Tortilla Republic Kitchen & Margarita Bar

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565 reviews
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Tortilla Republic Kitchen & Margarita Bar. Located in Poipu, in the center court of The Shops at Kukuiula, feature modern Mexican cuisine. Serves approachable classic fare like Tacos, Ceviche , Fajitas and Bowls, Salads for Lunch. Dinner menu includes delights like Shortrib Chili Verde, Jalapeño Roasted Garlic Potato Puree, Catch of the Day, Herbed rice, Cilantro Citrus Sauce. The Margarita bar boost a selection of handcrafted margaritas & cocktails all on a large open air large patio surrounded the lively margarita bar. Saturday & Sunday Sparkling brunch | lunch, and dinner are served daily, Happy Hour Everyday 3-5pm.
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Daily Happy Hour


Happy Hour every day with Great Happy Hour Menu and Delicious Margaritas. The place to be!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 10, 2018

Ends: December 11, 2117

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-5:00PM

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Like most restaurants in touristy areas of Hawaii, this one has OK-but-not-great food and is generally overpriced. The various margaritas are well-made. An irritant was an additional $2.00 charge if you order your drink straight up and not with ice. Pretty cheesy. The best value might be a cocktail with a couple of appetizers.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant - great food - great service - great ambiance. We always enjoy our meal at this restaurant. The food is innovative and presented beautifully.

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AD
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best margs on the island! so good we went back two nights later :)

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C
Seattle
218 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tortilla Republic was long a favorite. The Upstairs was a lovely place to dine, quieter than the downstairs, and even the food and drinks seemed better. We used to eat there weekly during our month-long annual stay on Kauai. We were saddened to see the Upstairs is no longer. We ate there this trip and found the food less special than before. Yes, it is still good food, but no longer up to the old standards.

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MO
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kealoha was a most awesome server. Her recommendations were spot on and she was always there to see to our needs. Thank you so much for making our experience so enjoyable. We started with the quac with Applewood bacon bits which, along with the homemade chips was very tasty. This starter paired well with our margaritas. My wife had the Skinni made with reposado, lime, orange, and ruby red grapefruit. I had the Purist—reposado paired with Cointreau and organic agave nectar—which was so good I had to order a second. The real treat of the night came in the form of the special my wife and I shared—an ample piece of monchong covered with a bed of jalapeño, onions, and other peppers, with a sweet chili sauce. Our server recommended the jalapeño mashed potatoes with our fish, which was a perfect compliment. A little heat in both the fish and mashed potatoes, but not over the top heat. Too full for dessert, we gladly accepted a coupon for free churros on a return visit. Located in the Kukui’ula Shopping Village near the roundabout in Poipu, we recommend TR highly.

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JW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun place. Been there many times. Tortilla chips are fabulous.

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LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

was disappointed they no longer had the upstairs resturante

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sadly, not the same experience we had here two years ago. Service was good, people were friendly. Food was good but not great. The kids loved it but not the adults. Drinks were good but the restaurant has gone downhill somewhat over the years. We won’t be back anytime soon.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Food was served fast and efficient, very delicious. Definitely worth going back again.

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Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty mexican food, great drinks, great happy hour prices, and a nice but casual atmosphere- what more can you ask for? A solid choice.

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Kansas City
73 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot with good food and service.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic 10 out of 10 would recommend!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was lousy and feel like was ignored. Spent $200 for an hour for 6 people but requests were ignored and items in order left off.

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JD
Hawaii
64 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican Style food on Kauai. Nothing like a "Perfect Margarita" to complete your evening. Great creamy tomatillo sauce on the Enchilada Suzias or the Seafood version. Great Guacamole! Visit and enjoy, you won't regret it!

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was once again excellent. Food was slow to the table but got better as the meal progressed. We will definitely come back as this is one of our favorite places to eat on the island.

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Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

If you book a reservation make sure it isn’t for a high top. The arrangement of these tables are an afterthought and there is not enough space in between tables. At different points throughout the evening , other patrons and the hostess tripped over the table or chairs while trying to slide in between two of the hightop tables.
The placement of tables might as well be out in the parking lot, since there is no real barrier between the walkway, stairs to the upstairs restaurant, or the menu for the other restaurant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere was terrific. We made a reservation and they took us immediately. The food was mediocre at best. I wanted to like it, but it was extremely bland. I was very disappointed with my Enchiladas Suizas.

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JA
Anchorage
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our visit! Katie was outstanding as our server. The drinks were great. I loved the tortilla chips and nachos.

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MS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Felt super rushed

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JD
Hawaii
64 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only place for quality Mexican food in Kauai. Great flavors and good service make this a once a week outing for us. Looking forward to next week and another perfect margarita!

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m
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent mexican food in koloa. A fun atmosphere. Chips and salsa were good, as well as quesadillas. The margaritas are fresh as well. Only real shortcoming was the guacamole. While not bad, it was just bland and lacking salt. Close location to Sheraton as well. Walking diatance about 15 minutes

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AC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Tortilla Republic! It was my birthday and they brought churros as a surprise after the meal which was so sweet. They were attentive and nice about any substitutions and questions. The food and drinks were delicious.

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BR
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum! Tasty variations of Mexican classics. Accommodating to children. Very good.

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Our food came out at different times and when It came out it was cold.

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CT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was tasty.

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DO
Detroit
45 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The two levels have now been consolidated on the lower level only, and apparently so have the menus. The Maui Mule and the House Margarita were both excellent. The Enchilada Suizas and Vegetariano Bowl were both delicious. Open air atmosphere is great if it's not too windy! We will definitely be back before we leave Kaua'i.

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Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome assortment of Margaritas. Always a must stop when we are on the south side of Kauai.

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of unflattering reviews out there but I'm here to say that none of them are true. My husband and I dine at TR each year when we are on Kauai. We had a terrific server who never skipped a beat, great pitcher of margaritas, yummy dinner and the most amazing Mexican Chocolate Decadence dessert. Everyone was really friendly, even Bacon!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Market Day complete with live music just outside the restaurant. Such a fun place for people watching! Staff are extremely responsive and friendly. Easy, casual and food is good!

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Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is good but it is pricey for what you get. Great guacamole!!!

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C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Waitress was very nice but new and she didn’t tell us that there was a $27 price difference between the advertised margarita pitchers and the speciality pitchers available (for example the Skinny Pitcher we ordered was $65 versus a standard at $38).

The kitchen didn’t get two orders right (no cabbage on one taco order and no cheese on a burrito order), the food was slow in coming out (waitress apologized saying the kitchen was “backed up”. Tacos (this was Taco Tuesday Night

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a fun place to watch others during market. Especially so when live music is set up right out front. Good food, service and atmosphere. Wish the upstairs restaurant was still there!

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AO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Not happy at all with the food or service. The restaurant has changed drastically from
last year when we had eaten there on our last trip to Kauai. My kids were so excited to go back and we all left so disappointed.

After waiting a while for someone to come by our table our waitress walked over and greet us with “I’ll be with you when I can” and then walked off. Super rude! It would be easier to excuse if the place was packed but it wasn’t. Sadly, our food wasn’t good either. We ordered the chicken enchiladas and steak fajitas but both we gross, so we ended up eating our whole basket of chips along with the guacamole we had ordered. When my husband asked for another basket of chips the waitress informed us that we’d be charged for them. I have NEVER eaten at a Mexican restaurant that charged for chips before. That’s so cheap! Of course we passed, paid the bill and went to get ice cream someplace else because no one ate their food and we had left still hungry.

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m
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I highly commend the wait staff at the Tortilla Republic. Despite the fact that it was a very busy Saturday night, the staff took care of us and offered thoughtful suggestions on our meals to suit our dietary needs. Try the churros! They are amazing!!

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KC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not that impressed with the food the margaritas or the stray cats. $15.00 for a very average margarits is too much.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was pretty good but tortillas tasted like store bought mission tortillas. Definitely didn’t live up to its name.

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H
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrance, the manager, was very friendly, engaging and attentive with his guests. Really left an impression! Great job!!

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Boise
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

It’s in a strip mall

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RF
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was great but miss the upstairs as liked the menu for it better! and was more quiet and romantic.

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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. A bit pricey but we really enjoyed our meals.

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