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Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe

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5- 5144 Kuhio Highway, Kauai, HI 96714
(808) 826-5551
6:30 am - 11:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 am
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Fair Oaks, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always the simplest and best breakfast but don't be late....they close at 11 am! Their Papaya Bowl with granola is a great lite start to the day but they have bacon and eggs with crispy hash browns down!

Thank ForeverIslandGuy
Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great little breakfast cafe, friendly staff, really cool surfing theme. Portions are on the smaller side but we all cleaned our plates because it's so delicious!! Order the French toast with pineapple and coconut topping. YUM.

Thank AMS0924
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111 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We ate here based on a recommendation from a local (who also said only go Monday thru Thursday because of who is cooking). I was less than impressed. The porteguese sausage was good but the rest just meh. I wouldn't go back. My husband wasn't impressed either. The only ones that were happy were the ones who ordered French Toast... More 

Thank ginKetchikan
Walkersville, Maryland
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

The only thing that was ok here was the cinnamon bun. The service was mediocre- she barely tried at all. and the food was just simply ok.. nothing special at all and wish I had gone somewhere else.

Thank kimbrly072686
Austin, Texas
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Roll out of bed and get to the Wake Up Cafe before 11:00am (when they stop serving)! My husband and I enjoyed breakfast here 5 years ago on our honeymoon, and were delighted to be able to make it back this summer with our family! We love the mountain views and surf shack vibe, complete with photos of waves on... More 

Thank CuriousOptimist
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

My family LOVES the breakfast here. We have eaten here during every trip and already 3 times this specific trip. The server Mary always remembers us. She is so friendly and welcoming. She hustles to make sure everything is right. The food is homemade and DELICIOUS! The hash browns are the best I have ever tasted in my entire life.... More 

Thank BethBCincinnati
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

After our experience of two years ago, I want to add that we swore we would never go back there ever. The owner is deliberately and viciously rude and completely indifferent to her clients. I do not know how she has survived except that there's no place else for early breakfast since postcards is no longer open breakfast. Please avoid... More 

Thank Rcarlkahn
Portland, Maine
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This restaurant was obscene. When we walked in an older woman barked at us angrily from behind the counter as if we broke into her house. She pointed at a table for us to sit at, but we requested to sit outside as it was a nice morning and there were tables open (with a nice view of the mountains... More 

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Breakfast was great and the food was served really quickly even though it was a crowded time. The cinnamon rolls are fantastic!

Thank Windy_Keala
big bear
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Like other reviewers said on Yelp...it's like a rude Denny's! You're on they're turf Brudda...it's one thing when it's the waves. It's another thing when it's a restaurant and you're paying for the experience. Food was greasy and nothing special. The owners proceeded to get in an argument from the kitchen. That was awkward...there's a definite vibe there. It's just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, Hawaiian
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 11:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5- 5144 Kuhio Highway, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai
  • Phone Number: (808) 826-5551

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?