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“Fantastic Friday night at the Hanapepe Cafe!”

Hanapepe Cafe & Bakery
Ranked #2 of 2 Bakeries in Hanapepe
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Prior to our visit to Kauai from where we live in San Diego our local newspaper ran a story in the travel section about Friday evenings in the old town area of Hanapepe. It was only a fifteen minute drive from where we were staying in Poipu, so we thought we'd check it out. The merchants and vendors make the main street an easily walkable and entertaining stroll. Loved seeing the local arts. The article also mentioned that the restaurant part of the Hanapepe Café was reopening, on Friday nights only, with a new menu. We had never been to the "old" version of the Café, but the new version is great! The menu is simple: two soups, two salads, sushi, and only four entrees - three featuring fresh fish and one vegetarian. We had the pumpkin and pear bisque soup and it was the best bisque I've ever had. Perfect flavors. For an entrée I had the sauteed Monchong with a wasabi buerre blanc, green onion oil, sesame bok choy and black forbidden stir fried rice. [I snapped a photo of the menu before we left because I wanted to remember the dish.] So good! It isn't a cheap place to eat - entrees are in the $25 to $30 range. But, for a comparable price I feel it was better than my meal at Hukilau Lanai, the top rated restaurant in Kauai. Our server was a fresh graduate from culinary school who is the granddaughter of the original operator, which added to the night. Also, if you just want soup, they serve different kinds separately as a take out order.

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Reviewed 1 September 2015

A division of the Hanapepe Café & Bakery is Midnight Bear Breads. We first tasted this bread at the Kauai Beer Company (see review) as part of the tasty sandwiches we had there. We stopped in and were blessed with the opportunity to purchase a huge cinnamon roll, a Rosemary and Hawaiian Sea Salt Baguette, and a loaf of Olive Ciabatta bread.

The cinnamon roll was tasty without being overly sweet. It was very light and flakey like a croissant. Both breads were light and tasty.

Please note that they are open three days a week: Monday & Wednesday: 6:30 am-4pm, Friday: 10am-9pm. They may not have every type of bread on every day, so if there is something in particular you'd like you may want to call them first at (808) 346-4949.

There are many other breads to choose from at the bakery, and we'll be back.

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

We were not lucky enough to be in Hanapepe on a Friday so we could not eat at the cafe, but we stopped in twice to buy bread from the artisan baker. One was a rosemary sea salt baguette and the other was an olive baguette. Both were very delicious.

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Reviewed 27 March 2015

Must eat here while visiting Friday night street market / art walk. You order your food inside and grab a table outside. We had BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken. Comes with macaroni salad/ green salad and we had rice. The live guitar music was a great way to enjoy eating and people watching

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Reviewed 14 March 2015

We dropped by at five thirty when it opened and it was full, we had seen people lining up at four so we were excited and looking forward to a great meal, ...were told we would get in at six. We started lining up again at six but just stood, we got in at six forty which was no problem for us as we were't hungry and there is lots to do just looking at all the people going by. But it is not as we were told .... We ordered a soup, salad and fish /seafood pasta.We waited a long time before anyone came by and were not offered beverages, we found out subsequently it is not licensed. They had run out of the only other seafood entree and it was early in the evening. Bread was unremarkable. Caesar salad was at best average, on the small side, standard croutons, and kraft or similar parmesan, not freshly grated as would be expected for a higher end restaurant. . Soup was unremarkable, average. Pasta overcooked and tomatoe sauce runny, all the seafood overcooked, and only two out of four of the seafoods are local. A very disappoinging event..Overpriced and disappointing service and food, .

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