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."(11 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.
  • Matt K.
    Matt Knust1 week ago
    Best place in Hanalei. Good sushi & poke 4 apps. Fresh fish was good 4 main entree (got Mahi Mahi instead of Ono). Stay away from salmon, shrimp and other fish that's shipped in. Overall solid dinner
  • 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.
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiOctober 2, 2016
    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!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyJanuary 18, 2016
    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, 2016
    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.
  • Paddy
    PaddyFebruary 29, 2016
    Popular seafood place in Hanalei town. Very nice blackened fish salad with blue cheese dressing. Nice Mai tai too.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TothFebruary 18, 2013
    Fish tacos- garlic aoli is strong- so good! Calamari, and BIG maitais are $8!
  • JacQue D.
    JacQue DelgadoSeptember 12, 2013
    You can order the full menu at the sushi bar after 9pm. But dont take a cab here
  • Sean D.
    Sean DowdallNovember 30, 2013
    The fish is the best on the island, but the salad is the best in the world!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BisangJuly 13, 2013
    Loved the California and sunset rolls. Brownie was a great closing order.
  • Joe T.
    Joe TomasuloJune 11, 2012
    Food is amazing!! Teriyaki ahi and the dolphin shrimp. Also try the dreamsicle!!
  • 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.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fin burger. Ahi. Rare. Cajun. Torta roll. Fantastic.
  • Reserve123.com
    Reserve123.comSeptember 2, 2011
    This is the best sushi in Kauai. Ask Jeff B. at the sushi bar to hook you up.
  • 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 .
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 23, 2014
    The hanalei roll really stood out and don't miss the Mochi dessert
  • Kristen
    KristenApril 6, 2013
    Very busy but friendly and fast service. The sushi was really fresh too!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangApril 5, 2013
    Have a premium Mai tai and watch people paddle board down the river
  • R. Philip S.
    R. Philip StevensonMarch 4, 2013
    The Flyin Hawaiian is one of the best sushi rolls I've ever had.
  • 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.
  • Sandra
    SandraSeptember 26, 2014
    The chi chis and sushi are fantastic!
  • wonderMode.com
    wonderMode.comAugust 8, 2011
    Amazing sushi - if you are in the north side a must!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BJanuary 1, 2012
    Amazing spicy ahi poke. Get it to go.
  • J B.
    J BittonMay 7, 2013
    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...
  • April G.
    April GregoryDecember 8, 2014
    Get the melt in your mouth brownie for dessert!
  • Amber K.
    Amber KatzSeptember 3, 2012
    Get the Ginger Rita. You won't be sorry.
  • Missy J.
    All fresh right from the sea, here, TODAY!!! Nothing better.....anywhere!!
  • Maya .
    Maya 🐟September 5, 2016
    Whoa, majorly overrated. Everything is super expensive and it's really not that good. Overworked wait staff, awful salad, and the sushi lounge is a crowded nightmare. Go get fresh fish anywhere else.
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerDecember 31, 2011
    I know it's a fish place but just f*cking get the filet mignon burger.
  • Elerie T.
    Elerie TepedinoJuly 29, 2013
    You have to make a stop here! Amazing sushi
  • Gayle L. M.
    Gayle L. McDowellSeptember 28, 2013
    Fish tacos were so so. Basically just fried fish with greens on a tortilla. Barely any sauce or anything else on it.
  • Princeville Wine M.
    Princeville Wine MarketOctober 18, 2013
    The ginger rita margarita is awesome!
  • Melisa J.
    The BEST ahi tuna fish sandwich I have EVER had!!!!
  • Marc C.
    Marc CenedellaAugust 27, 2012
    Try whatever Chef Jeff tells you to...
  • Princeville Wine M.
    The salad bowl is awesome!
  • Jay Y.
    Jay YarowAugust 31, 2011
    Vegan roll is awesome if you're a vegetarian.
  • Blythe P.
    Blythe PattersonNovember 30, 2015
    Expensive but chowder was good and so was the fish sandwich and tacos. mai tai was not good wine is over priced.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaDecember 3, 2014
    Pretty good sushi. Start with the Rainbow Poke.
  • Deborah V.
    Deborah Van DorenApril 21, 2014
    The poké is amazing!
  • Tennyson W.
    Tennyson WilsonNovember 23, 2010
    Great food and drinks...top it off by picking up some fresh fish from the market when you leave
  • David B.
    David BillsMay 24, 2010
    Teriyaki Ahi is amazing (and the house specialty)
  • Merve Y.
    Merve YavuzAugust 27, 2015
    Take the hanelei over the top sushi!
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotJune 25, 2015
    Overpriced, even for this island. And you have to request wasabi and ginger. Mochi cake was good
  • Evelyn B.
    Evelyn BROWNApril 23, 2015
    Thai poke was heavenly!
  • debra11
    debra11November 14, 2011
    Best MaiTai on the island... "No Ka Oi".
  • Liz K.
    Liz KelleyMay 20, 2011
    The Napali roll will not disappoint... The only way to go when fresh ahi tuna is at your fingertips.
  • Nate H.
    Nate HeathApril 30, 2011
    Those "best" Mai tais are 11 bucks. I passed
  • Darren C.
    Darren CurrieApril 6, 2011
    The rainbow poke' Martinique sushi is the bomb!
  • Joanne K.
    Joanne KimMarch 6, 2014
    Best seafood chowder ever.
  • Seven of 9.
    Seven of 9January 1, 2011
    Clam chowder is THE REAL DEAL - awesome.
  • Steven K.
    Steven KirchenbauerJuly 28, 2015
    Used to be good... It's going downhill. Fast.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DeMilloDecember 10, 2011
    This place is killling it. Packed on a Friday.
  • Beverly M.
    Beverly MauchMarch 7, 2015
    Chowder is fabulous!
  • Tara A.
    Tara ANovember 27, 2010
    Try the sushi. It is AMAZING.
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)August 20, 2012
    I want to go here with someone special...any takers? =)
  • Linda K.
    Linda KirchenbauerJuly 31, 2015
    Long wait, small portions, the salads that used to be so big and included are now small and pricey we won't be back
  • Brian K.
    Brian KarigerMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Jeff is the best.
  • ryan k.
    ryan kingNovember 17, 2014
    Get the fish.
  • Matthew S.
    Teriyaki ahi
  • Alyssa D.
    Alyssa DossickNovember 30, 2012
    Great sushi !
  • Annisa B.
    Annisa BoehmApril 21, 2011
    Service at lunch is awful and the menu is incorrect, either they dont serve it anymore or they've changed how it comes
  • Stacie D.
    Stacie DiceDecember 12, 2011
    Great seafood chowder!
  • jeff g.
    jeff griffithsDecember 3, 2011
    Not that great, portiins are small-ish for they price and event they geilked fish ($30) was charred black.
  • J B.
    J BayhaSeptember 24, 2011
    Excellent cerviche
  • Tania P.
    Tania PerezMay 12, 2011
    Try the dreamsicle!
  • Michael T.
    Michael ToppMay 30, 2011
    Great fish tacos
  • Billy
    BillyOctober 8, 2010
    Good Sushi for lunch.
  • HawaiiLife
    HawaiiLifeOctober 4, 2011
    Sushi Time!
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkerSeptember 10, 2013
    Meh, but considering the options it's okay but overpriced.
  • D M.
    D MCJanuary 7
    If you get there right when it opens, plan to wait 45 minutes because everyone else has been waiting there for at least 30 minutes before you arrived...and they'll be seated first.
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • Stoyan K.
    Stoyan KendoApril 1, 2010
    The best Mai tais on Kauia
  • Alexander B.
    Alexander BohlOctober 31, 2013
    Bestes Restaurant am Platz
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