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“Plate lunch is good!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Keneke's

Keneke's
Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Waimanalo
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Norfolk, Virginia
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Plate lunch is good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

My family always likes to stop at Keneke's - plate lunch is good! Shave ice is good! Great place to stop on the way to the windward side beaches.

Visited March 2013
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“skip it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

We decided to stop here for lunch after spending the morning at the beach. It was rated #2 on trip advisor so why not check it out? Let me tell you, the mochiko chicken was dry and fried to a crisp. There were flies and bugs galore in the little sheltered eating area and birds and crap everywhere, it was dirty. A total let down.

Visited February 2013
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San Diego, California
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Need a Bible verse you'll find plenty here.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

My family ate here after our hike up to Makapu'u Lighthouse. It was awesome to see an establishment who is not afraid to show their Christian side. There are plenty of Bible verses written on the walls and tables. The food was very good and the portions were big. I look forward to going back when we visit again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lakewood, California
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great prices great portions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Wow this place is CLEAN! I had the garlic shrimp and it was tasty! The portions are huge! The prices are fantastic!Don't miss the little goats in the back!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“One of a kind, plate lunch and shave ice.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you make the time to break away from Waikiki and drive up to Waimanalo, you owe it to yourself to stop by Keneke's for food. You can't miss the white and red checked facade of the building and it's right off the Kalanianaole highway. The plate lunches are delicious and huge, if you aren't a big eater then one will go a long way even between two people. I have personally eaten the kalua pig, pork adobo and kalbi short ribs plate lunches and they are just what you need when you're hungry.

Sure the food isn't low calorie, and it's not low fat, but it is amazing comfort food and if you avoided everything with fat and high calories then your culinary experience would surely be lacking in some ways. The prices are very fair, and the service I have had whilst a customer has always been friendly and they have always shown my family and I aloha.

Apart from the plate lunches, they sell many other standards such as burgers, with the Teriyaki burger being especially delicious. Keneke's also sells genuine shave ice, you can see them shaving a huge block of ice for you when you order one, and they have so many flavours to chose from, even li hing mui! We always get food from Keneke's when we are near Waimanalo and our drinks from the 7-Eleven which is right next to it.

There is outdoor seating but with Waimanalo beach being literally a 5 minute walk from the restaurant, you couldn't ask for a better view. I will always go to Keneke's with my family when we are in the mood for plate lunches or shave ice, they are a fantastic break from the cookie-cutter franchise restaurants that seem to be everywhere, plus you get to support a local business! You can get there by car or you can take The Bus from Honolulu and the surrounding area.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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