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Tortilla Republic The Upstairs

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2829 Ala Kalani Kaumaka St, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-8571 (Poipu Road)
+1 808-742-8884
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Atlanta, Georgia
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183 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Tortilla Republic twice during our stay. Once just for cocktails with chips and salsa and a second on Taco Tuesday. The Fish Tacos were okay. The Cantina (ground level) was a nice environment for relaxing. Everyone was pleasant. We would go back.

Thank Sharron F
Eastern US
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99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Downstairs is a definite disappointment compared to upstairs and the prices are quite high. You get free chips and salsa, but a a salsa tasting is $7 and they just give 2 tablespoons of two other salsas. The corn appetizer for $5 is also too high priced.

Thank FrequenTraveler123
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72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for lunch even though we had (bad) Mexican food last night. We were determined to find decent Mexican food on Kaua‘i. We ate downstairs. We were greeted by a very friendly young woman who escorted us to our table outside. We were give water and chips & salsa right away. Chips were warm and thin and delicately... More 

Thank JPriceisright
Bothell, Washington
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62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate in the downstairs. We enjoyed our food well enough. The service was very nice. The food was much more expensive than most places we went to.

Thank rbeise
Oakland, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

the purist .margarita was outstanding but a bit pricey. The ahi nachos were good but not a lot of ahi. The salsa trio was excellent. the chili verde was excellent. The atmosphere and wait staff were outstanding.

Thank 644Steve
Riverside, California
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was just average. I had the chicken tacos. Not so great. But, I'm from California, so used to pretty good Mexican food.

Thank jc4homes
Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The shops at Kukui'ula have plenty of restaurant choices and we have been to all of them. Tortilla Republic is good, nothing really stands out on the menu but it is fine, the drinks are fine. Yes, if you are out and want to eat some good Mexican food stop in, if your looking for a authentic or unique, probably... More 

Thank davidcantupdx
Kalapana, Hawaii
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came in for dinner after a long day of hiking and were really really hungry. The menu claimed the food was Mexican comfort cuisine - whatever that is. There werent many vegetarian options at all so we asked if they could make some of the other dishes without meat - and they couldn't. We were stuck with just a... More 

Thank Poidexter
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, excellent food, and live music. We really enjoyed the food here, we had Pork Belly, a Vegitarian Enchalada, and a Mole Dish all excellent. Great Margaritas and Per my daugter the Veggy Enchalada was they best she has ever had. The service and live music was very good. We will be back on our next visit to Poipu.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a sign for $5 margaritas, which drew us in for dinner. We mentioned to the servers that we were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary in Kauai and they went over and above to make us feel special! The food was fabulous!

Thank stacy c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $32
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2829 Ala Kalani Kaumaka St, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-8571
    (Poipu Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-742-8884
Tortilla Republic "The Upstairs" sets the bar for fresh, bold flavors offering guests inventive fare with unexpected flavors utilizing all-natural meats, organic and locally grown produce, . The restaurant features modern Mexican cuisine in a contemporary chic setting with spectacular sunset views from spacious al fresco lanais. Winner of "Best New Restaurant Kauai 2012" according to the Garden Island Newspaper and appointed "Best Kauai Hawaii Nightlife" by Modern Luxury, Tortilla Republic offers Kauai a variety of gastronomic and entertaining experiences. The menu includes updated Mexican classics made with fresh, flavorful ingredients, with an island twist. Tortilla Republic "The Upstairs" features dinner 7 nights a week with live Latin Guitarist every Friday night.

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