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The Dolphin Restaurant, Kauai

5-5016 Kūhiō Highway, Hanalei
(808) 826-6113


The Shops at Kukui‘ula
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Road, Kōloa
(808) 742-1414

Among the many things to do and see in Kaua’i, Hanalei landmark, The Dolphin Restaurant has been a Kaua‘i dining favorite of both locals and visitors since the early 1970s. Located on the banks of the meandering Hanalei River, The Dolphin Restaurant offers casual dining and world-class sushi in a romantic tropical atmosphere. Each day Kaua‘i’s freshest fish, fruits and produce are delivered, and not just to The Dolphin’s kitchen, but to their top-notch fish market as well. A commitment to island sustainability through supporting local fishermen and farmers not only gives you an authentic taste of the Islands, but also helps support the local communities. If you find yourself exploring South Kaua‘i, The Dolphin Restaurant Kauai also has a second location in Kōloa near Pōʻipu.

The Dolphin Restaurant, Kauai: Specialties

Featuring fresh-caught Hawaiian fish in a multitude of delicious preparations, The Dolphin Restaurant offers a wide selection of Pacific Rim-inspired dishes, such as Teriyaki ‘Ahi, Beer Battered Fresh Fish, Crab Legs, Scallops, Carpaccio, and Shrimp Scampi. If seafood is not your thing, don’t despair! There are plenty of non-seafood delights on the menu, including chicken, steaks, and the Vegan Celebration Roast. With prices ranging between $11 and $30, you can enjoy a world-class culinary experience that fits your budget. Sushi aficionados will appreciate the elegant wood-toned ambiance and over-the-top freshness of at the The Dolphin’s sushi bar, where their world-class sushi chef offers an amazing, creative sushi experience that won’t disappoint.

How to Get There

Hanalei location: From Princeville, take Punahele Road inland to Ka Haku Road. Turn left, then take the next right onto Lei ‘O Papa Road. Follow Lei ‘O Papa 3.2 miles to where it ends at Hanalei Plantation Road. Turn left. Follow Hanalei Plantation Road to Kūhiō Highway (HI-560). Turn right. Follow Kūhiō Highway two miles around the bends and over the Hanalei Bridge into the town of Hanalei. As soon as you come into Hanalei, The Dolphin Restaurant will be on the right.

Kōloa location: From the Pōʻipu resort area, Follow Pōʻipu Road northwest to the traffic circle. Take the second circle exit left onto Ala Kalanikaumaka Road. Go about 200 feet and you will see The Shops at Kukui‘ula on the left. That’s where you will find The Dolphin.