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2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
949-276-6657
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Hours:
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Bit of Hawaii , in San Clemente, Ca

After many recommendations, we decided to try Hapa j's, and we were not disappointed. A great atmosphere and fun bar scene. We ordered the house nachos, we can only say WOW. Enough for 4 people, just delicious, and creative. I had the pork tacos, and my wife had a very large sald. All portions... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Bob K
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San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Clemente, California
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

After many recommendations, we decided to try Hapa j's, and we were not disappointed. A great atmosphere and fun bar scene. We ordered the house nachos, we can only say WOW. Enough for 4 people, just delicious, and creative. I had the pork tacos, and my wife had a very large sald. All portions are very large, go hungry. Drinks... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We stopped at Hapa J's by chance - and what a great happenstance find this was. Honestly, I have to say this was in the top 10 meals I have had in my lifetime. We totally took the suggestions of the extremely knowledgeable, friendly and outgoing bartender, Kurt. And he absolutely did not steer us wrong! At Kurt's suggestion, we... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Went to San Clemente to visit family after Thanksgiving and had to go to Hapa J's after hearing so many good things. I found out that on Taco Tuesday's THIS is the PLACE to be!!! We had a stellar server, Devin, who got us drinks (recommended a tasty cucumber&strawberry martini that was better than my sis' margarita;) Then came a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I went for a work function so it may be a bad representation of the actual menu but I wasn't very impressed. The food was sub-par and wasn't very hot. The service was decent though.

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Orange County, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We've lived in the area for 7+ years, and began frequenting Hapa's around 4 years ago. If you're looking for a great local favorite with cold beer, awesome food and friendly staff this is the place. We love for the poke, ahi or tako. The rest of the menu is outstanding as well. If you're looking to feed a bunch... More 

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San Clemente, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We do love Hapa J's. The only reason I am giving it a 4 is that it is loud and sometimes very very crowded, esp in the summer. Recommendations: Shoyu Chicken Bowl, Teri Beef Bowl, Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl. For a big group, one order of nachos with pulled pork weighs about 5 pounds, and is the bomb! Taco Tuesday... More 

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Orlando
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

These folks offer many good Hawaii express recipes. I have never had a bad dish here. Great folks, good attitudes and value (though not cheap). Many locals but out of town guests must try.

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San Clemente, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love this place, a little loud, but the food and staff are awesome. If your feeling a little Spam Musabi, Hawaiian style pork, or just want to tilt back a Primo, this is the place. Never had a bad meal or bad service here.

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orange county, ca
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a must visit when visiting San Clemente. Great crew working there, ice cold beer, great cocktails and some of the tastiest snack food around.. Ahi and Octopus Poke are incredible, their take on chicken wings are awesome... and the pulled pork nachos and ManFries are da' bomb!! Trust me, this is all you need.. The platter of ManFries... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

fresh, delicious delicate ahi, presented with creamy spicy sauce, perfect seaweed salad and delicious brown rice. Go at Happy Hour and add a Primo draft pint for $3. Nice, relaxed, bungalow-style restaurant with lots of windows. Recommend!

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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: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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?