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74-5563 Kaiwi St, Ste 27, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3182
+1 808-329-0636
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I can't believe this place is getting positive reviews. The moment I sat down in the dark (lights were out) back of the restaurant, I knew I was taking a risk at getting sick. The salsa was the first very scary thing. I wondered if it was supposed to smell like it had already gone bad. It was like nothing... More 

1 Thank EastoEden
Los Angeles, CA
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 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 

Thank garcande
Des Moines, Iowa
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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 

Thank LoveMinis
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank Carol P
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 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.

Thank Rebecca L
Calgary, Canada
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370 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 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!

Thank bennybear
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 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.

Thank Mary S
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

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

Thank Lew C
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81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 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.

Thank tcwings
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 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 

Thank Mongoose84

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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: +1 808-329-0636

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