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The Dolphin in Hanalei

The Dolphin in Hanalei Restaurant is located along the idyllic Hanalei River on Kauai’s pristine north shore. Paddle boarders and kayakers cruise along the river as you feast on fresh seafood at this upscale restaurant.

Open since the early 1970’s, the Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant is a north shore icon that takes pride in supporting local growers, farmers, and fishermen by using fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy beautiful river views from the covered lanai or riverfront seating for a leisurely lunch or dinner. The lunch menu includes an array of sandwiches and creative burgers like the calamari burger, with breaded, deep fried calamari steak, organic greens, tomato, and onion. Other seafood favorites such as fish and chips or shrimp tacos are staples at the Hanalei Dolphin. The dinner menu brings beautifully arranged entrees, each accompanied by an asparagus wrap, baked potato, veggie kabob, seasoned steak fries or steamed white rice. Eat your fill of fresh seafood, steak, or chicken, or go for the combo with a surf & turf. Save room for dessert because you will not want to miss the homemade dolphin ice cream pie. This generous slice of banana, coconut, and macadamia nut flavors piled on top of an Oreo cookie crust with chocolate sauce and whipped cream will fulfill every sweet tooth craving.

As the waters of the Hanalei River drift lazily by, time slows at the Dolphin. Enjoy the leisurely pace of island life over a glass of wine from their extensive boutique wine list, a cold beer, or a specialty cocktail.

Planning Your Excursion to The Dolphin in Hanelei

The Dolphin in Hanalei Restaurant is located in the charming town of Hanalei along the Hanalei River, at 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy. They are open daily from 11:30am-3:00pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm.

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We have rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. All of our vacation rentals are in prime locations near some of the island’s best beaches and attractions. Our vacation rentals located in Hanalei, such as Hanalei Bay Villas, Hanalei Colony Resort, and Hanalei Bay Resort will put you in perfect proximity for enjoying a meal at the Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant, as well as the beautiful Hanalei Bay. Many of them offer gorgeous ocean or mountain views, island-inspired décor, full kitchens, swimming pools, and breezy lanais. Contact us today to learn more about local restaurants and attractions, and to book your island getaway!