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“Great for breakfast or lunch” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moena Cafe

Moena Cafe
Ranked #159 of 2,326 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Honolulu
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great for breakfast or lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

A charming local restaurant that serves great tasting food with portions that fill you up but don't make you feel too full. Every dish on the menu is a winner so order whatever you have been craving--it will be a good choice. My wife and I, who live nearby, have come to the conclusion that Moena Cafe must be heavily promoted at the Waikiki hotels as visitors seem to be able to find this out of the way place with little effort. A Korean couple at the table next to us, with limited English, had a bit of trouble when trying to order "grapes" and the server saying they didn't have any. I suggested "crepes" as what they really wanted but unfortunately the crepe machine was not working that morning so they ended up leaving. Too bad as I tried to point out everything was enjoyable.

Expect to wait as the small restaurant is always busy.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 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
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
tennessee
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfast, great ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate at this cafe at least twice a week during our recent stay in Honolulu. The wait at times can be long (about 30+ minutes) but you will want to try their local offerings at least once - and you will come back! We usually went after a hike (Koko Head stairs, Makapuu are nearby) and were a little concerned about our appearance since the atmosphere is slightly more upscale, but no problem, as lots of diners are in shorts with a few dressed for a meeting/special celebration. The service is exceptional. The fruits (lots of berries) are fresh and meats (from Portuguese sausage to corned beef) excellent so something for everyone!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tnfromhi
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Moena Cafe` at Koko Marina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Moena Cafe` is a local owned restaurant which opened less than two years ago. . .and from the time they opened, it is always busy. The hours are from early morning to 2:00 P.M. (breakfast and lunch). Although a small cafe`, the decor is well done and cozy. The food is excellent and the staff courteous and friendly. You'll enjoy it! :-)

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Rainbow50
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
“terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

if i can give zero star that will be my experiences this cafe. i live in hawaii kai. moenas cafe used to be my favorite cafe until today.i had to worse experince and rude customer service today around 12:30. i ordered chicken sandwich because i love bell peppers, waiteress got me chicken panini, i told her , i didnt order this, she gave me face and attitude , then she took the food with mad face to kitchen , then she never stopped our table maybe 25 mins, and cafe wasnt even busy, my boyfriend ate his food , i waited for 25 mins for my sandwich , then another panini came to my table , which was also wrong, i ordered sadwich not panini, second sandwich also didnt have right ingiredents no bell pepper no onion, waitress didnt even clean our table, i had to talk other waiteress for check and to go box, our check came , there is no pencil in checkbook....absolutly ridiculus service, know your menu.... i understand one time wrong order, but second time wrong order ,that was unacceptable, not pen in your checkbook, and telling me that you have been working restaurant 6 days in a row , thats not my problem, not even stop by our table after two wrong order. i have a headache and i will ever never stop by your cafe ..i m in industry for 7 years , i had never experienced something that bad...
i m sorry for business owner, pls educate your staff about customer service and your food menu...

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Eda Y
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Sydney
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104 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Gorgeous little cafe..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Coming from Australia we are spoilt for choice in the way of cafés, and to be honest there aren't many in USA that are not part of a large chain so when we saw this cafe after hiking Koko Crater we gave it a go.
Quaint little cafe that is staffed with friendly young girls. Food is local fair? Either way food is delish and service is spot on.

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Thank Gabbys79
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