Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant
5-5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Wine, 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 167 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
  • fish
  • rainbow
  • Mai Tais
  • lively
  • spicy food
  • stolen roll
  • healthy food
  • sashimi
  • casual
  • good for dates
  • sandwiches
  • brownies
  • crab
  • margaritas
  • tempura
  • Sunset roll
  • family-friendly
  • 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
  • Patrick H.

    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!

    Patrick Haley · January 18
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Benjamin P.

    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)

    Benjamin Palmer · December 27, 2012
  • Brandon B.

    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!

    Brandon Batt · November 27, 2010
  • 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 Welch · March 31, 2015
  • 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
  • Jessica C.

    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!

    Jessica Chan · October 11, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • CB C.

    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.

    CB Colorado · March 15, 2012
  • Paddy

    Popular seafood place in Hanalei town. Very nice blackened fish salad with blue cheese dressing. Nice Mai tai too.

    Paddy · February 29
  • Tucker P.

    Insanely good sashimi; fresh and wonderful. If you can't decide on a roll, try the Stolen Roll--you will not be disappointed.

    Tucker Patch · October 6, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Robert L.

    Best sushi in Kauai! The opah and walu were amazing - have them chargrilled so u can taste the flavor of the fish!

    Robert Lee · September 6, 2011
  • Annmarie H.

    The no ka oi is THE best Mai Tai. The sushi is straight off the boat out of the fish market they own. Amazing!

    Annmarie Hill · August 20, 2012
  • Annmarie H.

    get the no ka oi (top shelf mai tais- best on the island) and jeff makesthe best freshest sushi creations on the island ;)

    Annmarie Hill · November 6, 2010
  • Kary365

    This place is awesome! Waiter even answered our question by giving us a quick tour of the fish refrig.Great ahi.

    Kary365 · April 3, 2011
  • Catherine Ann W.

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

    Catherine Ann Welch · March 30, 2015
  • 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
  • Gene D.

    Try the Eruption cocktail. It's a Pina Colada on steroids. Also, hamachi kama, spicy tuna/snowcrab sushi roll assortment, ahi sashimi, blackend Ono.

    Gene Dexter · September 22, 2010
  • 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 · November 30, 2015
  • Angela W.

    Wear bug repellent if you sit by the river. I got 3 mosquito bites after only 5 minutes while waiting for our table!

    Angela Wangela · May 28, 2011
  • Simple F.

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

    Simple Foodie · April 2, 2015
  • 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
  • Clayton C.

    The tuna is local - try a spicy tuna roll unlike any you've had. Chef Andrew rocks!

    Clayton Crawley · May 3, 2012
  • Annisa B.

    Service at lunch is awful and the menu is incorrect, either they dont serve it anymore or they've changed how it comes

    Annisa Boehm · April 21, 2011
  • Brian T.

    Fish tacos- garlic aoli is strong- so good! Calamari, and BIG maitais are $8!

    Brian Toth · February 18, 2013
  • Danielle E.

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

    Danielle Elliot · June 25, 2015
  • 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

    Linda Kirchenbauer · July 31, 2015
  • Joe T.

    Food is amazing!! Teriyaki ahi and the dolphin shrimp. Also try the dreamsicle!!

    Joe Tomasulo · June 11, 2012
  • Chris H.

    Ahhmazing #FishTacos perfectly battered Ono, great guac, suweet salsa.

    Chris Heuer · August 21, 2012
  • Spencer H.

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

    Spencer Holtaway · September 22, 2013
  • Jennifer B.

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

    Jennifer Bisang · July 13, 2013
  • Sean D.

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

    Sean Dowdall · November 30, 2013
  • Catherine Ann W.

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

    Catherine Ann Welch · March 30, 2015
  • Ted G.

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

    Ted Grubb · April 27, 2015
  • Reserve123.com

    This is the best sushi in Kauai. Ask Jeff B. at the sushi bar to hook you up.

    Reserve123.com · September 2, 2011
  • Claire K.

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

    Claire Kay · June 7, 2015
  • Kristen

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

    Kristen · April 6, 2013
  • Lisa Pilato R.

    Blackened cajun Opah grilled Asparagus with Monterrey cheese & prosciutto ham

    Lisa Pilato Reagan · July 12, 2015
  • Lance L.

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

    Lance Lacoff · October 23, 2014
  • Sarah B.

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

    Sarah Bruning Meron · July 30, 2013

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