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Tropical Taco

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5-5088 Kuhio Hwy # A, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
808-827-8226
Today
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 27
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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Surprisingly good

Nice fish tacos, burritos, etc near the river and kayak rental. Indoor outdoor seating. Huge portion, if you're not too hungry then split or share the food. Tropical fish taco is their socialite. Delish! Order at the counter and they deliver to your table.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
FasteddieAZ
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Az
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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Az
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Nice fish tacos, burritos, etc near the river and kayak rental. Indoor outdoor seating. Huge portion, if you're not too hungry then split or share the food. Tropical fish taco is their socialite. Delish! Order at the counter and they deliver to your table.

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Charlotte, NC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Fish tacos about $15, but nothing special. It was fried fish, and they weren't huge. Not a bad price for Hanalei, but not the best tacos ever.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

After hiking Hanakapiai Falls, we were looking for a quick bite before returning to Poipu. We stumbled upon Tropical Taco and were pleasantly surprised. My wife ordered the fish tacos and I ordered the fish burrito. In both circumstances were specified grilled fish not fried. The food was quite tasty and a generous portion of fish. The salsa was fresh... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Don't let the gruff attitude dissuade you, the food is good and the prices were fair. Sit on the porch and people watch.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

They basically serve tacos. Some on corn tortillas, some on wheat tortillas. They are very rigid and will not alter a menue item much. This is a problem when you have food allergis.

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Biggs
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Sorry, but we had read a sweet little story about this guy's start in a taco truck, how he survived a hurricane, etc. Shouldn't have fallen for the gimmick. It doesn't take a chef to pop open a can of refried beans, wrap it in a tortilla and call it a burrito. Tropical? Where? And the price--15 bucks for THAT?... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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328 reviews 328 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
467 helpful votes 467 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We returned for our annual pilgrimage to our favorite Hanalei food stop. We have lunched here for a dozen or more years since they operated out of a beach side truck. Last year we had a service issue with one of their employees but returned anyway for their great fish tacos. The entire staff greeted us with a friendly aloha... More 

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DFW
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Tropical Taco has been a stop whenever we come to Kauai. Located in Hanalei just as you enter come into this little town, they do offer some good fish tacos. We had the Baja tacos, and they were as good as I remember with relatively sizable piece of fish. The only reason for the average rating is price value. They... More 

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Rome, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I went to visit this fast food Mexican restaurant with my family and it was the worst experience I ever had. We ordered some fish tacos and other type of food wich wasn't good, too expensive and a poor quality. If you want to waste your money please go to this place and spend $14 per taco!!! There were a... More 

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Princeville, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

we ordered fish tacos and fish and chips. they were not bad, but for $14 for two tacos, I would rather eat elsewhere

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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, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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