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4-1602 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
808-346-1470
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Dining options: Takeout
Description: Only drive-up, walk-up or bike-up espresso stand on the East side of...
Only drive-up, walk-up or bike-up espresso stand on the East side of Kauai. Located in North Kapaa, next to the Coastal Bike Path with a stunning view of the ocean.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 25
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  • 4
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  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Gone!

Went here 2 years ago and was great. Just went bye a few days ago and no sign of the place. I don't know if they changed location, were closed for the winter or went out of business. Was bummed and was looking forward to an iced mocha.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2014
tlo24
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San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Takeout
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San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Went here 2 years ago and was great. Just went bye a few days ago and no sign of the place. I don't know if they changed location, were closed for the winter or went out of business. Was bummed and was looking forward to an iced mocha.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We've stopped here every day of our vacation and everything has been stellar!! The service is great, the iced spicy chai tea is the best and the location is on the way to a bunch of stuff we wanted to see! We even stopped after we rented bikes on our ride to Donkey Beach! You have to check it out!

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jmk1, Owner at Dolphin Espresso, responded to this review

Mahalo for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Come back and visit us again! Aloha! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We love this little coffee stand. Hot coffee or cold it was delicious. Love talking to Will. Much better than Starbucks. I highly recommend it and its great to support small, family run, local business.

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jmk1, Owner at Dolphin Espresso, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed our coffee! We enjoy making it and talking story too! Aloha. More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I am originally from Oahu, I have family that lives here, every time i visit kauai, i wanna try this place and they open late and close up early, alot of people dont wanna get out of there cars in the morning, it would be awesome to have this coffee drive thru open early, they would do so much more... More 

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jmk1, Owner at Dolphin Espresso, responded to this review

Hi I'm sorry we are not open on weekends, we are a small family owned business with other obligations too. We take pride in our coffee and invite you to give it a try! Aloha More 

Vail, Colorado
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129 reviews 129 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

This is a coffee stand, the coffe is very good and the owner is very friendly and up for a good conversation . The outdoor seating shares with other food stands. We hang out for a while with few locals

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Top Contributor
366 reviews 366 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Possibly the best coffee I had whilst on holiday to Hawaii. The owner is friendly and make your coffee exactly the way you ask for it. He took time to talk to us and was very friendly. Great Coffee to go, I can imagine this drive thru place being a nice quaint cafe in years to come. If like me... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Fantastic espresso first thing in the morning. My wife had a normal cup of coffee, and it too was excellent. No line ups and not bad prices. A wide assortment of drink options. I love my coffee pretty strong in the morning, and this placed hit the nail on the head. Will definatly go back !!

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Had a spiced chai iced drink...delicious! My boyfriend had the Hawaiian ginger ale which was also really good! Really friendly service too :)

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San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I'm pretty particular about my coffee (Starbucks does not exist in my world), so finding Dolphin Espresso made the trip to Kauai even better! I'm a straight coffee drinker, and I was not disappointed with this cup o' joe! My boyfriend's a chai guy, and his drink was excellent too. We can't wait to go back for more Dolphin Espresso!!... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

The business has changed hands, but the coffee is still great. Drop by and say hello to the new owners!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4-1602 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: 808-346-1470

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 6
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Only drive-up, walk-up or bike-up espresso stand on the East side of Kauai. Located in North Kapaa, next to the Coastal Bike Path with a stunning view of the ocean.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?