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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 177
    Excellent
  • 112
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 17
    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
Hole in the wall worth looking for.

Our lodging host recommended this place for lunch. A sign at the counter suggested that the Ahi Nori wrap was a local favorite since 1999. So, we ordered the wrap. It was incredibly good. Tons of Ahi, perfectly cooked, wrapped in a spinach wrap with an amazing dressing and rice. Not cheap but, hey... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
leogmichael
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Friday Harbor, Washington
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Santa Clara,
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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218 reviews 218 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Friday Harbor, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Our lodging host recommended this place for lunch. A sign at the counter suggested that the Ahi Nori wrap was a local favorite since 1999. So, we ordered the wrap. It was incredibly good. Tons of Ahi, perfectly cooked, wrapped in a spinach wrap with an amazing dressing and rice. Not cheap but, hey, this is Hawaii. Not to be... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you're in Kappa to go souvenir shopping like I was doing and looking for a casual place for have lunch try Mermaids Café. It's a little tricky to find, located between a coffee shop and another restaurant Mermaids has limited seating about 6 seats on the side and two bench tables out in front. I heard a lot about... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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221 reviews 221 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

The fish wraps and tacos don't come any better than they do at Mermaids Cafe. This always busy sidewalk stand in the heart of colorful Old Town Kapa'a is one of Kauai's finest seafood restaurants, period. The ahi wrap sandwich (No. 1 on the wallboard menu) is spiced with just the right amount of wasabi and comes in a spinach... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A little pricey, but the food is healthy and delicious. I enjoyed the murals and sitting on a busy street for people watching while I ate. The hibiscus lemonade was super refreshing.

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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: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?