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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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    3.5 of 5 stars
Great for quick breakfast

Quick easy stop for local breakfast before the beach. If you like french toast you will love it. Typical breakfast menu. Nothing fancy.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
Nokomis, Florida
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  • Families with children
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English first
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

the pancakes were tough,eggs also.choice of toast or hash browns(not both) with eggs.bacon burned.would like to say the good coffee helped but not for 4.00 per cup!

Nokomis, Florida
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Quick easy stop for local breakfast before the beach. If you like french toast you will love it. Typical breakfast menu. Nothing fancy.

Paris, France
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Those responsible for this sorry excuse for a restaurant should heed their name: wake up and smell the coffee, folks! I have eaten here on previous trips to the island, and on those occasions had an overall good impression. This time my impression was dismal. I went there in part because I couldn't stand the loud music that plays at... More 

Des Plaines, Illinois
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I am giving this place 3 stars. We liked the atmosphere and felt the wait staff worked hard and they were friendly. My omelette order was wrong; they skipped the Portugese sausage, but when I brought it to her attention, she offered to re-make my order or bring out the sausage as a side. We both ordered the hash browns,... More 

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 

Charles Town WV
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 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 7 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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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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.

Charlotte, North Carolina
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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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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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