Cha Cha Cha Salsaria

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Service: The service is very good at Cha Cha Cha Salsaria in Hawaii Kai. The staff is really genuine and super nice. Both times we have been so far they where very attentive and you could really feel that they where excited to service you. Unfortunately the manager we can’t say the same thing about. We had two coupons which we thought expired in 2012 but turned out to expire in 2011. It was 5 weeks expired and we asked if we could use just one of the two by any chance (totaling $25). We understand they are expired but we ordered plenty of food and drinks and they already got the money from us for the GC’s so its not like it would have hurt them financially to let us use at least one of them. The server was so sweet and really stuck up for us. The manager however had a stick up his you know what!

Food: The food is hit or miss at Cha Cha Cha. The cobb cajun shrimp salad was terrific and the salsa was to die for (both types both Pineapple and regular) where fresh and had a really good bite. The enchilada and tacos however where pretty average. The enchilada casing was kind of gummy and even the salsa verde wasn’t very memorable. They do have a Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and brunch on Sundays which is nice so maybe come for drinks (the perfect margarita was terrific) and just enjoy some pupus and the view. 

Favorite Dishes: Cobb Cajun Shrimp Salad, Free Salsa, Margarita

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Cha Cha Cha Salsaria is by far the best thing going for this restaurant. It’s located on the Harbor in Hawaii Kai right next to The Shack and is just beautiful. The restaurant has both inside and outside seating and guests are invited to grab a menu and find there own seats which is nice and feels empowering. The inside has mexican themed artwork and a cute little bar. It’s absolutely a good place to meet friends for a casual bite or drinks while enjoying the sunset and beautiful Hawaii weather.

Consistency: Both times we have been the margaritas and shrimp salad where just delicious. The other items where nothing special but may have been consistent we are not sure because we didn’t give them a second chance. We hear that brunch is good so will try that and update this review.

Parking: Cha Cha Cha’s has free parking at the Hawaii Kai shopping plaza so you shouldnt have trouble getting a spot unless you go on the weekend and fight with Safeway shoppers.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($7.95-$18.95) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
77 Keahole St. C-1A
Honolulu, HI 96825
Tel: (808) 395-7707
Website:
http://www.chachachasalsaria.com/

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 pm
Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and All Night On Tuesday

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Cajun Shrimp Salad

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Perfect Margarita

Luibueno’s

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Service: The service was a bit slow at Luibueno’s in Haleiwa but since the restaurant is in the North Shore  I guess its more normal and we should cut them a little slack. They are a bit less “rushed” on the country side of the island so I guess its to be expected. The staff was very nice / friendly  and they did get our order right. The only really strange thing was you have to wait outside of the restaurant to be seated which was a little awkward.

Food: The food was a traditional mix of Mexican & Spanish. The menu consists of a large variety of Paellas, Ceviche, Salads, Soups, Burritos, Quesadillas, Entrees and of course TACOS! The menu has lots of fresh fish and seafood items which is nice to see specially since we are in Hawaii. The beans and rice could have used a little seasoning but the seafood was very fresh and well worth the price! They also offer Benuo Happy Hour deals on drinks and a lite menu selection everyday between 3-5pm & 9:30-10:30pm so try it out after work!

Favorite Dishes: Fisherman’s Warf Tacos (without the white sauce) but we would recommend just ordering two taco’s ala cart instead of the plate because we where not to impressed with the rice & beans.

Atmosphere: We really enjoyed the atmosphere at Luibueno’s. It has a unique feel with wooden tables both facing the window on an upper level, interior seating on the lower level and bar seating. Each wall has very nice artwork and a good flow to the layout. The restaurant isn’t very big but they do a good job of positioning the tables so many people can be seated without feeling really crammed or like you are sitting on top of your neighbor. The high ceilings add a nice ambiance to the establishment and make it a pleasant place to have a drink or grab a bite with your friends or family.

Consistency: This was the first time we have been to Luibueno’s because we got a Living Social coupon but we will update this section next time we visit which we are sure to because the fish tacos where just delicious.

Parking: They have free parking at Luibeno’s outside in the Haleiwa town center shopping area.

Price Range: Medium ($10.50-$25.95 / Market Price) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10-$15 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Music Wednesday Night from 6-9pm.

Address:
In the Haleiwa Town Center
66-165 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, Hi 96712
Tel: (808) 637-7717
Website:
http://luibueno.com/

Hours of Operation:
7 days a week
11 am-12 am
Bueno Happy Hours
3-5pm & 9:30-10:30pm

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Fisherman's Warf Tacos

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Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant

Overall: CorkCork

Service: The service is always ok at Los Chaparros Mexican restaurant on Beretania street. It’s a small restaurant and they usually only have one server for the entire facility so it can take a while…. TIP don’t go to this restaurant if you are in a rush or you will be sorry! that being said, the staff is always very friendly and happy to see you when you arrive.

Food: The Mexican food at Los Chaparros is so so. One nice thing to point out is they use white meat for the chicken which many Mexican restaurants don’t. The food was ok but nothing that is extremely memorable or leaves you smacking your lips for more. Overall the food could use a little more seasoning and even the chips and salsa needed a little love. You can find anything you could want from a Mexican Restaurant on Los Chaparros menu including Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Carnitas, Carne Asada, Fajitas, Burritos, Chimichanga’s, Chili Rellenos, etc.

Favorite Dishes: The Fish Tacos, Enchiladas with salsa verde

Atmosphere: This restaurant doesn’t have the greatest ambiance. It’s very dark and kind of gloomy. They tried to brighten it up with flags and colored walls but the overall feel is washed out and a bit dated. The music is traditional and awesome… it really adds a nice touch to the experience but watch out for the table directly under the speaker it is so loud you can barely hear yourself think!

Consistency: We have been a few times and its always consistently ok. Prob won’t go back again anytime soon now that the new Mexitlan restaurant that opened in Kaimuki and is much more fun and authentic!

Parking: YES Los Chaparros has free parking. The lot is directly in front of the restaurant and is fairly limited in size (at least 5-8 spots). The restaurant is on the right hand side of Beretania street so make sure not to miss the restaurant or you have to take a long detour back.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($7-$17.50) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
2140 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 951-6399
Website: http://www.loschaparros.com/about_us.htm

Hours of Operation:
Tue-Thur, Sunday
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Dinner: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Dinner: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
CLOSED MONDAY

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Carnitas

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Wahoo Fish Taco’s

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Service: The table service was good at Wahoo’s in Kahala and was a welcome change from the location at Ward Center where you have to service yourself. The staff is friendly and in-line with the company vision.

Food: The food is ok at Wahoo’s Fish Taco’s. It’s really basic food nothing special or so good that you can’t wait to go back but it is very inexpensive and good for the price. They also have alot of specials each day including Taco Tuesdays with $2 tacos, as well as other Happy Hour items making it a fun place to go with friends.

Favorite Dishes: Wahoo’s Salad, Fish Tacos, Chicken Tortilla Soup

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Wahoo’s is fun and casual. It’s a mix between a local hangout and fast food joint. Both locations have great layouts with both indoor and outdoor seating options. The Ward location is more like a fast-food restaurant but the Kahala one is more upscale and has a full bar and table seating. It’s a great place to go for happy hour and grab some drinks with friends PLUS they have free music at each location during select times (see hours of operation below)

Consistency:Its consistently ok at Wahoo’s. The fish is fresh and tastes consistently not fishy which is always a plus.

Parking: Both locations have free parking lots and or street parking (at Ward metered and in Kahala free).

Price Range: Low ($10 and under) per Entree
No BYOB!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!
Live Music!

Address:
Ward Area
940 Auahi St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
808.591.1646
Website:
http://www.wahoos.com/index.php

Kahala
4614 Kilauea Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808)732-9229

Hours of Operation:
Kahala
Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Dinner & Lunch
Live Music: Tue, Fri: 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Ward Center
Sun – Thu: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Live Music: Wed 6 – 9 p.m.

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Wahoo's Fish Salad

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Mexico Resturant

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Service: The service is usually excellent at Mexico restaurant and the food comes out of the kitchen really fast. The best waiter is actually Mexican so if you see him there its worth your while to site in his corner as he can really “work a room.” Only one time have we had a really crappy waitress who left our food sitting on the window ledge for a good 10 min before serving it cold and soggy which has pretty disappointing.

Food: The food is average-good. Its not the best Mexican food we have ever had, however, its one of the best in Hawaii for sure. They have all the traditional dishes, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and a full bar stocked with tequila and a variety of beers. The chips and salsa are really good and they must make them fresh daily so try not to fill up before your huge entree arrives. One thing that is really nice about Mexico Restaurant is that they offer some healthy options including grilled fish tacos & burritos served with salad instead of fried with beans & rice.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Burrito, Tamale, Mixed Fajitas (Come out sizzling and large enough to share!), Salsa, Chips,  Beans & Rice, and ALL the salads (TIP- if you like Crab is da fresh kind!).

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is one of the best things about this restaurant. Its really spacious and themed to perfection. The bar is very quaint and the tables, art and vibe is totally Mexican through and through. It’s a nice place to meet with friends or have a bite with your family as its kid friendly and overall very casual.

Consistency: The consistency is good. We have been 4-6 times and its pretty consistent. The food is just average Mexican food and nothing fancy so if your itching for a fixing…. Mexico restaurant is a good place to come even though its a bit out of the way.

Parking: There is free parking at Mexico Restaurant. The lot, however, is super small and can be difficult to park in during lunch or peak dinner time when the place is packed. Most often for dinner they have a valet guy outside to help customers so if you need help it may be available and will need it to get out of that lot in the dark… especially after a margarita or two!

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10-$20 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Music! Thur, Friday, Saturday Night

Address:
1247 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: (808) 845-9059

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Mexitlan Grill – OUT OF BUSINESS

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Service: The service is excellent at Mexitlan Grill which is a relief since the restaurant is extremely small in size (about 8 tables total). The service is very friendly and attentive making it a very enjoyable restaurant for both a quick bite for lunch or dinner out with friends.

Food: The food is authentic Mexican through and through. It’s wonderful to finally get a good Mexican restaurant in Honolulu that has more than just some run-of-the-mill burritos,  enchiladas and tacos. The restaurant proteins include fresh Fish, Lobster, Beef Tongue, Shredded Beef, Asada, Cochinita, Orange Pork, Chicken and more!  The salsa is fresh and once you start eating it you will want to put it on everything.  In fact, last time we ate at Mexitlan we got to experience them roasting the tomatoes fresh for the salsa because part of the grill opens up into the dining area…it was authentic and fun to watch.

Favorite Dishes: Chili Relleno (yum!), Fish Wrap, Tacos – Chicken, Beef Tongue, Cochinita, and the Enchiladas.

Atmosphere: The first thoughts that come to mind are – quaint, traditional, and charming. Even though the restaurant is small and doesn’t have any views they really decorated it perfectly and it doesn’t feel claustrophobic or crowed. Mexitlan has  beautiful artwork and authentic decorations which give the overall ambiance an A+.

Consistency: The food is consistently good. The restaurant is very new so we only have eaten at this establishment a few times but everything was very good and we are excited to go back again soon!

Parking: There is a private lot at the Kaimuki Shopping Center which has plenty of parking for about $1 per hour. If you are lucky you can also score 3 free street parking in front of Big City Diner and walking through the restaurant.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Accepted For Dinner (only recommended for 5 people plus)
Take Out Available

Address:
1137 11th. Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-5678

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily For Lunch & Dinner: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays

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Taco Ricos

Overall: corkage

Service: The staff was really nice but the restaurant didn’t have a bathroom, bottle opener, or any sour cream. Also they ran out of fish tacos and they never offered us any water during our short meal there. The second time we went they did have the fish but it was precooked and cold. The staff was also pretty slow so don’t go here if you are in a rush!

Food: The food is simple and what you would expect from a traditional street Mexican vendor. The tacos are small, round, and wrapped in double corn tortillas. The restaurant has a great condiment bar with interesting toppings and home made salsa. The meat tacos where dry and old tasting (you can get a variety plate of 5 tacos for $9) but the fish was delicious and made the trip worth while. That being said… last time we went the fish tacos where to wet and not so good for the price.

Favorite Dishes: Fish Tacos (it’s fresh catfish!), (from the condiment bar – Salsa Verde, Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro)

Atmosphere: The ambiance is overall pretty ghetto. The inside is very minimalistic and a really cool exterior paint job. The music is custom mixed for the shop and really adds to the authentic Mexican experience. Taco Ricos is definitely the kind of place you could wear anything to or be as drunk as you want without consequence. The restaurant only has 2 tables and some bar seating so its more of a eat and run type of establishment.

Consistency: Taco Ricos is not very consistent. Its really hit or miss but the last two times have been big misses so we don’t recommend this restaurant very highly.

Parking: Taco Ricos is on Kapahulu street so the best place to park is on the street which is metered.

Price Range: Low ($5-$12) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
(TIP: They don’t have a wine opener so drink beer or bring a screw top wine)

Address:
Tacos Ricos
525 Kapahulu Avenue
Phone: (808) 834-8222