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Papalani Gelato

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2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9552
+1 808-742-2663
11:00 - 21:30
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Anchorage, Alaska
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267 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Papalani Gelato has the potential to be great, but it isn't quite there yet. The parlor is clean and well-kept, the atmosphere is fun, and the service at the counter is excellent (they will happily let you sample until your heart's content), but the gelato itself needs improvement. The consistency is not as creamy as traditional gelato and the flavors... More 

Thank Sarah V
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Went here 4 times in one week. Gelato is excellent. Highly recommend the papalani pie flavour (macadamia, kona coffee, vanilla and choc). Tasted really close to the best gelato places we visited in Italy last spring.

Thank Bob D
Toledo, Ohio
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100 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This gelato was so fantastic. The chocolate and Salt Ponds flavors were my favorite. The service and price were good. Great place for a quick, yummy treat!

Thank BF2531
Morro Bay, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the gelato so much I went again a few days later. Really good waffle cups and cones too. So ono!!

Thank RondaRA
Saint Louis, Missouri
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Gelato is ok, but their ice cream (gelato) sandwich is amazing (frozen cookie dough top/bottom and vanilla bean gelato in the center.

Thank John W
Rock Rapids, Iowa
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Where do I start? If you want a refreshing treat this is the place to go! Try the coconut, the strawberry guava, the banana split... Try them all! Really good in a waffle cone!

Thank visitorfromIA
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67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The tropical gelato is a nice complement for you Puka Dog. Serving size are generous and not too expensive. A sweet treat for a warm day.

Thank meghan b
Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Middle of opens air shopping area - nothing special - the usual selections and flavors. No waiting ok

Thank stewart j
Seattle, Washington
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

There is a nice variety of gelato flavors many featuring tropical fruits and nuts. The gelato is great and a perfect complement to a hot sunny day in Kauai.

Thank Seth S
Park Ridge
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We preferred gelato over ice cream. The tastes are crisper and more flavorful. Servings were OK, not overly generous. They sell Kauai chocolate products as well.

Thank Robert S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9552
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-742-2663
Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?