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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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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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  • 267
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  • 95
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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As I had read a lot of good reviews about Papalani, I made a special trip here to sample at least one of their gelatos. I am glad I did it. I had a Salt Pond Gelato which was full-flavoured. It had a salty taste and a few folks may not put it down in the dessert category, but for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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New Delhi, India
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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New Delhi, India
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239 reviews 239 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

As I had read a lot of good reviews about Papalani, I made a special trip here to sample at least one of their gelatos. I am glad I did it. I had a Salt Pond Gelato which was full-flavoured. It had a salty taste and a few folks may not put it down in the dessert category, but for... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Once a day at least, we made a stop a Papalani's for Bubble-gum or Salt Ponds flavour. Fan favorites for sure. There are so many others to try but we always went back for old faithful. Stellar, stellar gelato!!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

By far, the best ice cream we had in Kauai. They are not cheap, but certainly are not lacking in quality of ingredients. The macadamia nut/kona coffee combination was soon good!

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Boise, Idaho
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We shared the 8 scoop sampler,, chocolate was to die for,,, all of them were good. The server was polite and let us sample a few before making a selection. The 8 scoop was enough for both of us.. Would definitely go back again

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Oregon City, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Gelato itself, was great (Salt Pond ...yum!), but the employees were somewhat abrupt, and felt like they were pushing us through... There was another family in there at the same time, and they were getting our order (we were in line first), and their order at the same time...which was confusing. I was relieved to get out of there,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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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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22 helpful votes 22 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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22 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?