Kalapawai Cafe

4.9
83 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 83 people are saying
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Karen
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaitlyn our server was outstanding. The white sangrias were amazing!! Ahi tuna melted in our mouths and of course the lemongrass risotto is a must. Thank you for making our Kailua visit so special.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time

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Donluvs2eat
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the meal and all the food was wonderful. The table on the front lanai was loud due to the traffic noise. The server seemed a little overwhelmed with the number of tables she had. The asparagus was cold by the time it got to the table though it tasted good.
We will come back though hope we can a table inside.

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vipHubba
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice place for something a little special, but a little expensive for everyday dining. Simple though and the food and service are always very good. Been there many times and will continue to go back.

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Walsh
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Fire roasted chicken was spectacular along with the Ahi and risotto. Service was outstanding - a wonderful dining experience, including dessert!

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vipJessicaB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, thank you 😘

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Akule
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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CarrieH
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We love Kalapawai and are glad to be able to go back on shorter notice. Was too crammed over summer for local folks to get in unless we planned way ahead. We also appreciate the checking of vaccine cards and IDs as is suppose to be done. Not all restaurants actually comply with this. Food was very good as was service. Only drawback on ambiance was we hoped to sit inside since it is quiet and had to sit outside mauka which is too loud bc of car noise. Other than that though, great dinner!

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vipElknight66
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved it! Cool space and food was great. Nice wine selection too!

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vipRalphFoodNotes
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local fish - possibly best dinner of the week- highly recommended if you are in Kailua

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Alicia
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding and the service was exceptional! My husband and I had the bacon wrapped figs for appetizer, the pork chops and seared ahi tuna for entrée, and the cheesecake and cookie for dessert... we were so impressed with the quality of food and excellent ambiance of the restaurant and service!

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vipAmber808
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Some of the food was a little cool and a few things were heavy on the cheese when asked to go light. Good variety.

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Janelle
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love coming here for date night. My fave dish is the lemongrass risotto with auction fish! But I have deviated twice due to their Mai ke kai specials of the night! Last night was a Thai curry with scallops, prawns and marlin! It was delicious! The other half can never stray from their Wagyu burger…although the fries were cold this time. It can be loud inside due to an open kitchen, outside is also loud because it’s near the main road in Kailua. But that really didn’t bother since their food is delicious! We also took home 2 salted chocolate chip cookies - the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Always our go-to Friday date night restaurant.

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CarrieH
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good meal, great service.

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vipShorty
London
23 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here and it was delicious! We had a party of 5 and we all enjoyed our meal. The staff was wonderful!

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DeborahN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good! Everything was delicious, but the risotto is a don’t miss treat. Attentive service, great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Outstanding service. Mellow ambiance. One of Kailua’s gems.

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vipMerryM
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Hope they can add back some of the tables 'cuz its hard to get in here - but the food, service and ambiance are great. My go-to in Kailua.

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vipAJHB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was recommended by a local. It is unassuming on the outside and operates as a daily by day so I was pleasantly surprised by how fantastic the dinner was. I highly recommend and would definitely return. My fresh catch (ahi) of the day with lemon risotto was delicious as was my husband’s choice of free range chicken with potatoes and gravy.

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vipLTVL
Hawaii
66 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fabulous Kama’aina spot that has joined the club and
gotten over run like everything in Kailua.
Covid silver lining: they take reservations
if you are lucky to get one!
Consistently good food,, servers are friendly, wine list has changed a bit but the flights are a nice way
to get out of your box.
Owned and operated by a great local family. Jason is the executive chef and is committed to serving local meats and produce. It won’t disappoint !

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Shannon
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice casual environment! We will definitely be back!

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vipLoveToEat
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good & our server was very friendly. Food was overall very good! Pleasantly surprised and it's worth a repeat.

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opensource
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Wish it would have been staggered a bit--it ALL came to the table at once from pupus to main. Not a huge problem we ate it all!

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vipSarahS
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Very nice staff. I would definitely eat there again.

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ReneC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding service!
The food was incredible also, especially grilled octopus! The Lilikoi Sangria is also a must have!

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kimn
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food on a lovely quiet lanai. Amazing gumbo and pork chops!

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BrianB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome place.
Best Old Fashioned I've found on the Island.

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SarahV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is very unique and a great experience. It’s 5-star quality food and the ambience is cute cafe. Not much seating and there is limited parking but great food and service.

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Yummy
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food and friendly staff.

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kevint
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great Father's day dinner.. food was awesome and our waiter was very friendly.. overall good experience!

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DwayneA
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Noisy that night, not usually an issue but was that night. Vegetables were burnt at skin but totally raw inside. Still, this is a nice place with dependably good food and will be back.

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Waynec
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great place to have a wonderful dinner. By making reservations via Open Table we did not have to wait at all. My fish of the day was delicious ahi grilled as I requested, along with kale and Kalapawai's risotto. Our friends loved their entres as well. So good to have you back from the pandemic shutdown.

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MollyL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST food in Kailua. Hands down. Our server, Mike, did an impeccable job describing food choices and answering any questions we had. The tables were spread apart, creating a very safe and personal meal! Five stars. Outstanding dining experience! Thanks so much!!

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vipJZNYC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

one of my favorite meals on oahu! i will remember the spring green goddess romaine salad and the mai ke kai swordfish special with bok choy and tomato garlic sauce, for a long time. a perfect sunday evening

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greetings to sitting everything was outstanding!! Their food is phenomenal wine list spectacular and our server Mike was out of this world !!!3rd Time here in the last 6 months and every visit has been everything we wanted and more !! Keep it up kalapawai!! Can’t wait to return ❤️❤️❤️

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bootdoc
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Eating outside, traffic noise cannot be helped. However, the food was outstanding and the wine selection is superb.

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DaneR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chef Adam did a great job this weekend. I'll be back as soon as the rhubarb/ apple fruit crisp is back in season.

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vipShelleyK
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor seating and the food/service was outstanding!

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 4.9 stars by 83 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.