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Hapa J's

2016 S. El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672 | San Clemente | 949-276-6657

Location Description:

Absent is Roy Yamaguchi's corporate polish and Don the Beachcomber's tiki kitsch--this is a Hawaiian restaurant in the real world. Hapa J's wooden structure could conceivably exist near a sandy beach on the island state, the wall paint a soothing green, the sunlight flooding in from openings in the ceiling. There's a surf shop just next door and the ocean's a few blocks away. Bruddah Iz's creamy voice floats through the air as his ukelele's pluckety-plucks tickles your soul. The waitresses have flowers tucked behind their ears, and the food seems as though the dishes have been extracted from your fondest vacation memories. Dinnertime brings the most people in for kalbi ribs, steak moco, shrimp-truck shrimp, burgers with a slice of pineapple, or the most popular dish, nachos erupting with Kalua pig heaped on in volcano-like mountains.

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  • Cuisine(s): Hawaiian
  • Hours: Sun, Sat 11am-10:30pm, Mon, Wed-Fri 11am-9:30pm, Tue 4:30pm-9:30pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Extra Info: Lunch for two, $18-$26; dinner for two, $22-$54.
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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    Meeting Justin Shea at a busy coffeehouse one morning, I thought for a split second he would kick my ass if our interview weren't to his liking. But he reminded me of a friend I knew, a sort...
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