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Papalani Gelato

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Dessert, Ice Cream, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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2360 Kiahuna Plantation Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
808-742-2663
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert
Description: Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated...
Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.
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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 265
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We came here a few times it was so good

We were able to sample several flavors before deciding which one we wanted. There really wasn't a bad batch in the bunch. I can't say I love the prices but it didn't stop us from coming back!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
LoquaciousColorado
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dessert
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Denver, Colorado
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101 reviews 101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We were able to sample several flavors before deciding which one we wanted. There really wasn't a bad batch in the bunch. I can't say I love the prices but it didn't stop us from coming back!

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Calgary
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great gelato! We enjoyed the salted butterscotch, lemon sorbet, chocolate sorbet and cashew nut. Amazing! The flavours are incredible....now waiting for our favourite Kauia cake flavour to arriv!

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great flavor choices! My favorites are Belgium Chocolate Gelato and Bloodorange sorbet. A very small space so be patient. It is worth the wait! They also sell wonderful Kauai chocolates.

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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The ice cream is not as sickeningly sweet as what you get at the Lapperts' localities. The Gelato location in Koloa had only a small selection of flavors, but the location in the shopping area across from Kiahuna Plantation had an excellent selection.

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Edmonton, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Amazing gelato and sorbetto. If you get a waffle cone, be prepared to eat fast or it'll melt before you can finish. We appreciated being able to sample any and all of the flavours on display. The samples definitely helped us make our selections of flavours. We also liked getting a cup with two to three different flavours. Visited them... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We went our second time in 3 days, yes it's that yummy. So fresh and the flavors are awesome. On Friday nights, after 6;30 two kids get a free kids scoop! You will love it!

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Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

After a disappointing early dinner Papalani's saved the night. This Gelato is so good that we had it two more times during our week stay. I wish I could have brought this place home with me. This will be one of the first places I go to when we come back. Try it, and go all out with the chocolate... More 

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Saskatoon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Found the gelato to be average. If you have had ONO gelato on Maui, Papalani does not compare. Flavour was not intense enough.

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Lewis Center, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

As someone who adores a good gelato, I found Papalani Gelato to be run of the mill. I have had worse and much better. The flavors were not as intense as many others I've been fortunate enough to sample and there were large ice crystals in the gelato, suggesting that the gelato was not kept at a consistent temperature. Still,... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We came here 3 times during our 8 night stay in Poipu. The service is great and the quality is great. I loved the waffle cones. It is a must visit place when in Poipu as you can also shop and looking around the shopping centre while enjoying your fresh gelato.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: 808-742-2663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream, Polynesian, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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