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Papalani Gelato

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Pizza, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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2360 Kiahuna Plantation Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
808-742-2663
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated...
Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.
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  • 303
    Excellent
  • 114
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Coffee and Oreo in Waffle cone

Loved the flavors and the service was great especially the free samples- was great after Puka Dogs- try peanut butter chocolate

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
_Br0wer_
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seattle
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's love at first sight, but afraid the taste is lacking; it's there, just not pronounced enough. I love gelato, but one small cup was enough. Stick w/Lappert's.

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Thank ciao-bg5053
Savage
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the flavors and the service was great especially the free samples- was great after Puka Dogs- try peanut butter chocolate

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Thank _Br0wer_
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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451 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 695 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm on vacation so I don't quibble about high prices, but a single scoop costs as much as a half gallon of ice cream at the store. Beyond that I get annoyed when the prominently featured tip jar is stuffed with $1 and $5 bills. This is a Starbucks tactic. Could there really be that many generous tippers in an... More 

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Thank Malice6
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Convenient to Poipu resorts in the Poipu Shopping Village, a good spot for a bit of delicious gelato. About $4 for one scoop, $6 for two scoopa. Lots of interesting flsvors.

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Thank Cynde M
Bendigo, Australia
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126 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cheesecake shake - excellent! We had a hard time deciding what we wanted but the cheesecake shake was the go in the end. It was delicious. Hubby says definitely worth the money!

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Thank Coffeelover F
Venice
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Flavorful, original gelato flavors, with friendly staff and close by! Lots of parking. Lots of tourist shopping to.

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Thank Susan P
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Having passed this shop many times without stopping in, we did this year. The strawberry mango gelato was smooth, creamy and delicious. Some of the chocolates were tempting, but maybe next time.

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Thank MelisBD
Newport Beach, CA
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319 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

After seeing Papalani Gelato as the #1 restaurant in Poipu on TripAdvisor, we thought we would give it a try. We ordered four different gelato flavors, and although they were all good, nothing was that memorable. Lappert's is better. Our favorite of the four flavors was Kauai Pie. We enjoyed it enough, but would not go out of our way... More 

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Thank grlgrdgate
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Bought ice creams here after dinner next door at the Taco restauarant - the cost of the ice creams was more than dinner!

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Thank mon_t332
Aspen,
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Our condo left a discount card good for our entire stay...we got a lot of use out of it!! They change their flavors daily and we had to try a bunch of them. Really very good gelato and the card made it less painful!

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Thank Aspenfunnygal

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: 808-742-2663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Polynesian, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?