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“Creative, flavorful vegetarian; a bit expensive”
Review of Caffe Coco

Caffe Coco
Ranked #24 of 125 Restaurants in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $29
Cuisines: Cafe, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Arizona
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Creative, flavorful vegetarian; a bit expensive”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

My wife, 11 years old daughter and myself are vegetarians. We had an absolutely delightful dinner with various flavors, textures, colors,.... We ordered a combo. It had an excellent salad with a dressing which had the tang of ginger. The main course was roasted beets, chard and oranges dressed with a macadamia pesto -- all perfectly done and tasty. To satisfy your need for eating some buttery, chewy stuff, it had their purple sweet potato samosa with a tomato sauce dressing. The Vietnamese rolls with the peanut sauce was fresh and flavorful. We also had a veggie soup that was spicy and good.

There were some mosquitoes/flies in the open air area -- not too bothersome.

I would call it perfect if the prices were lower by about 25%.

  • Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hidden gastronomic delight”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

If you blink in the heavy traffic that typifies the highway through Kapaa, you could miss Caffe Coco. Set back from the road, this very unassuming cafe serves a creative menu of healthy, organic food. With the proliferation of US style food on Hawaii, it was a pleasure to find a restaurant that served sensible sized portions of creatively constructed food. We chose a chicken and coconut milk delight with barely cooked, fresh vegies. It's not cheap, but it's not fast food. It is delicious and the service is friendly and attentive. The ambiance is relaxed and eclectic with a random selection of tables and chairs, outside under canvas with the fresh Pacific air blowing through. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2013
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Silver Spring, MD
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Enjoyed Caffe Coco vegetarian food”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

My brother and I are vegan (don't eat meat, fish, dairy, or eggs) and had a good dinner at Caffe Coco. Our server was slightly uncertain about what vegan means (she said the Charmoula Platter would be vegan without the yogurt sauce, so my brother ordered "the Charmoula Platter, made vegan." The dish arrived with yogurt on it and she said, "I thought vegans could eat dairy." But after he politely explained that he doesn't eat dairy, she was very nice about it and had the kitchen replace that part of the dish.) I had the Coconut Mac-Nut Tofu, served with well-cooked asparagus, nice jasmine rice, and macadamia nut-crusted tofu with a coconut milk sauce. The outdoor seating, friendly service, and live music were enjoyable.

The banana potstickers were pretty good, though not that strongly flavored, and the purple sweet potato samosa was good (made with puff pastry, not a traditional samosa).

Visited March 2013
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Cupertino, CA
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173 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“One of our favorite secrets on Kauai”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

We really like this place, and have been there many many times both before and after the ownership change a couple of years ago.

The good news is that the new owner has kept the fresh farm-to-table menu with great fish, yummy appetizers, and a wide selection to choose from. The new owner has also added some inside dining when it rains, and opened up the lanai area in back, adding some great period lighting and a mish mash of comfortable chairs.

Even better is the freshened up ambience, with the stage moved to the far end featuring local musicians performing nightly. As a musician myself, I'm always impressed with the talent that performs here, its always good and makes your visit to Cafe Coco seem special. We've had a couple of visits where the music made the evening, and they are wise to continue to book eclectic, talented people to perform here.

The food is always prepared well and nicely presented. We tend to favor the fish, which always is fresh and locally caught, and whether you order "The Special" or one of the Ahi wraps or sandwiches, your likely to be very happy with your choice. Desserts change daily, and they are more variable. Sometimes they are great, sometimes we wish we had given them a miss. If you're feeling lucky, go for it and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Pricing is fair but not cheap, with sandwiches and wraps in the $14 range, full entrees about twice that. Not a bargain, but also not a rip off, especially given all the other positives that this place offers.

One of those positives is the gracious and friendly servers, who are really obviously happy to work there. The spirit of Aloha is alive and well at Cafe Coco, and it keeps us coming back.

IMPORTANT! They don't serve alcohol, but they do have BYOB, so don't forget to bring your favorite libation with you. They charge a corkage fee, which I personally feel they should skip since it's not exactly a high-end restaurant. However, you're also not paying markup on the wine, so if you are so inclined, there is a little mini-mart 50 yards away on the street, but it closes early so bring your own if you plan on arriving after 7 or so.

Also...be aware this is primarily an outdoor restaurant. So if you are coming in beach wear, you might want to give yourself a spritz of mosquitoe repellent before coming, as you might be the meal of choice depending on whether or not there is a breeze. Usually you're fine, but we have been dined upon in addition to dining there on some occasions.

The only criticism I can make about this place is the gravel flooring. Now I love the fact that this place is so low key and let's me get in touch with my inner-hippy... it definitely puts you in the island frame of mind dining there. But I wonder if things would be improved by putting some hard flooring materials, like bricks or pavers down on the ground. On the one hand it might risk taking away some of the casual charm that makes this place so appealing, on the other hand, it might eliminate the feeling that you are dining in someone's unfinished back yard and make the chairs easier to move. Tough call... I love this place and would only like to see it improve, but our attention was drawn to the gravel and got us wondering whether or not it is a good thing or a bad thing. Do yourself a favor, get a nice bottle of wine, prepare yourself for an enjoyable outdoor dining experience with some great local music talent, and decide for yourself!

All in all, we really like what the owners are doing here, and we wish them continued success. They deserve to thrive providing healthy, tasty, reasonably priced food with great entertainment in a casual and somewhat quirky environment.

One last thing... its open only for dinner, from 5 to 9 if memory serves. Definitely one of our favorite Eastside restaurants, and we look forward to our return!

Visited March 2013
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Bern, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“a secret to broadcast”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Caffe Coco is a real gem of a restaurant and worth a trip off the beaten track!..a wonderful selection of healthy organic veggies fish chicken dishes and homemade cakes ...being your own wine!..service is friendly and caring and you feel like home...

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