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.
I visited Kauai in July 2005 and heard that Kintaro was a restaurant similiar to Beni Hana. Kintaro supposodely had: cooking right in front of you, fun and interesting chefs, and amazing FRESH food; however, when we got to Kintaro we were rudely awakened to quite a different environment. Although we had made reservations a week ahead for the specific tables with the cooking in front of you, the hostess first ignored us and then mysteriously lost our reservation. We then had to wait for 1 1/2 hours with no compensation. The waitresses and hostesses were extremely rude... and the food wasn't anything special and didn't taste fresh at all. The entire experience was HORRIBLE and don't expect anything when going there.
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!!!
Kintaro's weak. Lived in Kauai & went there many times. The locals love it but it's definitely not for the freshness of fish. Most typical sushi fish are not local to Hawaii so they're flown in. The quality of the nigiri sushi wasn't anything to go crazy about. The locals love the American style rolls. You'd think they'd be more about the fresh, fresh fish for sushi. Not surprising when you realize that Spam & macaroni salad (which I love) are staples of the island.
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.
I visited Kauai in Aug 2004. We ate at Kintaro's one night and it was the best food I have ever had anywhere. I was in a group of 5 people who all ordered something different and all the food was fabulous. We ate Benihana-style which I would recommend if it is something you have never experienced. Do call and make reservations ahead of time as this is a popular restaurant. All of my future visits to Kauai will always include at least one meal at 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!!!!
This restaurant came highly recommended
and the ahi dinner didn't disappoint. The
restaurant hostess and waiters are not
very friendly but our chef was and gave
a great performance.
I love this place but you definately need
a reservation or be prepared for a long
wait. Dinner about 25.00
This is not your typical sushi restaurant its got all the island flavor and so much more. we went there and sure the staff is a little slow and maybe they get sick of tourist, but the food is soooo good it more than makes up for it. Also we realized that the guy who served us is actaully the OWNER I mean thats pretty unreal and if he is there every night it has got to make a difference. overall we had fun met some local surfers who told us about a secret spot and just had an all around good time.
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