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“Easy hike for those with little kids, but NOT off the beaten path”
Review of Waimea Falls Grill

Waimea Falls Grill
Ranked #24 of 29 Quick Bites in Haleiwa
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

I recommend this hike to people with small children/strollers or someone with a mobility issue. The path/hike is paved and easy (and you can pay for a ride up if you don't want to walk it). There are little side things you can look at--the Hawaiian village, the little nooks with native plants. But, the main attraction of this short hike is the waterfall at the end.

It's fun to swim beneath the waterfall in the cold, cold pool. But, you will not be alone. This is a heavily trafficked hike. And, you must wear a life jacket (provided by the lifeguards) to swim. It's still worth it, though, even with all the people.

Some tips--maybe wear water shoes as getting to the pool you have to clamber over rocks and dirt. Also, wear bug spray as the mosquitoes here can be fierce. You don't really need a towel as the walk back down will dry you off, so I wouldn't bother with carrying one. It's a nice gesture to tip the lifeguard a dollar or two. Parking is free, but admission is not--and it's a little pricey. That's the reason for my three star rating. There are lots of falls to see for free on Oahu if you know where to look.

The real attraction of Waimea isn't really the falls; it's the bay across the street where you can swim. It has a nice, sandy bottom, easy swells in the summer, and bathroom facilities. If you take little kids to the bay, keep a close eye on them though, the shallow part is a thin ledge before the bottom drops off to about 6 feet.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

If you are famished after hiking to and from the falls and need lunch, this is a great place to grab a quick bite. The garlic shrimp and loco moco were my favorite dishes. the kids enjoyed the grilled cheese and cheeseburger. Standard fare - traditional and Hawaiian.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 18, 2018

Eateries in state parks and other tourist destinations share a few commonalities. Their fare tends to be mediocre, heavy, and overpriced. We were pleasantly surprised that none of these teams applied to the very pleasant
Iuncheon we enjoyed at the Waimea Falls Grill.

Following our hike to see the falls (review elsewhere), we stopped at the grill thinking only to grab something cool to drink, probably water. We looked at the menu and were surprised to find a variety of sandwiches, salads, hot and cold choices, and fruit juices as well as carbonated soft drinks.

We split a made to order tuna melt (on wheat bread). It was crisp but not hard, moist but not greasy, and delicious. Like all the fare at Waimea Falls Grill. It was reasonably priced and a good sized portion.

For anyone isiting Waimea Valley and Falls, I heartily recommend the Waimea Falls Grill.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Sam M
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Very reasonable prices and great food. You order at the window and then they call you when it's ready to pick up at the window like at a canteen. We sat around the outdoor seating and saw a wild peacock approach our table but it walked along and went upstairs where it displayed it beautiful tail feathers. The garden setting is so peaceful and cool, it makes for a wonderful place to relax after the long walk in from the bus ride that dropped us off at the highway. There is parking at the park, but we bussed in.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

There were a rooster and a peacock walking around from table to table during the entire time I was there, quite an experience.

Date of visit: March 2018
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