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Rosa's Cantina

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Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-326-1198
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations
Description: This is a new restuarant. I went there last week while on vacation...it...
This is a new restuarant. I went there last week while on vacation...it was fabulous Mexican food...would like to share it with others.
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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
alot more than mexican

Who knew we would have some of the best escargot at a Mexican restaurant. Food is very flavorful. Prices are alittle steep but your paying for the location.The restaurant can be a bit confused as they have a bar area that's kind of out in the middle of everything and the table are really scattered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Rosa's Cantina is NO MORE! The other Mexican restaurant, Habaneros is not much better. This is not the place for authentic, good Mexican food.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I wanted fish tacos so I ran into Rosas. The service was great and the chips were good but the beans were pastey and the rice Blah. The fish tacos left much to be desired. More peppers and onions than fish! I would not return.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Who knew we would have some of the best escargot at a Mexican restaurant. Food is very flavorful. Prices are alittle steep but your paying for the location.The restaurant can be a bit confused as they have a bar area that's kind of out in the middle of everything and the table are really scattered. The wait staff seems to... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

We had just one meal here, so this review is based on just that- but- it was good! YOu have to "hunt" a bit to find Rosa's-- it is upstairs and we walked right past it the first time. The food was very good. Service was sorta typical laid back Hawaiian-- i.e., slow, and not real attentive, but we got... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Our meal was excellent. It is upstairs, and has a lovely view of the ocean. Service was quick and friendly.

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Denver, CO
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Greasy food. I had the beef burrito and it was loaded with grease! The Spanish rice is just "meh" along with their refried beans. The chips and fresh salsa are good. That's about all I can say. I can get this kind of food in my own home town. Should have known better, I suppose. If you have a taste... More 

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Orange, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Craving a little mexican food island style. The blackened mahi mahi fish tacos were the best I have ever had. Ocean downtown Kona mainstreet view was great for people watching.

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nebraska
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Came at happy hour, stayed for dinner. Service was poor. The bartender finally served us, and the servers looked flustered. The food was not anything special, we had the fish tacos and beef enchiladas. I would look around at some place else if you want Mexican.

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Their little posters and signs that tell you about daiy deals at the bottom of their stairs are a total lie. I planned to visit them for their saturday special of $3 Heinekens all day and when I got there and sat down and asked about the special, the waitress said no that is only after a certain time. We... More 

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Kent, WA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Such great food and service. Great tasting fish tacos with today's mahi mahi catch. Convenient location in Kona. Ask for the "scratch" margarita!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: 808-326-1198

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

This is a new restuarant. I went there last week while on vacation...it was fabulous Mexican food...would like to share it with others.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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