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The Ahi Poke was delicious! Excited to find a new favorite place in town. Highly recommend!
Best drink in the house, really any house. Highly recommend!
Nachos with pulled pork is the kindest of kind! Yewwwww! -hunter
My favorite go to beach is San Clemente by Calafia State Park. It is nice and quite. After a restful day at the beach head over to Hapa J for some nachos and the spicy asain wings. The wings are meaty, juicy and loaded with flavor. So delicious. Also the onion soup is fabulous. We have been here many times and not once did we have anything but a great meal.
These nachos are not what you would expect off an appetizer menu. They are huge, and packed with amazing flavor in every bite. The kahlua pork was juicy and tender. The combination of the sweetness of the meat and spice of the sauce drizzled all over is to die for. Definitely try these nachos if you haven't yet, and bring a friend! There's plenty to share.
Consistently made to perfection. The cooks work hard & prepare the dish as if they are making it for themselves. The Deluxe Burger is an instant favorite combined with the Hapa J's IPA. Plus as added value, the price of $11.99 is strategic if you are budgeting for your meal. Looking forward to this weekend of going back and ordering this mouth-savory meal!
We ordered the pulled pork nachos! They were DELICIOUS! The pork texture and flavor was perfect. And not to mention the portion size!!!! We were all able to share some. Service was super friendly as well! Thank you again for the happy full belly!
Get the Hapa Fries man style, it's bbq pulled pork over fries! Huge serving enough for 2-4 people to share. Great restaurant, clean, good food, consistent quality.
Food was great, nice place. We'll be back
A little bit of everything, and it's all delicious! Really enjoyed how the Mac salad went with each main dish so well, even with all the flavors so varied. Highly recommend for someone needing a big meal!
The BEST Nachos we've ever had! We added chicken and it was so tender and flavorful. The combination of the aioli, avocado sour cream sauce and black bean salsa blew our minds and the chips are delicious all by themselves. We didn't think we could finish the whole plate, but we devoured it! I didn't think you could reinvent the nacho, but Hapa J's did and they are amazing!!!
The best thing I had the whole week. Besides the Hapa Nachos and the Tempura Spam Masubi. It's a regular stop for us. The toughest things is deciding what to order because everything on the menu sounded delicious!
We schedule appointments in the area just so we have an excuse to stop at Hapa Js. The nachos with Kahlua Pork is our go to, and it always delivers.
My favorite things at Hapas are the nachos and the poke plate. So good! Be sure to come hungry because both dishes are MASSIVE. They won't disappoint.
Refreshing and filling! The blend of seaweed salad and citrus vinaigrette is a very nice mixture of sour and sesame nuttiness. The Ahi Poke salad is one of my favorite dishes on a warm, sunny day.
I love this fried rice so much! It is filling and all the ingredients compliment each other so well. I always want to get this dish when I come to Hapa J's. Whether it be the whole dish or a side I can't help myself. Keep up the awesome work and yummy food!
Seriously, it was hard to pick just one item! The food at Hapa Js is beyond yummy! I've tried the whole menu and have loved everything. Not only that, it's such a warm, fun, and loving place with a dynamic staff! Go to Hapa Js. You won't be disappointed!
Without a doubt, the best Hawaiian food this side of the islands. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
One of my favorite burgers. The meat is cooked absolutely perfectly, not too dry. The pineapple is grilled to perfection and is an explosion of Hawaiian flavor. Highly recommend
The Hapa Nachos are like heaven on earth! I have had so many family members visit from different states and every time they come back they make me take them back here! They tell me that they crave them all the time, as do I of course! Such a cool atmosphere as well and super nice people overall!
Growing up in Hawaii, I was very spoiled with fresh fish, including amazing ahi poke. But when I moved to San Clemente and ate at Hapa Js ... I was blown away by the quality of their food. Their ahi poke made me feel like I was back home in the islands. All of the food did! I have not had 1 dish that I was disappointed in. The quality and the taste were just like I remember in Hawaii. I can't wait to go back!
I'm from Brazil and usually american/mexican food is not my favorite, but the Hapa Nachos are really something else... every time I have the same thing, and every time I get surprised because I forget how good it is. Good job fellas!
The environment in this place is so relaxed! PERFECT for families, business meals, parties, and any kind of interaction you could imagine including an incredible meal! Every item on your plate is a hearty serving of fresh tasty food. The food and the environment improved my entire week! I highly recommend this food, atmosphere and service to any and all people that love tasty food!
This was so delicious! We just moved here and were missing our go to Hawaiian place back home and this was so good and has so many more options to choose from. Thank you we will be back!
My family has been coming here since their opening. The food is always amazing the Pot Stickers are to die for ! And more importantly they have the "COLDEST" Kona Big Wave draft beer around ! The staff is always amazing anytime we have friends in town we love to bring them here.
I've been coming here for years with friends and family. The food is GREAT, and Taco Tuesdays is AWESOME! Its a great place to chill and relax. The beer is always nice and cold. I've met the owner once or twice. I'll be coming in this afternoon for the Taco Tues happy hour. Stop in. You wont regret it!
Everything on the menu is great, I just like this one most. I haven't had anything I didn't like. A side of Mac salad and some green salad and your good to go. Don't skip the nachos. They're are the best nachos anywhere. Oh yeah....you'll be back.
Thank you Hapa's for the great food. Staff was epic and the bartender was kind and provided amazing service. 🙏
I'll be honest, I had to pick-up my girlfriend in San Clemente, we were both starved and started driving down El Camino Real when I spotted Hapa J's. Was not sure what type of food they served, but decided to give it a try. We were happily surprised to find out it was Hawaiian (I've been a follower of Sam Choy for over 20 years). My girlfriend ordered the Loco Moco while I had Uncle Roberto's Short Rib Torta sandwich. Back in the '80s, I used to go to Kehei, Maui where we used to buy short ribs at Azeka's Market, take them back to the house and BBQ them. They were so good, I'd freeze 20 lbs. of them and bring them back to the mainland. I have to say that this is the first time since then I have had short ribs that instantly transported me back to Maui! The flavor was amazing, cooked to perfection! And short ribs in a sandwich -- I was in heaven. This was our first... but is definitely not our last time to eat at Hapa J's (and we're telling all our friends to try it, too, when driving by San Clemente). Also, the staff was great -- service with a smile! You guys made my day!
This QUISADILLER is "OFF THE 'FLIPPIN' HOOK!!! Been back for Taco Tuesdays twice now - never disappointed! I drive UBER full time and have had great grub ALL OVER O.C. and this place is in the top tier go to fresh food! TY Happa J's!!!
Nachos with pulled pork. OMG it was insane and filled me up 2 times!
The nachos were awesome! I ordered them with chicken, and it hit the spot. You get a HUGE portion (I could barely eat half) and it's slathered with all sorts of toppings. While there is actual melted cheese, there is also a cheese sauce which is the only knock I have against these nachos—if I were to order them again I'd probably ask to leave the cheese sauce off. Overall, excellent nachos though.
We absolutely love the Hapa Nachos and even better topped with Kalua pig! Pair it with one of their amazing Mai Tai's and your set for a great dinner!!
Always a fav! Also got the Pele wings...get sauce on the side since the heat level varies a lot!
Come for the street tacos, stay for the man fries and pineapple wine!!
Hapa J's is our familie's go-to restaurant. The food is killer, great prices and most meals are big enough to share. I recommend Hapas to everyone!
This is a nice little secret salad thats more than enough for two to share. Add the pulled pork on top and you are in heaven!
Being a former resident of Hawaii, the Luau Plate called my name and I was not disappointed. Whenever i'm homesick for "local food" I head to San Clemente. Ono!!!!
So much to say so little to write. The Hapa J's nachos are one of a kind. The sauces are absolutely divine! The perfect touch of Hawaiian fusion. I've been getting these for years and continue to come back for more.
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