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“Fresh Mex, Lively scene -- Happy times!”

Polli's Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Makawao
Price range: $20 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
Davis, California, United States
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Fresh Mex, Lively scene -- Happy times!”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Late afternoon on a Thursday, the shops in Makawao were beginning to fold up (it was about 5 pm), rain was threatening. A good time for an early dinner when you see an inviting little Mexican joint at the crossroads of a tiny old Hawaiian town. Sleep- looking from outside, Polli's was teeming with happy diners, and look packed, but the smiling waitress found us a table in the side room. It was the last table. The service was great from start to finish. Drinks came quickly, our order taken, chips and salsa arrived, and before too long, our dinner. One thing about the chips (and the tortillas for the tostada), these appear to be the package sort and good as those go, but not fresh-out-of-the-fryer. No knock against Polli's , just expectation management for other folks like us from places with "authentic" Mexican restaurants (we are from California). The waitress was able to customize my tostada with sauteed ono (which is offered for the fish taco). A "super" tostada, indeed! It covered an entire dinner plate and was loaded with all the good stuff, including avocado. Delicious, fresh, beautiful. A happy thing! My husband had the Seafood Super Burrito, which has the twist of being served with a jack cheese sauce -- pooled underneath, not drenching it. The sauce was a great complement to the burrito. Nary a crumb was left -- my hungry husband ate the whole thing, and satisfied. In summary: Polli's is well-priced for Maui--and for the portion sizes and freshness of the cooking. A friendly happy vibe all around. My husband was pleased that with the TV tucked in the corner of the bar (not at all obnoxious), he could check on the progress of the UCLA v. Florida basketball game. Three cheers for Polli's! Good times!

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Caitlin M
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English first
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Great food”
Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We visited Makawao for the day, poked around in all the shops, and had a great lunch at Polli's. Delicious guacamole and margaritas. The service was excellent, and we would highly recommend.

Visited March 2014
Thank Anne W
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United States
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican and Vegetarian Options”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

What a find! We visited Polli's twice, both times for lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Superb and professional service, wonderful and extensive menu options, and great drinks. Quirky setting, which we loved. Fun! We both had the veggie burritos. Tasty fresh, homemade salsa and chips.

Although the restaurant was always busy, we never felt rushed. We will definitely return!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Michael M
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Fishers, Indiana
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327 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Friendly, quirky place with good food”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and were delighted. Where else do you find a Mexican restaurant whose decor includes a Native American dream catcher, a serape, strings of multicolored lights, and the Hawaii state flag? Service was very gracious. My fish taco was delish, and my husband's gigantic veggie burrito was deemed tasty. Outstanding chips and salsa.

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colorado springs, colorado, usa
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good Mexican food in a fun atmosphere”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

We had delicious margaritas and great Mexican food in this fun restaurant in the quaint little town of Makawao. Parking is ample and free. We were there at the very busy dinner hour and opted to sit at the bar. We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly our food got to us and spent a leisurely hour during our meal talking with Lori, the very efficient and friendly bartender. Fish burrito with ono was delicious, the chimichanga plate was also very good. Portions were generous and everything was done well. Highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank lovecr_9
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