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“Yummy & good presentation!”
Review of Rapanui Island Cafe - CLOSED

Rapanui Island Cafe
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Cute place, but go for the food, not the ambience. We had the fresh ahi catch, and it was beautiful with rice and veggies and overflowing the plate. It was cooked a little longer than we requested, but still good. It's a 2 person operation, so I could see the service being iffy if it was busy, but we went about 30 min before closing, and it was fine.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

My wife is a Kiwi and this restaurant is supposedly run by Kiwis, and Trip Advisor rated it among the best in Kailua, so we were expecting much better than we got. My Ahi was very dry and tough, but our general impression was that the cooking was about average for a restaurant in a tourist town of 30,000. They did have Kim Crawford's unoaked Chardonnay, which is a terrific wine that one can rarely find. It is a two-person operation: one cook, one waitress. Space for about 16 customers. The waitress was struggling to provide good service to too-many tables, but she was doing a good job of it. The cook appeared to be grumpy. He dropped a pot. He scolded the waitress for allowing customers to order rive that he had run out of.

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Thank Bill S
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We ate at Rapanui twice during our last stay in Kona. It's hidden inside a shopping mall just north of Scandinavian Shave Ice. Very small place with a laid back vibe. There are only about 8 tables with one waitress. Only alcohol is beer and wine. I got the combination plate both times with my choice of sate and samples from 2 other entrees. I had the curry chicken and a pork dish which I can't remember. The house rice is made with coconut milk. It's sort of Indonesian/Thai fusion. We loved every dish we had and neither of us could finish our meal. They both cost $18 or less. The fresh catch of the day and other fish dishes are the only meals over $20.

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Thank newnancy
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We were happy to find this laid back place among a sea of restaurants tailored to tourists. Food was tasty, they offered lots of fresh vegetables and vegetarian options, and very reasonably priced. We liked it so much we went back again.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This small little restaurant was recommended by one of the crew on our snorkel cruise, It is in the back of a small mall on Alli Drive down in the heart of Kailua-Kona. They only have about 6 tables , but don't let the size mislead you. The food was amazing and the portions were more than ample, needed to go boxes. This was the best meal we had on the island. This is a must stop for anyone looking for great food at a great price.

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