Kalapawai Cafe

4.8
61 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 61 people are saying
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Shannon
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LoveToEat
Orange County
6 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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SarahS
Dallas
7 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
1 review
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
2 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
5 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
2 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
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JocelynK
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great service!! Food is always excellent!! Love it 👍

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vipDonnaG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The pandemic had one positive outcome-reservations are now required at Kalapawai Cafe for dinner. It was always awful to be faced with a mob of people waiting for tables. It’s so much more civilized to be able to get a reservation ahead of time.
The dinner menu was delicious as usual, the waiter was just right. But sitting virtually on the street at the light on the corner of Kailua Rd. and Kainehe St. keeps the ambience at a 2 . But the food is good enough to keep us coming back. The wine selection is pretty good. Now that the Food Factory physical restaurant is gone this is our favorite in Kailua.
Breakfast & lunch aren’t even on the same page.

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Kekuanaia
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I had a superb meal, and Kai, the waiter, is quite good. I have an issue with the hostess. I had a reservation for one at 6pm, and arrived approximately 15 minutes early. She led me to a 4-top and I asked if she didn’t have a deuce for me so I would not take up so much room as a single diner. She said no, but looked at her watch and said, “the next reservation for this table is at 7:00 so you have an hour and twelve minutes to eat.” I was appalled at that. One does not time limit diners. I have been in the dining and hospitality fields for decades and that is simply not done. After my delicious meal, I paid and left the table and was standing outside the lavatory, waiting for it to be free. I saw the hostess helping to clear my table, she had to walk past me at least twice. When I exited the bathroom I remembered that I left my two masks on a chair at my table; one was a KN95 and the other a good quality cloth mask. I asked the hostess if she had recovered them for me and she bluntly said, “ I threw them away.” No apology or offer of a mask for me to wear for the remainder of my evening. I did ask her for a mask and she very grudgingly, nearly stomping, went into the office and brought me a cheap paper mask. Her customer service skills left me extremely disappointed.

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vipFoodiechick21
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, outstanding service.

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JohnA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Veronica our server was extremely nice and energetic. Explained all the food options in detail. Highly recommend.

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KennethS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really good! Pork Chops was delicious! Seafood Pasta Special was great also!

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PhaidraC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much! They are so accommodating and also the food is absolutely delicious! If I could eat here every night, I would!

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WendyE
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to eat at Kalapawai when one of their specials was Salmon Wellington. It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten anywhere. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his braised short ribs. Elizabeth is wonderful and always takes time to speak with her customers. The staff works very hard and the kitchen crew is amazing. We also enjoyed the special drink of the evenings Rosemary Bees Knees. It was a perfect evening and meal. Thank you!

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vipAmber808
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great at accommodating food sensitivities. Well rounded menu for a family and great service!

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Janelle
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Made a reservation online about a month in advance. I got an email the day before Valentines checking to see if I'll still be making the reservation. Arrived 5 minutes early and was seated quickly, outside. Luckily it didn't rain on us that night. The water took some time to get to us but eventually did (extra water in a glass vase too).

I ordered one of their specials that night, basically a seafood paella! So glad I did because it was rich and delicious! I was going to order my favorite dish, their fish of the day on their lemon grass risotto! The other half order their Wagyu burger, which he got the last time also

I love sitting outside because we can see all the cars passing by. Overall, we love their food and service was awesome.

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SeanC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veronica was amazing and provided the perfect balance of attention and privacy. Our meal was incredible, jason has been putting out consistently good meals cooked to perfection and I look forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our server was over worked. There should be more server personnel.

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Megan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got the daily seafood and meat special and it did not disappoint! Service was great. One of my favorite spots in Kailua.

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Bean
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, the service was excellent. We felt safe, cared for and welcome. The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the food and wine. Thank you for your care and service.

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Irish
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love the food, and the service is always outstanding! Great place for a quiet dinner.

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vipDanielR
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, no complaints!

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vipBillE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a terrific little restaurant. Excellent dishes, friendly help. I really enjoyed the gumbo!

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Donluvs2eat
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Kalapawai! We had steaks and fish and enjoyed it all. The wait staff is wonderful and they took good care of our service dog. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful table outdoors, great service, delicious wine at a good price and tasty food....will come back as often as we can.

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RandyW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We sat out side got rained on no big deal but service was very slow! The dish I got did't like at all pasta fish, and pawns. Sauce had no flavor, the fish was tuff. My husband liked his hambuger and chopped salad was very good. For the price I think I will save this place for lunch not dinner.

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DarrylS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall the experience was awesome. We definitely will be back sooner rather than never. My son said that is a place he would recommend to out town visitors. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our food.

So why 4 and not 5 stars? I wanted to be real for the readers. We had reservations at 5:45 (made via Open Table) and was there by 5:30. We were told another party had the table that was designated for us and it should be another 15-20 min wait. Not a problem. We are reasonable people. We didn’t get seated until 6:15. To their credit they did check on us twice and ultimately gave us a complimentary round of drinks (but I would’ve preferred to pay for our drinks and be seated relatively close to our reservation time, had I had a choice). Nonetheless, these things happen when dining out. Nothing massive to spoil the evening. The other reason was because we had an outdoor table with an umbrella that only partially covered our table. It drizzled for a bit. Good thing I had a huge gold umbrella in my car.

BUT their food was and is amazingly good. The sauce on the pork chop was awesome. My son’s gift friend said it was the best chicken she ever had. My son loved his entree but really loved his dessert: the cookie with ice cream. And my wife also loved her fish meal. The drinks were all very good. Mine was non alcoholic - ginger beer.

Don’t let my slight knocks dissuade you. It happens when dining out. Kalapawai Cafe is top notched and not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal on Christmas Eve in beautiful Kailua! Thank you for a memorable evening. We look forward to returning.

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 61 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.