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Papalani Gelato

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Dessert, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Ice Cream
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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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Visitor rating
  • 264
    Excellent
  • 88
    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
Most recent review
A Treat on a Hot Day, or Even on a Cooler Day

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
SenseiGlenn
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Edmonton, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dessert
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Edmonton, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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Eleele, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Papalani Gelato has always been our favorite place to go for a sweet treat. We loved it so much that we choose to have a gelato bar at our wedding this past January. The owner, Marck and his staff provided professional and personable service. Our guests were excited to try the three gelato flavors we had at our wedding and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Our server let us taste different gelatos to see if we liked them. He really seemed to enjoy his job!

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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The gelato here was good, not great, but a nice break from shave ice if you are sick of it. I had the peanut butter and dark chocolate, which is a good combo. My husband had the coconut and pineapple which was pretty tasty.

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Encinitas, California, United States
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is not a real restaurant, but they make the best gelato and sorbet on the Island. Taste what you like, but settle for the POG (Passionfruit, Orange, Guava) Sorbet with the Belgian chocolate gelato. Yum!!! while you are there, browse the made in Kauai section for the fudge made at Kauai Chocolate factory near Port Allen

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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, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Ice Cream

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?