Dining in Paradise

In January of 1986, Keoki’s Paradise in Poipu was opened as the new addition to the TS Restaurants family. Starting in 1967, with the opening of their first restaurant in California, Robert Thibaut’s and John A. Sandy’s (the “T” and “S”) goal was to develop, build, and personally operate a limited number of high-quality restaurants in California and Hawaii.

Apart from serving from the farm straight to table and using local produce, a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds helps fund community organizations on Kauai. Legacy of Aloha is the name given to the company’s charitable efforts, which are grounded in the spirit of giving without an expectation of receiving anything in return.  

“Come in, enjoy, relax and be a part of the ohana,” said Manette DeCosta, bar and marketing manager.

“We focus not only to serve a meal, but to create a memory,” added John Poehnelt, dining room manager.

Along with Derek Kessler (GM) and Ryan Mahony (AGM), the staff at the restaurant is there to make sure your experience is as good as it can be.

Recommended by the managers was the Chef’s Fresh Fish Duo, a combination of two Hawaiian fresh fish (monchong and opah the night I went), misoyaki seared and herb grilled, citrus vinaigrette, Thai coconut, jasmine rice and locally farmed vegetables for $32.

Perfectly cooked and beautifully arranged, this was the best choice for a fish lover like myself.

While enjoying their Aloha happy hour, daily 3-5 p.m., you can also get the special three-course chef’s sunset menu, 4:45- 5:45 p.m., priced at $24.

To top the royal treatment, you can expect a diverse calendar of live music every night from 7-9 p.m., with a special performance every first Friday of the month.

“We usually have a live person band those nights,” said Manette.

I had the pleasure of being there on a Sunday night and meeting Olamon from Revival, who performed as a part of a three-man band.

Delicious food, refreshing and unique drinks, positive energy, smiling managers, and fantastic live music. I couldn’t have asked for more on my visit. The bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and the dining room runs from 4:45-9:30 p.m. daily.

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