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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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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 279
    Excellent
  • 134
    Very good
  • 36
    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 Food, Better Care!

Our family ate here while on vacation, and had the opportunity to experience true Kauai hospitality at it's best from the owner and her husband. From the time we first put on name on the wait list until we left to head out, the service and care were exceptional. From this discriminating Texan... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Robert C
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Our family ate here while on vacation, and had the opportunity to experience true Kauai hospitality at it's best from the owner and her husband. From the time we first put on name on the wait list until we left to head out, the service and care were exceptional. From this discriminating Texan, trust me when I say the food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Expect to wait or go early. Good margs, excellent variety and menu choices. Staff is pleasant, well-trained and attentive. A tad noisy, but hey, it's always packed. A good sign.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The best fish tacos ever! Great garlic shrimp, heavy on the garlic! One person in our party was not happy with the pork, way too chewy, sent it back.

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Phoenix, AZ
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We ate at this BUSY and popular taqueria after a long day - and had a LONG wait for seating and service. But it was worth it - the food was very good - the margaritas, even better. The food is admittedly "mild" on the spice range - but tell the waiter/waitress you prefer 'spicy' -- and they'll bring you... More 

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West Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Yes, everything you hear about Monico's having the best Mexican food in Kauai is probably true (this reviewer only tried Monico's and it was superb!). We heard from the locals that this was a place to definitely try and on our first attempt we were disappointed to learn it was closed on Monday - the Pizza Oven restaurant across the... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Grabbed lunch here to go. Would have been happy to stay as place had a real buzz from friendly staff and happy customers. I had a fish burrito (Ahi) and my partner had chicken quesadilla - both really good, extremely fresh tasting and really filling for about $13 each.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I was trying fish tacos around Kapaa as much as possible. The tacos here had way too much sauce for me. Menu called it a chipotle sauce, but taste lacked flavor. Fish itself was good and appreciated the appearance of the plate. Mom had fish sandwich which she gave an underwhelming "just ok" review. Kid got nachos but didn't seem... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The title pretty much sums it up. One small bowl of chips to share with no offer of a refill. Small chimichanga that tasted fine but for two people to order two plates of Mexican food and water to drink and STILL spend $40 is ridiculous. Would not return here. Would rather cook in my condo than pay that much... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I love their seafood burritos with shrimp, fish and scallops inside. We sat outside at a picnic table and drank cold Modelos waiting for the dinner and it was worth it! We shared the seafood nachos while we waited and those were delish with huge chunks of fish! Yum!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I ordered the seafood tacos and was underwhelmed greatly by the portion of food I received for the price. The food I did get was very good, it was just that for 20 bucks I would hope not to have to stop at McDonalds on the way home to get full. The complimentary chips and salsa were good, but again... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?