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“Food was better than expected, but a little pricey...”

Luibueno's Mexican and Latin Cuisine
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Ranked #14 of 88 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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
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“Food was better than expected, but a little pricey...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

Better chips and salsa than Cholo's down the street. Had a few burritos. Wife had the chicken and I had the carne asada. Stand alone burritos (no rice and beans) were $12-14, add $3-4 for sides. Nice Mexican beer selection and a cool decor. Would recommend.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Mexican all the islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

Last time I was here, many years ago, this was more of a hole in the wall called Rosie's. Luibuenos is an amazing improvement and light years ahead in class and deliciousness. Their chef, Rasta, makes the most amazing vegetarian soup of the day. My North Shore friends are regulars and always order the soup blindly, knowing it will be spectacular and are never disappointed. Excellent traditional Mexican and even more amazing seafood dishes. I never knew Mexican food could get so creative. Finally, the salsa and guacamole, the foundation of any Mexican restaurant, is excellent! Many people might skip Mexican food because they feel they SHOULD eat all local seafood when in Hawaii. Skipping Luibuenos is a mistake because they serve the best of both worlds. Try it once. I guarantee you'll come back.

Visited February 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good food, good service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

Haven't had many Mexican food, but I thought this was fairly good. Had the calamari for appetizers and it was nicely done. The seafood paella we shared was OK. Nothing really stood out for me in terms of the menu. It was just something different to try in Haleiwa. Staff were friendly & prompt. And the atmosphere was nice.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Very good Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

Not much to get excited about as far as atmosphere or service.
They really should have outdoor tables.

But the fish tacos are excellent. The margaritas are really good. The chips and salsa (you have to ask) is very good.

What more do you need?

  • Visited January 2014
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“Mediocre 'Mexican' food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

A lengthy wait produced food that was ok at best. Undercooked rice, tasteless beans, and ingredients that less than stellar. The burritos were reportedly good and the guacamole was good. Otherwise we won't be back at $25 a head.

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