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Luibueno's Mexican & Latin Cuisine

54 reviews
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$30 and under
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What began as a catering business in 2004 has become one of the North Shore’s best restaurants for Latin cuisine. Luibueno’s is a trendy, fun, lively place to be for dinner, drinks, and camaraderie! Using only the freshest ingredients, we are passionate about providing quality food and service at reasonable prices. Contemporary Latin fusion that is both imaginative and authentic, the menu is filled with delicious choices from tapas to entrees, featuring favorites such as the Camerones a la Plancha (Mexican prawns) and Callo de Hacha en Crema de Tequila (seared scallops in a tequila cream sauce!), as well as many more Latin dishes. The drinks are top-notch, using premium tequilas and liquors, with a great selection of Mexican beers! For fabulous food, friendly service, and great fun rolled into one, make sure to make your way to Luibueno’s!

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Happy Hour- M-F 4:00 pm-6:00 pm & Thurs-Sat 9:30 pm- 10:30 pm
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Phone number
(808) 637-7717
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erik Anthony Remick
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For catering give Lui himself a call at (808)561-5150. He will be more than happy to sit down with you and customize your party menu. Feel free to get some ideas and check out our online menu at
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Cross street
Amara Rd.
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Parking details
We are located in the Haleiwa Town Shopping Center, next to American Savings Bank, and The Bank of Hawaii. The large parking lot surrounding the Plaza has ample lighting at night and you will rarely have trouble finding a spot.
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Public 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
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

The food is very tasty. I am a vegetarian so I asked for the bean burrito without fish with the veggie ceviche- it came wrapped in the burrito and it was delicious. The atmosphere is relaxed.
The staff were Uber friendly!! My iPhone was almost dead so the waiter found a plug so I could charge it. I left my sunglasses there and they held them until I could retrieve them.

Foodie (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on May 29, 2017

Unfortunately, they had a new menu that was ok if you want a Side Street in experience. Luibueno used to be casual gourmet. Now it is just casual. The Paella was still on the menu, but it was sold out when we cam for lunch. My five friends and I left and went across the street to Kua Aina's and had a fabulous salad with Ahi on it for half the price of LB.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Moses was out waiter and he was very knowledgeable and very attentive. He made it a great night. I took my 2 year old son and it was nice to have a kids menu for him so I didn't have to order something mild. He took my son's order right away so he we could start with drinks and appetizers. He didn't wait for us to ask. He anticipated our needs. The food was really good. It's very hard to find good mexican food on the islands. I'd definitely would make the drive to eat there again. Food is very tasty. Not bland like many mexican restaurants here.

ShanLoomis (Portland)
2.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Cramped seating and bland food

vipgolfgirl (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

Menu has a good variety of choices. Food arrived quickly.
The restaurant is small and the tables are very close to each other. Service was excellent!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

Ordered a single taco with shrimp. It arrived greased out to the max limp dripping with grease. The filling inside taco was somewhat of a greasy stew. Nothing refreshing at all on this order. Made me sick the entire day.

vipBrian (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2017

This place is good for generic Mexican food and drink specials. It's a loud, cantina style and nothing special from my experiences dining in and out of Mexico and the US.

KarenF (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

We were cramped in a table by the steps but the service was Excellent

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

The food and drinks were amazing !!! The service was friendly and fast!!

spike747 (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Blake, our waitress, was wonderful. The food was excellent, worth a visit.

vipMollyY (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

I have been to Luibueno's twice, and never have I been disappointed in the food or drinks. All are well prepared.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Had to send my food back twice. Food value terrible 125.00 meal for 5 people and two drinks.

goldtexan1 (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2013

The place was fun and the food was good. Enjoyed our family get together at your restaurant. We all think you need nachos on your menu. We are from Texas so nachos are our go-to appetizer, always. The guacamole and queso was good, but still appetizers should include nachos ........

808mike (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on December 21, 2013

Found this restaurant online and looked forward to the novelty of eating at a new restaurant to celebrate my birthday.

Drinks were delicious, although alcohol seemed on the minimal side. Server was nice and non-intrusive. Our toddler received a "free" ice cream and we got a candle to blow out on our dessert.

Husband ordered ahi enchilada, but got pork instead. I ordered paella and expected more from my $28 dish; the portion was small, the seafood salty, and most importantly, I couldn't get past the fact that my rice was lukewarm. I was tempted to ask them to heat up my entree but felt too embarrassed to ask. In addition, our water was refilled only once.

Have to think hard before returning here.

Calinolac (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2013

This place serves very authentic Mexican food! Loved the service and atmosphere!

Cathy (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2013

Service was friendly with good recommendations. Great drinks.

alex (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2013

We've been regulars for a few years. We've never been disappointed. The grilled ahi tacos are to die for.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on July 12, 2013

We have been there about three times now. This past time, the noise inside the restaurant was nearly unbearable, it was so loud. We were seated, had our food, and were out within 25 mins. We felt completely rush by our waitress, who never asked if we wanted anything else. She was quite abrupt, although not completely unpersonable or unfriendly. We've had the guacamole before and it was great. On this visit, bland. My husband's burrito and my enchiladas were okay, not anything great. We would return, just in hopes that the food and service would return to previous levels.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2013

Best Mexican food so far on this island. Service was great and everyone was friendly. Very clean so no complains there. The margaritas are also yummy!! Kids loved the food too. We are coming here all the times but make sure to reserve a table otherwise you might be waiting for one for a while!!

Jules (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2013

If you like scallops, this is the place to have them. They were to die for! Margarita's were excellent. Service was very good as well. I would definitely go back!