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“Perfect Mexican” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buho Cocina y Cantina

Buho Cocina y Cantina
2250 Kalakaua Ave, Rooftop, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
+1 808-922-2846
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Ranked #72 of 1,987 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Inspiration meets tradion where Waikiki meets the sky at Buho Cocina y Cantina. Mexico native Chef Arturo Silva brings traditional Mexican cuisine to new heights using the freshest local ingredients from various farms around the Hawaiian Islands as he executes his motto "refined not re-fried." Buho's chic ambiance brings Honolulu its first rooftop restaurant and bar offering the perfect space to enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun and cool ocean breeze or sip on one of Buho's signature margaritas at sunset. On Fridays, catch the Waikiki firework show from the comfort of your dining seats, or dance the night away under the stars every 5th of the month at Cinco de Buho featuring live music and food/drink specials.
Sutton, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Perfect Mexican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Walking down Kalakaua Ave you would be forgiven for missing the entrance to this gem of a Mexican restaurant, you get there by entering a lift, you step out into a tastefully decorated roof top restaurant. The menu is not large but has your usual favourites, Taco's, Enchiladas, Quesadilla's and some you may not have tried. The portions are just right, flavours are superb. Staff are knowledgable, friendly and attentive. Prices very reasonable, we were only in Waikiki for a week but ended up visiting twice. Don't miss it.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Mexican Cantina~ Incredible atmosphere!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My husband and I, along with our neighbors, tried Buho for the first time Saturday night and we will definitely be back!! The food was so good and so fresh. The housemade guacamole was outstanding!! We also had the shrimp tacos and the goat cheese quesadilla~ also excellent choices!!
Now for the atmosphere~ INCREDIBLE!!! Rooftop as well as an open-air covered bar and dining area. We opted for a table overlooking Waikiki and we were not disappointed!!
All that being said, I must add that the prices are very reasonable!! So if you want great food, amazing atmosphere, and a reasonably priced dinner~ Buho is an excellent choice!!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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“Amazing flavors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Mexican restaurant with a great atmosphere and excellent food. The view is beautiful, you even get to see the fireworks on Fridays. The staff was very friendly and helpful, we will be coming back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Trendy New Mexican cantina restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We were recommended Buho from friends. It has only been open 1 month. In a fabulous building it is a rooftop dining experience with some great undercover areas. The staff are great and sooooo friendly.

We arrived in Honolulu after an overnight flight and happy to spend our first night in such a cool place.

Food was delicious with some great spices and flavours. Wine plentiful. Decor really good. We will go back for sure. Well worth a visit!

Visited July 2014
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“Delicious Mexican food, amazing outdoor seating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My partner and I tried this new restaurant out as we walked past the sign in Waikiki. Once the elevator door opens, you see a gorgeous outdoor dining room with a good view of Waikiki.
The service was great, and the food brilliant. There is a wide ranging menu and the food is reasonably priced. A must do for anyone staying in Waikiki.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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