamari, and BIG maitais are $8!
  • Sean D.
    Sean DowdallNovember 30, 2013
    The fish is the best on the island, but the salad is the best in the world!
  • Joe T.
    Joe TomasuloJune 11, 2012
    Food is amazing!! Teriyaki ahi and the dolphin shrimp. Also try the dreamsicle!!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BisangJuly 13, 2013
    Loved the California and sunset rolls. Brownie was a great closing order.
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HoltawaySeptember 22, 2013
    Go here, sit at the sushi bar and get whatever the chef tells you to get.
  • Kary365
    Kary365April 3, 2011
    This place is awesome! Waiter even answered our question by giving us a quick tour of the fish refrig.Great ahi.
  • Catherine Ann W.
    Catherine Ann WelchMarch 30, 2015
    Great sushi, especially the Dolphin Tahitian Poke and the Flyin' Hawaiin roll.
  • Annmarie H.
    Annmarie HillNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    get the no ka oi (top shelf mai tais- best on the island) and jeff makesthe best freshest sushi creations on the island ;)
  • Ted G.
    Ted GrubbApril 27, 2015
    Come for the drinks. They are amazing. The food, while fresh is pretty terrible.
  • Reserve123.com
    Reserve123.comSeptember 2, 2011
    This is the best sushi in Kauai. Ask Jeff B. at the sushi bar to hook you up.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fin burger. Ahi. Rare. Cajun. Torta roll. Fantastic.
  • Lisa Pilato R.
    Lisa Pilato ReaganJuly 12, 2015
    Blackened cajun Opah grilled Asparagus with Monterrey cheese & prosciutto ham
  • Claire K.
    Claire KayJune 7, 2015
    Unagi Roll is great. Their uni is just off from good .
  • Kristen
    KristenApril 6, 2013
    Very busy but friendly and fast service. The sushi was really fresh too!
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 23, 2014
    The hanalei roll really stood out and don't miss the Mochi dessert
  • drinkwel w.
    All about the fish tacos! (pass on the shrimp tacos)
  • Leah C.
    Leah CarlsonSeptember 23, 2014
    Fantastic sushi, but high priced. DO NOT let them seat you in the sushi bar... Might has well been a cafeteria. No atmosphere at all
  • Catherine Ann W.
    Catherine Ann WelchMarch 31, 2015
    Went back a second time and not as good an experience so I have to say it's a little inconsistent. Food and service not as good the second time around.
  • R. Philip S.
    R. Philip StevensonMarch 4, 2013
    The Flyin Hawaiian is one of the best sushi rolls I've ever had.
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangApril 5, 2013
    Have a premium Mai tai and watch people paddle board down the river
  • Gene D.
    Gene DexterSeptember 22, 2010
    Try the Eruption cocktail. It's a Pina Colada on steroids. Also, hamachi kama, spicy tuna/snowcrab sushi roll assortment, ahi sashimi, blackend Ono.
  • wonderMode.com
    wonderMode.comAugust 8, 2011
    Amazing sushi - if you are in the north side a must!
  • Sandra
    SandraSeptember 26, 2014
    The chi chis and sushi are fantastic!
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