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“Kokee lodge” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kokee Lodge Restaurant

Kokee Lodge Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 18 Restaurants in Waimea
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kapaa, Hawaii, United States
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105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Kokee lodge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

The Kokee lodge restaurant is a nice spot to relax after a hike or chow down a guilt-free carbo-bomb right before you know you are heading off for a long exploration. Be Aware that the dining room closes at 2:30, we ended up with take-out. Local style chili over white sticky rice.

Wow..you better go for a walk.

I have had bunches of wonderful experiences up in Kokee. Taking friends out to the lodge is one of them. It is definitely not vegan, vegetarian leaning food...be aware. Its like a time warp, back to the 70's.

Have the fun!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank KauaiBlueJay
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Maumee, OH
Level Contributor
44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“NOT a good experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

This place has a captive audience as the only place to eat in the Kokee State Park. It appears they know this. I was not expecting anything better than a Denny's type experience. We didn't even get close to that. The waitress which apparently had to wait on the entire dining room had a scowl on her face most of the time. She was proficient and It may have just been her personality but it was not very pleasant. Reminded me of the lunch room lady in high school.

Most of the drinks are in a hard to find cooler not visible from most of the tables and I listened to her tell table after table to get drinks from the cooler followed by the same confused look from each diner. We got the pork sandwich which was not very hot and BBQ sauce seem to be 70% water. Maybe this is just how it is supposed to be. Yuk. The cashier near the door where you pay was un-manned and I stood there for few minutes before the guy show up to let us pay.

Again, I was not expecting a high end experience and I am well aware of the laid back Aloha mentality. This was just bleech. The final blow came later when we experienced intestinal drama later in the day (sparing you the details). It had to be this stuff because my wife and I had totally different meals at dinner.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank ItsTheView
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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Comfort Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stopped here after exploring the Waimea Canyon. We were absolutely starving and went to Koke'e Lodge for lunch. I read many reviews and everyone said to get the chili and cornbread which we did and it did not disappoint. It was absolutely delicious! It was real comfort food and it hit the spot! Not to mention it was really cheap!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank HBtravelcouple
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Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Casual, relaxing meal in beautiful Waimea Canyon country”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stopped here to take a break during our Waimea Canyon touring. Enjoyed it - nice, spacious property, the food was good and service friendly. A nice pit stop - roosters and chickens roamed around too. The museum next door is worth seeing - excellent displays and lots of history about the area, wildlife etc.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank 55ChrisAH
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Midlothian, Texas
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good place to eat on your day in one of the most special places in the world!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Very good place to eat, the only sit down place but still good food at reasonable prices...I had the chili and cornbread and it was good ---my wife had one of the soups and she enjoyed it...the cocunut pie was good too...service was good and view was great....highly recommend

Visited February 2013
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Thank Brent H
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