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Hapa J's

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2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
949-276-6657
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 73
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  • 33
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 11
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Spam!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Ronnie K
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

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 

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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 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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

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Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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 

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Good people, great food. Try the Hawaiian nachos with kalua pig, it is a heap of food. Tasty and unique, and enough for a crowd. Good cold beer on tap.

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San Clemente, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a really cool Hawaiin restaurant in San Clemente. They have some great Poke and Hawaiin dishes. The best deal in the house is the Pork Nachos. For $13 you can feed a family of 4. Best of all they have ICE Cold Primo beer out of the tap. Only place in San Clemente (or even South Orange County)... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I will preface this review by stating I've been here before (not on a Tuesday) and I had a blast, would have given it a 4*. However this review is all about the latest visit. Taco Tuesday - limited menu, tacos, nachos, tostatas, and one or two more items. $2.50 primo, and libre tequila specials. (Note: they do not serve... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Family visit on taco Tuesday. Arrived about 5:30 and got a good table by the window. Not much to see, Ordered a round of really good margaritas made with fresh fruit. The composition varies depending on what's available, tonight tasted like strawberries and maybe mango. Very good. Taco Tuesday beer was a good deal, too. We ordered tacos, of course.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Visited on a quiet night and were seated immediately. Started with a mango rita...good, but expensive. Shared an appetizer and the Luau Plate. This was more than enough food for two. The pork is outstanding and paired with unusual but complimentary flavors. The atmosphere is spot on. Imagine parking might be an issue on a busy night 'tho.

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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: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, 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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