Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei

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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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vipRayK
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Her beer and the lamb Shepard pie were great. Quick service.

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HeatherF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a great place to eat and drink. Food was amazing and priced right. Would recommend for dinner for sure.

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vipBRyan
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was not ideal for us during this past visit.

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vipbillg
Tahoe
31 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ahi and chicken dishes. Nice casual atmosphere

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CB88
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice gem in Kapolei. More towns on Oahu need a place like this to have a quality meal.

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cokano1017
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent the only thing was that the meatless burger was a little small but it was tasty

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vipConnie
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Most items at our table were very good. Service was excellent - we would go again. We went at night and the lights were very bright over our table which made it feel more "cafeteria" style. They were able to turn them down for us which we appreciated.

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vipInukshuk
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A little hidden gem very overlooked. Eclectic menu, friendly staff. Very bright inside, perhaps too bright.

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vipRobert
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic food and great service make this an easy recommendation. I like that it's a spot that locals use frequently. The selection on the menu was outstanding and the fresh fish is the best. You don't need white table clothes to have a culinary delight. I am definitely going back anytime I'm in the area

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vipWalnutBaron
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food in a casual setting. From the outside, this place doesn't distinguish itself, but the chef is excellent and the food shines.

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AlaskaMarathonPhil
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve eve dinner. Had the seafood creole. Was excellent. Wife had the braised pork. Also excellent. Bartender mixed a great ginger drink. TP beer was good and varied local selection.

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vipToddN
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really like dining at Kalapawai and frequent there pretty often. The menu has a nice variety of dishes and the service is great. The Westside burger is my favorite burger on the island. Everything melds together well and is always juicy (not dry like some other burger joints). This time the burger still tasted good overall, but the sauce on the bottom was super salty, so I gave a rating of 4. Will still definitely go back!

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MaryM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I took advantage of the 20% off dinners and treated our little granddaughters to a special treat!!
Kalapawai Cafe is one of our favorites here and we love beach days in Kailua with sandwiches from Kalapawai Deli there mmmmmmmmmmm

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We frequently dine here because we love to bring our dog with us. The beers on tap and chefs specials never disappoint us. Mahalo!

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vipJanettO
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorites stops in Kapolei, food is consistently good, service is excellent
Maui Onion Soup and pumpkin gnocchi both outstanding , Dessert was just wonderful had a slice of Likikoi Cheesecake that was perfection. Reservations a must if yiu want to sit outside on patio ,
A true gem

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DisappointedDiner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and still good. Val was our server for the evening and she was very nice and attentive.

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vipJohnK
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious. My husband ordered pizza but the oven wasn’t working. The server didn’t mention it in the beginning or we would have ordered something else. He had Maui onion soup and a beer. Very disappointed about pizza. I had Seafood & Andouille sausage pan roast. It was spicy but good.

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cokano1017
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent different styles of food and awesome tasting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
290 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I had dinner twice at this restaurant while vacation Ko Olina. We had reservations for a table on the patio and were seated immediately after arriving. While the patio is not great it is better than sitting inside. It must be noted that the patio faces a street with frequent bus city bus traffic. It is loud every time a bus comes by.
Everyone working there is friendly and helpful. Tiffany was our server both nights. She is very attentive and nice.
We really liked the food. The Ahi poke as an appetizer is a winner. The nightly seafood specials are great. The beer selection is good. We really enjoyed our dinners.

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JKLM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out server, Josh, was exceptional. We were a snarky group of lady friends and he masterfully handled our demands, balanced our orders, attended to us, and genuinely cared about our dining experience. Food was outstanding (except the risotto, which was super salty and had an oddly fatty mouth feel). Crab dip, wedge salad, Brussels sprouts braised short ribs, Mac n cheese, pizzas, and shrimp with pasta was all fantastic!!!

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EleanorC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for 5:00 pm dinner and arrived around 4:20 p.m. We noticed that the bar was packed. When we stood by the deli counter, the employees who were doing the table settings, told us to order at the counter. I waited and mentioned our reservations. "Dinner is not served until 5:00 pm" we were told, so I mentioned cocktails and pupus before our meal. We were seated immediately. Our lovely and knowledgeable waitress was Shawny? She recommended excellent pupu items and knew about the different beer selections. I enjoyed my 4 beer sampler. The lamb shepherd's pie, the Ono fish special, the steak, fish and chips, fish taco's, beer, strawberry margarita were ALL excellent! Of course, we also added take out of 2 cheesecakes, 3 oat cakes & 1 Oreo cheesecake. Please acknowledge Shawny for her exemplary customer service and let her know that the Crisostomo Ohana loves her!!!

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vipMkay
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We were seated outside however it was on the frequent bus route and at least 30 city busses passed buy during dinner. Dinner was okay but not exceptional. They also did not understand open table and gave me 5 star credit (2) but not open table credit. They did not know what it was and frankly I do not think this restaurant should be on open table.

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Surprisingly eclectic menu! Creative and very tasty.
We ordered onion soup, wedge salad and pumpkin " pizza".
All carefully prepared and perfectly seasoned.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Oahu and staying nearby.
Gem of a place. Out of the ordinary menu choices along with some staples. Very nice wine selection and values; featured wines by the glass for that day were great. Very attentive and friendly team table service.

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PuananiB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was ono and Tiffany and the wait staff were attentive and courteous. Mahalo for a great meal and experience. puanani burgess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family of 7 enjoyed a fantastic meal. The food was delicious and the service (Shauni) outstanding!!! Highly recommend!!!

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AlaskaMarathonPhil
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday night date night.

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Pawel
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always the dinners were excellent. Carefully selected wine and beer list.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found a gem! I thought this place was just a sandwich and coffee place😆 Searched for steaks in Kapolei on another app and this was one of them. Pretty reasonable prices so I said let’s try it. Seated by the hostess at the bar while we waited for our party of 8. If seating more than 6, I would call beforehand, make a reservation for comfortable seating cause the inside kinda not for big parties? Eh? If you don’t mind sitting outdoors, that was cool for us☺️ Our server Shauny was super sweet and accommodating, great service! The food took a little longer, but as soon as we got our food tho..😳😱👍🏽🤩😛 all was forgiven! GUYS it takes time to prep the heavenly steak! LOL I would highly recommend the steaks, and I heard they have prime rib on Sunday’s... better believe we will be back on a Sunday LOL oh they even brought out a bday cake with a candle for the husband! Mahalo Kalapawai Cafe & Deli Kapolei

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micheleb
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner! There were three of us including my granddaughter and they took such great care of us. Service was wonderful and the food so delicious and fresh! Easy to get to and super affordable!

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Yoshi
Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

家族で利用しました。カジュアルな雰囲気でコスパ抜群です! ただ、どのお料理も味はかなり濃いめでした。ケイキメニューがあるとなお良しだと思います。

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TanyaF
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food was beyond my expectations! Restaurant is clean! Great ambiance 👍🏽

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious like always. Service was on par like always! We loved it all. My family from Maui who has never gone to the restaurant loved their first experience ❤️

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AlaskaMarathonPhil
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service! This is our 3rd or 4th time here. Its kind of becoming our new neighborhood place to hang out on a Friday or Saturday. The bar is great too. Excellent choices in drafts and their version of a Moscow Mule is really good too. Food was so good and filling, we had to take half home. Dessert was also great. Their cheesecake is spot on. Try the Pork Chop for something different. Its a winner! So was the Curry Shepards Pie. Cant wait to visit again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The specials (steak and fish) were the best we've had out of all the times we've been. The combination of sauces made each bite melt in your mouth.

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AlaskaMarathonPhil
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great local cafe/bar. Quite vibrant but not overly loud. We love the food there. The chef is amazing. I had the Father's Day dinner special, Prime Rib. It was outstanding! Cooked perfectly. The crab cake appetizer was also very good. The presentation and taste was excellent. Recommend using heirloom tomato slices next time to put the crab cakes on though. Heirlooms taste so much better than regular store bought tomatoes. We sat a the bar for HH then had dinner. Bartender Joe was very attentive and we never wanted. He noticed that our appy was a bit slow coming out, without us having to mention it. Service and food was really top notch for a local restaurant. We are happy we found it here in Kapolei. Together with Plantation Tavern, these are our 2 go to local restaurants/bars. Thanks for the reservation OpenTable!

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SueG
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Kalapawai! We go there all the time and the food is always so fresh and delicious! The service is always great, too!

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vipKahala
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good for an excellent service

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MelindaC
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent the Kalapawai Cafe in Kailua all the time and love it for all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and were happy to have an excuse to take some out of town friends who were staying at Ko Olina to the Kapolei location and try it out. It did not disappoint! Same high quality steak and seafood, excellent service and low key atmosphere. Where else can you get a 5 star meal and still be in your shorts and sundresses?

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onogrinds
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Server very nice but not very attentive. Didn’t check once during meal in how things were.

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Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 674-1700.

Kalapawai Cafe & Deli - Kapolei is rated 4.7 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

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