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Aug 25, 2006 10:01 PM

Kauai - Poipu Dining Help

I am going to be staying at the Hyatt in Poipu and so far I plan on having diner at the following: Tidepools in the Hyatt, Dondero in the Hyatt, the Beach House, and Roy's. Does anyone have any comments or concerns regarding these places. Any other suggestions? We will be there for 6 nights. thanks.

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  1. I'll be watching closely, as we are doing most of the same in Sept. I finally went with the Plantation Gardens, in lieu of Roy's, partially because we have done so many of the Roy's, and my wife really wanted something new. Of all of the Roy Yamaguchi restaurants, in Hawai`i and on the mainland, the Poipu Beach location is one that we have NOT done. Maybe for lunch.

    If you have not done so, you might want to look up Gaylord's at the Kilohana Plantation, We did lunch there some many years back and it was very good. I have tried contacting them about doing their brunch on the day that we fly out, but cannot seem to get through by either phone, or e-mail.

    Of course, I would have recommended Jean-Maire Josselin's A Pacific Cafe in Kapaa, but it is no more.


    1. Look a little further down for my "Kauai Report - Long" for the detailed answer to this question.

      Roy's in Poipu is better than any other Roy's I have tried, and the food and service are vastly better than the Beach House.

      I did not make it to either of the Hyatt restaurants. I had planned to do both, but after disappointments at the Beach House, Duke's, and the Sheraton restaurants (predictably), once I discovered how good this Roy's was, I kept going there instead.

      Do not miss the shrimp and asparagus crepes.

      1. Just got back from 4 nights in Maui and 3 in Kauai. We also stayed in the Hyatt....great hotel (given we stayed in a great room - another story).

        We ate at Dondero the first night (actually had it delivered to the room). food was okay but that was about it.

        Roy's was good. We had the soup with soba noodles and crab relish (my 3 year old liked it) as well as the ahi appitizer (wife like this as well). She had the rib-eye steak (just okay) and I had the scallops with butternut squash (best dish!). the kids had ribs and pasta. The ribes were great. We had the molten cake and mac tart for desert, bith were good. Kids had ice cream sandwiches. This and 3 bottles of water and 2 glasses of wine came out to about $200 including tax and tip (20%). Not bad for 2 adults and 2 kids. Would go back again.

        The Beach house is awesome (view wise especially if you can get the first dinner seating)to very good (food wise). We had the mussels, soup, ahi taster, and salad for appetizers. The mussels were a little salty, soup was good, ahi taster was okay, and the salad was just that a salad.

        Mains were scallops with edamame rissoto (good), seafood pasta (good), Opah (better), and Scallaops with saffron rissotto (Best). Kids had pasta (what can we say about pasta with butter and cheese). Desert was the molten cake (not as good as Roy's but not bad).

        Also had 4 bottles of water, sodas, 2 glasses of wine, and a bottle of Syrah. Came out to $400 for 4 adults and 2 kids with a 20% tip. Food was good but the view was worth the price of admission.

        The Plantation was bad! The appetizers were good and service was good but the mains sucked! Had the Opah (moonfish) or what I thought was opah but tasted more like shoe leather. Go somewhere else.

        some othe small places to try.....Puka dogs in the same shopping center as Roy's. Keiko's is a must. It is also in the same shopping center as Roy's. The pizza joint in town is okay. But the best locals place is the Fish house in town. It is a plate lunch place with no seats but the fish is really good and it is cheap.

        Some advise for the Hyatt: The food sucks at the pool. Get a cabana so you can beat the heat. Check out the Koi feedings as well as the birds. The concierges are great especially Jennifer. If you want to get to the pool stay in the non-Poipu wing of the hotel (what a walk to the pools). Rent a kayak if you have kids and cruise around the lagoon. Be prepared to walk...this place is huge!

        Also make sure you see Waimea Canyon and the water Falls. If you have the time do a helicopter tour. They have these adventure places in town that are much cheaper than in the hotels.

        Have fun....hope this helps.

        3 Replies
        1. re: jkao1817

          What a great post. Thanks for the helpful info. I'm on the fence about Dondero's. Italian food and Hawaii may not be a good match. Thanks again.

          1. re: jkao1817

            Thanks for the input. We're at the Sheraton, but will be doing the two upper-end restaurants at the Hyatt, Donderos and Tidepools. Now, I'm worried about the Plantation House. I might substitute Gaylord's (since they have never gotten back regarding the start of their Sunday Brunch), for that evening. Either that, or try the last US Roy's, that we have not dined at. I've seen some good recs. regarding this one, and have enjoyed most of the rest - Hawai`i Kai & the two in West Maui were all dissappointments. I'll walk over to the Plantation House and see what's going on. Maybe I'll "take one for the team," and just do it - or maybe not.

            I'll do a piece on the restaurants at the Hyatt, but it will probably be too late for some.

            Anyway, thank you,

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              I'm not going until October, so a report would be great. Thanks.

          2. As a side note the dinner at the Plantation was a second person account (my in-laws were the ones who went)

            1. For a more informal meal or even to take out and enjoy oevr at the picnic tables by the Spouting Horn try the excellent pizza at Brick House Pizza (2-2555 Kaumualii Hwy. [Hwy. 50], Kalaheo, inland from Poipu; tel. 808/332-8561).

              I'm in NYC and even I miss their pizza.