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Buho Cocina y Cantina

3.9
3.9
1005 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Inspiration meets tradion where Waikiki meets the sky at Buho Cocina y Cantina. Mexico native Chef Arturo Silva brings traditional Mexican cuisine to new heights using the freshest local ingredients from various farms around the Hawaiian Islands as he executes his motto "refined not re-fried." Buho's chic ambiance brings Honolulu its first rooftop restaurant and bar offering the perfect space to enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun and cool ocean breeze or sip on one of Buho's signature margaritas at sunset. On Fridays, catch the Waikiki firework show from the comfort of your dining seats, or dance the night away under the stars every Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays th featuring live music and food/drink specials.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (808) 922-2846

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Alden: (808) 922-2846

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Cross street

    Seaside Ave.

  • Parking details

    $5 flat rate for 5 hours$10 flat rate for 10 hours

  • Entertainment

    Dance the night away under the stars every 5th of the month at Cinco de Buho "Its like a Mexican street party on a rooftop in Waikiki." Enjoy live music from Son Caribe, food and drink specials also available every 5th of the month at Cinco de Buho

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,005 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was Meh. My margarita tasted like someone dumped an entire salt shaker in it. So. Gross.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food, drinks, and staff were are great. The only downside is the elevator to get there. It could use a solid cleaning.
  3. NW

    NicW

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant atmosphere was non existent. The service was pathetic. Staff completely disengaged. Food ordinary. Don’t waste your money. A McHappy Meal would be more satisfying!
  4. S

    Shelly

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Service was quick and everything tasted great!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience1
    Went for dinner on Halloween. Our server was great but you could tell he was limited by his support structure. The food was meh, a true disappointment from our last visit. The music was blaring even though the restaurant was empty. We thought they were preparing for a crowd, but when we left, the streets were crowded with no music to entice people up. It was just weird that we couldn’t talk at the table and it wasn’t for the sake of bringing people in. We’ve always lived this venue but will probably just continue to remember it for the great times. Sorry to see Buho succumb to poor quality.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Its definitely recommendable!🥰 From the food, that ambiance, the drinks And the staffs as well. We celebrated our friends birthday over here last night And it was absolutely fun! Until next occasion again BUHO!😍
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come to Buho every month when in town. The food and service is always great!
  8. MM

    MelM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in Waikiki. Nice rooftop setting with string lights and live music. Good food and friendly service.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food came out to us bland. No taste at all. Out of all the tables within our area, we had salt and pepper but that didn’t help at all also. Only thing that made it up was the drinks.
  10. C

    Cookie

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First visit for dinner with my sister and nieces. Great service, friendly & helpful staff. Loved the roof-top atmosphere & vibe. Will definitely be back for date night and dancing.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food and drinks. Very quick service! Cindy was a great waitress.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for dinner before the Journey concert and it was Amazing! The ceviche and guacamole was excellent. We loved the burritos and tacos! Will definitely come back and spend even more time enjoying the incredible atmosphere!
  13. CG

    CarlosG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Your a joke wrote something then you have a separate part for owner after I wrote everything on this post and it erase and didn’t come back I’m not starting again. What don’t this goes to the owner also what a joke this open table the company should be part of this and not need to have separate writing or post.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was ok.
  15. AW

    AlanW

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was great overall. Food was maybe a bit overpriced for certain items, but generally right in line for what you got.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Finished paying bill and immediately asked to leave at 8:45 so they could flip our table to bottle service. It wasn’t even a warning. Hostess simply came up and said to us and another table “hi were kicking people out because we are converting your tables to bottle service now.,” like that’s a normal way to end someone’s dinner. We weren’t even finished w our drinks. Told we could “drink them at the bar.”
  17. DB

    DeeB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    So disappointed. Been before and the restaurant is nothing like it’s former self. Shabby dining area, menu was less than appetising , no lobster dishes and the food we did order very bland. Didn’t have sparkling wine for Aperol Spritz and no sparkling water . What a shame it used to be a happening destination but not now. Won’t go again .
  18. MJ

    MelissaJ

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    No draught beer only bottle which was not cold Food ok nothing special
  19. M

    Mikala

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    They were very busy since it was taco Tuesday, I have been here before the food was really not as good as my previous time perhaps because they were so busy. Not super impressed. My drink they did not add the rum to my Mojito. Waitress did not come back to check on us. It was OK, mediocre. I love the atmosphere.
  20. R

    Rainbird

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is wonderful! Went twice in 3 days!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Menu different to website. No happy hour was offered at all. Food was fresh, however for Mexican food, it lacked any Mexican flavour. Service was friendly enough, however compared to my last visit pre Covid, it was a very disappointing experience.
  22. J

    Jenny

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    No wine or draft beer available!! Average food but friendly service. A place to go for tequila only.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Unfortunately there was a lot of things missing from the menu… including BEER.. for real. No draft beers. Aside from that. Food is cool.. ambience is awesome. I’d still go back
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very good vibes
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Appetizers and meal came out at the same time and in less than 5 minutes which definitely questions the freshness. Our side of guac hit the table less than 1 minute after ordering which would have been cool if it didn’t just sit there without chips (which came 5 minutes later with our dinner). Food was not very tasteful and will hang my hat on it at least not being expensive.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food was delicious
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We ate here for many years and it was great. The restaurant is now run down, some food is served in disposable cups. Our mains were served with 45 minutes between them so we couldn’t eat together. We won’t be returning.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We came here and split the watermelon drink-little to no alcohol when it was split between 6 people, for $70 you really don’t get much. Way overpriced and our server only checked on us once. Definitely wouldn’t take someone here again.
  29. KS

    KerryS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food was excellent However they brought my food out and my kids food never came out. Had to ask for it and finally after about half hour their food came.
  30. AJ

    AJANDJR

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was fine. We ordered the tacos but the fish TBH was not very good. Over cooked and dry.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Dont know if ill call it eating at a mexican restaurant.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The evening was ruined even before we got inside because of an extremely rude security guy outside the ground floor elevator. Certainly will not be returning.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food took long and not very well seasoned some food was undercooked
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    GOOD Mexican food is hard to come by here on island. The fajitas were amazing a bit high in price but VERY filling
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was fast and friendly Food amazing Drinks lovely
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    This was probably one of the worst restaurants I’ve eaten at in Waikiki. I had reasonable expectations based off of the reviews but wow did it disappoint. The view would’ve been decent if the cleaned the glass (but they haven’t done that in probably years). There was bird crap all over the chairs. We ordered sodas - no coke that night as “they ran out”. Who doesn’t have coke? My husband tried to order their signature pineapple cocktail but apparently they ran out of pineapples too. Besides the drinks, the chips were stale and the salsa was mediocre. We got tacos, fajitas & beans and rice. All was bland and flavorless. The waiter seemed to hate his job and came around only towards the end when the bill was being prepared. If you know what real Mexican food is supposed to taste like, do yourself a favor and avoid coming here. It’s not worth it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Buho Cocina y Cantina! The food was incredible, the service was great and the live music was a total unexpected bonus! I would definitely return!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    We paid $30 for the nachos with beef brisket but had only a tray of corn chips with some melted cheese and a table spoon of guacamole and sour cream and sprinkle of salsa and sliced jalapeños. Then we ordered the $30 washuyu (?) quesadillas x 2. This dish was just as ridiculous with what felt like zero filling inside the quesadillas except 1-5 tiny cubes of beef and cheese. To drink we ordered one tasteless margarita at $13 And a guava mocktail without mint as they had run out at $10. My husband, our 3 teenage kids and I have eaten out every night in Waikiki at various restaurants for 13 nights and never had we felt so underwhelmed. The owner should be more involved in this restaurant if he or she wants any return guests in the future… Zero value for money here.
  39. m

    matthewg

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    should really focus on cleanliness & good service. Food a little pricey, but pretty good. Great location, amazing ambiance.
  40. s

    sharons

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    We were excited to eat at this restaurant but were left disappointed. The area around where we sat on the lanai was filthy, covered with bird poo, the foam seating was falling apart and my cutlery was dirty. The service was good and the waitress definitely tried hard. Food was tasty, yet no sauces offered.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Buho Cocina y Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 922-2846.

Buho Cocina y Cantina is rated 3.9 stars by 1005 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Buho Cocina y Cantina

2250 KALAKAUA AVE, Suite 525, Honolulu, HI 96815

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Seaside Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $5 flat rate for 5 hours$10 flat rate for 10 hours

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Dance the night away under the stars every 5th of the month at Cinco de Buho "Its like a Mexican street party on a rooftop in Waikiki." Enjoy live music from Son Caribe, food and drink specials also available every 5th of the month at Cinco de Buho

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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