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“Over rated”
Review of Hukilau Cafe

Hukilau Cafe
Ranked #5 of 19 Restaurants in Laie
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Over rated”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Tiny restaurant with only 8 tables. Long wait for seats and food. Staff was not too friendly. Food OK. You could only order pancakes with bananas or macadamia nuts but not both. No coconut syrup. Cash only. Go to Tita's Grill instead. Much friendlier and shorter wait for seating and food.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank aneckc
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New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Overrated tourist attraction....average food...”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We are vacationing in Hawaii on the island of Oahu just about 5 miles from the Hukilau Cafe located in Laie on the North Shore (east side). We read about Adam Richmond from the Travel Channels "Man vs. Food", featuring this restaurant so we thought we would give the Hukilau Cafe a try. The restaurant is located off the main road in Laie. The diner is just that, a diner. More like a diner, drive in and dive. Yes, it's a real dive for sure. There was about 6 people outside waiting for a table. You are required to stand outside until a table is available for seating. The outside is not appealing as stated a "real dive" type eatery. Once we were called in, we were seated and presented with a basic plastic covered one sheet menu. Prices are shown on the attached photo of the menu. The waitress was semi-friendly and took our order. I wanted the fried rice with eggs and bacon, and we were informed that the Hukilau Cafe was out of fried rice. The fried rice is one of their specialties. So I had to decide on another breakfast, which was the Teriyaki Beef & Eggs priced at $7.25, which was 2 slices of teriyaki beef, 2 eggs any style and some home made type potatoes. My wife ordered the Pancake Special with 2 pancakes, 1 egg, two strips of bacon, priced at $5.25 and coffee ($1.95). I ordered water to drink. The waitress informed me that I had to get up and get my own water, which was in a large dirty Igloo cooler located behind a counter. The food is served on small 8" cheap foam (disposable) plates along with a plastic fork and knife. The fork and knife are the real cheap plastic picnic ones. The food is ordinary and nothing special about the quality or presentation. We felt that the Hukilau Cafe is overrated, a tourist trap and just not worth what you might expect. While some may like the cafe, we felt you could get a better breakfast at Denny's and at lower prices. There is nothing special here at all. The bill total was $15.13 and we left a $1.00 tip as service was lacking. Only one person taking orders, and I didn't like the idea of having to get up and fill my own plastic glass with water, and refill it myself. Hours are 6:00 AM to 2:00PM. Parking is along the road, and one bathroom located outside in the back of the cafe. We wouldn't return and wouldn't recommend this cafe to anyone. Unless you want to see where Adam Richmond ate from the TV show Man vs Food, there just any isn't any reason to eat here. If you like a dive and cheap foam plates and plastic picnic utensils, then this place may be for you. It wasn't for us.

  • Visited August 2013
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Dale, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great local flavor”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had a huge breakfast. Delicious! The place is a real dive, which added to its charm. The prices were very reasonable, too. Next time we got there I plan to order the french toast. Another diner was enjoying hers and boy, did it look good!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank TexasRonda
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Level 6 Contributor
205 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Local Joint”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This local establishment is a tiny place near the Polynesian Cultural Center. We had a late breakfast here prior to attending PCC. It's the name used in the movie 50 First Dates, and my niece is a huge fan. The food was great and the service exceptional. We both had loco moco, which was yummy. Please be aware that this is a not a fancy restaurant, the bathroom was out doors in what seemed like someone's home. There were also several flies, but if you want good food at a great price and want to feel like a local, this is the place to go.

  • Visited July 2013
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Celina, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great prices, good food”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We took a morning to go to the north shore to watch the surfers. On the way back to Kaneohe we programed restaurant into the gps. We ended up here. It was good food, good prices. The burgers were tasty. Only down side is we were warned by the staff to not leave anything visiable in our car as there had been a lot of car break ins in the area. If you are in the area check them out.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Lina_Wehelani
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