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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Soups, Hawaiian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was filled with locals. Saimin was great. Flavorful broth, large portions. Friendly service. Note: Don't blink. You'll miss it. Well worth going around the block twice.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022

The special saimin had a variety of toppings. Staff was helpful explaining the difference between the basic and special versions, as well as showing me the difference in sizes. Wasn't too busy at 5PM on a Thursday. There were many locals, only a few tourists...(like me). It's a very simple meal counter with stools. Cash only. Decent food, though I more enjoyed the atmosphere of a locals' hole-in-the-wallMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 21, 2022 via mobile

Having read about Hamura’s as a Kauai establishment, I was excited to experience this place with my family and friends. We had regular saimin and chiffon pie based on what we read from others. Based on my extensive overseas living and traveling experience in Asia,...I was somewhat disappointed with what I tasted here. Salmon broth was tasty but the noodle was average. Chiffon pie was good but it wasn’t something I would recommend to others as “must try” item. I would prefer traditional Japanese ramen or Chinese wonton soup over a bowl of saimin noodle. Saimin being a hybrid of sort, I don’t think this is a must visit location in Kauai.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022 via mobile

Hamura Saimin is a must stop in Lihue. This is the THE spot on Kauai for the local specialty of Saimin. The small space makes getting a stool at the bar tricky for bigger groups, but it can be done. I recommend the Special Saimin,...over the regular. This is a great stop for lunch.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 27, 2022

First- you're coming to a spot that has been in Kauai for YEARS. You need to expect a family-run noodle house with history. This is not fine dining, it's the local spot. Sometimes the most worn buildings tell you where the best food is. Second-...bring cash Third- this food is delicious, well priced- especially for hand pulled noodles. We went here after our Kalalau trail hike and it was a perfect way to top off the day.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 14, 2022

We were excited due to the hype but found the food to be OK except for the chiffon pie, prices are not cheap and the restaurant building is in poor condition. Most importantly, be careful: To exit, you have to walk down 3 steps and...there was no warning that you could trip and fall all the way down 3 steps due to an elevated door ledge. This can be very dangerous for the older patrons. There is only limited street parking and the wait line is chaotic for first-time customers or tourists because they have no sign to say that you have to tell them you are waiting so that they can seat the correct number of people in a group. We ordered the wonton and Sumo ramen noodles that are comfort food for the locals. The manaupua was good but the fired wontons were tiny and over-priced, and the BBQ beef sticks were very tough. For a CASH ONLY place, the prices were not cheap - $3.00 for a side of onions or an egg or 2 wontons.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 19, 2021 via mobile

Saimin is a Hawaiian noodle soup dish. A little bit like ramen. This place serves up tasty Saimin for take out and dine in. The popular choices are special saimin (green onions, fish cake, wontons, roasted pork, ham, and egg) and barbecue chicken (served on...kebab sticks). Also known for the lillikoi chiffon pie which is like a passion fruit jello pie. Small diner usually has a line. Communal seating. Cash only. Extra charge for take out.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

If you are looking for a Kauai from the past this is it. The hospitality, menu, and atmosphere are a wonderful contrast to what much of Hawaii has become. Sit down and enjoy the way things used to be. The last time I was here...was 30+ years ago and I felt like a time traveler when I stepped back in. Only reason to come is saimin - if you’re looking for anything else it may not be the place for you.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 18, 2021

This restaurant was recommended by our Gyspy tour guide as a must-do. Siamin is a popular local dish in Hawaii, and I'm glad we tried it. However, I could not give this 5 stars for a couple reasons. The dishes we ordered were supposed to...come with a fish cake, however, neither of them did. There were three ladies working hard in the restaurant, but if you are a germaphobe, this is not the place for you. They work so fast that they don't ever take the time to wash their hands, so they are picking up dirty dishes and trash and then immediately serving you food and drink without sanitizing or washing hands in between. The food itself was tasty and we enjoyed using the condiments to alter the spice level to our liking. They are a cash only restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 17, 2021

Watered down and flavorless broth, poor value (small portion for the cost), flavorless pork. Poor food quality.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hamura Saimin Stand

Yes, Hamura Saimin Stand offers takeaway services.

Hamura Saimin Stand is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3