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Chicken In A Barrel BBQ

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4-1586 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
8088230780
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Dry rubbed, smoked BBQ chicken, beef, pork, and ribs! Falls of da bone...
Dry rubbed, smoked BBQ chicken, beef, pork, and ribs! Falls of da bone, melts in your mouth! Eat-in or take-out! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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Visitor rating
  • 435
    Excellent
  • 214
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great BBQ

We just arrived in Kauai and were looking for a good place to eat, at a good price. So we checked out TripAdvisor to see where other people had found good food. Chicken In a Barrel BBQ got positive reviews so we decided to give it a try.The street-side stand looks rough but Carlos and Jon, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Donna S
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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

After all the high ratings and raves we looked forward to lunch there. We got the Sampler Plate. It was enough food for 2 which was great, so it made for a reasonable priced lunch. But we were underwhelmed. The chicken was tender but not really flavorful. The single rib was nearly tasteless - not even a hint of smoke.... More 

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seattle
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We kept hearing about this place, and finally stopped for lunch. Decided to split the Sampler - 1 rib, some chicken, pulled beef and pulled pork, along with brown rice and beans. I love anything smoked, but don't care for barbecue sauce, so had everything naked. It was plenty of food, but didn't have a lot of taste, even smokey... More 

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We just arrived in Kauai and were looking for a good place to eat, at a good price. So we checked out TripAdvisor to see where other people had found good food. Chicken In a Barrel BBQ got positive reviews so we decided to give it a try.The street-side stand looks rough but Carlos and Jon, the chefs, were very... More 

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Camarillo
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Kauai travel book I was relying on gave this location great reviews for the chicken but said stay away from the ribs. I disagree. When the owner "Pepper" found out we hailed from the same city on the mainland, he tossed in a few ribs with our chicken and they were awesome! A chicken plate, which consists of a... More 

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Western MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We stopped here after a suggestion from another local merchant. (Best advice - trust the locals.) We ate the platter with the variety of BBQ and got another 1/4 chicken. The platter had a rib, beef, pork, chicken, rice, and beans. My wife and I are from a couple of BBQ havens - Tennessee and Kansas City. Overall this was... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Had some good food at the Barrel! Tried a sampler plate and enjoyed all four kinds of meat w/rice and beans. Others in our group tried BBQ sandwiches and fish tacos. By far the favorite was the BBQ chicken. Enjoyed it enough that we returned a couple nights later just for the chicken. Service was slow with a big group,... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We tried their burrito (pork and chicken) and it was absolutely fantastic and enormous big. We shared one burrito per couple for a lunch and we were full. It was soooo good that we returned for a lunch 2x more during week :) Yummy!!!!

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was by far the worst bbq I have ever had. It was so watery that my bun was soggy. My hubby had the rice and chili beans with his plate. Water was at the btm of the plate. The rice was stuck together and the beans were terrible and we paid $28 for this crap. Don't waste your time... More 

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Florence
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217 reviews 217 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

So - I do like this place, but the location in Kapaa is just not the same. The food - really good. The seating and lighting - too buggy and dark. Do something about that and it's back to 4 - 5 raiing. We plan on going to the second location soon.

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Northern California
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170 reviews 170 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We frequent the Garden Island several times a year and since we found this restaurant, the trip is not complete without stopping by here. Today we were pleasantly surprised to meet the Peppers who created this local smoked chicken food business. Nicole Pepper speaks passionately about quality of their meats and ingredients. We enjoyed hearing her proudly reflect how this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4-1586 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: 8088230780

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

Dry rubbed, smoked BBQ chicken, beef, pork, and ribs! Falls of da bone, melts in your mouth! Eat-in or take-out! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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