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74-5563 Kaiwi St, Ste 27, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3182
808-329-0636
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I've been here several times because we have friends who love it. Coming from southern California, I know good Mexican food. This is pretty good, but not great by California standards. But, in Hawaii it qualifies as great (LOL). I usually get the order the enchiladas which are very good. The guacamole is good, too. I would rate this place... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Hidden away in a strip mall in an industrial area. It is a family run place. Food slow to come but worth the wait. People should know ahead that Tacos come with a big blob of Guacamole. Great if you like it but an unpleasant surprise for our teen. I had the red enchilada & chile relleno with rice &... More 

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Thank LoveMinis
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Chili Colorado and chili verde are both wonderful. Excellent flavor. Cold Mexican beers. Yum can hardly wait to return

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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Good chips, good sauces. Wasn't expecting to have Mexican on my Hawaiian vacation, but it was great! Got the combo plate and let the server make the choices! It was all fantastic.

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Thank Rebecca L
Calgary, Canada
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299 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

The best chile rellenos! Not all battered! Great guacamole and the shrimp fajitas were great. The chile verde is outstanding and the price is very reasonable. Not a tourist trap!

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Thank bennybear
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

The El Maguey opens for dinner at 5:00pm. Be there when they open or be prepared for a wait. EXCELLENT MEXICAN FOOD! The BEST. Rueben's in Hilo, cannot begin to compare with El Maguey nor can Poncho & Lefty's or Los Habaneros in Kona.

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Thank Mary S
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

Very good food overall. I always get the enchiladas and love them. parking can be problematic but have always found a spot there.

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Thank Lew C
Michigan
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71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch, chips and salsa (very thin and not very distinctive) were ok. The Chimi's were top shelf. Lots of meat, well seasoned. The rice and beans were fine. Good prices. Good portions. Worth a go if you want solid tasting Mexican at a nice price.

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Thank tcwings
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

This restaurant had been at its current location for about 5 years. Food continues to be good and they have kept costs low. Standard tex-mex menu with the usual suspects - burritos, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, etc. For the price I would rate it excellent. Just be prepared for plastic plates, soda served in the can, etc. Service is good, even... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

The food here is great. Service is extremely slow. Restaurant needs some cleaning...cobwebs, etc. No noticable air conditioning.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74-5563 Kaiwi St, Ste 27, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3182
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: 808-329-0636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?