Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei

4.5
83 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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AH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us went on Valentine's Day, 2019 for a non-Valentine's kind of dinner. Despite the manager and server mentioning it was their BUSIEST DINNER EVER - the service was top notch, nicely paced and there wasn't a sense that anyone was in the "weeds." The food was awesome and they were happy to accomodate my special request to vegan-ize a non-vegan item for me.

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always we had a delightful Valentines at Kalapawai, I had the seafood special and hubby the NY steak perfect, service outstanding, was very busy recommend reservations
so great we have a Kalapawai on the West side!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 10 including 6 children. Service was excellent, fast and delicious! Would highly recommend!

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JK
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visit Kalapawai frequently Wednesday and Friday for dinner. This Tuesday visit must have been a different chef. Our entrees had too much salt my lips swelled and our soup was served warm. Service was very slow and it wasn't busy. The table behind us waited a long time for their food too. I would give 3 stars but it is rare to get bad food and service here. We'll give Kalapawai the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully management makes more effort to please the customers and the Chef use less salt. If not, ratings will decrease.

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MY
Hawaii
101 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We love that Kalapawai Cafe is now in Kapolei. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the location is great!

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JK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food always hits the spot. Unfortunately my favorite pizza was soggy. Great flavor but had to eat with a fork. The Macadamia Nut Muffin was old and dry. Very disappointing, we'll guess they must have had a bad day and give them the benefit of the doubt.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good comfort food with lots of options. Great service. Highly recommend. Very clean place.

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M
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought friends here and we all had a casual, tasty dinner with a friendly and funny server.

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MB
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant away from the main hotels! Worth the short Uber ride or drive. We enjoyed great cocktails, fresh seafood, and pasta for good prices.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The fresh fish dinner of the day was excellent. Very causal environment.

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h
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant. We are former residents and have been to the location in Kailua many times, years ago. We are now visiting, and were staying out in the Ko’Olina area and needed groceries so we thought we’d go to Kapolei (10 min drive) and get dinner there as well. It was all locals (no tourists yay!) Quiet, casual,low key—exactly what we were looking for. TVs in the bar area if you want to watch a game. Menu had something for everyone. It all looked so good plus they had three specials which all sounded fabulous. Portions were generous. No one could quite finish because we were stuffed! Def one of those meals where you want to keep eating but you just can’t fit anymore in! Great little wine list. We had recently been to the Saint-Emilion region of France so we had to get a bottle! It was $60 prob the most expensive thing on the menu but well worth it. Plenty more great more affordable options too. Shawnie, our server, was wonderful and took very good care of us! Will def be back!

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L
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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FO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. The chef's creativity is seen in the diversity of the menu. Lots of great local ingredients. Will definitely return on my next trip to O'ahu.

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W
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kat the hostess was very gracious and welcoming to our party of four. I mentioned to her that this afternoon I saw their IG feed in Hawaiibestkitchens, saw their prime rib picture, and had to make a reservation thur Open Table to enjoy their food and drinks. Everything about our dining was great@ food and service was exceptional- we will definitely patronize this restaurant and bar again. I must say, another great find here in Kapolei. Mahalo for the great dining experience!!

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J
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place in Kapolei! Our server Shawnie was delightful- so helpful and friendly. The menu has something for everyone. If you’re there on a Tuesday or Thursday for dinner, be sure to order the coconut crusted ahi special. It’s outstanding The shrimp and andouille roast is also excellent as is the chicken parmigiana. They were more than willing to put the tomato sauce on the side for the chicken formpur daughters, and went out of their way to create a lovely and enjoyable meal and experience. We sat on the patio which is covered so even though it was raining we were able to eat outside which we really enjoyed. Lastly the prices are reasonable compared to many others in the Ko Olina/Kapolei area. They are also open for breakfast and lunch, breakfast being an “order at the counter” set up then they bring it to you. We did not go for breakfast but Highly Recommend it for dinner!

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YY
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great for invent reservation!!
Good service, mood and food!!!

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JA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visited, we had great food and a great time, everyone was excellent, Kalapawai Kapolei is my favorite place to go and hang out to get the best quality food and service

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P
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the chicken Parmesan. It was delicious. What we appreciated was that Kalapawai Kapolei accommodated our 93-year old guest’s special dinner request which wasn’t exactly a menu item.

What I didn’t like was the sun shining directly into our eyes and the restaurant did not have shades to block it. It wasn’t pleasant until the sun went down.

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G
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten here 4 times and its always good. Service is great, the food is delicious, and the seating is very comfortable with some room between tables. We had the daily fish which was fresh, crispy and moist and the rib eye steak and NY steak were cooked perfectly-slightly charred/crispy outside and very tender. I love their mashed potatoes and lemon grass risotto! If you aren’t sure if the wine you choose is what you want, they’ll give you a tasting - that was a winner for me.

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JK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good flavor but gave 4 star because ribs were dry without chutney and cole slaw was also dry. Gnocchi was not as flavorful, needed salt and garlic.

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JK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment.

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JK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been disappointed with their specials. A little pricey but I have enjoyed the entrees every time. The other night I had the seared ahi and I wanted to tell the Chef myself it was the best seared I've eaten in a long time. The regular menu items are great too!

We like to sit outside because it is quieter. And the servers are normally very pleasant. It was perfect after a hard days work.

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d
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt, food was awesome for everyone. $ is reasonable for presentation, taste and amount of food It great when you return and order the same dish it’s made with the same great taste, softness of meat and still meaty ribs. Never had room left for desert, so no comment for that. Just avoid sitting facing road at sunset

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t
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monchong special was out of this world.

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G
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the dinner food and dining experience at Kalapawai! And this time was only marred by my ahi being cooked to death. So the dish wasn’t up to their usual and that was disappointing. But everyone else enjoyed what they ordered. The portions are generous (except for the sheppards pie which was a really small portion-so strange). The service was great-I really like the fact that everyone working the floor will take care of you. They are friendly and very nice. Its moderately priced-you get great value for what you pay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Food was all good except the chicken parm, which was raw. We kindly pointed it out and they apologized and offered a free dessert. But I was shocked when they still charged me for raw chicken dish on the bill. Very disappointed.

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JK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here often and the food never disappoints us.
Our server was this evening was helpful and friendly. He made sure we enjoyed our visit.

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GF
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good comfort food - very tasty. Service was good - waitress very pleasant. Nice wrap around porch for dining and bar area. Bar area nice place to get together and still be able to talk and hear each other. On a quiet corner, so dining and bar area are nice to sit outside. Would go again.

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P
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very surprised about the dinner menu. It was very good. All of our food was excellent along with the service.

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

have been here for lunch and dinner and the food is terrific. fresh fish. great flavors. when we went with a bigger party, timing for entrees was a little long but understandable. service is great, ambience nice.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very convenient, excellent selection.

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SF
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food...our service was very slow unfortunately. Our server was very sweet and nice. We went with 2 kids and it took over an hour to get our food. We were seated at 5:40pm with a reservation. Also, the tables are tight...

It’s also am amazing value for such great food!

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JB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A last minute Father’s day dinner turned out to be one of the best dining out experience in a while. The food was delicious, service was great. The food took a bit long, but our server kept coming by to apologize and keep us updated on our food. But when it finally arrived, it was well worth it. The steaks were done to order and seasoned just right. The seafood stew has just the right amount of seafood and the thai style curry was delicious (I would have liked my spicy though). The roasted chicken was flavorful and juicy. The portions to price ratio was EXCELLENT! We are usually a dessert family but we were so stuffed that we passed on desert. Overall it was one of my most memorable Fathers Day dinners EVER!
Take a drive out to Kapolei and visit Kalapawai Cafe and Deli. You won’t regret it!

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AK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I already loved this place for lunch and heard that they had fine dining at night and the menu looked scrumptious. So went there for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. Had the artichoke crab dip (served with tons of toasted bread to pile it on), lechon (one of the best around), shared the mango bbq ribs (6 large meaty ribs) and had buttermilk lemon gelato - all excellent!
The only "recommendation" I would make for evening time would be to maybe put white tablecloths on the tables to make it feel like a fine dining place. That way, the atmosphere might fit the fine food :)

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was awesome. Quick Service, food was great and beautifully displayed! My husband and I went there for dinner, we had the ahi lumpia as a starter..mmmm WOW is all I can say! Then I had the Braised beef with mash. My goodness it was so tender I used a butter knife to cut it lol very tasty. I told the waiter to thank Chef Leif Grove for this wonderful dish! Will definately go again,I wanna try something different.

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C
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Different type of dinner menu...not local but it is good food

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Last night out in Oahu. Happy to find this place in Kapolei, close enough to our hotel in Ko Olina. Varied menu and great food. There were 6 of us. We tried the ribs and a pizza, both delicious. Also the spaghetti with meatballs, the braised beef and the Jindori chicken all got rave reviews. The only negative was the metal chairs at the booth seats were uncomfortable.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. The choices were varied and hit the spot for whatever our guests wanted: fish, meat, etc. The drinks selection was good. Will definitely come back here from Honolulu.

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JC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoy dining out. Our first time here. We were not disappointed!

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JG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A real gem. So glad we decided to come over for dinner from our vacation resort.

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