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Hapa J's

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2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
+1 949-276-6657
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed dinner with my family on Friday night. The food was amazing...only problem was picking something as the menu is full of options for everyone. My kids loved their food leaving nothing on their plate (a rare occasion). The pork plate (can't remember the actual name of the dish) was excellent. The Hawaiian burger is a messy delight too!... More 

Thank Chaps W
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Hapa J's is different... Great poke and signature Hawaiian dishes. Great happy hour prices that extend all day and some... for days! Definitely a place not to miss!!

Thank Steve C
Los Angeles
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158 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I had no expectations when coming here for my bachelor party. We started off here, and had some drinks and some food. The portions are sizable. The quality of the flavors are incredible. Kudos to the chef and the menu. If you are passing through and looking for a very satisfying meal, I recommend stopping here!

Thank David E
San Clemente, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We have been there at Happy hour and non Happy hour, busy all the time. Get there early if you don't have a reservation. The Kalua nachos are amazing, enough for a crowd!! Poke tacos were super fresh and good and the coconut shrimp was good and a generous portion. Lots of good things on the menu.

Thank Michele1lSC
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to grab lunch to go to beach! Bowls, ahi tacos and salads were spectacular! Service from cute bartender was awesome! Great find! Very Hawaiian local with pan Asian twist! Don't miss!!!

Thank Valerie B
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91 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We chose this restaurant because the menu was a little different than others in the area. Much of the food was Hawaiian/Asian fusion but there were plenty of options to choose from. Food was well prepared, service was fast and friendly. While there isn't much in the immediate area it is convenient to the highway.

Thank whc200
San Juan Capistrano, California
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89 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I cannot fins a dish that wasn't better than I expected! The drinks are STRAIGHT Tiki Bar classics! I love the staff and the relaxing atmosphere. ALWAYS choose this restaurant if you are looking for great food with friends!

Thank Cyndi W
San Clemente, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Upscale Hawaiian style food, everything I've had there is great but I especially love their Ahi Poke (alll 3 styles). Plus it's a favorite hangout for the touring surf pros when they're in town.

Thank BarryHaun
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Lunch was great before hitting the beach with family. Staff were friendly and accomodating for our party of 8 with children. Food was good overall. Wings appetizer were crunchy on outside and juicy in. Edamame offered before food. I had the Loco Moko which was good, but not as good as original in the hawaiian islands. Kids meals were sufficient... More 

Thank Alvinobambino
San Clemente California
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162 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Great night out. Never tried Taco Tuesdays before and I was pleasantly surprised. Nice variety of taco flavors, low prices and the food was really good. I especially liked the Chicken tacos but we tried the short ribs, coconut shrimp, and poke and ALL were good.

Thank DonnaKarson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Hawaiian, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2016 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3248
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-276-6657

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