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Papalani Gelato

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Pizza, 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, Lunch, Dinner
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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  • 273
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 31
    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
Excellent sorbet

The gelato is good but for us the highlight is the tropical sorbet flavors, especially the lilikoi! The sorbet tastes just like the fruits from which it's based, the lilikoi is very tart like hawaiian passionfruit and the pineapple is very sweet like a hawaiian pineapple. We stopped here every day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Jonathan H
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The gelato is good but for us the highlight is the tropical sorbet flavors, especially the lilikoi! The sorbet tastes just like the fruits from which it's based, the lilikoi is very tart like hawaiian passionfruit and the pineapple is very sweet like a hawaiian pineapple. We stopped here every day of our stay in Poipu. The service is super... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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42 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of choices, even for those with allergies. Loved the tart lollikoi and pog sorbetto. They also sell some tasty chocolates.

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carnation
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The gelato is the best and they use it to prepare some incredible concoctions. Once again, worth the money and calories.

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New York City, New York
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124 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Enjoyed both the belgian chocolate and the apple banana gelatos. Well priced Friendly people behind the counter.

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NJ
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Nice decent place gelato in a nice shopping village near Poipu Beach. Good selection of favors, even some organic.

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Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Had a small scoop of the salt pond ($5) and the ice cream sandwich with Belgium chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. The salt pond is delicious! Like a toffee swirled in cold creamy goodness. The ice cream sandwich is good as well. After letting it thaw out of course, we were alittle impatient, but try to wait. The cookies were... More 

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Needham
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Lots of great flavors, but very expensive. Cheaper to buy a take home pint then two individual orders. The guy dishing up our take home, spooned up the gelato with NONE of the toppings, did not fill it to the top and basically was not interested in our purchase - I would not suggest going here.

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Eveleth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Nowhere have I ever tasted such fresh gelato that makes me think, "Why would I ever need to eat anything else, at all when this makes me so very happy?" We stayed at a timeshare in Poipu, Kauai the first time shortly after the mall where Papalani's opened. My sister and brother-in-law joined us that time, so each morning, my... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Humongous portions. One scoop is way enough. Two scoops will get you full+. Three scoops, how did you do. Nice flavours. Fruits of the islands. Or funky ones. Loved it! Good service!

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Mission Viejo, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Had the Belgian chocolate ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwich. Wow, I would order it again!!! The flavor was so good!

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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 10
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Dessert, Ice Cream, Polynesian, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?