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Aug 24, 2009 10:10 AM

Gaylord's, Beach House, or elsewhere for nice last dinner on Kauai?

Has anyone been to Gaylord's recently? We are thinking of Gaylord's -- where we have never eaten -- for a final (special) meal on this trip. We've eaten at the Beach House on prior visits; we love the view and service there, and like the food, but would like to try somewhere different. Any suggestions for a special place would be welcome. Thank you!

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  1. is it plantation house or plantation gardens? how's that?

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    1. re: toncasmo

      I just got back from Kauai and we had our first dinner on Kauai at Plantation Garden and the service in the dining room was very disappointing. Food was okay.

    2. We've eaten at Gaylord's the last two Thanksgivings and while it was enjoyable, we do not feel that we would like to return because we felt that it was overpriced . It's not as comfortable as the Beach House and maybe slightly more expensive. A problem with Gaylord's is that they have a large theater across a grassy area behind the restaurant-which is open air-to which busloads of tourists from the cruise ships are brought for a dinner and show. The sounds from the show can be clearly heard from sections of the restaurant towards the theater. This would be something consider if a cruise ship was in port.

      1. We'll be there next week and Red Salt at the Koa Kea Resort gets great reviews...
        Tidepools is closed for renovation at the Grand Hyatt and I hear that Dondero's is excellent for Italian.
        All I can think of is saimin at Hamura's with lilokoi pie..

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          just got back last night. we had a wonderful dinner at plantation gardens and the attentive service was one of the best parts! didn't care for gaylords half as much
          didn't make beach house this time but everyone else seemed to love it

          1. re: toncasmo

            Glad that you had a great experience.
            We tried Beach House and really enjoyed it.

            1. re: Beachy1

              yes we went to beach house last time so wanted to try new places but i'm kind of regretting that we didn't go there for our anniversary. it was 09/09/09 and i talked to alot of wedding and anniversary couples who were there and said had beautiful sunset and marvelous food....

        2. For a truly special meal..try Koa Kea's "Red Salt"
          We have given Beach House a pass the last few times...too much Hype...mediocre food.and
          Hostesses with attitude!
          Can we vote for Hamura's Saimin& Lilikoi Pie?? That's it then!

          1. Just got back yesterday from Kauai and I gotta tell you that Dondero's at the Grand Hyatt was out of this world good..
            4 course meal for the $60 was an incredible deal...great wine list too..service was outstanding.
            Celebrating with friends for the big day out on the patio overlooking the lagoons and ocean and all the flora and fauna lit by the tiki torches really set the tone.
            Really enjoyed Red Salt and Keoki's Paradise in Poipu.
            Hamura Saimin's was closed for remodel after 55 years for the week that I was there..I shed some tears when I read that note in the window.
            Love Love Love Kauai!


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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Re: Dondero's, I agree completely. Unfortunately, my wife did not feel the same way, and she had good reason. My food was excellent, but her's was much less, and she ordered more traditional (for them) fare, than did I. It was a 50:50 meal - one great, and one not even close.


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Aloha Bill..
                I was thinking of you when I was at Dondero's...we had the Stag's Leap Artemis which was excellent..
                We all had great meals..from the scallops to the ahi..all were excellent.
                The GM had an orchard cake waiting for me on my birthday and service was top notch.
                The gnocchi in a truffle cream sauce with wild mushrooms was outstanding.
                Hamura's Saimin's was closed for the week while we were there..thought I was gonna break down and cry..ok, I did shed some tears.
                Red Salt at Ko'a Kea Resort was excellent and surprisingly Keoki's Paradise which is a TS restaurant group which owns Hula Grill and Kimos was quite good..
                Had drinks at Duke's and tried to do Beach House but it was sold out for last Friday night.
                We just loved the Grand Hyatt Kauai..I can't imagine anywhere else to stay..
                Tidepools was closed for renovations.
                St. Regis will open the 26th of September which we tried to get into but the guard turned us away...don't think they will make that target date.

                I'll be in Phoenix next week for business and wondering if we should do Lon's at the Hermosa or T.Cooks?
                Mahalo Bill..

                1. re: Beach Chick


                  I gave a comment on the AZ thread. For me, it's a toss-up between the two.

                  We've done both for slightly larger events, and each has stepped up. For an AZ flavor, I'd choose Lon's, but then T. Cooks has never, never let us down.

                  Glad that Dondero's was great all the way around. For us, I was the "happy camper," but my wife - well, not so much, and with good reason.

                  Though Tidepools was not the highlight, I'd do both again, without hesitation and only hope that my wife would score 100 on her meal at Dondero's.

                  Travel safely, and let me know what you chose to do in AZ. I feel that you cannot go wrong with either choice.


                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    As a PS, the weather is really getting nice, by AZ standards, so al fresco at either would be a treat - at least for a "Zonie."


                2. re: Beach Chick

                  Good news about Dondero's. We've had bad luck there and at Tidepools in the recent past, so have avoided both lately. Next year, though, Dondero's is high on the must do list.