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Moena Cafe
Moena Cafe

Moena Cafe

8.67 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe
Ranked #74 in Honolulu restaurants
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7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Suite #D-101, Honolulu, HI 96825
(808) 888-7716
http://www.moenacafe.com/
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The Poor Man and the Wayde's World Hawaii crew FINALLY...FINALLY made it to Moena Cafe...DAMN...If I knew it was this good I would have been here a long, long time ago! From the ... Read more
time you enter till the time you leave...it's just an over all pleasant and pleasing experience! I HAVE BEEN WAITING AN ETERNITY FOR SOMEONE TO OPEN A PLACE LIKE THIS! THEY HAVE! If I was going to explain this place it has the atmosphere, food quality and prices of Tango Contemporary Café...and for me personally...I like that....it's sort of a little sister to Tango and I am questioning even if there is some sort of connection. As far as I am aware there is none. What is for certain is this is TOTALLY CONTEMPORARY! So lets break down the positives and there are plenty! The Atmosphere...5 STARS With a Modern Contemporary look this place has style that was so lacking in an upscale community. Now Hawaii Kai has that missing place! The Food...5 STARS. From the presentation to the taste...These are pieces of art and demand picture taking before you devour your plate empty. From the simple "MC" Breakfast, to the Nova Scotia Omelette filled with Salmon, onions, cheese and tomatoes, to the Crab Benedict and the amazing Lox & Bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and onions (wish they included a few slices of tomato) All the items are the menu had been to die for and once finished a moment of bliss took over us and then silence for everyone in the party once the plates had emptied...It was time for a nap...lol. The over all menu is elegant, simplistic, yet sophisticated and a pure joy to look through and choose your food of the morning. The Service...4 STARS...why 4? A little slow...if it was just on time alone I would give 3 stars, but working in many kitchens that are a la carte and made to order you MUST extend a little extra time to the chefs and I DO...Everything is fresh...EVERYTHING and I made note to see if everything was JUST MADE...it was! When a small Kitchen with a packed dinning room put's such detail into their establishment...it's a given to give them a break on making such fresh products. The waitstaff was excellent and was right there and very attentive considering the small staff and packed dinning room. There is a wait...does this effect the service...NO....a wait is not a bad thing...it shows a HIGH DEMAND for this great quality of food...some may bitch about a wait...well, if you want to bitch about waiting...maybe you should just go to Zippy's next door and feed your face. The Price...4 STARS...why 4? We are in Hawaii Kai folks, first off...second...THERE IS A HUGE DEMAND for a GOOD BREAKFAST CAFE in Hawaii Kai...THESE PEOPLE NAILED IT and the fact is these prices may be a few dollars over priced, but the fact remains...PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS KIND OF QUALITY HERE IN HAWAII KAI!!! The owners and chefs know the local community has the money! So even if the prices are a little high I can't really complain...THEY FOOD IS AWESOME! Over all this is a high quality establishment with the Best Overall Menu and Breakfast Cafe on the East side of Oahu! Running a quality establishment today IS NOT EASY...I don't really think many understand the difficulties of running a small Cafe like this where bringing everything together and keeping it consistent is an ongoing battle...I appreciate places like this...I respect places like this...I look up to and am inspired by places like this...Moena Cafe gives you hope...Hope that people who understand the business still have the ability to keep customers happy while running a well oiled machine to optimum efficiency. This is totally a Sat & Sun weekly pleasure! Congrats Moena...Bravo!

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Local from Ewa Beach, Hawaii

This is a wonderful little cafe. Go on the weekdays for breakfast.......there is usually a wait on the weekends.

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii

Best spot for breakfast and brunch hands down! Try the short rib loco moco.

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The Poor Man and the Wayde's World Hawaii crew FINALLY...FINALLY made it to Moena Cafe...DAMN...If I knew it was this good I would have been here a long, long time ago!

From the time you enter till the time you leave...it's just an over all pleasant and pleasing experience!

I HAVE BEEN WAITING AN ETERNITY FOR SOMEONE TO OPEN A PLACE LIKE THIS!

THEY HAVE!

If I was going to explain this place it has the atmosphere, food quality and prices of Tango Contemporary Café...and for me personally...I like that....it's sort of a little sister to Tango and I am questioning even if there is some sort of connection. As far as I am aware there is none. What is for certain is this is TOTALLY CONTEMPORARY!

So lets break down the positives and there are plenty!

The Atmosphere...5 STARS
With a Modern Contemporary look this place has style that was so lacking in an upscale community. Now Hawaii Kai has that missing place!

The Food...5 STARS.
From the presentation to the taste...These are pieces of art and demand picture taking before you devour your plate empty. From the simple "MC" Breakfast, to the Nova Scotia Omelette filled with Salmon, onions, cheese and tomatoes, to the Crab Benedict and the amazing Lox & Bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and onions (wish they included a few slices of tomato) All the items are the menu had been to die for and once finished a moment of bliss took over us and then silence for everyone in the party once the plates had emptied...It was time for a nap...lol. The over all menu is elegant, simplistic, yet sophisticated and a pure joy to look through and choose your food of the morning.

The Service...4 STARS...why 4?
A little slow...if it was just on time alone I would give 3 stars, but working in many kitchens that are a la carte and made to order you MUST extend a little extra time to the chefs and I DO...Everything is fresh...EVERYTHING and I made note to see if everything was JUST MADE...it was! When a small Kitchen with a packed dinning room put's such detail into their establishment...it's a given to give them a break on making such fresh products. The waitstaff was excellent and was right there and very attentive considering the small staff and packed dinning room. There is a wait...does this effect the service...NO....a wait is not a bad thing...it shows a HIGH DEMAND for this great quality of food...some may bitch about a wait...well, if you want to bitch about waiting...maybe you should just go to Zippy's next door and feed your face.

The Price...4 STARS...why 4?
We are in Hawaii Kai folks, first off...second...THERE IS A HUGE DEMAND for a GOOD BREAKFAST CAFE in Hawaii Kai...THESE PEOPLE NAILED IT and the fact is these prices may be a few dollars over priced, but the fact remains...PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS KIND OF QUALITY HERE IN HAWAII KAI!!! The owners and chefs know the local community has the money! So even if the prices are a little high I can't really complain...THEY FOOD IS AWESOME!

Over all this is a high quality establishment with the Best Overall Menu and Breakfast Cafe on the East side of Oahu!

Running a quality establishment today IS NOT EASY...I don't really think many understand the difficulties of running a small Cafe like this where bringing everything together and keeping it consistent is an ongoing battle...I appreciate places like this...I respect places like this...I look up to and am inspired by places like this...Moena Cafe gives you hope...Hope that people who understand the business still have the ability to keep customers happy while running a well oiled machine to optimum efficiency.

This is totally a Sat & Sun weekly pleasure!

Congrats Moena...Bravo!

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Kihei, Hawaii

The food is good, but the coffee is AMAZING!

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