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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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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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3 of 5 stars 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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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Staff was very friendly. Drinks reasonably priced. Love the karaoke. Great place to meet locals while on vacation. Friendly neighborhood place.

Thank Travel1gal
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure what to even think of this place. We walked in after checking the menu outside the door thinking it should be a good place to get a burger. We walked in through a dark narrow hallway into the back where the bar was and sat at a booth. A very nice lady came and took our drink... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?