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Monicos Taqueria

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4-356 Kuhio Hwy, Apt D, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1413
808-822-4300
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 271
    Excellent
  • 130
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great healthy Mexican Food-Great friendly staff

We are from Los Angeles and eat a lot of excellent Mexican food. Monico's has the best fish tacos in Hawaii and their silver margaritas are incredible. Don't miss eating here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
AshaDandi
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We are from Los Angeles and eat a lot of excellent Mexican food. Monico's has the best fish tacos in Hawaii and their silver margaritas are incredible. Don't miss eating here.

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We were told by several people we met at the resort we stayed at in Kapa'a to try Monicos and were not let down. What it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in absolute quality of food and beverage. An a funny note, happy hour is during the afternoon hours of which restaurant is closed (had a good laugh... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Food: 5/5 Stars My wife ordered the seafood enchilada, I had the seafood fajitas. The fajitas were perfect; they were seasoned just right, not too salty but far from bland. The portion was generous yet not ridiculously huge; I appreciated the ethos of not adding gobs of over-oiled vegetables to the dish. It was also presented nicely, arriving to the... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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83 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Restaurant is nice, clean, well decorated and wait staff is friendly and the chef/cook is very attentive to his food and service. The seafood burrito and fish tacos with Ahi being fresh for the day were outstanding. Signature Margaritas, Pico and salsa was tasty as well. It's five stars for the restaurant and food. Four stars is if you factor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Tried to get in on a busy Saturday night and having been told there was a concert and a wait time of about 20 minutes decided to go elsewhere. Tried again the next night and informed of another 20 wait, decided to have a drink while we waited this time, so glad we did. The food and service were awesome,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Stumbled on to this restaurant while staying in Kapaa, and I am glad we did! Some of the best Mexican food I have ever ate. I had chicken enchiladas and they were absolutely terrific. Will definitely stop again if ever in the area!

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We had a good meal. The Drinks were pretty good, especially the Mango Margarita. The portions were above average and the staff was very friendly. But.......it was the little things I noticed. Big heaping plate of Steak Fajitas but only 2 flour tortillas. Asked for 2 more and ding $2.50 more. No ices tea available unless you purchase an Arizona... More 

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Poipu, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

As many others have suggested, this is a small place and there will be a wait during busy times. But the food is very good, well worth the wait.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We ate at three different Mexican Restaurants before we made it to Monicos. Best Mexican food and Margaritas. Don't even bother with other restaurants. If you want good Mexican food Monicos is the place to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I love Mexican food but was a bit leery about Mexican food in Hawaii. However, Monico's had some of the very best Mexican food I have EVER tasted. I could go there everyday! We had the cheese enchiladas: incredible sauce, best pinto beans ever, was sorry I was splitting it with my husband. Hope to get back to Kauai someday...and... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 808-822-4300

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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