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Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe

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5- 5144 Kuhio Highway, Kauai, HI 96714
(808) 826-5551
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Dining options: Breakfast

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not what it used to be

This was our 7th trip to Kauai in 12 years Always had enjoyed breakfasts at the WakeUp. Have to agree with the low reviews. Food quality is below average and way below quality of 4 years ago. Service was ok, but at times a very negative karma invaded the place: grouchy attitude from some... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Charles Town WV
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Gibsons, Canada
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We are here a few years ago and had a sub par breakfast, we decided to give it another chance after reading positive reviews. It was a bad idea. Terrible coffee, my partners pancake had dry flour chunks and was raw and doughy at the same time, he thought it also tasted like a bought mix. I had French toast... More 

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Charles Town WV
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This was our 7th trip to Kauai in 12 years Always had enjoyed breakfasts at the WakeUp. Have to agree with the low reviews. Food quality is below average and way below quality of 4 years ago. Service was ok, but at times a very negative karma invaded the place: grouchy attitude from some staff, quirky "you cant sit there... More 

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Nice
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Very disappointed. Bad scrabbled eggs, overcooked. Hash brown was raw inside Sausages ok, but very greasy. Coffee tasted much more like brown water. My wife had French bread, she didn't finished her plate, it was too soggy. All produced are of very low quality. Our order comes so fast, and everything is so badly cooked that I assume the micro... More 

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We have been here several times on past trips and were looking forward to eating here again. Usually the place is packed and we have to wait for an open seat. This time we had to wait for a seat and all but three tables were empty. The waitress finally seated us. My oldest got pancakes and the rest of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

They have comfort food breakfast. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food similar is quality to a Denny's.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a small restaurant on the main road through Hanalei. Typical quaint cafe for Hawaii. Great breakfast. Portuguese sausage is wonderful. The French toast is fantastic.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great breakfast spot! Pancakes, french toast, and eggs are all just delicious! The portions are great, the people are great and the food is great! This is the perfect breakfast spot. I wish we had known how good it was and we would have eaten there every day on our trip during our stay to this side of the island.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Easy on the dollar and a taste of good local grinds with friendly staff. Perfect for a quick breakfast before heading out and about!

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

After reading about their cinnamon rolls on Trip Advisor, we added this coffee shop to our list of places to try. We found it almost by accident, when we stopped to book a Na Pali Coast boat tour on our way to hike the Kalalau Trail. We got a cinnamon roll to go, and it was truly amazing! We were... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We were looking for a nice, relaxing place to eat breakfast before we headed out for the day and we found it in Hanalei at the Wake Up Café. The waitress was friendly, fast and knowledgeable. We appreciated the quick, friendly service with a smile. The food was fantastic. I had the custard French toast and it was great....be careful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5- 5144 Kuhio Highway, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai
  • Phone Number: (808) 826-5551

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Pub, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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