Where to Eat in Hanapepe: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Lean Nau

Hanapepe is a historic, unincorporated community in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. The name means "crushed bay" in Hawaiian which may refer to landslides in the area) For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Hanapepe as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The population was 2,638 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Hanapepe

1. Lappert's Hawaii

1-3555 Kaumualii Highway, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible SGD 3 - SGD 9 +1 808-335-6121
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 383 reviews

Lappert's Hawaii

Since our humble beginnings selling ice cream out of a tiny storefront in sleepy Hanapepe Town, to our other retail locations, Lappert's Hawaii has been indulging the Islands' sweet tooth for over two decades. And though our business has grown, our principles remain the same -- top quality, premium products served with the Aloha Spirit.

Reviewed By stevenmO3205EP - Lewiston, California, United States

No visit to Kaua'i is complete without having a cone or bowl of Lappert's wonderful ice cream. They feature a variety of island-themed flavors, srved in delicious, crisp waffle cones. It's no wonder that there is often a full parking lot for their walk-up stand in Hanapepe. As an added incentive (as if you really need one), after ten cones or bowls, the next one is free.

2. Paco's Tacos Authentic Mexican Food

4505 Puolo Rd, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 808-335-0454
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Paco's Tacos Authentic Mexican Food

Reviewed By LarryMesa_AZ - Chandler, Arizona

Went for breakfast and was not disappointed. Had machaca and eggs with refried beans and rice. Excellent, and so was the service! Been open only a little over a month. Going there for Happy Hour which has some of the best prices around the area. My wife had Huevos Rancheros which she really enjoyed too!

3. Little Fish Coffee Hanapepe

3900 Hanapepe Rd #D, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 5 - SGD 20 +1 808-335-5000
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Little Fish Coffee Hanapepe

Little Fish Coffee Kauai is a purveyor of specialty coffee. We offer high quality, locally sourced and roasted coffees, amazing espresso drinks, healthy smoothies, acai bowls loaded with fresh Kauai fruit, bagels, sandwiches, paninis and salads. We have three Kauai locations for all your coffee needs: Hanapepe, Poipu, and Koke’e.

Reviewed By travelbird_NL - Timbuktu, Mali

Nice little outlet with very decent espresso (macchiatos) from a La Marzocco machine. Had a granola fruit yoghurt bowl too, which was very good. They have a little backyard surrounded by little art galleries. Friendly staff Worth it

4. Midnight Bear Breads

3830 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 16 +1 808-346-4949
Excellent
80%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Midnight Bear Breads

Organic artisan bakery.

Reviewed By lisa9962 - upstate NY

Great little bakery with delicious sandwiches served beautifully. Open faced prosciutto with shredded cheese, arugula and balsamic was delicious. Also had the grilled prosciutto with brie. Turkey sandwich was excellent - fresh Turkey (not deli meat) with a pesto mayo and dijon. Best of all was cinnamon danish with macadamia nuts!!

5. Hanapepe Cafe & Bakery

3830 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Seating, Takeout Soups, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 808-335-5011
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Hanapepe Cafe & Bakery

Reviewed By MaryEllen2013 - Edmonds, Washington

Stopped by here during the Art Walk. We had tasted their soup elsewhere and really liked it so it was a no brainer to try their restaurant. Everything we had was very good and we liked that we could go down the street, pick up our own wine or beer and bring it back with no corkage fee.

6. Hau Hale Shave Ice

3900 Hanapepe Road, Old Hanapepe, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Hawaiian +1 808-335-3575
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Hau Hale Shave Ice

Reviewed By KeokiHangLoose - New York City, New York, USA

It was a hot afternoon and the true Hawaiian hand shaped shaved ice hit the spot. We had 3 Ice with 3 different flavors each some were good and others not so good when mixed during the "slush" phase. Suggested or standard combinations, would have been welcome. I thought it was expensive given the fact that "premium" fruit or other kinds of Asian toppings (red bean) other than Li Hing Mui weren't available.

7. Japanese Grandma’s Cafe

3871 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 55 +1 808-855-5016
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Japanese Grandma’s Cafe

Japanese Grandma's Cafe is located in Historic Hanapepe Town. We proudly serve local fish, meat and produce. Our Master Sushi Chef Shinji Ueki prepares both traditional sushi as well as popular sushi rolls. Executive chef, Thomas Falchini delights with Japanese as well as globally inspired cuisine. Lunch daily from 11:00-3:00 Dinner Thursday through Monday (closed Tues/Weds) 5:30-9:00

Reviewed By Kermit2010 - Vancouver, Canada

We needed a light lunch and had been browsing in the boutique sharing the same space as Japanese Grandma’s Cafe - and on Sunday a lot businesses were closed in the historic Hanapepe area. Clean, stylish & smartly designed, this simple cafe served up delicious freshly made California rolls with generous wasabi and ginger. We wish we could have sampled more from their menu but needed to have an early dinner before a show so needed a light meal to get us through. I would certainly go back.

8. Bobbie s Restaurant

3620 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Hawaiian Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 808-335-5152
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

Bobbie s Restaurant

Reviewed By KenVicLee - Huntington Beach, California

We were attending the Hanapepe Friday Night Street Fair and decided to have Bobbie's half chicken, rice and macaroni salad special. The chicken was being cooked on the grill in front of the restaurant. It seemed like more than a meal for me and my wife.

The half chicken was huge. Unfortunately, perhpas because the grill man is constantly trying to fill order for chicken and ribs, the chicken was underdone. We were only able to eat parts of it. The rice was ordinary and the mac/potato salad was good. I wish I could report a better experience. I will chalk it up to the street fair, not their normal cooking standards inside the restaurant.

9. MCS Grill

1-3529 Kaumualii Hwy, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Hawaiian Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 808-431-4645
Excellent
46%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

MCS Grill

Reviewed By oldmayor - Portland, ME

Interested to try a local place, but... I ordered the teri chicken, which had been fried earlier and reheated, not good. My husband had the Caesar with fish, which he said was cooked perfectly. Lots of locals, so good when you make the right
choices, I suspect. Cheerful, efficient service.

10. Unko's Kitchen

1-3749 Kaumuali'i Hwy, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Hawaiian Breakfast, Lunch +1 808-335-5235
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Unko's Kitchen

Reviewed By agg2011 - San Diego, California

This place if of the main highway in Hanapepe. We had a group of 6 and were seated immediately. We were the only "tourists" in the restaurant which appears to be mostly frequented by locals. The food was solid Hawaii comfort food. We had the classic Loco-Moco as well as Kalua Pork Moco and a few other dishes. All of the dishes were plentiful and tasted great. You can't beat the prices either, our group of 6 ate for $60 including a generous tip. Enjoy!

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