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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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Seattle, Washington
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205 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Mediocre food. Poor service. Could-be-anywhere ambiance. Margueritas were so-so. We sat downstairs in the more casual restaurant. Maybe upstairs would have been better. It's one of those places where one staff person takes your order, and two different ones at different times deliver the food. We all ordered fajitas. Tortillas, rice and beans arrived several minutes before the rest of... More 

Thank Foodtwosome
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had lunch in the downstairs restaurant the first or second day. The server was very nice. She could tell I just wanted a simple drink and suggested the $5 house margarita, which totally hit the spot. The quinoa salad was nicely presented and tasted even better. My partner had the ceviche appetizer and a drink, I believe called Hydration.... More 

Thank Lian S
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hoping for real Mexican food and were disappointed. The place was very loud and had a dingy feel to it. The table was not cleaned very well. The service was adequate. We won't be going back.

1 Thank kels1943
cincinnati, ohio
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241 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From guac to tacos the food is very average. It was a convenient location for lunch. We enjoyed eating outside and the service was very good. The food wasn't bad but not memorable. Ok for a quick stop

1 Thank cincymom5
Traverse City, Michigan
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101 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guacamole made tableside was excellent. Service was great. We both got the mole which was very good. My husband was disappointed that there was no beer on draft.

Thank Kasa05
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was disappointed by this place. The drinks from the bar were good, but the food was "blah". The only good dish we had was the chicken flautas. Everything else (fish tacos, chicken quesadilla, chicken tinga, etc) was bland. We ordered a cheese quesadilla for my younger daughter and it came out all alone on the plate. No rice, no... More 

1 Thank Jamie P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dante was our server. He was knowledgeable and pleasant. Food was great and very tasty! As a bonus we had a booth with a great view of the sunset.

Thank wph01
Spring, Texas
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175 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant also has a "Downstairs" where we ate. While the process for getting on the wait list was a bit unorganized, the rest of the experience overwhelmed this. Our serve, Eli, was fantastic. Since the crowd had thinned he had time to give us a brief history of Koloa --- what a nice touch. The food was excellent, especially... More 

Thank Chuck H
San Diego, CA, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a little strange eating Mexican food while in Hawaii, but if you get tired of fish, this is the place to go!

Thank JoniSD
Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a couple of margaritas (ask for gran mariner in it). I had the stuffed Relleno Adobe which was delicious with scrambled egg, peppers and citrus. My hubby had Huevos Ranchero which was like a quesadilla with onion, tomato, peppers, etc and any style egg on top. Wonderful black bean sauce.

Thank Ellen D

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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, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene
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 Spanish Guitarist every Friday night.

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