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“Best Mexican Food in Kona” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Maguey

El Maguey
74-5563 Kaiwi St, Ste 27, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3139
808-329-0636
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Ranked #81 of 209 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Mexican
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kailua-kona
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12 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Food in Kona”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Okay, it is located in a strip mall. The furnishings are not the best but the food (made to order) is fantastic. The service is friendly and fast. We have now eaten here half a dozen times and have yet to order a bad choice. My favorites are the fish tacos and the enchiladas are the best. They do close down for an hour in the late afternoon and reopen at 5:00 sharp for dinner.
We have brought local friends and out of town guest and everyone leaves full and happy.

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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“I'd eat here if they were located in an alley next to a dumpster.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

El Maguey is great food. I could eat there every day. Their salsa is spicy and delicious (get your drinks at the table before you try it). I dream about their chile verde. My MIL demands a dinner here every time she visits us. Servers are always sweet. It can take some time to get your food but it's because they're making everything from scratch!!! The ambiance is not great (kind of a weird building) but you won't care as you dive into your delicious plate of refried beans and whatever awesomeness you order. I've ordered a lot of different items off their menu and I've never been disappointed. This is the best Mexican food in Kona.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Please don't eat here!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I have never left a restaurant with a whole plate of food sitting on the table. If you have ever eaten Mexican food from Southern California, everything else severely disappoints. PLEASE DO NOT EAT HERE!!!

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“Fabulous food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I was surprised to find such high quality in an unusual location. Fresh ingredients and great meals at this little restaurant that's full of locals at lunchtime.

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“Great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

El Maguey can certainly qualify as a "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant, but eight of us had an excellent meal there with more food than we could eat at quite a reasonable price. There wasn't a bad meal among the eight that we ordered. The restaurant was our fourth choice of the evening, but we were happy to have stumbled upon it and would happily return.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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