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Tropical Taco

Mexican, Pizza, Seafood
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5-5088 Kuhio Hwy #A, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Really good fish tacos

Have had the fish tacos and the fish and chips. Both very tasty. Taro fries weren't that great, though. Would definitely recommend for a quick bite to eat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Have had the fish tacos and the fish and chips. Both very tasty. Taro fries weren't that great, though. Would definitely recommend for a quick bite to eat.

Thank 4boyz2000
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First glance at the menu and I thought, holy smokes this place is expensive. $14 for a fish taco. I ordered a grilled fish taco and it came with about 10 corn chips. The taco had enough fish in it for 3 regular sized tacos, some beans and some shredded lettuce. The size of the taco makes it a bit... More 

Thank HeyCath2602
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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451 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 700 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every year we get the urge to return here and today we drove the arduous highway to get to overcrowded Hanalei. Tropical Taco remains the best in town. Yes it is more expensive than a typical taco stand, but is unique and different than others. We go back to when they were a beach side taco stand, and it just... More 

Thank Malice6
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered two orders of fish tacos, (2 each) and they cost $14 each. They were fairly tasty but the fish was deep fried (the menu said "fried"" so that was disappointing. I feel they should have said "deep fried", as there is a big difference in the fat content. There also was an awful lot of cabbage, well over... More 

Thank BandonBeachlover
Port Orford, Oregon
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restuarant was a good find for us. I enjoyed the Tropic Taco. It was a homemade torilla stuff with homemade beans, so flaky white fish, avacodo, salsa. Oh man it exploded in your mouth. My husband enjoyed the Baja Tacos. He said it was the best taco he had eaten. We visited with the owner for awhile. He was... More 

Thank Cranwest
Boise, ID
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63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't offer a broad review since both my wife and I had the baja-style fish tacos and both thought they were excellent.

Thank thinkjeffthink
Blacksburg, VA
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon fish taco. It's a big taco, and generous with good fresh fish. For a quick bite in Hanalei, can't be beat.

Thank JanexLamar
Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

This place was recommended in many books, brochures of the area so we had to try it. Mid afternoon it was not too busy and our food came out promptly. very good.

Thank Glenda W
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120 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

They tell you not to go for a surf for at least an hour after eating here and I can see why. I had the beef burrito and was filled afterwards. Prices are good and the home made lemonade thirst quenching.

Thank Neil W
Malmo, Sweden
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96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This is a simple eatery with only one apparent ambition: to serve really good tacos. The woman at the register was kind, helpful (giving us direction in town) and she served our food with 15 minute of us ordering it. The fried ahi was as tasty and crunchy as she'd promised. Highly recommend this place!

Thank Joakim L

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5-5088 Kuhio Hwy #A, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei
  • Phone Number: 808-827-8226

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pizza, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?