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Kauai Restaurants

Restaurant Kintaro

  • 4-370 Kuhio Hwy. Map It
  • Wailua
  • Japanese
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/04/2015

Fodor's Review

If you want to eat at a hip restaurant that's a favorite with locals, visit Kintaro. But be prepared to wait on weekends, because the dining room and sushi bar are always busy. Try the soft-shell crab roll or the unbeatable Bali Hai bomb, a roll of crab and smoked salmon, baked and topped with wasabi mayonnaise. For a traditional Japanese meal, ask for the tempura combination, complete with fish, shrimp, and vegetables. Teppanyaki dinners are meat, seafood, and vegetables flash-cooked on tabletop grills in an entertaining display. Tatami-mat seating is available behind shoji screens that provide privacy for groups. The purple haze, a delicious mix of warm sake and framboise liqueur, is a must-have cocktail.

Restaurant Information


4-370 Kuhio Hwy., Wailua, Hawaii, 96746, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch. Closed Sun.

Updated 03/04/2015


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By Rudedog

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Oct 10, 2009

Restaurant Kintaro Review

Decent food. Nothing special. Service was horrible. We got 1 drink for the evening without refills of even water. After the meal it took 20 minutes to get the bill, 15 minutes to pick up the bill, and another 15 minutes to get it back. Not a fluke! The tables in front and behind us also waited that long and received bad service. It was a joke among everyone in the restaurant. No one felt bad for not tipping. McDonalds would have been a nicer meal

By maghols

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Sep 20, 2009

The best restaurant on the island

My husband and I visited Kintaro as many times as humanely possible while on Kauai in 2006 and 2008. The sushi is the best we've ever had. We learned to be in line before the restaurant opened to insure quick service, but even before we learned that trick it was worth the wait. The quality of the sushi is fantastic, and the lack of pretentiousness is refreshing. One of the top 5 restaurants we have ever been to.

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Jul 31, 2008

A real off night for place that used to be solid.

We were the second group through the doors on opening. We were seated and went to wash my hands where two elderly gentlemen were changing their clothes, washing their feet in the sinks, and hogging the bathroom. Bad start. Ordered the Bali bomb roll which bombed out tasting boring and dull. Cajun roll was all pepper and sucked. Hanalei roll dripped of deep fried grease, and California roll was bland and boring. Only one person working behind

the sushi bar and I guess was throwing it together as fast as he could without regard for quality and taste - really loosely rolled rolls - sloppy and uninteresting. Dull average Japanese cuisine for tonight 8/30/2008.

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