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Jul 31, 2011 07:22 PM

Pre Wedding Dinner for 20 on Kauai- Where?

Looking for ideas for a fine dinner with great wines for 20 on Kauai. Will be staying @ Poipu. Most of party are foodies. Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. I would drive 30 mins to Tavern in Princeville or Roy's in Poipu.

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    1. re: russkar

      No way is Princeville 30 minutes from Poipu.

      I'd see if Red Salt can do something for 20 people.

      If not look at Tidepools or Dondero at the Grand Hyatt, Merriman's at the great new Kukui'ula Shopping Center, Plantation Gardens for a lovely setting, Roy's and the Beach House.

      I like all the above places, but a couple are going to fall short of being "foodie" places.

      Josselin's is good, also in that great new Kukui'ula Shopping Center, but I think it would be way too loud.

      Plantation Gardens Restaurant
      2253 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756

      Beach House Restaurant
      5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

      Red Salt
      Koloa, Koloa, HI

    2. We got re-married at the Grand Hyatt Kauai a couple of years ago and we had a get together of friends for dinner at Red Salt at Koakea resort in Poipu and it was fantastic.
      Mike the bartender at Red Salt owns the wine shop down the road and he is a totally cool guy.
      Also, there is Beach House, Roy's, Merriman's, Dondero's(Hyatt) and Keoki's Paradise..all in Poipu which if your staying in Poipu, you want to be hanging close after dark with drinking.
      Been to all of the above restaurants and they all are excellent.

      1. Josselin's is good. Casa di Amici can be good.

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        1. re: kaleokahu

          Is Josselin's that great tapa bar up in North Shore?

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Aloha, Beach Chick:

            No, I think you're thinking of Bar-Acuda in Hanalei. Josselin's is directly across from Merriman's in that disgusting new Poipu mall.

            There is also the resto at Kilohana that used to be Gaylord's. Haven't tried it since the change, but the setting would be ideal for a wedding dinner. Gaylord's used to close just to host larger private parties, too.


            1. re: kaleokahu

              Aloha Kaleo!
              What is up...
              Bar-Acuda in Hanalei is it..

              Aloha and Mahalo...

              1. re: Beach Chick

                E Beach Chick, Shoots:

                Just cooking a kalua moa and having small kine pia. What's for grinds at your hale?

                Aloha Kaua,

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Must be the day of the moa. We're doing the same (Mexican influence) in PHX. Gotta' be the phases of the Moon, or something.

                  Back to the OP. We had a wonderful evening at Dondero's, and I would guess that with some planning, they could easily do 20. While Tidepool's did not live up to our expectations, but think they were just having an "off night." For ambiance, I think that I'd opt for Tidepools (giving them a vote of confidence on potential).

                  Happy event,


        2. The Plantation Gardens, in Poipu has two areas that are great for a dinner of 20. We had our pre-wedding dinner there as well. It's very "old Kauai" feeling, especially after the sunsets, it's very romantic.

          Plantation Gardens Restaurant
          2253 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756

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          1. re: KoloaDeb

            I want to thank all who have provided input to help me!

            I am disappointed w/ the response I have received from some of the " better places" who responded w/ catering or for a special dinner. Very un- professional- I guess it's an Island thing. I should mention that i have visited Kauai over 20 times during the last 15 years , so I know many of the places mentioned.

            What I have decided is to turn my requirements over to the The Hyatt- they are/were very professional and have done many 1st rate dinners for me in the past. Their staff are committed professionals vs the laid back local high end restraurants.

              1. re: blackfoot

                Aloha blackfoot..
                Grand Hyatt is fab and Doug Sears, the GM is a great guy and he and his staff will do what it takes to make your experience a memorable one.
                Are you going to Tidepools or Dondero's?

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Don't know yet, probably will give him a generous per head budget and let them come up with some choices.

                  I had them do a buffet dinner about 10 years ago for about 50 people and they did an outstanding job. In fact, they did carved Turkeys and Ham plus many more choices and to this day I have NEVER had Turkey or Ham that good again. The Ham was basted w/ a Pineapple sauce of some kind that I have never duplicated.

                  My daughter is quite the foodie , so I am thinking maybe something very high end Italian w/ wine pairings. I'll let you know how it goes.

                  Just a FYI for the board, I spend about 8+ weeks every winter in Hawaii mainly Honolulu and Kauai. I have found that the best restraurants are always in the major better Hotels because they have excellent staffs and Chefs. They are required to maintain extremely high standards because of their International reputations.I have learned that Hawaii is considered an extremely desirable location for the Hotels best Chefs to transfer to from their other locations in the world.

                  Their prices are generally the same as the same big name places mentioned on this board( many are overrated in my opinion).

                  1. re: blackfoot

                    We love Kauai and the Grand Hyatt..
                    We had a renewal of our vows and the GM and staff had a gorgeous 3 tiered plumeria cake for me gratis which was such a lovely gesture..
                    Dondero's had a 3-4 course meal for under $75 pp and it was delicious..
                    Did you go to Red Salt at Koa Kea hotel to see what they could do for you?

                    We love Kauai so much that we're looking at buying one of those homes at Tunnels in North Shore..