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Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Cafe

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
Updated 07/25/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/25/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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PRICE RANGE
$5 - $16
CUISINES
Cafe, Hawaiian, American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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!

Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

While vacationing in Hilo, we came upon this place. Great music, good food selection and the desserts were yummy! The attached The

Date of visit: November 2019
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PapaaloaCountryStore, Manager at Papa'aloa Country Store & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Thanks so much for your kind review! We're so happy you found us and had a good time. Aloha!

Reviewed October 30, 2019 via mobile

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
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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.

Reviewed August 5, 2019

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!!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Yes, Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Cafe offers takeout services.

Yes, Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Cafe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5