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Big Wave Dave's

Bar, American, Pub
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4-1373 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1606
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 02:00
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Brea, California
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

We stopped here twice, once after dinner across the street at Olympic Cafe. The first time it was us and a local woman who had been there for a few hours. Full bar. Cheap drinks. A "locals' place. Second visit, karaoke! No one sang well but everyone sang. The kitchen used oil smell can be a turn off to some.... More 

Thank Ray S
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is the perfect Cheers bar. Sit for ten minutes and you have been there for years. Friendly crowd and staff. Cheap beer. Did not eat any of the food. Don't be put off by the entrance.

Thank AZtarheelTucson
Oak View, California
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

We were staying in Kapaa and kept walking by Big Wave Dave's. We had read mixed reviews and decided to find out for ourselves. The bartender/Waitress did a great job taking care of everyone in there. Fun place. Bottom line is the Garlic chicken appetizer was incredible. So delicious and fresh. I would love to figure out how to make... More 

Thank bettihomemaker
Portland, Oregon
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347 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

About the only choice for karoake in Kapaa. Different bartenders start it at different times on different nights. Generally Sun-Thurs. OK. But the crowd and bartenders leave much to be desired.

Thank Jim A
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Staff was very friendly. Drinks reasonably priced. Love the karaoke. Great place to meet locals while on vacation. Friendly neighborhood place.

Thank Travel1gal
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure what to even think of this place. We walked in after checking the menu outside the door thinking it should be a good place to get a burger. We walked in through a dark narrow hallway into the back where the bar was and sat at a booth. A very nice lady came and took our drink... More 

Thank Guitarplayer72
San Francisco
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Nothing too exciting here, food is intolerable but Vic and the Victims play here sometimes-Blues boys that are totally danceable.

Thank bradaburns
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We visited this place after going to Mariachis for dinner. Great fun with the karaoke. Good drinks and nice staff.

Thank Dumphy61
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122 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

I only went once but had a great Margarita, happy hour daily, friendly people there, but a little dark and without a view. But hey the drink was great!

Thank 775traveller
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

We stopped here on our first night. We have a surfer friend named Dave and that was the draw. Did not care for the food and did not go back.

Thank calita

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, American, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1373 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1606
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?