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Lucy's Taqueria

#16 of 212 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
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194 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2990
808-315-8246
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 99
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I love Lucy’s!

There are many reasons why this popular Mexican restaurant is awarded the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Simply the best of the best! We love the lively atmosphere (open kitchen actions on busy night is fun to watch!) and the cheerful service staff. Every time we walk in, we are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
punacoast
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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103 reviews 103 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

There are many reasons why this popular Mexican restaurant is awarded the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Simply the best of the best! We love the lively atmosphere (open kitchen actions on busy night is fun to watch!) and the cheerful service staff. Every time we walk in, we are greeted like family or long lost friends! Fabulous food, outstanding service,... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I must say it was a good taqueria one thing I like was their orchata. Over all we where satisfied for a taqueria in Hilo. Try it out probably the best you can get out here

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Palo Alto, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Considering how many things in Hilo are closed on Mondays, we were thrilled with Lucy's. What delicious greasy Mexican food! The restaurant also has a full bar, for those who like margaritas with their food. I recommend taking a look at the picture menu: I was a little surprised when I got my order, but I had only read the... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Being from California we know decent Mexican food and Lucy's food prep is below California standards but good for Hilo. They tended to over brown their proteins thus drying out the product and distorting their flavors. I had lengua tacos and the little chunks were browned and their beautiful delicacy was lost. My carnita meat was dry. Their rice is... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

i had been recommended this restaurant by a number of people but frankly it was disappointing. I love Mexican food but my dish was colourless, drowned in the pinto bean sauce and little taste of grilled chicken. The young hostess however was helpful. She explained their serving process so I knew what to expect.... However the food was not as... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Good food and friendly staff. Only good food we had in Hilo.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

What started out as a must try, is finally now a don't bother. I waited another three months before returning to see if they got the message. Apparently they did not. Sadly, I was hopeful because when Lucy started out she was amazing! But alas, she is nowhere to be seen and it shows. Carnitas were cooked way too fast,... More 

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Honolulu
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79 reviews 79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place is AMAZING and quite a find for a town like Hilo. Hilo has alot of asian food options like sushi, raman, etc so if you are looking for some good ol down home mexican cooking, Lucys is the place. Upbeat, authentic atmosphere with excellent salsa bar. Quick and friendly service and the food gets there so fast you... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

First of all, on an island that truly observes Sunday as a day of rest, I have to give Lucy's major props for being open on a Sunday afternoon. After driving to five different restaurants, we finally resolved to eat as Lucy's because it was one of the very few places open. This was my second time at Lucy's, and... More 

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

While not the best mexican food it certainly provides sustenance and you could do worse. Good for a quick in and out.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 194 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2990
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-315-8246

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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