• Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar

2780 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO 80206


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The name Hapa is derived from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Like its name, Hapa’s food reflects this dynamic combination. The menu is based on traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals which are then amplified, muted or mixed with influences from many different styles of cooking until they are something completely new. The sleek urban style of Hapa’s interior is perfectly in line with the theme of fusion that dominates the menu.


2780 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO 80206

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Pacific Rim
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Late Night Dining
Sunday - Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday
11:30 am - Late
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Children's Menu
Extensive Wine Menu
Heart Smart Meals
Seasonal Menus
Take Out Meals
Vegetarian Meals
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Full Service Catering
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American Express
Master Card
Discover Card
Diners Club Card

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Chef Lee Alan Dung

Lee Alan Dung is the Executive Chef for Hapa Sushi. He brings with him a long list of credentials and is considered one of the best contemporary sushi and Asian fusion chefs in the country. He was born and raised in Hawaii where he was exposed to many different ethnic cuisines as a child. Lee’s first job was a cook and sushi helper at Matsuri Sushi, a traditional Japanese sushi bar. He worked there throughout high school until he graduated and entered Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program. There he received his formal culinary training and was named most outstanding student upon graduation. After graduation, Lee Alan worked his way up the ranks at various restaurants in Hawaii that specialized in Italian, French/Continental, and Japanese cuisines. Chef Lee was fortunate to be working in Hawaii during the emergence of East/West, Pacific Rim, and Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Having worked in restaurants specializing in Japanese, Italian, and French/Continental, the fusion of flavors that this new cuisine was incorporating seemed to fit him just fine.

In 1996, Lee Alan left Hawaii to become the opening chef at Tommy Tsunami’s Pacific Diner in Denver. During his two-year tenure there, Chef Lee garnered rave reviews for his cutting edge cuisine and his contemporary sushi creations. In 1998, Chef Lee packed his bags and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona as Corporate Chef for Sushi On…Inc., which operates Sushi on Shea, Saki’s Pan Asian Café, and Kona Grille. Moving back to Colorado in 2000, he was part of the team that opened Hapa Sushi in Cherry Creek and finally settled down as Head Sushi Chef at Paradise Sushi in Littleton.

Since rejoining Hapa Sushi, Chef Lee has brought more of Hawaii’s ethnic influences to Colorado featuring items like the oven roasted kalua pork, mochiko chicken, and the nori wrapped Ahi katsu. Come share the “Aloha Spirit” at Hapa, and enjoy some its unique creations.


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