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Big Wave Dave's

American, Bar, Pub
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4-1373 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1606
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Burien, Washington
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We watched the Seahawks /Ram game. Had a fabulous time!! Cindy the waitress slash bartender was the BEST!!! Greatest 5 star dive bar ever!!!

Thank scrump321
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This place is a true "regulars" bar with affordable drinks. We stopped by more nights than not for a round or two. Therefore getting to know the bartenders and a few of the regulars. This is a true dive bar, and should be visited only by those that enjoy a good dive bar. This is not a place for the... More 

Thank jackaljen
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Big Wave Dave's was within walking distance of our resort so we stopped by for a drink. So glad we did! Great little watering hole filled with friendly locals. We shared a few laughs and tasty drinks (best Mai Tai I had on the island!). There was a small food menu but there was no one eating during our visit.... More 

Thank Nicole V
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

This 5 star dive bar was recommended for their burgers. Walking in on a weeknight we were greeted by several guys at the bar warmly and with great humor. They were asking us show to ID! Told them a few jokes and everyone settled in. The service was excellent and very friendly. The food was ok.

Thank Lee W
Perth, Australia
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Happy hour is happy and Cindee makes it so! She is fantastic and really makes you feel at home. Late night karaoke with the locals is fun too. Stay until you get kicked out.

Thank katieandmiles
Rochester, New York
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Having had expensive food we just wanted "real" food at a reasonable price. Walked in about 6pm and the place was empty save for the bartender, a waitress had just gotten off shift and a guy talking to her. Therefore service was great, food was what you'd expect and the price where it should be. Plastered with "signed" one dollar... More 

Thank krobson5
Brea, California
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

We stopped here twice, once after dinner across the street at Olympic Cafe. The first time it was us and a local woman who had been there for a few hours. Full bar. Cheap drinks. A "locals' place. Second visit, karaoke! No one sang well but everyone sang. The kitchen used oil smell can be a turn off to some.... More 

Thank Ray S
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is the perfect Cheers bar. Sit for ten minutes and you have been there for years. Friendly crowd and staff. Cheap beer. Did not eat any of the food. Don't be put off by the entrance.

Thank AZtarheelTucson
Oak View, California
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

We were staying in Kapaa and kept walking by Big Wave Dave's. We had read mixed reviews and decided to find out for ourselves. The bartender/Waitress did a great job taking care of everyone in there. Fun place. Bottom line is the Garlic chicken appetizer was incredible. So delicious and fresh. I would love to figure out how to make... More 

Thank bettihomemaker
Portland, Oregon
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277 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016

About the only choice for karoake in Kapaa. Different bartenders start it at different times on different nights. Generally Sun-Thurs. OK. But the crowd and bartenders leave much to be desired.

Thank Jim A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1373 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1606
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?