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Hapa J's

2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
949-276-6657
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Ranked #14 of 180 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Southern Cal
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126 reviews 126 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

" tip my servers 20% because the IRS is awesome and I want to keep them" really? If you have to ask for the tip then it should tell you something about the service... Which, by the way, is horrible. Nachos w/ pork $15.95. Coke out of a can, " that's the only way we serve it". A cup of... More

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El Segundo, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

After reading the reviews we had to go to Hapa J's. We had to wait to be seated and then for our food because they were quite busy. The food was worth the wait. We had been warned that the nachos were enough for 4 and it was true. The pork on the nachos was excellent. The kalbi was quite... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

3 kids, my wife and I and her parents. Everything was great. Service was awesome, pork nachos were enough to feed all of us. Kids meals were large and good, and an especially good deal on Thursday night when they're half-price. Will be back every time we're in San Clemente.

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San Clemente, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My wife and I went with two other local couples because we had heard that the food was good and that going on Tuesdays was fun, because they had specials. The food was pretty good, but they were very, very busy. We were finished with dinner and having another round of drinks when we were asked to leave (not in... More

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San Clemente, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food and service is always good. I usually sit in the bar area and the bartenders are great. Justin the owner is awesome.

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Wauseon, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Some of the most unusual and best tacos I have ever had. You are going to wait for a table but it is worth the wait. If you are looking for a quiet place to eat this is not the place. It is loud and noisy but the food is great and the atmosphere is lively.

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Mission Viejo, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've been here many times and it's all for the kalua pork. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. The BEST in OC. And, crazy HUGE portions. You can get the kalua pork atop fries or tortilla chips. Only ever had them on chips. That and an Old Rasputin or Pranqster beer- what else do you need? Note to the uninitiated:... More

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verde valley
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143 reviews 143 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

go in and order the man fries. this "appetizer" will feed six adults for a week. its a bed of potatoes, cheese, pork, gravy, and more cheese. incredible !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Really relaxed place to enjoy some good food and good booze. Have a primo and order man fries... avoid taco Tuesday's and the crowds... you aren't missing out as its the same food they serve every other day.

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San Diego, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

No other way to spend your Monday. You have to order the Pele Wings. I have not had a bad meal at Hapa J's yet. I took my wife there and she loved it. A great place to stop when driving to and from San Diego.

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