When many upscale Hawaii restaurants charge $35 just for a main course, you can have a six-course dinner for $28 at the Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa. Each Tuesday through Saturday evening from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Hukilau Lanai offers a six-course Food and Wine Tasting Menu that’s $28 without wine and $40 with five wine pairings.
On our last trip to Kauai, we dined at the Hukilau Lanai and thought it was quite nice. We did opt for the Food and Wine Tasting Menu and thought it offered a good variety of flavors and the courses were well portioned. The wine pairings were good, not outstanding, but definitely good. You can see what’s on the tasting menu here. We especially liked the second course that included locally grown fiddlehead fern. The cheese course included goat cheese and honey that were both produced on Kauai. The tropical sorbets were unique with sapote, starfruit, and guava-lime.
If you can’t arrange to try the special tasting menu, then you’ll be pleased to know that most main courses are well price and in the range of $18 to $28 and include a soup or salad. The standard menu includes fresh fish, beef, pork and chicken.
We really liked that this restaurant uses locally produced goods. Check out their page on going green and how they strive to be eco-friendly.
The setting is pleasant. Tables look out onto a manicured tropical landscape with a view of the Pacific. The tables on the lanai are a bit nicer and you need to call ahead to reserve one of those.
Hukilau Lanai is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 9pm. It is located in the Kauai Coast Resort at 520 Akela Loop in Kapaa. They can be reached by phone at 808-822-0600. You can see our photos from the Hukilau Lanai. Have you dined here? What did you think?
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