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Kalapawai Cafe, Kailua, HI

Kalapawai Cafe

4.8
4.8
287 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli offers residents and visitors to Kailua 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Comfort Food, Pacific Rim
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 262-3354
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Adam Kamahele
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua
  • Cross street
    Kainehe St.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking also available
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 287 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

287 Reviews
  1. AngieM

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice to sit outside! Our service was amazing and so was the food!

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  2. chewyand4

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfortable place with energetic staff. Great offerings at reasonable prices. Love the wine sampler. Short pours of 3 varieties. I'm not a wine drinker, so suits me fine. Their chacutere board is a definite order for a group.

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  3. AngieM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Kalapawai Cafe was a fun upbeat place to go for dinner. We split the Fattoush salad. It was good and the pita had an amazing spice topping. We both ordered the fish special. It had Mahi Mahi, scallops, Spanish rice with crab, caramelized pearl onions, baby green beans and 2 sauces. It was so delicious! We were both very impressed with the textures and flavors. We highly recommend coming and will be back ourselves.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fabulous food! Definitely plan to return…soon. (Suggestion: update online menu which is QUITE out of date.)

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time here for dinner and you can be sure that we’ll be back again. Food and wine were absolutely fantastic!

    1 person found this helpful

  6. MarkI

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good, and the service was great as well.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The tomato bruschetta was drowning in pool of olive oil, it was so much that we had to send it back. The French onion soup was delicious as well as the grape and goat cheese bruschetta. The Brussels sports were alright sone were under cooked. The rest was packed for a Weds night, which explained the delays in service. Overall it was good besides the oil drenched bruschetta. Our Server was great.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kalapawai is one of our go-to restaurants and always an enjoyable experience. Great food and atmosphere. Since we had a group of 6 for a farewell dinner, we made reservations and sat outside on the back patio. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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  9. DaynaE

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner! The menu was varied enough and seasonal for our party who had different palate preferences. The meat and seafood lovers selected the specials while our vegetarians enjoyed the salads and gnocchi. The experienced wine/drinks manager was engaging and delightful to work with recommending fabulous cocktails and wines to go with the meal. Finished with a perfect lilikoi cheesecake - top-notch service, fabulous food, cozy atmosphere, and good company - perfect evening. We will be back!

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  10. StephanieJ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food used to be so good here, but this visit was a huge disappointment! Nothing was described and lacking ingredients that were described on menu.

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  11. Amber808

    Hawaii

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Gluten free options are minimal but my husband had a great steak. The service was not very personable but they may have been short staffed.

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  12. DMPP

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful neighborhood gem. Food and service is excellent

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  13. TrinaS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pumpkin pizza was really delicious! Service was excellent!

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  14. David

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and dinner were both outstanding. Service was prompt.

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  15. JohnK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful venue and service. Enjoyed the outdoor seating.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always liked this place but last night the food was off. Let me preface by saying the service was impeccable but I expected more of the food. I ordered the magi and crab special on a bed of risotto. While the magi was cooked well it was not medium rare as described and the crab topping was super salty and very little crab. The risotto was tasty but very gummy- which was surprisingly for an early reservation. My husbands burger was ok, my friends beyond burger was Ok but they had to send back the asparagus be use it was cold. I’ll try it again but this place is definitely hit or miss.

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  17. DavidL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kalapawai is always a great place. The food is great and they always have new and exciting wines to try. The team is also amazing.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We regularly go to this restaurant and really enjoy it. They must’ve had an off night. I always order the bacon wrapped figs that usually come with baby greens tonight. However, it came with large bib lettuce leaves that completely threw off the taste. I also ordered the schnitzel which was delicious even though it had it few too many mustard seeds. The roasted vegetables were interesting as some were complete mush and others were almost undercooked. Definitely not the quality that is usually the norm at this restaurant. On a good note, our server was outstanding. Definitely disappointing as this is usually a consistently good restaurant. Hopefully next time it’ll be back to their high standard of quality.

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  19. LarsM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were excellent. I had the NY steak and wife had the ahi w/risotto. Seasoning/flavors were excellent. Went on a Saturday night and parking was limited which was expected. Parked down the street by Hardware Hawaii. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Kailua.

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  20. 2happycoconuts

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had our anniversary dinner here in Kalapawai Kailua Cafe. There was 4 of us. Food was excellent, wait staff very informative, friendly and efficient. We had the bacon and fig appetizer, guys had the waygu burgers, I had the jumbo (fantastic) and my girlfriend had the mahimahi with mango papaya special. Portions were generous and we couldn't recess having desserts. Kona coffee gelato, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, and the infamous lilikoi cheesecake. Unfortunately it was a very rainy night and we were on the front patio, so rain noise was an issue but definitely not a deterrent. We live in Kailua and frequent both Kailua and Waimanalo cafes. 10 stars!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner, as always. Had the Auction Fresh Fish (Ahi) with the lemongrass risotto and it was delicious. I also had the Lychee Martini, a recent addition to the cocktail menu. Definitely on the sweeter side, but it was light and very easy to drink. I’ve never had a bad experience at Kalapawai and I expect it will continue to be our go to date night.

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  22. PatriciaP

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good experience. We return here every vacation and have yet to be disappointed with the food or service. Maybe not the fanciest place on Oahu but also not the priciest. Consistently great quality no matter what we order.

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  23. JonK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pork was dry Soup was fine. Should offer better wine for $60

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  24. SuzyM

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner and Service were fabulous! We ordered the pumpkin pizza and the Ahi over lemongrass risotto. Both items were full of flavor and our server was very attentive! It was another wonderful dining experience at Kalapawai Cafe!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have dined at Kalapawai before and were looking forward to returning. Unfortunately, the food quality was not as good as we remembered - extremely salty; our appetizers were ok. Mains also just ok.

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  26. SuzyM

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kalapawai is one of our favorite restaurants! Dinner was fabulous! We had the Pork Chop Special(pork chop with blueberry chipotle sauce and sweet corn cake & coleslaw) and the Snitzel as well as the bacon wrapped figs. Food was full of flavor and cooked to perfection. Our server was very attentive and wonderful to chat with. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. It was a wonderful dining experience. We can't wait to return.

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  27. Darrell

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite Kailua Restaurant! Great food! #support local and small businesses!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Kalapawai has always been our go to place when we want to go out. So much so we even have a table we call “ours”… not because we ask for it, but we’ve been so many times that we get that table on many occasions. However, our last visit on 10/28/23, was slightly disappointing. The disappointed with the menu change. We usually go here because we either want a good steak or the pork chop. We always get the hummus platter as well. In fact, I once asked to add cucumbers to the platter and now they’re a standard part of that appetizer. What was disappointing was that the Mai Ke Aina wasn’t a steak, which it almost always is. It was a chicken dish, when chicken is already an item on the menu. There were no steak options at all. Normally, that may be the case so the fall back has always been the pork chop… but that’s been removed from the menu now, so our favorites that always made us drive from town to go here aren’t an option anymore. We ended up with the pork schnitzel (a new addition) which wasn’t bad at all and I got the wagyu burger which was quite tasty… so the food is still great, but we’ll probably not be back as often due to not being able to really order what we always loved. Another change was to the hummus platter. There used to be a type of pickled chucks of carrot that were so amazing but it seems those are also gone now. And the olives used to be more of a variety instead of just green olives. But the one real issue this time was that the hummus itself wasn’t good. Not like it’s always been… this time it was watery and just bland. It had zero flavor. While most of the disappointment was just from the change or removal of some of our favorites, the hummus was disappointing in and of itself. Hoping that was just a one off bad night. Of course we’d try it again and hope that was the case… just wish those carrot pieces made a comeback. All in all, we still like this place, the service is always great, but we’ll miss our favorites.

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  29. KimG

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined here tonight for second time after playing golf at Royal Hawaiian. First time sat on back patio and had much better atmosphere. Tonight we dined earlier and we’re on front patio, it was okay, but much noisier and not good ambience. However, the food, service and value for money were excellent! We will definitely be back when we return to the area!

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  30. Lovestoeat

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service with Anna with excellent. Food was fast and every item we tried was delicious-fresh ingredients and excellent flavors. This is our go-to place when we want good food!

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  31. KimG

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every aspect! Will go back a lot! Our favorite restaurant thus far on Oahu!

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  32. LeonardL

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Food and friendly professional service. A hidden gem in Kailua. Oh and wine list and bar menu are on point!

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  33. SCKailua

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were friendly and accommodating. The other tables were enjoying themselves. It felt like old times. Talked story, ate good food, felt like everyone was happy to be there.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delight! Food was Ono, but rosotto was to undercooked for my liking. Service always excellent

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  35. larrys

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    i had a reservation for the patio tabel when i go there they said that there had been an error and the table was double booked so lthey would find another table well after trying many table they put us in a corner the whole time we were there the table outside was empty and when asked about it they said they were still holding it for some one else by the time we left over anhoour later table still empty bad staff last time i go there

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  36. ClosedonMondays

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great place. The food was all freshly cooked and very well done. It was a last minute reservation and we were not dissapointed. I would definitely go back !

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  37. IslandHopper

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful meal with terrific service by Rocky. The food was prepared beautifully and served at a good pace. We had an appetizer, mains and shared desert and never felt rushed. The cocktails were some of the best we have had in Kailua. We sat outside and had a wonderful breeze. While we were near the street, the noise wasn't too bad. We could still converse at a normal level. We highly recommend it and will be returning.

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  38. SuzyM

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kalapawai never disappoints. I love the energy, the service and of course the food! The Hebi over the Lemongrass risotto was a treat as usual! We enjoyed the bacon wrapped figs to start and finished off with the chocolate espresso martini! It's always a treat to enjoy a meal and company at Kalapawai.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our top pick for dinner. Love the specials and menu options!

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  40. Melissa

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    100% customer satisfaction! They are amazing at customer service and truly believe and make you feel like you matter and your experience should be awesome the minute you walk in through dinner until you leave. They take it seriously and pride themselves in their food, drinks and service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kalapawai Cafe using the Order Online button. Kalapawai Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 262-3354.

Kalapawai Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 287 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kalapawai Cafe

750 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Kainehe St.
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Comfort Food, Pacific Rim
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking also available
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Adam Kamahele
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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