Happy Talk

4.3
527 reviews
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Dining Bar
16 COLD BEERS ON TAP!
Better Bar Food!
Happy Hour 3-5PM.
Full Dinner Menu available at 3pm!
Full NFL on big screens.
Live Music and Sunset/Bay Views
What 527 People Are Saying
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PO
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Happy Talk! The food was great, the service was great! Parking is so-so because of lack of space. We suggest valet parking, it’s really the only option. We thought that the decor has declined a bit in the last couple of years, small details need attention..that said this space is rented as I understand it from the Hanalei Bay Resort. I recognize it’s difficult to maintain an open air space on Kauai. We definitely recommend Happy Talk, a casual dining experience for an enjoyable pub style menu and ice cold beer!

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and really great food and service!

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Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was great. But the service was terrible. No one came back to ask for refills or clear our table. Also, in my reservation they asked (and I selected) a standard table because we had two seniors and several short people with us. I also noted that we ALL were celebrating birthdays and could we have a view. We ended up at a high table that was a high edge slab and difficult to sit and eat at. It was also at the column... so no view. Overall, a big disappointment. So if you have more than four people...take a pass on Happy Talk.

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LC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved hearing the Hawaiian and mixed music but they only played until 9pm! The Loco Moco was yummy and the Ahi Poke Bowl were outstanding!

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CV
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great way to end a day of sightseeing with a cocktail, sunset, music & dinner
Lovely venue

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CW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday great sunset

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Great vibe, excellent food and live music. A real highlight if you are on Kauai’s north shore

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Thanks for another awesome dinner at Happy Talk! Food and table service were excellent! Accommodations were correctly made for one gluten free diner. The only negative was being locked out of the bathroom and having to go back and get a key from our server.

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tasty food. Great outdoor setup. Love was music was great. Maybe a little loud but we were sitting close by. Would recommend to friends for sure!

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DC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Casual dining with incredible views of Hanalei Bay

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JT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun place, more of a bar menu instead of a dinner spot - very casual and really just ok but the location and atmosphere are great so give it a try

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S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, great happy hour specials and very tasty pupus (appetizers). Highly recommend the coconut shrimp, ceviche, ribs and pulled pork quesadilla . . . all were amazing!!

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JR
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Happy Talk. Easy. Good Music. Good food. And now that valet parking is available again, we go more often.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect and super friendly -amazing food

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very nice table with a great view

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great live music, beautiful sunsets, awesome service, food and drinks! We loved it!

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M
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If you like sports bars with LOTS of big screens (as in, all in a row around the whole restaurant), then this might be your place. If you like sports-bar type food (unpretentious, simple, and not fancy or particularly refined, but still quality and fresh-tasting), then this might be your place.... The view over the jungle ravine to Hanalei Bay and the mountains is amazing, and the servers are friendly and efficient. There’s even not-too-loud live music.... Just don’t go expecting this beautifully located sports bar to be more than it is.... If you want to soak up the view with as little screen distraction as possible, ask to be seated close to the edge of the garden.... Would we go back? Yes, probably, requesting a table close to the garden’s edge.

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TH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely lovely, great views, great appetizers, the fish tacos are fantastic, have them grilled or fried ;) both ways tasted great! wish their happy hour would be longer though we did miss it both times but were still overall happy with everything. Live music is a nice touch too ! Great service, and now they know the capital of Canada is "Ottawa" ;)

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overpriced drinks. Horrible queso cheese. It was my birthday and very disappointed. Unfriendly service.

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IC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot!! The live music was excellent and not too loud that you couldn’t talk. Service was great along with the food. Beautiful setting. A must visit.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great views, live music, fun atmosphere, good drinks and beer selection

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O
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Hostess and server were great, as was the ambiance, cocktails, and band. The food, however, was really disappointing for the price. Bar food, and not even good bar food. We are not fussy, demanding eaters. I ordered the coconut shrimp combo ($25); the salad greens were limp and warm, the rice was stone cold and the shrimp were overcooked. Husband had the burger ($20), which was meh. Fries were stubs like at the bottom of the bag. Won't be back.

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DO
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had Bob as a waiter he was exceptionally professional gave us plenty of time to make choices and to enjoy a meal professional outstanding you should be happy to have him

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food quality did not seem to match the prices. And the 20% forced gratuity was a shock. There are better values with better food on Kauai.

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KS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant, especially since they instituted valet parking. We have been coming here for a few years and it is one of our favorites. My only recommendatin is to expand the menu to include more fresh fish options (eg shrimp scampi, butterfish, almond crusted salmon, seafood medley. etc) and more pasta dishes. Service was exceptional.

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Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

View is the best in Princeville! Food is excellent and service is spot on. My favorite!

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PK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was great. Very casual and relaxing. The view was spectacular.

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IH
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

During our stay in Princeville, Kauai, our group of 4 (2 couples) enjoyed many restaurants. Happy Talk was certainly one of the best! It was so good, in fact that we ate dinner there twice and stopped in another day for drinks and snacks during Happy Hour.

The food was excellent, the entertainment was superb and the view is one of the most beautiful in Kauai. During eac dinner there was live music by some very unusual and talented duos . They played a wide variety of music and really connected with the customers.

Happy Talk is in an obviously popular and busy condo/hotel so do't be bashful about using the valet parking. If you arrive early, take the elevator in the looby down one floor and see the beautiful pool, again with a fantastic view of Hanalei and the Pacific.

If you are looking for a place for quiet conversation this is not it. For a great party and delicious food this is #1!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. Food was so so. Music too loud to talk. Chickens stealing food off table. Little boy at table next to us had his grilled cheese stolen out of his hand by a chicken. Can’t recommend.

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MC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! What a wonderful, fun, enjoyable experience! Just had the most wonderful coconut shrimp dinner and watched a beautiful sunset into the ocean. Service by Tom was excellent. Food was outstanding. Live music was totally enjoyable. We will be back!

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j
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining view on Kauai! Happy hour daily 3-5 pm got our attention! The setting is stunning and the food/service was awesome! The band was local and very good! Been come to Princeville for over 20 years and this is the best!! Don’t miss it!

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SD
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Talk is a great restaurant and bar with live music. We always enjoy our time there.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this gem online while we were staying in Princeville. It was a perfect place to relax, enjoy the scenery, and have great food and cocktails. The music was not overwhelming, but very entertaining.

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TH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely best place in Kauai. Most beautiful view, great creative local food, great entertainment. ESP enjoyed Falling Romance on Monday. Actual photo from our table. Looks like a post card.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience would highly recommend

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Superior view ! We ate here three times during our stay. All of our food was pretty good. Ribs were very good. Numerous TVs and live music every night. Only open 5-9. That is bummer because that is basically your only choice for food. We had some fantastic servers and a few pretty good ones. Menu is limited but view is worth it.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, cold beer, delicious mixed drinks, and wonderful atmosphere. Tends to be a little pricey but on par for what you would expect to pay on the island.

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GM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the happy talk for a casual meal with a great view. There is often live music too. Go at sunset!

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OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a combo of a sports bar, restaurant, dance place. There was a live band that was a little too loud for any dinner convo. Tv's everywhere. Good service, good food, large portions for a good price. The ribs and mashed potatoes were delicious, BLT was huge and yummy, garden/spring rolls were huge and fresh. It could be a romantic spot if you sat ouside away from the band.

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HJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lively & fun atmosphere. Live music is good, be prepared to talk over it.

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