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Mermaids Cafe

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Seafood, Sandwiches, Asian
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 113
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 18
    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
Delicious food, limited seating, (sometimes) long waits

We ate here twice on a recent trip to Kauai. It is on the main road through Kapaa and is a tiny hole in the wall and offers take-out only. There is very limited seating outside but there's a little grassy area near a fruit stand a few doors down where you can take your lunch, buy some fresh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
trvlr888
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San Francisco, CA
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This was our first stop in Kauai and a perfect welcome to the island. The staff was friendly and the breakfast burritos were great. We went back a second time on our way to a helicopter ride and the sweet girls remembered us and made yet another outstanding meal.

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Sarasota, Florida
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352 helpful votes 352 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a very casual environment, but the food is amazing... we found a lot of locals eat here, which is always a good sign. We ate here twice during our stay and both times the food was excellent... they offer veggie/vegan options as well as fish... The portions are enormous, so you could easily share a dish if you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

5/3/15 930 am shift worker in hat wearing gloves preparing food while she touches her phone with the same gloves... So i guess she uses the same gloves to prepare customer food. Do you all know that the cell phone is filled with millions of bacteria? Gross. saw a sign if your grouchy they will add 10.00 to your order... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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127 reviews 127 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We ate here twice on a recent trip to Kauai. It is on the main road through Kapaa and is a tiny hole in the wall and offers take-out only. There is very limited seating outside but there's a little grassy area near a fruit stand a few doors down where you can take your lunch, buy some fresh mango... More 

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Santa Clara,
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I think if we stayed longer we could be eating here every night. Fabulous freshly prepared with interesting seasonings. We loved the Ahi cilantro wrap, fish tacos, coconut curry plate.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is the 1st mermaid cafe I have been to thag I didnt fall in love w the food. We had the tropical tacos and the ahi nori wrap. Both were bland and not worth the money. Service was excellent and friendly, nice atmosphere. We have found to many other places on kauai w flavor explosions this just isnt one... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I loved Kauai, but seriously, we loved Mermaids Cafe so much we drove a considerable distance to keep eating there. The Ahi Nori wrap is mentioned a lot and with good reason; it's excellent. I grabbed one on the way to the airport to have on the plane (don't worry, it didn't disturb anyone). Mermaids Cafe is a cute outdoor... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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48 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Mermaids was recommended by a local as a great lunch stop, and we were definitely glad to have found it. It's tiny outdoor spot right on the main road in Kapa'a, with just a few picnic tables and a counter bar to sit at. Many of the clientele didn't seem to be tourists, so it's always fun to discover a... More 

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Pasadena, California
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Do try the house special nori ahi wrap with a coconut thai iced tea. The seared tuna tasted divine. The tea then delivered complementary favors. Kudos to the chef.

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Minnesota
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28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If you are a vegetarian or vegan this is the perfect spot for you. Order your food and sit at the sidewalk tables for a perfect take-out meal. Good size portions. Recommend the tofu salad.

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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

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?