We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“We keep going back...”
Review of Luibueno's

Luibueno's
Reserve with OpenTable
Luibueno's is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #17 of 87 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Amara Rd.
Transit: For Northbound travelers you will need to get off the bus at Kamehameha HWY + Opp Emerson RD (Stop ID # 2241). If you are traveling Southbound you will need to get off at Kamehameha HWY + Haleiwa RD. (Stop ID # 2240). For additional information on holidays or possible detours please refer to www.thebus.org
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“We keep going back...”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Staying in Waialua for a month, we checked out a number of eating establishments in Haleiwa but keep going back to Luibueno's. The owner, Luis, and his wait staff, especially Alex and Aimee, welcome us as friends not just customers.

The menu is a creative take on things Mexican, some recipes reflecting those of Luis' grandmother and all made from scratch. Crispy churros to be dipped in hot chocolate are the "milk and cookies" Luis remembers having as a kid.

Happy hour from 3 - 6 pm offers "street tacos" at $3 each. We tried a few and the battered fish taco was the real winner. It went really well with the full-strength margaritas slushily piled in a large glass.

We don't have huge appetites so each time we go we try different appys and have never been disappointed. The camarones a la plancha was a hit one night. Five large shrimp succulently plated with lots of garlic that was cooked to its sweet best.

We keep trying other restaurants, some of them good and others not so much. But we keep going back to Luibueno's. Can't help ourselves...

  • Visited February 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Ozcantravel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

417 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    191
    149
    51
    16
    10
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Level Contributor
156 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Icky”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

The Mexican food here in Hawaii is really bad. This is a prime example of what I mean. Ask for chile on your burrito and they will pour a can of chili and beans on it. Icky.

Visited July 2012
Helpful?
Thank Barbisurf
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Salem, Oregon
Level Contributor
234 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here for the Happy Hour. The bargains were not as robust as they should have been. But, the mahi mahi "street tacos" were delicious. Our server was speedy and polite. Good staff are half of what makes a venue work.

Helpful?
Thank Ed R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Regina, Canada
Level Contributor
96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“get the guac!”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Nice place in North Shore to stop for a drink and great Mexican cuisine. Worth the stop. The fish tacos ARE the #1 in Hawai'i. Get the guacamole!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank markus1972
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Virginia Beach, VA
Level Contributor
83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Excellent gluten free fish tacos”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

They are very GF knowledgeable. We ate there 3 times as the fresh mahi-mahi tacos were delish. Also excellent exotic margaritas.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Finova
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Luibueno's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing