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“Grilled burger to go!”
Review of Kalapaki Beach Hut

Kalapaki Beach Hut
Ranked #6 of 124 Restaurants in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Grabbed a bbq burger on the way out of town to the airport (5 minutes away). My wife and I loved it. Charcoal grilled and juicy. Reasonable prices by Hawaii standards. 2 burgers, fries and a drink for $20. Sat at a table in the parking lot. Not about the view. Came here with the kids 2 years ago with the kids. Second positive visit. The beach is a minute away. Take your burger to the beach if you have time. If you are staying at the Marriott property it is only a short walk away. Beats going to a chain that you could get anywhere. Will go back next time I am in Kauai.

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Thank tlo24
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

We heard about this place online and checked the reviews on TripAdvisor, most of which were glowing. Given that the nearby Marriott offers meals that cost nearly as much as a car payment, we gave the Kalapaki Beach Hut a shot.

The restaurant is a two-story building with covered patio seating on the top floor (nice views), and a patio on the ground floor. You place your order, wait for it, then pick it up and find a seat.

Burgers are an oddly personal and subjective thing. If you like to order their degree of doneness (medium rare, etc.) this is probably not the place for you. The patties are too thin to be cooked to order.

What we like in a burger:
1) Cooked to order, or at least juicy
2) Generous Amounts of Toppings
3) Delivered Hot
4) Delivered in a Reasonable Amount of Time

What we experienced at Kalapaki Beach Hut
1) Patties too thin to cook to order (when we asked for medium rare we weren't told that wasn't possible), that were somewhat dry.
2) The toppings were decent in quality and quantity, particularly the bleu cheese.
3) Cold burgers with hot fries (We suspect the burgers were done before the fries and sat for a while)
4) 30 minute wait for food even though there were only a few people ahead of us.

Most of the reviews for this restaurant are positive, so maybe we just caught them at a bad time. However, it is unlikely we will return.

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Thank XlntAdventure
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

We went during the lunch crush. We had phoned our orders in ahead but there was still a substantial wait even to pay the bill; the food took a good deal longer. When the order came out there were no drinks and I had to pay for them on the spot. The order wasn't correct, either. As to the food quality, neither of our sandwiches was exceptional. A lot of reviewers have given this place high marks; on the basis of our experience, I can't. It's easy to believe that it seems terrific after the Marriott's overpriced food, and perhaps their breakfast is world class. What I'm sure of is that you'll be a lot happier if you visit during off-peak hours. They don't handle a crowd well.

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Thank Mister_Boffo
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband and I had breakfast here and it was the best breakfast we had in Lihue during our stay. We stayed at the Marriott Resort across the street and were able to walk. You walk up to the window and order your food; pick it up and go find a seat! There is seating upstairs! One of the best views ever!! Gotta give it a try if you're staying in Lihue.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We were looking for a good burger in the Poipu area after several weeks of fish and chicken, and Trip Advisor didn't let us down with Kalapaki Beach Hut. We each had the beach burger, I added cheddar cheese and green chile to mine, and they were wonderful. The green chile is not like the Hatch chile I grew to love in New Mexico, but close. We split an order of French fries and ate everything on the top level. The view up there is not as good as some reviewers had indicated as it overlooks a parking lot, but you can see the bay from there and it's a pleasant spot to relax and enjoy lunch. They will announce when your order is ready on a speaker system upstairs that makes Jack-in-the-box sound like Dolby sound, so suggest one person stay downstairs to hear the order unhindered by the speaker.

Thank beachcomber1947
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