Fine Dining

BEACH HOUSE. Excellent food, view, and service. Spendy, but worth it. From Koloa Chevron take Poipu Rd south to roundabout. Take 2nd exit. Find Beach House in about 1/2 mi on left. 742-1424. www.the-beach-house.com.

DOLPHIN. Delicious seafood and sushi dining in a casual lanai setting. Also fish market. At the Shops at Kukui'ula in Poipu. From Koloa Chevron take Poipu Rd south to roundabout. Take first exit, then quickly first left into Kukui'ula. The Dolphin restaurant is in the center back. 742-1414. www.hanaleidolphin.com.

Kaua'i Tip. In Hawai'i it's customary to remove your shoes before entering someone's house.

GAYLORD'S. Classy gourmet dining on a relaxed lanai setting. Worth the price. From Koloa take Tree Tunnel Rd (Hwy 520) to Hwy 50. Turn rite towards Lihu'e. Turn left at the 2nd lite and follow driveway to Gaylord's inside the Kilohana Mansion. 245-9593. www.gaylordskauai.com.

KAUAI PASTA. Hip little place where you want to linger and chat. Great food. Urban feel. In Lihu'e. From Koloa take Tree Tunnel Rd (Hwy 520) to Hwy 50. Turn rite. At 6th lite, Hwy 50 becomes 56. Continue on 56 for one block, and note commercial strip on rite. Kauai Pasta is in the strip just before the 7-11. Lunch and dinner, Mon - Sat. 245-2227. www.kauaipasta.com.

KEOKI'S PARADISE. Nice water theme ambience. Good food. Enjoy a spacious dining room, cozy booths, or dine at their friendly bar. From Koloa Chevron, take Popiu Rd south to roundabout. Take third exit for about 1/2 mi, then turn left, and quickly rite into Poipu Shopping Village. Keoki's is on the rite. 742-7534. www.keokisparadise.com.

LA SPEZIA. Fine Italian/Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar. Classy. Designed around an attractive "homestyle" setting. In Koloa. On Koloa Rd on the east side of town across from the Post Office. 742-8824. www.laspeziakauai.com.

PLANTATION GARDENS. Fine dining in an elegant plantation home setting. Luscious garden for before or after dinner strolling. Cusine is highly localized. From Koloa Chevron take Poipu Rd south to roundabout. Take third exit. In 1/2 mi turn rite into a driveway just opposite entrance to Poipu Shopping Village. Follow signs a few hundred feet to Plantation Gardens. 742-2121. www.pgrestaurant.com.