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Reviewed April 11, 2024

well know stop for many locals and visitors alike. Good selection of common food items, plus prepared foods. And souvenirs, of course. Prices are higher due to it being a small store but could save you a lot of time, not having to drive to...Hilo, etc. Friendly staff during our two stops we had. Great news is they have a 50kwh fast charger out front. Tried the baked goods. Chocolate cake was okay but nothing special. Sorry.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 12, 2024 via mobile

We had seen the signs the evening before and stopped by, but the kitchen is only open over midday, so don’t wait! In addition to a basic grocery with local foods, they operate a kitchen that churns out an amazing number of plate lunches. All...takeout. We picked up some plate lunches and headed to Laupahoehoe Point and enjoyed them there. They also had some lilikoi bars in the case, so we grabbed some of them. It was one of the most pleasant lunches we had this trip: yummy kalua pork, green curry, chili, and loco moco, great scenery and a yummy dessert. The local who pointed us there suggested we call ahead to order to save waiting in line, and we were glad we did.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed November 5, 2023

Great little spot. We visited twice during our stay in the area. Staff were lovely and welcoming and we had really nice meals on both occasions. A big bonus was that there was live music on both visits.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed July 21, 2023 via mobile

We went there for lunch because of all the great reviews on TripAdvisor. And they really are correct. We asked the nice young lady at the cash register what we should have and she said oh you got to have the Kahlua pork fries. Which...we did not see on the menu. So they have their homemade fries with Kahlua pork and pineapple salsa and a bit of spicy mayo on top. Absolutely fantastic. One of the greatest things you've ever had to eat. And the people there were very very nice. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 4, 2023

We stayed 1/2 mi from here and walked down for dinner. We had pizza and fish tacos and it was very good ! Would definitely recommend this store. It has a lot of other provisions as well .

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed February 17, 2023

This is our second visit to the store and cafe, it is a charming rural place to visit, and the food is delicious. You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Papaaloa Country Store, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2023

Mahalo for the review!

Reviewed November 5, 2022

If you're staying up on this part of the island or just passing through, this is a great stop for some take out. The food is reasonably priced -- the portions are huge!! -- and really good. We had the kalua pork, hamburger steak, and...garlic fries -- all yummy! If you are staying nearby, it's really easy to order online from their website. The store is cute with a good selection and everyone working there was friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Papaaloa Country Store, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2023

A belated thank you for the review! So glad you enjoyed our food and vibes.

Reviewed October 13, 2022

We randomly stopped by here for lunch while touring Hawaii. My wife got the fish n chips and said they were the best she ever had. Lots of other food options and also snacks & drinks for those on the road. Also a mini-convenience store...for people looking to stock up on things.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Papaaloa Country Store, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2023

A belated thank you for your kind review. Hope you make it back sometime our bar & restaurant just reopened.

Reviewed October 5, 2021

This is a great shop to stop in if you are in the area for supplies or a meal ( to go only). We can recommend the pizza.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Katie Crowe, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2021

Mahalo for the review! So glad you enjoyed our fresh Pizzas.

Reviewed April 30, 2021

On our way back from Hilo to the western part of the Big Island, we stopped here for a bite to eat. This seems to be a family and friends run store with a restaurant in the back. We were impressed with the quality of...the food and the friendliness of everyone who worked here. it was not expensive either. The garlic fries were really good and you must get them if you go here. If you're going by Papa'aloa, definitely stop here.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Katie Crowe, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2021

Thanks so much for the review! You are right - we are a family run business with most staff from our small community and really enjoy our Ohana vibes. We're so glad you enjoyed your shopping experience and food.

Reviewed February 16, 2020

The Papaaloa Country Store & Cafe is one of those places that still captures the incredible charm and laid back pleasures of Hawaii. Papaaloa is about 30 miles north of Hilo, but it is easy to combine with a visit to Akaka Falls; to the...Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (previously reviewed by me in January 2019); or to Botanical World Adventures. I contend that the Country Store & Cafe is its own destination for anyone with a car coming out of Hilo and wanting to explore the northeast coast of the Big Island. Remember that the Big Island is "Big," nearly as large as the state of Connecticut. I had lunch at the cafe and did not enjoy the live music noted by other reviewers. My light lunch was a mahi mahi sandwich which was prepared perfectly, accompanied with excellent fries and an outstanding fresh brewed iced tea. The other items on the menu looked equally amazing as the fresh fish. I sat at the bar, and the server was very pleasant and enjoyed chatting about food and travel.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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PapaaloaCountryStore, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us. Weʻre so glad you found our food and service to be 5 stars. And of course thank you for the excellent detailed review. Hope to see you again next time!

Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

Found the spot in a guide book it said the make sure to stop at this location and we were awfully glad we did. The restaurant was small but it was not crowded at the time the wait staff with spectacular and the food was...absolutely fabulous. The wait staff was very good about helping us with an order to figure out what it was we wanted. And the Purple cheese cake with coconut gel topping was out of this world. Don't pass this play spy if you're driving up the coastMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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PapaaloaCountryStore, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2020

We are so glad you found us and enjoyed your experience. Thanks for the kind review!~

Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

The food was amazing. Everything was fresh and the fish was well prepared. Worth the stop. Kids loved it.

Date of visit: December 2019
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PapaaloaCountryStore, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2019

Thanks so much for your review ~ We pride ourselves on our food especially our fish dishes. We are happy the kids were pleased too! Happy Holidays.

Reviewed December 16, 2019

As we approached the store to buy a few groceries, we heard really nice live music (Van Morrison songs and others) coming from the cafe. We decided to stop there for a bite to eat. Once inside, the only vacant table was directly in front...of the band on the little stage, and the music was so loud that I couldn't hear my partner or the waitress. The waitress saw the strained look on my face from the music being too loud, and without a word from me, she asked the band to turn the volume down a little. They did, and then it was perfect. Being vegetarian, we ordered the taro sandwich and some pumpkin curry. The sandwich was fine, but the pumpkin curry was DELICIOUS! The band ended with the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." If you like great food, great music and great service in a very sweet atmosphere, then I highly recommend Papaaloa Country Store & Cafe. The guitar might weep, but you won't.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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PapaaloaCountryStore, Owner at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2019

Thanks so much for the kind review! Iʻm so happy to hear that our servers were attentive to the noise levels and make it an enjoyable experience for you. Aloha : )

Reviewed December 9, 2019 via mobile

Well stocked, great selection (not only food but also gift ideas/souvenirs) great bakery, fresh baked items. Popular coffee shop, and the cafe/bar has "live" entertainment most every evening until 8 pm. We're staying here so super convenient for us. Always busy, so obviously a local...favorite. Many stop by just to pick up mail and use the Wi-Fi.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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PapaaloaCountryStore, Manager at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2019

Thanks so much for your support and the nice review! Glad you enjoy your time and our food and products in our store & restaurant. Hope you have a nice rest of your stay!

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
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