It is easy to get decent Japanese food on the islands, but if you want Kauai's best, this is the place to go. Locals and tourists in the know agree ... More
Kintaro Japanese Restaurant
It is easy to get decent Japanese food on the islands, but if you want Kauai's best, this is the place to go. Locals and tourists in the know agree that the tempura, Teppan yaki and pupus or appetizers here are the very best. As for the sashimi and sushi, they melt in your mouth. The authentic Asian decor is appealing and serene, with a choice of table or tatami seating. This family-owned business has been an island favorite for two generations.
My family has been coming to Kauai for 40 years, in the day when CoCo Palms was in it's prime. At the cocktail parties every night at CoCo Palms, among other appetizers were Kintaro's hand made wontons. I was little then and couldn't stand there forever to eat them, me hovering at the appetizer table, wouldn't be polite you know, but eat them I did. Absolutely delicious. Incredible, nothing you can make yourself and Kintaro's have their own wonton factory right there on Kauai. I missed those wontons so much that as an adult I called from Portland, Oregon some years ago and asked if I could buy some. They were more than happy to help me and I would have several cases sent to me packed in dry ice. My family goes nuts, our friends request more and sometimes that is our dinner alone. I have eaten at this restaurant many, many times and the food is great, BUT you can't find other wontons like these ANYWHERE. Thank you so much Kintaros, for a wonderful wonton and for a little girl to keep her wonderful memories of an enchanted place.
This place sucks! the sushi is less than average and if your a tourist they will treat you like crap. Its a locals only spot and they will let you know that as soon as you walk in. We sat at the sushi bar and the wannabe sushi chef was rude and made terrible rolls. Skip this place and eat at Mcdonalds its better food.
This is one of the best restaurants on the island...if you're a local. We love you tourists, you keep our island economy healthy. BUT - stay away from this one. Leave it to us and you can have all the rest. Besides, you wouldn't like it anyway. Its not the mainland or Oahu. Thanks but no thanks. This ones ours. SHAKA!!!
I love it. As for the comment made on the 50th anniversary party of nine. Make sure the entire group is accounted for otherwise they won't seat you. It is a popular spot for locals. It seems mondays would be there slower night of the week. They are closed on Sundays. Look at it this way Its like being a Hilton Diamond member with no wait. Membership has its priviledges. Ha Ha.
locals rule born and raised..........
The food and Kintaro does not taste any different then the Japanese food you can get at any other Japanese Restaurant. It is all just hype. On our first day on Kauai, we stopped by the restaurant at 5:30pm, when it opens, so we did not have to wait very long. After eating, we summer it us as nothing special but okay enough to eat again at and it was clean and nice (The wait staff are really nice but the hostess could learn a thing or two about customer service.) If you've ever been to Kauai, nice, sit-down restaurants are scarce. Since we were there for 5 days, and this place was close to our hotel, we thought we would go again. That was a mistake. If you do not have a reservation or go right when it opens, your wait can be extremely long. We found out that they only accept reservations for parties of six or more. So while you are starving and waiting for a table, parties of 6 or more can come in with their reservation and then add more time for your wait. Of course a bigger party means more money for the restaurant so they are not to concern about smaller parties. So after waiting for about an hour an half we ditched and went to L&L Drive-In located in Kapaa and had plate lunches which in all honesty is truly the local style of food that is truly Hawaii. We also found Genki Sushi located in the Kukui Grove Mall. We found that way better then Kintaro.
This is a 5 star restaurant anyway you slice it. Known for the freshest sushi on the island- they also have a terrific and tasty Japanese Steakhouse menu as well. I went there this past month for my 31st birthday and it is still the BEST restaurant on the island, particularly for this type of cuisine. The rating here should certainly be nothing less than 5 stars!!!!
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