Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei

4.7
222 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli offers residents and visitors to Kapolei a friendly place grab anything from a morning cup of coffee, a delicious deli sandwich or pizza to an award winning full service dinner that includes burgers, locally caught seafood and the freshest salads. We are proud to feature locally sourced ingredients whenever possible on our menu and we focus our wine and beverage program around small, family owned wineries and breweries.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 222 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSluggo
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with my cousin service was great and food tasty. I would definitely go back again...The Fish tacos and the cookie with ice cream really hit the spot...maybe I will try their dinner menu

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great diner with tasty dinner options. Drinks were awesome too! We will be back.

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JazminH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nice. I love the ambiance. We had reservations and our table was reserved with a sign. We came for lunch. The food was out of this world. Delicious! Great place to come for a date.

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BeverlyC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good drinks and very friendly staff. We eat here as often as we can!

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vipReviewswithaloha
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good comfort food in comfortable place with good service...

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vipGolfer
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great cookie dessert.

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only second time eating out since the start of the pandemic. Great decision!

RS
vipRobertS
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is much improved from a year ago, when we were last on Oahu. My wife's fish with lemongrass risotto and my wagu burger were just terrific/perfectly prepared. We ate outdoors and service was fine. We're going to go back at least once more this trip.

BH
vipBrenH
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want good comfort food, Kalapawai is the place to go. The West Side burger and shrimp penne pasta are my absolute favorites.
Kalapawai is usually a nice and relaxing place to eat and enjoy your meal.

Only downfall is when there's inconsiderate and obnoxious patrons who feel they must shout to talk and laugh so the whole neighborhood can hear them even though they are sitting within an arms length of one another.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here, looking to come back for great tasting food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Kalapawai the food is soo good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal, one of the best we enjoyed during our week! Service was outstanding and our food delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to try a local place and we are very thankful to have found this place. The food was exquisite, the staff was extremely nice. They have a great bar selection. We will definitely be going back.

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VivatheZeebra
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little neighborhood cafe. We love coming here for lunch. Food is yummy and the service is good. We like their skinny fries! The online reservation is convenient and recommended as there’s usually a line during peak hours.

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LizaS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I loved their foods. That's why I keep on coming back.
But i was disappointed when we went on 2/13 for dinner and requested to dine in outside the patio and there was one particular costumer that talks so really loud like constantly talking stories with her friends and sounded like she was really drunk and we wanted to go back inside or leave already because it felt uncomfortable but we decided to stay. Food and service was great but ambiance, it was loud almost the whole time not only the sound of bus passing by but this woman behind our table was louder.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day 💜

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vipBonnie
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food, great time! Had their renowned lemongrass risotto with blackened ahi. My heart fluttered; it was so good! The waitress was right-on with all of her recommendations. Will patronize again for sure.

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ditcherlm
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great find....awesome fish, burgers, vegan options! We hit the jackpot and our server was very good and attentive. I had the Ahi with lemongrass risotto and braised kale which was to DIE for. It was cooked perfectly.

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HawaiiExp
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly staff, nice ambiance, excellent food variety and quality.

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Limbo
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to partake here often... The food is always great but sometimes hard to get a spot at the bar. Everyone who works there is always friendly and it feels like a place everyone knows you. I always recommend this place for friends and family. Looking forward to the next meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The lavender martini simply amazing we will be coming back .

M
vipMariar
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robbie was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, large portions reasonably priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

First of all, the parking lot is a joke. Just park on the street during busy hours. Went on a Sunday night for early dinner. There was a football game on and a few people were getting really loud after having many drinks. I found it extremely difficult to hear the other person in my party at times. Other than that, the food was really delicious and the waiter was friendly. Getting service was a bit slow, but the food came out fast. Would return.

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SabrinaC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Service was slow. Drinks took awhile and food was luke warm.

TK
TrishK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food: salmon bruchetta on crostini, shrimp pasta, and pan roasted seafood & andouille sausage in a tomato cream sauce. Loved the atmosphere (outdoor dining)! Our friendly bartender was also our server so the service was not as quick as we would have liked, but understandably cost-cutting measures need to be in place during these times. The mixed drinks were not made to our liking so we'll just order beer or wine the next time, but we'll definitely be back. Overall a nice evening & great meal to say goodbye to a dreadful pandemic year. Glad we were able to spend our last day of 2020 at Kalapawai Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Well thought out and presented plates. Great drink menu. Overall a gem in Kapolei. I hope you continue to do well!!! Also seating felt very safe and well thought out in the CoVid times.

BH
vipBrenH
Hawaii
41 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As much as I want to try something different, I just came seem to breakaway from the fish tacos. Although it's only 2, don't be fooled, it's very filling.

The secret sauce is the key and what separates Kalapawai's fish tacos to everyone else's.

Before I used to love the burgers, now I'm hooked on these fish tacos. No pun intended (wink).

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vipmina74
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

One of the few choices on Christmas morning on OpenTable, glad it was somewhere near our home. Waitress was very attentive but left out the fact that a side of salad with my lox and husband's cup of coffee to go would have surcharges. I wouldn't have ordered the salad if that were the case. Husband wants to come back for their prime rib night but the only prime rib email I could find from them was for Father's Day. Free issues of Honolulu magazine was helpful, to grab either on the way in or for the road.

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gotgopher2
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good experience. We come often, so we obviously like Kalapawai very much. Our server Megan was, and is always great. She gets our orders right, and is just a happy person. I love the fish taco's, and on this trip my wife ordered the Seafood & Andouille sausage pan roast, but did not like it as much as usual. She was not happy with the portion, and found it lacked the coconut milk flavoring, with not much sauce. Hope to have better next time. All in all a good experience, and we will be back.

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vipSDWAW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I will not return, and I would advise the reader to go elsewhere. Our waitress was so distracted by a table of her friends behind us (she stood talking to them for 10-15 minutes, while I waited for my drink which she had to ask me about twice, while everyone else at the table had finished theirs, and then it was brought by someone else after we asked a third time). Then, due to her lack of attention, orders for our table and the next were mixed up. Mine, of course, did not arrive with the others, and when it did, it had a piece of plastic sticking up out of it. She replaced it, and did not charge me , but that did not make up for the service. Then, as she presented the bill, she blamed the kitchen for all of the problems. She should have at least owned her mistakes.
And, the food was very mediocre at best.

JP
vipJohnP
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a more casual atmosphere. Popular with locals. Our server was super helpful and quick and fun to chat with. Loved it so much we came back later during our vacation stay.

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LornaO
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is excellent. Food was delicious. Staff couldn't have made us feel more welcome! Would like to come back just to enjoy a cocktail and relax.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the Crab Curried “Cottage Pie”, yummy!
Highly recommend the pear or chocolate martinis
Sitting on the patio on a lovely evening, very comfortable .
Inside was super chilly, a/c n fans going.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience

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gotgopher2
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here and in Kailua several times, and we keep coming back, so that tells the story. Good food, good service, friendly staff, and fair prices. Clean and inviting throughout. Recommend the fish tacos, chop salad, and if you see anything on the menu that looks good, it will be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

First time here w/ friends who have previously dined here. Food was excellent but the service was lacking - badly! The service we received from our server (male) after we ordered our dinner was mediocre....there were long periods of time that went by between table visits - definitely not frequent enough! And we waited 30+ minutes to receive our 3 desserts from the time we ordered them - kinda ridiculous! The whole experience would’ve been 5-Stars if only the service had been more prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat outside, and the server was great. The food was even better, and definitely recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5-star food, covered outdoor bar seating, multiple TVs, very clean, great selection of beers.
Hubby had grilled steak with asparagus & Brussels sprouts. I had blackened Ahi with locally grown greens. Delicious!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei using the Order Online button. Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 674-1700.

Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei is rated 4.7 stars by 222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.