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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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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting menu that seems to change. Nice atmosphere in the shopping center. Open air dinning with local sea breezes

Thank Andy L
Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everything about this place seems great until the first bite. My "be careful it's very hot" Mexican street corn was cold. And the small plate special I ordered was oily and bland (and frankly, way too big to be a small plate; I ordered too much food). The kids liked their grilled mahi n' chips (I always appreciate a kids... More 

Thank theregoes
Newcastle upon Tyne
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried the cocktails which were good. Ordered the guacamole made at your table - which was the best guacamole I have ever had - but beware it is very filling with the corn chips to dip into it. We ate upstairs which is more formal and has classier decor than downstairs which is more relaxed. Both mains were delicious... More 

Thank PIP3
Waldport, Oregon
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108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by for dinner w/o a reservation but we were able to be seated at the bar (even though all during our stay there were 3 or more tables open just behind us). Bartender did a good job on service House Margarita was good as was my Carne Asada Burrito (more than enough for one person). Nachos w/chicken were tasty... More 

Thank Eye-on-ocean
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good is that we were able to get a table on "Open Table" late this afternoon for a 6:30pm seating. The ambiance is really nice, the food was average. The table was filthy when we sat down, we had to ask the server to wipe it down, yuck! The guacamole, however, is delicious and made fresh table side, some... More 

Thank LPDiane
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't expect to find amazing Mexican food in Poipu, but we were blown away by Tortilla Republic. We had great service and all three of us loved our meals. I had the chicken enchiladas width suizas sauce and the dish exceeded my expectations. Others had smothered burritos and street tacos and raved about them. The chips and salsa were... More 

Thank Gordon T
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed dinner at the upstairs restaurant. Started with the fabulous guacamole - very fresh and fun to watch it made tableside. My chicken enchilada was delicious. Good kid dinner options. Excellent service.

1 Thank Debormor
Wa. State
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169 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate upstairs, which makes a difference in the menu. The food was very good and the guacamole that is made at the that they make at the table was excellent,

Thank Spokaneman1949
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230 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are frequent visitors to Kauai, and have been dining at TR since it opened, both downstairs and upstairs. We were last here a couple of years ago, when we tried TR a couple of times and felt it was slipping in terms of the quality of the food and the service. We dined downstairs last week, and upstairs with... More 

Thank Steve A
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For me this was the worst restaurant experience of my 10 day trip.I have food allergies and carry a card which I present when dining. I was treated like I had a disease and they only offered me a salad. They I asked if I could have one of the child's dinner offers since that was the only thing on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?