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Mermaids Cafe

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Seafood, Sandwiches, Asian, Delicatessen
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1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1661
808 821 2026
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10:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 191
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  • 119
    Very good
  • 41
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  • 23
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Inexpensive healthy lunch

Limited menu (we like) of wraps, salads, sandwiches, friendly staff that seemed to be enjoy their job, outdoors seating only (you are in Kauai where space is precious), very good stuff all in all.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
Lemonlover999
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Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Popped in for quick lunch and got a very very tasty wrap. 14 dollars bit high but I think that's the norm. Would return as enjoyed my meal and loved sitting outside watching the world go by.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Limited menu (we like) of wraps, salads, sandwiches, friendly staff that seemed to be enjoy their job, outdoors seating only (you are in Kauai where space is precious), very good stuff all in all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wife and I dropped in on a whim. Had some FANTASTIC, ahi burritos. I had their staple (don't remember the name) and wifey had the ahi cilantro. We washed it down with hibiscus tea and hibiscus/lemonade tea. I would eat lunch there everyday if I could. And the ladies in the kitchen were extremely friendly. Thank you!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We called in here on our way back to the hotel, and while it doesn't look much from the outside, the food is amazing! We had the Kapaa (chicken) and Tropical (Fish) Tacos and they were the best we've tasted - fresh ingredients, delicious spices and generous servings, they were so good! The staff were lovely too - we'd eat... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We came here for lunch on our last day on Kauai. We ordered the black bean burrito and the peanut satay burrito with tofu. I thought the black bean burrito was great, the sauce made it very tasty. The peanut satay burrito was good as well, but needed more flavoring and veggies. It's basically a good stand with some outside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Tiny little sidewalk cafe with fresh fish wraps, tacos and salads. Very different and delicious. You know its good when a tiny little place is busy all the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A tiny, outside seating, little take-away place, this jewel features delicious, tasty island food that emphasizes a shortlist of healthy local fish and vegetable dishes including ahi nori wrap (my favorite), and terrific salads. Best thing about Mermaids: it's the same high-quality food year after year (we've been coming for 7 seven years).

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Blink and you could miss Mermaids although the painted outside is very colourful. It is very casual with a couple of tables near the footpath where you can watch the passing parade of interesting people. We found it hard to find good organic food anywhere else and Mermaids just fitted the bill. The first visit we both had a curry... More 

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Hilo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This used to be one of Kapaa's top restaurants. The food was excellent and the prices were under $10 (which is cheap on Kauai). Then the owner sold the restaurant and the best chef (Anthony) went off to college. So the place is just a little hole in the wall (all take-out) with some picnic tables - if you want... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Cool place for outdoor dining with chic food. I like it.....but if you aren't into a casual, informal setting with no real restaurant back-up services this isn't for you. Food is good, but out door and no amenities.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1661
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: 808 821 2026

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches, Asian, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm

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