Bull Shed restaurant

The Bull Shed restaurant has been on Kauai more than 40 years, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Check it our for yourself. You can taste it and you can see it.

If it’s steak and seafood you want, along with an unrivaled oceanview, and friendly, fast service, the Bull Shed is your place.

And when you mix in a remodeling a year and a half ago that resulted in new furniture, paint, fans, carpeting, lighting and an elevated bar, well, you’ve got a winning recipe.

There is one item, however, that remains untouched.

“The prime rib we didn’t change because that’s been the same for many, many years,” said manager Robin Dame.

The Bull Shed, 4-796 Kuhio Highway, is open only for dinner, 5-9 p.m., so it makes sure diners leave happy, satisfied and full.

They don’t fool around at the Bull Shed, where it’s casual dining in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. It’s big portions for a fair price. The mouth-watering menu includes favorites like prime rib, New York steak, lobster, rack of lamb and seared ahi.

Its popular prime rib used to come in what can best be described as a giant slab of meat. These days, it comes in two sizes, the Bull Shed Cut (with bone) 26 to 28 ounces for $37, and the regular cut (no bone) (12 ounces) $29. The smaller, one, Dame said, is “for people who don’t need a caveman portion.”

Increasing menu options was something Dame did when he joined the Bull Shed as manager two years ago.

Rack of lamb, for instance, used to come only in the full rack size, which is a monstrous portion. The menu now includes a half rack for $29.

“Not everybody wants to eat two pounds,” he said.

The menu also includes a catch of the day, which is locally caught opah, swordfish or mahi mahi.

The Bull Shed offers surf and turf items, baby back ribs and teriyaki chicken breast. There’s crab night twice a week. Appetizers include waipouli scallops ($15), potato skins ($8) and artichoke dip ($9).

There’s live entertainment Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Besides the food and a friendly, efficient crew of about 40 that strongly believes in hospitality and making guests happy, there’s another main attraction for the Bull Shed: The view.

And for that, get there early because the window tables — and there are a lot of them — go quickly. Seating, just so you know, starts at 5 p.m. And happy hour at the bar starts at 4:30 p.m.

“There’s usually a pretty good lineup because they want window seats,” Dame said.

Even if you miss out on one of the premier spots, the elevated dining tables and seats offer an equally wonderful view of the ocean. On nights you add in a full moon rising, it can be mesmerizing.

Some evenings, green sea turtles swim right off the shoreline.

“It’s pretty spectacular,” Dame said.

The Bull Shed is so close to the ocean, in fact, that on days of high surf, waves splash on the building.

“You’ve got to shut the window or you will get wet,” he said.

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