The 9 Best Mexican Restaurants in Hawaii!

The cuisine on the Hawaiian Islands is known for its global influences. From Honolulu to Haleiwa, you’ll find authentic Mexican eateries serving up tradition fare bursting with flavor. Hawaii can certainly fulfill any Mexican food craving. Here are our favorite Mexican restaurants in Paradise. 

Alejandro’s Mexican Food, Honolulu, HI

Enjoy fresh, delicious Mexican food such as tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Taco offerings include corn tortillas stuffed with onions, cilantro, salsa verde, and your choice of carnitas, beef, and carne asada. The owner has Mexican heritage and aims to bring the food of his childhood to your belly with their numerous, affordable options.

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Paniolo’s Hawaii, Kailua, HI

Paniolo’s produces delicious Mexican dishes using local ingredients sourced from the Big Island. Expect grass-fed beef and locally grown produce used to make delicious tacos and burritos. These fresh ingredients are also incorporated into all of their home-made salsas and dips. Paniolo’s allows you to build your own burrito or taco, so you can have the flavors you want to enjoy.

Surf N Salsa, Haleiwa, HI

This popular food truck offers both light bites and larger meals to fulfill any size of hunger pangs. For those who have built up an appetite practicing sports all day, the camarones al ajillo plate with ten pieces of garlic shrimp, tortillas, salad, and guacamole is a flavorful option. To dine on the go, the California burrito is packed with beans, rice, onions, French fries, cheese, and either chicken or steak.

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Frida’s Mexican Beach House, Maui, HI

Frida’s has a massive food menu and an equally as large selection of alcoholic beverages. Opt for the delicious chile relleno, which is a Poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and egg and then fried. This hearty dish isn’t the only option though—Frida’s menu also has tacos, burritos, appetizers, and more. Their drinks menu is inspired by Frida Kahlo as well, with The Frida, Desert Blossom, and La Paloma.

Guadalajara Grill, Laie, HI

With just one look at the menu at Guadalajara Grill, you’re going to want to find time to dine there. This tasty restaurant features a delicious enchiladas plate, taquitos, Mexican garlic shrimp, grilled fish tacos, and more. And even better, the prices at Guadalajara Grill are very reasonable, with a taco plate costing only $9.

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Mayita’s Grill, Honolulu, HI

Mayita’s Grill has a compact but well-executed menu of typical Mexican fare. Order a plate of delicious tacos, flavorful tostadas, a quesadilla, or burrito. All dishes come with the option of protein of chicken or carnitas, so you can personalize the dish to your preference. This family-owned business has celebrated more than 40 years of serving up tasty Mexican food to their local community.

Mi Ranchito, Hawi, HI

This tiny Mexican restaurant offers just about 20 seats to diners seeking authentic Mexican cuisine. They offer a selection of horchata and hibiscus water, which are both hard to find in Hawaii, as well as a nice menu packed with flavor. Here, you can order delicious salads with Mexican rice and beans or a chicken salad with diced avocado and Mexican spices. 

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Bowles Burritos, Kailua, HI

Build your own burrito, taco, or bowl at this popular casual spot. To make it even tastier, opt to drench your burrito, or other dish, in verde sauce or melted cheese. Breakfast is also available at Bowles Burritos to sate your Mexican food craving during your first meal of the day. Breakfast burritos are stuffed with scrambled eggs, potatoes, breakfast meat, and sauce.

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Ono Tacos, Lahaina, HI

This affordable food truck serves excellent combo plates, allowing you to taste more than one flavorful item off their menu. Frequent diners love their fish and shrimp tacos as well as their quesadillas and Sonoran hot dog. Catch them across from the Lahaina Center along the Honopiilani Highway.

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