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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 41
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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
Great lunch spot

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
Erin G
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Pahoa, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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 22 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 61 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The food at this little on the street cafe is wonderful. The ahi wrap was big enough to fill both my husband and me at lunch. The service is friendly. They use local ingredients. Only down side is you have to sit outside if you want to eat there-- consider take out if it is too hot for you. Their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Really loved this place. It's mainly an outdoor eatery, but I was traveling solo so I enjoyed the relaxed island ambiance. They seemed to be quite conscious of providing a fresh product, and it showed. The gal behind the counter told me that they buy organic produce when possible. I had the Peanut Satay Plate. The portion was ample, the... More 

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Additional Information about Mermaids Cafe

Address: 1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1661
Phone Number: 808 821 2026
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches, Asian, Delicatessen

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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: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
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?