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Tropical Taco

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Mexican, Pizza, Seafood
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5-5088 Kuhio Hwy #A, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
808-827-8226
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
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
Excellent fish tacos

A place focused on the Art of the Fish Taco. I think the best in Hanalei. Cooked perfectly, sauce tastes great,you can get them hot or mild. Hot IS hot. Very friendly staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Tbasche
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Los Altos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My favorite taco stand anywhere! I've been going to Tropical Taco since I was a kid and it was in the van. I love these tacos and I love Hananlei1

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Mendocino, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Yes, I am jaded coming from California. Great, inexpensive Mexican food on every block. However, on our recent trip to Kauai, we took a shot at this "taco bar" (Mexican food was not my choice when in Kauai, but traveling with a party of 4 you have to be flexible) and I have to say, $13 for a fish taco... More 

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Bluffton, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We stopped in here as an alternative to some of the other restaurants in the area. We had the Baja Taco fresh fish special which the cashier said is what they are known for. Wow, as I said in the title, it was definitely a pleasant surprise! It was delicious, reasonably priced and we highly recommend it. You don't have... More 

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Tualatin, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Fresh fish tacos +. Great salsa and chips. Great service, great value (for hawaii prices). We plan to return again before this visit ends and bring friends.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

friendly and delicious! We tasted two different types of tacos and loved them both. Their fresh lemonade should not be missed. It's crowded and noisy but it is part of the charm.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Usually I prefer grilled fish tacos but the featured item here are the battered and fried. The fish is amazingly fresh perfectly accompanied by fresh cabbage, salsa, and a great sauce. Mmm, mmm, mmm! The price may seem steep, but the portions are generous. Not to be missed in Hanalei.

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Los Altos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

A place focused on the Art of the Fish Taco. I think the best in Hanalei. Cooked perfectly, sauce tastes great,you can get them hot or mild. Hot IS hot. Very friendly staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Fish tacos are rather good - recommended. Kids also enjoyed the burritos and quesadillas. Quality in the evening was better than lunch time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We went to the following places for fish tacos: tacos al pastor, fish truck in Koloa and tropical taco. We had tropical taco yesterday and it was SO GOOD we came back again today! We were a little worried because today we came during the lunch crowd but they were just as fresh and delicious!!! The fish is SO FRESH... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I have eaten at most places on the north shore of Kauai and this is one of the worst. There are so many good tacos at places like Federico's, pats, tiki in Kapaa ......I would never eat here again. Way over priced.. 14 for two tacos....pats is two for teN. The fish is always over cooked, the tortilla is chewy... More 

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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
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?