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Big Wave Dave's

American, Bar
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4-1373 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Da Best mai tai's by Irene

We were in search of a great mai tai... tasty and potent, not syrupy and weak. Irene did not disappoint. problem.......she is only there Sat & Sun. Make sure you ask for IRENE. Kitchen was closed when we went in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2014
mestiza50
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Helena, Montana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Unless you are a twenty-something looking for the late night scene in Kapaa, skip this place. Yes, it's local. Dave must be looking for that big wave instead of tending to the business.

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Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The only bar in Kapaa open late. Live music some nights and great happy hour. Nice selection of beer and bartender was very friendly and gave us lots of tips on places to visit during our stay on the island.

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Columbus, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Went in to watch a little football while vacationing here. It is a real locals place, but everyone was friendly and they moved the barstools around so I could sit. The food looked pretty good, the guys at the bar recommended the eggs Benedict at breakfast. The bartender had a smart mouth, but seemed OK until she tacked on $20... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Mano was a great bartender... worked his butt of for his money but let this guy looking girl take over the bar that was RUDE...... so we left and when got back to our resort we called to complain about her and it was family owned (thank god we didnt tip too much because of her) normal tip on a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were in search of a great mai tai... tasty and potent, not syrupy and weak. Irene did not disappoint. problem.......she is only there Sat & Sun. Make sure you ask for IRENE. Kitchen was closed when we went in.

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Oak Harbor, Washington, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went in to watch a game and eat lunch. Bartender was friendly however the dude that controlled the TV was a jerk. There were multiple games on and when one was on half time we asked politely for them to turn up our game as the guy basically blew us off and sat there being lazy with his friends.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

diner in Kapaa. Really monotonous way of delivering hot meals to tourists here. Highly disappointing. Maui & Honolulu ae much better.

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Snohomish, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is our last full day on Kauai, after a great trip. We wanted to try a different restaurant for lunch and based on other reviews, this appeared to be at least acceptable. We couldn't have been more wrong. We walked into a dark, dank dive, but we continued our quest for a decent lunch at the place, thinking this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

After the disappointment of Kalypso's, we were encouraged by our friends to give this place a go. If you are expecting wonderful restaurant decor, you will be disappointed, this place is just a good old fashioned local bar and restaurant. The beers are icy cold and the food is fantastic bar food, we had the beef and bacon burger with... More 

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Kauai
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I needed to eat lunch but Kapaa was busy! Everyone was standing in lines waiting to order Except Big Wave Daves! Plentiful Fish and Chips with a great price The bar tendress was super friendly too

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4-1373 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Bar

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