We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 104 Kapaa Restaurants

Art Cafe Hemingway

4-1495 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
+1 808-822-2250
Improve this listing
Ranked #17 of 104 Restaurants in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: European, Coffee Shop, Café, Bistro
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: An institution for the fine life. In an ancient building in Kapaa we are offering real Italian espresso, small snacks, pretty things, comfortable surroundings, a classic gallery in the second floor, book signing, discussions with artists, ocean view and the ambience of the The Unbearable Lightness of Being. New opening hours. Wed - Sun 8am-2pm and 6pm - 9pm, Mondays and Tuesdays closed.
Write a Review

227 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
The World
Top Contributor
347 reviews 347 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Art Cafe Hemingway (4-1495 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746 , tel. (808) 822-2250, http://www.art-cafe-hemingway.com/). The place looks lovely. We sat on the banquette and a chair in a corner and it was comfortable with the fan. The service was annoyingly slow. There was only one server but we don’t think that was the problem. We think that the kitchen was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Victoria, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you are searching for a sophisticated cafe with excellent food and coffee, don't miss this place: it's busy for a reason. Our waitress was vibrant, attentive and lovely in amongst the hustle and bustle. Our americanos were beautifully drawn, and our quiches were gorgeous...creamy and fluffy! This cafe is truly a touch of Europe with a gentle, Hawaiian vibe.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A surprising find...Hemingway excels on all fronts: food; service; and ambiance. The quality of the cuisine is second to none on the Garden Isle. The decor is simple, yet elegant and sophisticated - a restored and rustic island effect. Beautiful and interesting artwork accents the atmosphere. We lingered over a late lunch and made reservations for dinner on Wednesday...as they... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The chef, Jana, is an artist of culinary delights. The food is not only delicious but artfully presented. I had the scallops with angel hair pasta. The mixture of flavors was an incredible surprise. It has to be the best scallop dish I have ever experienced. Now I'm waiting for the chocolate soufflé. But had to write a quick review... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a fantastic breakfast spot. Wide plank wood floors, wreck jars as orange juice cups, a bit of Hawaiian kitsch and good coffee. We had scrambled eggs, cheese, bread and all was delicious. The only down side was that service was slow, but with an island breeze coming in the windows and water views, it wasn't hard to acclimate... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have visited Hemingways twice. Both times I left feeling a bit frustrated because it has SO much to offer in terms of ambiance, the friendly foreign proprietors, and the delicious food and drinks, yet there are definitely some issues. First, although the owners are very warm and engaging, the employees are definitely lacking in many ways. On both visits... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Wonderful gorgonzola and porcini quiche for lunch. Staff was attentive and polite. Prices were lower than you'd expect. Interesting and reasonable wine list. I'm really puzzled by the "bad" reviews. We liked the restaurant so much, that we crossed the Kuhio highway outside and got a price list from a nearby hotel so we could stay in this part of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sherman, Connecticut
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had an amazing time in Kauai and this place is the only regret we have...what a waist of time and money. Service was bad, we waited 35min for two appetizers, nobody went to check on us during the wait, the food was very average, it was extremely hot inside and we had to wait another 20min for our check.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kapaa, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Something different in Kauai. They serve a european style menu. Nothing else like it that I know of in Kauai. Great Quiche, fresh squeezed oj. Lots of yum. If you go there expect to be there awhile. Its rare that you get in and out under an hour. Expect that you''ll be there for much longer if they are any... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kapaa, Hawaii
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Been here 23 years. I am culinary trained. Avoid this place at all cost. Horrible service, arrogant owner and no sense of appropriate customer service. Disaster.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Art Cafe Hemingway also viewed


Been to Art Cafe Hemingway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing