Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant
5-5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Only Cocktails & Appetizers available from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.


Based on 152 votes

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    Joe T.
    "Food is amazing!! Teriyaki ahi and the dolphin shrimp."(4 Tips)
    "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."(9 Tips)
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  • sushi
  • ahi tuna
  • Poke
  • rainbow
  • Mai Tais
  • lively
  • spicy food
  • stolen roll
  • healthy food
  • sashimi
  • casual
  • good for dates
  • sandwiches
  • top shelf liquor
  • brownies
  • crab
  • margaritas
  • tempura
  • Sunset roll
  • great value
  • Blythe P.

    Expensive but chowder was good and so was the fish sandwich and tacos. mai tai was not good wine is over priced.

    Blythe Patterson · 1 day ago
  • Merve Y.

    Take the hanelei over the top sushi!

    Merve Yavuz · August 27
  • Linda K.

    Long wait, small portions, the salads that used to be so big and included are now small and pricey we won't be back

  • Steven K.

    Used to be good... It's going downhill. Fast.

  • Lisa Pilato R.

    Blackened cajun Opah grilled Asparagus with Monterrey cheese & prosciutto ham

  • Danielle H.

    Overpriced, even for this island. And you have to request wasabi and ginger. Mochi cake was good

    Danielle Hayner · June 25
  • Claire K.

    Unagi Roll is great. Their uni is just off from good .

    Claire Kay · June 7
  • Ted G.

    Come for the drinks. They are amazing. The food, while fresh is pretty terrible.

    Ted Grubb · April 27
  • Evelyn B.

    Thai poke was heavenly!

    Evelyn BROWN · April 23
  • Simple F.

    All about Poke's. Inamona & Avocado Ahi, Spicy Ahi & Tako.

    Simple Foodie · April 2
  • Catherine Ann W.

    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.

  • Catherine Ann W.

    Great sushi, especially the Dolphin Tahitian Poke and the Flyin' Hawaiin roll.

  • Catherine Ann W.

    Great spot in Hanalei. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Sushi was delicious! Definitely recommend it.

  • Beverly M.

    Chowder is fabulous!

    Beverly Mauch · March 7
  • April G.

    Get the melt in your mouth brownie for dessert!

    April Gregory · December 8, 2014
  • April G.

    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.

    April Gregory · December 8, 2014
  • Jacob G.

    Pretty good sushi. Start with the Rainbow Poke.

    Jacob Gyllenstierna · December 3, 2014
  • ryan k.

    Get the fish.

    ryan king · November 17, 2014
  • Lance L.

    The hanalei roll really stood out and don't miss the Mochi dessert

    Lance Lacoff · October 23, 2014
  • Sandra

    The chi chis and sushi are fantastic!

    Sandra · September 26, 2014
  • Leah C.

    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

    Leah Carlson · September 23, 2014
  • David S.

    Great place to get fresh fish for grilling. They also have a selection of meat and they hand cut it to your liking.

    David S · September 7, 2014
  • John C.

    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

    John Cook · September 2, 2014
  • Chris H.

    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.

    Chris Howard · August 10, 2014
  • Deborah V.

    The poké is amazing!

    Deborah Van Doren · April 21, 2014
  • Princeville Wine M.

    The salad bowl is awesome!

    Princeville Wine Market · April 5, 2014
  • Joanne K.

    Best seafood chowder ever.

    Joanne Kim · March 6, 2014
  • Matthew S.

    Teriyaki ahi

    Matthew Swanburg Williams · January 5, 2014
  • Sean D.

    The fish is the best on the island, but the salad is the best in the world!

    Sean Dowdall · November 30, 2013
  • Hannah S.

    Fish tacos for lunch @ an outside table! Come back for dinner and enjoy the specialty sushi rolls! Staff was attractive and tentative!

    Hannah Schimpf · November 25, 2013
  • Princeville Wine M.

    The ginger rita margarita is awesome!

    Princeville Wine Market · October 18, 2013
  • Gayle L. M.

    Fish tacos were so so. Basically just fried fish with greens on a tortilla. Barely any sauce or anything else on it.

    Gayle L. McDowell · September 28, 2013
  • Spencer H.

    Go here, sit at the sushi bar and get whatever the chef tells you to get.

    Spencer Holtaway · September 22, 2013
  • JacQue D.

    You can order the full menu at the sushi bar after 9pm. But dont take a cab here

    JacQue Delgado · September 12, 2013
  • Salim M.

    Dolphin roll is excellent (spicy tuna + crab + avocado & cucumber). Sit on the outside restaurant (but not in the garden unless you want slower service)

    Salim Mitha · September 10, 2013
  • Brian P.

    Meh, but considering the options it's okay but overpriced.

    Brian Parker · September 10, 2013
  • Sarah R.

    The bartenders are friendly and helpful if you choose to eat at the bar top. Dinner is much better than lunch for sushi!

    Sarah Rippetoe · September 4, 2013
  • Sarah B.

    Fin burger. Ahi. Rare. Cajun. Torta roll. Fantastic.

    Sarah Bruning Meron · July 30, 2013
  • Elerie T.

    You have to make a stop here! Amazing sushi

    Elerie Tepedino · July 29, 2013
  • Jennifer B.

    Loved the California and sunset rolls. Brownie was a great closing order.

    Jennifer Bisang · July 13, 2013
  • Katie O.

    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"

    Katie O · June 28, 2013
  • Breanne S.

    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.

    Breanne Storey · June 3, 2013
  • Missy J.

    All fresh right from the sea, here, TODAY!!! Nothing better.....anywhere!!

    Missy Johnson-Wilcher · May 24, 2013
  • J B.

    Breads were really good. Fish was ok..little dry and the opakapaka had quite a few bones in it. The teriyaki ahi wasn't very teriyaki-ish...

    J Bitton · May 7, 2013
  • Kristen

    Very busy but friendly and fast service. The sushi was really fresh too!

    Kristen · April 6, 2013
  • Gene C.

    Have a premium Mai tai and watch people paddle board down the river

    Gene Chuang · April 5, 2013
  • Brian K.

    Jeff is the best.

    Brian Kariger · March 31, 2013
  • Andy P.

    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.

    Andy Pascal · March 13, 2013
  • R. Philip S.

    The Flyin Hawaiian is one of the best sushi rolls I've ever had.

    R. Philip Stevenson · March 4, 2013
  • 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!

    Don (wilytongue) Shandor JR · February 26, 2013

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