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Monicos Taqueria

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4-356 Kuhio Hwy, Apt D, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1413
+1 808-822-4300
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner at Monicos. I ordered the Carnitas with corn tortillas and with a green sauce. My wife ordered the seafood burrito. The carnitas dish was wonderful. The outside of the meat was crispy and the inside was tender and juicy. Worth having dinner there if you are nearby in Kauai. I am Gluten... More 

Thank mysticseer
Eagan, Minnesota
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237 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Started with a few chips for the two of us. We went through those in about 3 minutes. When we asked for more, we were told that would be $2.50. OK, not a mainland Mexican restaurant, but $2.50? I also don't particularly like a place that doesn't have iced tea, but that's a personal preference. My Fish Tacos were fair.... More 

Thank Al H
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely little spot with a friendly bar and family style staff. The food and drink were great for a small roadside restaurant.

Thank Steve J
Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked into this unassuming little place not expecting much, but left wishing we lived nearby to enjoy the great food and vibe. Everything is fresh and well seasoned. The salsa is made with love using ripe organic Roma tomatoes; I was drinking the stuff! Go here often!

Thank p_hamidi
Kapaa, Hawaii
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love their food. Not greasy and always generous portions. If you sit inside it can be pretty loud sometimes.

Thank photo-cat
Hull, Massachusetts
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204 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not even sure how a fish taco could be better than my prior experiences elsewhere - then I ordered the fish taco taco with rare ahi and glorious fresh toppings. Incredible and creative. I liked the second soft taco under the first to catch all that I dropped and make a second taco. Staff was wonderful with good... More 

Thank Timothy5
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live on Kaua'i but on the other side...so whenever I get to the East side...I have to come here. I will often just grab lunch on my own when I am on my way somewhere. I love the chile releno...but the tacos are great, I especially love the fresh fish offerings. Very authentic and great people run the restaurant.... More 

Thank HIppine
Medicine Hat, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took advice from Coco while we were on tour with Kauai Soul Travel. Absolutely the best and freshest Mexican food we've had for a long time! Well presented, flavourful, good sized portions and a clean, attractive atmosphere. Eat inside or out! Good drinks too! We'll be back! Our new favourite!

1 Thank tevye11
Miami, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was average to slightly below average in ingredients, preparation and flavor. If you're in the mood for Mexican, go to Tiki Tacos a bit further north for a less expensive, and more flavorful experience (also they are a totally gluten free restaurant limiting cross contamination).

Thank Janie W
Dallas, TX
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We shared an order of the chicken taquitos and they were very good. I was looking more for street tacos and this is more your typical mexican restaurant fare, but the service is personal and friendly and we had a great meal. I recommend it if you are hungry for Mexican while you are in Kauai.

1 Thank TiffanyR

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-356 Kuhio Hwy, Apt D, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1413
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-822-4300

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