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Kalapawai Cafe, Kailua, HI

Kalapawai Cafe

4.8
4.8
176 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

19:00


Booked 10 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Area

    Kailua

  • Cross Street

    Kainehe St.

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking also available

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 176 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Hawaii

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Oahu

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. JR

    JoyceR

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and meal! We started with the hummus appetizer and ordered two specials (ahi and steak.) for dessert we shared the fruit cobbler ala mode. Truly a hidden gem in Kailua.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded 3 days agoAloha Joyce, Mahalo for the great review, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Kalapawai dining experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and quaint atmosphere
  3. K

    Kailuachick

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Normally, Kalapawai is one of our go-to date/dinner places. However, after last night, we might start hitting other Kailua spots instead. The service was rushed. Our server dropped the entree a minute after the appetizer hit the table. We had to flag him down to ask for a second drink. It was obvious he wanted to turn the table as soon as possible. We ordered the chef’s seafood special and it was flavorless and disappointing. The table near us also ordered this dish and sent it back for something else. Perhaps they were having an off night, but we won’t be visiting until we hear from others that things have improved.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 20 September 2022Aloha, I'm sorry to hear your visit was less than perfect. If you ever have a issue with a dish please let your server know, we will always be more than happy to retrieve a new dish for you. As for the service you received, this issue will be addressed with ALL members of the staff. We don't want to rush any dining experience our guests have. I hope you can join us again sooner than later for the usual experience we provide.

  4. RF

    ReginaF

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food. Our favorite Kailua restaurant!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 31 August 2022Mahalo for the 5 star review! We cant wait to continue to be a favorite!

  5. AM

    AlanaM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Wasn’t the best meal I have had there. Food was cold. Normally food is very good and consistent. Not tonight.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 31 August 2022Aloha, I'm sorry your meal wasn't up to the standard you expected, and we strive for on this visit. We know how frustrating this can be. I understand waiting for your food to be remade is not ideal, but if you ever are not satisfied with the quality of your meal we are more than happy to remake it. That being said I hope you can join us again soon for a more enjoyable dining experience. Thank you for your review, comments and critiques only make us better!

  6. PN

    PeterN

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been going to Kalapawai for years and never disappointed! Food and service were awesome!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 23 August 2022Aloha Peter, We are so pleased to hear that Kalapawai has been a favorite of yours. We look forward to you joining us for many years to come!

  7. M

    Margie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fabulous, inventive, delicious food! Loved the cauliflower crust pizza.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 23 August 2022Aloha Margie, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and our chef's creative and tasty meals!

  8. g

    geri

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was great. Food very fresh. I had seared ahi with salad. We sat outside and noise level a little high due to Saturday Blue Angel traffic. Otherwise would have been less noisy. Highly recommend this restaurant.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 16 August 2022Aloha Geri, We are very happy to hear you had a wonderful dinner with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Mahalo!

  9. JS

    JeffreyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Everyone was friendly and professional. Would highly recommend.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 15 August 2022Aloha Jeffrey, Mahalo for the excellent review and 5 star rating!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We frequent this place a lot. The food is consistently good. However, last night I decided to try the gnocchi. The presentation was pretty but the gnocchi were pan fried and most were burnt on one side and mushy and undercooked On the other side. After dissecting the gnocchi to remove the burnt crust they were edible. The table ordered the fish special, chicken adobo, wedge salad & a side of Mac & cheese. Everything but the gnocchi was great. Our server was fantastic! We’ll definitely be back, but just won’t be ordering the gnocchi again.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 1 August 2022Aloha, We are sorry to hear that the preparation of your gnocchi was not appealing. We hope to see you again soon since the rest of your meal was tasty and your server was awesome!

  11. KK

    KellyK

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the pizza, meat special (rib eye), and gumbo. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The ambiance was great. It’s on a noisy corner, so there was some noise, but nothing that we didn’t expect. Service was outstanding! Thanks for a great dinner out!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 1 August 2022Aloha Kelly, Mahalo for the great review! Happy to hear your party enjoyed their dining experience, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

  12. C

    Chris

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    I’ve been to Kalapawai many times and the food if always wonderful. However, last night wasn’t the best experience I’ve had there. It took an hour from the time we sat down to get our food and when we finally did my girlfriend didn’t receive what she ordered. It then took another 30 min for her food to be ready. Our server was very polite however that kinda thing I’m sorry to say really ruined our experience there.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 27 July 2022Aloha Chris, We are very sorry to hear that your experience last night was not as great as you had expected. We hope that you will give us another chance soon to improve and give you the Kalapawai experience our guests know and love!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best new york steak ever

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 27 July 2022Mahalo for the 5 star review! So happy to hear you enjoyed our chef's Mai Ka Aina special!

  14. N

    Nomique

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kalapawai Cafe for dinner is worth the drive from Waikiki. It’s casual beach town atmosphere with an absolutely delicious menu and many gluten free friendly options. Recommend the crab and artichoke dip, wedge salad, gnocchi and fresh fish dishes. Everything we’ve had here has been excellent. It’s our fourth time. We come here whenever we are on Oahu. Their lunch options are great as well after a morning at Kailua Beach.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 27 July 2022Aloha Nomique, We are so happy to hear that Kalapawai is a must stop when you are on island! Mahalo nui for the 5 star review, we hope to see you soon!

  15. RF

    ReginaF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy this neighborhood restaurant for dinner once a week. Food is consistently very good and service is awesome! Sandwiches for lunch are great too!!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 27 July 2022Aloha Regina, Mahalo for the 5 star review! We are so happy that you continue to enjoy your time at Kalapawai! We look forward to your next visit.

  16. SL

    SherryL

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are visiting from out of town and was recommended this restaurant. It did not disappoint! We were happy to get away from the busy tourist area and visit the lovely restaurant. We sat outside, loved the food and the service. Plus, we took muffins home for breakfast the next day, which were huge and yummy.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 25 July 2022Aloha Sherry, We are so happy to hear you had such a wonderful experience dining with us! We hope too see you again!

  17. KH

    KimiH

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fish special lacked flavor and seasoning. Portions are so tiny now.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 22 July 2022Thank you for the review and critiques, we want to hear and address all concerns. I want to assure you that the experience you had is not the expectation or standard we strive for and are known for.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Service was excellent but main was a little slow to come out. The auction fish was amazing but the ono fish was “good” but nothing more. My son’s hamburger was great.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 19 July 2022We are happy to hear that our service was excellent! We hope that you will dine with us again so that we may elevate your experience.

  19. TM

    TutuMomi

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great service. Meal hit the spot, but wished I tried the specials!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 19 July 2022Mahalo for the awesome review, we look forward to having you dine with us again to try our chefs daily specials!

  20. K

    Keri

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, as always. The food was fresh and delicious. The hamachi was amazing!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 22 July 2022So glad you enjoyed everything! I hope you can join us again soon!

  21. JK

    JonK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wait staff good but needs to clear in more timely fashion. Also did not pour wine when needed.
  22. o

    opensource

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and attentive staff. Appreciate the outdoor seating!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 3 July 2022Thank you for the five star review! I'm so happy that we could make your experience enjoyable!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    The food and ambiance is great. Our server was nice but preoccupied with her friends seated next to us. She spent more time talking to them and actually sitting at the table. If it weren’t a busy night I can understand enjoying the fact that friends were in the servers section but it was a busy Friday evening. It’s not knock on the restaurant. I totally recommend this restaurant. I hope this serves as a good recommendation and constructive criticism.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 29 June 2022I apologize that your server was not more attentive and this is not our standard. I am happy to hear that your evening was still enjoyable!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pick this place out of the blue to take my daughter and son-in-law out while vacationing. Our server was a female and she was fantastic. She said she was soon to be married she made the experience even more enjoyable

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 29 June 2022So happy you made the right choice and come to Kalapawai! I love to hear that your server made the experience even better!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing. A must visit.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 23 June 2022Thank you for the awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

  26. JO

    JOANH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive server, 8nnovative menu, outdoor seating on a busy street corner so we did have an ambulance and some lift up trucks making noise during dinner. $210 for party of 6 Recommend!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 23 June 2022I'm so happy to hear that you enjoined your dining experience! We do our best to offer fantastic food and spectacular service at an reasonable price. We are right at the entrance of Kailua town on lively Kailua rd. but this makes us an easy quick stop not out of the way! I hope you can come and visit us again soon!

  27. JR

    JosephR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The place is great, it was really just the special on Father’s Day. It was over priced for what it was. The ribs were OK, the sides good, but overall not good enough for the price. A steak special would have been much more fitting for Father’s Day especially since there’s a decent BBQ place across the street. The kid’s meal Mac and cheese is also pretty small.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 23 June 2022Thank you for the review and comments. We appreciate all feedback and will look into pricing more diligently as well as portion size for keiki options. Overall we are happy to hear you enjoy us!

  28. SS

    ShawnS

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We have had great meals here in the past and the main course was good this time, but the sides of brussel sprouts and asparagus were not good. Over cooked and dry. I also prefer to sit out back than in front at the entrance.
  29. BM

    BugsyMalone

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Not bad not great very limited choice of booze plenty of oddly flavored beers and over hopped ales. our table was in the heart of traffic and it was difficult to converse. food was not cooked as i asked i can’t recommend the place but i won’t lose over the experience either

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 23 June 2022I do apologies for the food not being prepared to your liking, we are always more than happy to remake a dish for anyone. Bustling Kailua rd. can be loud at times, in the future with a reservation you can request to be "inside" or "away from the road"and hopefully that part of you experience could be improved by possibly dining elsewhere in the restaurant. We do have a smaller selection of liquor but and beer but this is mainly to focus on supporting other local businesses and quality products.

  30. S

    Stef

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve never had a bad or even a mediocre time at Kalapawai. It’s our special occasion spot as well as our first choice for a midweek date night ! Love Kai whose service is always fun, friendly and professional. The food is always fresh, delicious and memorable !

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 2 June 2022Mahalo for the awesome review! We are so glad that you have enjoyed coming to Kalapawai! We have all of our amazing staff to thank for making these experiences possible! We hope to see you again soon!

  31. V

    Vered

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great meal!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 17 June 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal!

  32. LC

    LisaCT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Drinks are always great and service friendly. Would love to see new menu items; especially a different gnocchi and a regular risotto perhaps?

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 28 May 2022Thank you for the great review! We appreciate the ideas! we do change our menu seasonally and hope the next change is something you will enjoy!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outside on a busy night & noticed a flower stand of the most beautiful local flower arrangements for only $15! We took one home that night & it lasted around 2 weeks which is such a long time. I love the charcuterie platter here & opted for that for our appetizer

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 19 July 2022Mahalo for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your diner as well as our flower bouquets!

  34. KH

    KristenH

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Kailua place to bring guests or for an easy date night even with kids. The specials are always amazing and they rotate their regular dishes. Love to bring home their muffins for next day breakfast - it’s like icing on the cake.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 28 May 2022Thank you for the amazing review! I love to hear that we are a favorite and somewhere you love to bring guests!

  35. LS

    LSchop

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently good food and good service. It is a Kailua gem.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 28 May 2022Thank you for the five star review! We hope to see you again soon!

  36. DW

    DebraWeinberg

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to eat, but the tables in the back of the restaurant are amazing ! The inside is nice but more loud. If you have a husband hard of hearing, reserve in the back.
  37. b

    bassirem

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, as always, was fantastic. I loved the Mother’s Day steak and lobster special (great value) and my partner was super happy with his giant pork chop and the kale!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 12 May 2022Thank you for the five star review! We love to hear that everything was fantastic!

  38. DC

    DianeC

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was a memorable evening in every aspect. Our waiter, Kai, was efficient and friendly, which was impressive, given it was Mother's Day! The food, service and ambiance surpassed our expectations and I can't wait to return!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 12 May 2022Thank you for the review. Please join us again soon!

  39. LM

    LMorgado

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go in Kailua. Ono food and close to home.

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 5 May 2022Thank you for the great review! Come again soon!

  40. DG

    DavidG

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The gumbo and the seafood special were excellent. The gumbo fish, shrimp, scallops were cooked to perfection, and the sauage provided a nice extra zest. The special was a firm white fish with seafood risotto. Great flavor!

    Kalapawai CafeResponded on 5 May 2022The gumbo and fish specials are a crowd favorite! I love to hear that you loved them too! Our specials change often so please come again soon to try a new one!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 176 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Kalapawai Cafe

750 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Kainehe St.

  • Area

    Kailua

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm

  • 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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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