With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush grounds of the Wyndham Resort, Hukilau Lanai Kauai might seem at first glance like just another hotel restaurant, drawing crowds through its location rather than with quality food. Don’t let these pretty appearances fool you – this restaurant lacks any pretension and is one of Kaua‘i’s best. Nightly live music mingles with the sounds of the surf, and tiki torches illuminate the beautiful tropical gardens and beach side pathways. Open-air dining pairs perfectly with Hukilau’s Hawai‘i-centric cuisine which is dedicated to providing iconic island flavors using only sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. A unique wine list includes 20 bottles of wine for “twenty-something dollars” and an extensive cocktail list features classics, Island Style drinks, and playful imaginings from the friendly bartenders.
Authentic and Hawaiian
All of the dishes on the menu are made from scratch using local Kaua‘i ingredients, and the restaurant’s aim is to keep things authentic and down to earth while never ceasing to dream big. This comes through with every dish and their unique ability to add modern techniques and culinary ingenuity to classic dishes like the filet mignon, mushroom meatloaf, and the farmer’s market vegetable lasagna. Start your meal with delicious appetizers like Candied Ahi (fresh tuna rubbed in Cajun coffee spices and a coconut chipotle sauce), BBQ ribs with pickled watermelon rind, Poke nachos (that’s fresh raw tuna seasoned with soy sauce and wasabi), or a delicious Lobster Curry Bisque with decadent flavors of sherry, coconut, and red curry. Salads at Hukilau Lanai Kauai are perfect for sharing and are bursting with fresh, organic produce like arugula, sweet corn, vine-ripe tomatoes, and macadamia nuts.
Incredible Entrees at Hukilau Lanai
Whether your party is in the mood to share dishes like the house-made charcuterie platter with pork and mushroom pates, coppa di testa, summer sausage, and more, or you want to focus on indulging yourself with your own delicious dish, everyone is sure to find a new favorite at Hukilau Lanai Kauai. Nightly fish specials showcase the island’s local bounty with five different preparations available for your snapper, ahi, mahi mahi, ono, opah, and more. Homemade pastas provide the perfect complement to fresh clams in a tomato broth, and grass-fed island beef is perfectly prepared in dishes like the Wally’s Steak Crown Royal (tenderloins with a whiskey demi-glace) and the Makaweli Beef. An extensive list of vegetarian and gluten free menus are also available.
Dedicated to conservation and sustainability, Hukilau Lanai has an amazing series of programs designed to give back to the local community while responsibly utilizing the natural bounty of Kaua‘i. Join them for dinner Tuesday through Sunday (5-9pm) or come early for a phenomenal 5-course dinner with wine pairings for just $50 between 5 and 5:45pm.
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