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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurants new name is Wake Up Delicious. The staff is friendly. The store has a lot of cute gifts. Seating is all outside or either on the patio overlooking the main road, or at tables in the back. The coffee is good quality. We...tried the Fisherman’s Breakfast, and the Kalua Burrito. Both were so good we came back twice. The line to get in only took about 5 to 10 minutes. I would confidently recommend this restaurant to anybody coming into Hanalei.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022

We were told they had the best french toast, so we went. You wait in line outside and there are three tables inside and three outside. We were lucky to have a nice seat on the porch and it was our first morning there. We...got the french toast and the breakfast burrito with pork. The french toast is a cinnamon bun deep fried with sugar and comes with whipped cream and caramel. It's very rich. My husband, who does not like sweets, thought it was amazing. Me, who likes sweets, thought it was a little sweet. We split our breakfast, so the burrito was a good match to cut the sugar. There were tator tots in it which made it rather nice and crunchy. The flavor was very good. The people were lovely. It was good food and a very nice experience. Cute little place.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 4, 2022

Great food. We ordered the shrimp for lunch and both the coconut and the garlic were delicious. Also a great place for breakfast. The churro French toast was so good we came back a second time! (but keep in mind, a full order easily feeds...two!)More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 7, 2022 via mobile

Great place for early morning breakfast on the Northshore of Kauai. While there is no more interior seating, there are some outdoor seating and take orders can be take to eat at Hanalei Pier or wherever

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 4, 2022 via mobile

The Churro French Toast is to die for! Absolutely divine!!!! Great breakfast spot! Was told the burrito was also amazing.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 12, 2021

We stumbled up The Wake-up cafe while walking around the shops in Hanalei. I think this is probably the best breakfast place in the area. The burritos are huge, hot and so very delicious. They have great coffee, latte's and smoothies too. We ate here...3 out of the 4 mornings while on the Northshore. The service was great and and so very friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 7, 2021 via mobile

The service and food were amazing!!! Seating outside was limited due to Hawaii’s over abundance of caution regarding covid, but totally worth sitting on the curb to eat. BEST Portuguese sausage EVER! The fisherman’s breakfast flavor is off the charts. Great place to start your...day or trip in HanalaiMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 19, 2021 via mobile

Is there any truth to the rumor I heard about the cinnamon roll no longer being served? This could stop us from going back to Kauai. Someone needs to get the chamber OC commerce involved if this is true. We arrived 5 min before closing...and after a few minutes of crying and begging, they agreed to serve us the cinnamon roll. It’s better than almost anything!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed September 9, 2021

We ate here pretty much every morning of our recent trip and saw no sign of the rudeness some have complained about. Be nice, be patient, and be prepared for some of the most delicious eats on the island. The Kalau (sp?) burrito is truly...fantastic and big enough to split. We also tried the churro french toast which was massive and delicious—you'd need three people to come close to finishing it. Don't miss the tots. We had a wait some mornings, but you can get your coffee from the counter to tide you over. Big mahalo to the kind staff for making our mornings so bright.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 3, 2021

New wake up cafe is the former Truckin food truck folks. Had a delicious breakfast last week. Ordered the pork burrito (awesome!) and the french toast (very creative and sweet). Ladies working the store were very nice.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 17, 2021

Cute little coffee bar. Nice breakfast but not cheap. They also have a walk up window. They open at 7 am. Go early. Long wait otherwise

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 15, 2021 via mobile

This restaurant was the only bad experience we had during our 21 day stay. Zero Aloha in this place and I should have known the second we walked in and half the tables in the place were empty on a busy day. At the same...time a breakfast restaurant across the street had a 45-60 minute line that literally wrapped outside their building, this restaurant had no wait and several tables open. We decided to have breakfast and while the food was ok, we did not come back again to give them our business. It is not the place to go to if you are looking for good friendly service while trying to enjoy a peaceful and happy vacation. I can see why most people opt to go to the restaurant a few steps away instead of this one even if it means waiting in line. As my family and I approached the restaurant, I realized that I left my mask at the hotel. We noticed everyone sitting at the tables in the restaurant were maskless (some eating/drinking, some were not and were just waiting for their food) so my wife asked me to sit down while she ordered since she had a mask. This way we would be respectful and remain compliant with the states orders. As I proceeded to sit down (in addition to the front desk lady yelling out that I needed a mask), a lady came out to approach me while I was seated at the table about not having a mask. I apologized to her and asked her if they had a disposable mask I could use since I forgot mine. She said she could sell me a mask, and I obliged with no problem. We wore our masks until our food arrived, and remained the only people (eating or not) that had to wear a mask. As I waited, I noticed a sign posted at every table that stated patrons did not need to wear a mask while seated. To be respectful and since I was asked, I continued to wear mine anyways. Before leaving I spoke to a young lady that worked there and gave her the feedback. Brought up to her attention that while the sign clearly said I was ok with not wearing a mask while seated, and there were plenty others in every table not wearing a mask, it was a bit rude, could have been approached a more tactful way, it was horrible customer service to force one patron to do what the rest of the restaurant was not doing (plus a little silly… if your intent is to keep everyone safer, you would have everyone in the restaurant wearing the masks. Not just us). At one point, we observed the same lady that I bought the mask from with her mask down to her chin while interacting with the rest of the staff members in the kitchen area. I then went to read the reviews of the place and read the owner’s rude responses to any negative comment and it all clicked. It appears she is under the impression that running a good restaurant is not tied to providing a good experience and service to customers. I hope the feedback we continue to provide will help her realize that they call it the “service” industry for a reason. If she doesn’t realize it soon enough, I’m afraid it will likely have new owners in the near future.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 28, 2021 via mobile

The staff and who appeared to be the manager are the absolute rudeness people I’ve met. I’d steer clear of this place unless you like unhappy, disgruntled and overall sour people. Not a great way to start your day in such a beautiful place! Lady...in picture is the culprit. Go see for yourself it’s almost comical. Note: I complete reviews often all over the world and luckily this is my 1st negative review.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

The churro french toast is one of the best things I've tasted!! A full portion is massive, so I recommend sharing or getting a half order. I ordered a full portion and could only eat half, but luckily I couldn't finish because my friends loved...it so much that they ate the rest. The burrito was also very tasty! My local friends said this is a restaurant that they frequent and now I understand why!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 25, 2021

I'm not a crazy loco moco lover, I don't crave it and usually have to be in the mood, but this one is crazy good. I was coming here for a shrimp dish (but their conversion away from their shrimp truck stuff makes it more...limited) so I decided to go for the loco moco, it was amazing. So tasty with perfectly cooked well-seasoned hamburger patty, excellent rich gravy, egg and topped with onion rings. Everything looked good here, coffee was great (and popular take-out item)More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3.5