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Hapa J's

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2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and service

The menu has many great options, and one of my favorites is the pulled pork quesadilla. Taco Tuesdays can get pretty crazy and I normally try to go another day for lunch or dinner. The Nachos is definitely a 'share' item, super loaded with great toppings.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nanci M
San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
San Clemente, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu has many great options, and one of my favorites is the pulled pork quesadilla. Taco Tuesdays can get pretty crazy and I normally try to go another day for lunch or dinner. The Nachos is definitely a 'share' item, super loaded with great toppings.

Thank Nanci M
Level Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't get to Hawaii this week?? Go here. Island style food and drink. This low key, spacious restaurant / bar is a go to for that fast comfort food. Nachos, fries burgers and a long list of other tasty plates "break da mouth bro". Always, great fresh food, meat, fish, salads, nacho plates and beer or any beverage you can... More 

Thank cjsc
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

First of all the BEST our server was so on top of it and helpful and genuine let friendly. THANKS BETSY :)) The beef stir fry and that original sauce says this place doesn't open cans like Chili's seems to have gravitated toward. A real hand made delicious menu and we'll be back to sample other great itens. Coming back... More 

Thank Jeff S
Aiken, South Carolina
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143 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Well worth the trip. Family of five for late lunch, early dinner. Nachos with pulled pork. "HIGHLY recommend". Three orders of "Street tacos", 1 burger, and one order of chicken wings. To say we were amazed at the Nachos would be an understatement. Delicious. But, if you are in the mood for chicken wings, the serving came with ten (10)... More 

Thank Pat K
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Service was fantastic. My daughter had the teriyaki burger and I had the best bleu cheese salad. The serving amounts were very generous. Location is great. Parking was not a problem. Seating is both bar area and open restaurant. It is a very casual restaurant. I intend to back regularly. Prices are moderate.

Thank ElmoSanDiego
Level Contributor
75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Great eclectic food selection from the islands, even have Spam. Drinks are good. Very small desert menu. Went when it was busy on a Friday and it was loud. Very hard to hear. Service however was fast and kitchen was even faster. Great portions, go hungry if you can and you wont be disappointed. If in a group make a... More 

Thank Ronnie K
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

Great quality and portions. I have been here many times now and can make some suggestions based on my favorites and those of my family and friends. Though I assure you- you won't try anything and not like it. If with a group of 4 or more (or a meal for two) get the Hapa J's Man Fries, Friday night... More 

Thank MandyandShamus
Los Angeles, California
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249 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Had a family dinner here with 9 kids under age 10 and we fit right in. I grew up in Hawaii and ate a lot of plate lunches, poke and Kalua pork. This was a sad imitation, I would call it Hawaiian inspired at best. Food was too salty and overwhelmed with sauces. So flavors were muddled at best. The... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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399 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

4 of us went there for dinner and drinks. The gravedigger drink was very good and a fair price. The Kalua pork nachos are HUGE, 4 of us loved them (pic attached). One of us got the garlic steak, sounded good but was just ok compared to everything else we ordered. Service was great, will return

Thank atlagunabeach
Mission Viejo, California
Level Contributor
57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This place needs to close before I have a heart attack or become an alcoholic because, clearly, I have no self-control. Kalua pig is one of my favorite styles of pork, and they pile it like a tractor dumped it on those amazing nachos. Plus, they swirl this sauce all over, just for that extra yum. I always eat at... More 

Thank Deborah M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-276-6657

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?