We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers: Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!~
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
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 : )
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
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!
What a place!!
Very friendly people there, always welcoming and happy to have a chat. They also have a band playing almost every night and they are really really good.
Lots of locals here so you feel the real ambiance of this beautiful area
The...food is fresh and meals are very tasty. New cocktails every day!
A must go if you're around.More
Date of visit: October 2019
PapaaloaCountryStore, Manager at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019
Thanks for visiting us and for supporting our small business by giving us a great review. Aloha.
Very welcoming gentle people and super delicious and fresh food. 100% recomended! Historical location super cool and casual ...wish I stayied for a concert!!
The girl gave us lots of suggestions about what to do in the area ...as a local person!.... we loved it!!