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Chicken In A Barrel BBQ

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4-1586 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1832
+1 808-823-0780
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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new york city
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107 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They wrote religious texts on the takeout boxes, which I find rather offensive. The chicken was very pink and raw (see attached pictures), I was so grossed out that I couldn't even bear the thought of biting into it. The employees seem like they hate their lives and was very unwelcoming as well. What a whole load of mix messages.

Thank gnewey
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Solid chicken that was very tender put also very smoky because of their cooking methods (in a barrel). Good value, but very casual, order/pay at the window and picnic table seating.

Thank HotelDuderino
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Try the "sampler plate" featuring ribs, pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket. Super tasty and enough for you and a companion.

1 Thank Gimpmaster
Newberg, Oregon
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food at this wonderful little surprise along the road was wonderful. Hands down the best chicken tacos I have ever had. Pork was equally good and the servings were huge. The staff in friendly and fun and fast! We went back several times!

1 Thank LahnaA
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for a snack. Wife and I split the Kauai raised burger and some onion rings. It was delicious! Might need to go back and try the chicken (it's it's the name after all! ).

1 Thank Vince C
Arlington, Texas
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything I read said this was a great place for a barbecue, and they were right. My wife and I shared the sampler platter could not finish the portions of shredded chicken, and a pork sparerib. All of the meets were juicy and flavorful. They do have their regular and hot barbecue sauce, but you really don't need them. Platters... More 

1 Thank Richard R
Chico, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is some of the best smoked chicken and pork I've ever had! Do consider sharing a sampler plate between two people at first so you know how much you get. Don't be afraid of the costs, there is so much to eat that a meal is easily split! The regular BBQ sauce is fantastic and I wish I could... More 

1 Thank exitg2016
Oakland, California
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a surprising find. Chicken in a barrel really does have some good barbecue. Their chicken is unique in the way it is cooked in such nontraditional way. There's sauce is very good, so don't forget to take an ample supply with your order. They are fast and convenient and I would eat here again. However next time rather... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ive had great BBQ, bad BBQ, and all in between. This is very tasty. I had the ribs and there was a good flavor and texture to them. Hawaian sauces tend to be quite sweet so go into it knowing this, however they do serve their meat dry, meaning with just their dry rub and sauce on the side. They... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Skip this place A lot of hype and the chicken was almost raw and tasted boiled with no flavor. I wouldn't go here again.

Thank Mykidsmom67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1586 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1832
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-823-0780
Dry rubbed, smoked BBQ chicken, beef, pork, and ribs! Falls of da bone, melts in your mouth! Eat-in or take-out! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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