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About TR Cantina & Margarita Bar (Downstairs)

TR Cantina & Margarita: Located in Poipu, in the center court of The Shops at Kukuiula, TR Cantina & Margarita Bar that is located below Tortilla Republic "The Upstairs" feature casual modern Mexican cuisine in a relaxed "cantina style" . Serves approachable classic fare like Tacos, Ceviche ,Burritos and Bowls, salads and and 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,

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Koloa, HI 96756
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
TR Cantina & Margarita Bar (Downstairs)

Daily 11:00am - 10:00pm

Wednesday 11:00am - 11:30pm

Kitchen until 9pm everyday

Happy Hour: 3pm - 5pm Everyday


Tortilla Republic Grill "The Upstairs"

Dinner:
Monday - Sunday; 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Poipu Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 742-8884

Website:
http://www.trcantina.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment several time a week, please contact restaurant for schedule
P: 808.742.8884

Catering:
Tortilla Republic offers its updated Mexican Cuisine to match any budget and any sized event throughout Kauai.Tortilla Republic can cater a delightful spread of creative modern Mexican cuisine for your wedding, meeting, party or special event.Tortilla Republic "The Upstairs" is the perfect setting for your Wedding Party, Rehearsal Dinner or Large Party for any CelebrationHuge patio with stunning sunset views, in the middle of palm trees in the center court of the beautiful “The Shops at Kukui Ula” Lounge. Off Site Catering available

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Executive Chef:
Mark Ruiz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Private Dining Room Las Brisas available for large parties or events. Maximum capacity 28 Restaurant Buyout capacity 100 - 184 Night Club available

TR Cantina & Margarita Bar (Downstairs) Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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4.4

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4.1

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88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of our favorite spots to dine on Kauai. For a vegetarian, the well-prepared and very tasty options at TR is refreshing and greatly appreciated. On line reservation experience was quick.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food & drinks. The patio seating downstairs while nice, doesn't have much of a view other than of a few other restaurants & shops, but to be expected given the location inside a mall.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Four of us went. The chips & salsa were very good. The chicken quesadilla was very greasy. The fajitas were good, not great. The tacos also good, not great. Lastly the gaucamole was very good. Excellent service. My daughter ordered crispy taco, they quickly changed it to crunchy.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

TR is really a great restaurant and has really great food, however, their happy hour used to be so much better. Not only did they raise the prices on food and drinks, but they downsized the portions. Their happy hour used to be so much more worthwhile, now it has just become another expensive tourist trap.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

I wasn't impressed at all with this restaurant. I was able to easily make reservations and we were seated promptly. Our server came over about 5 minutes or so after we were seated and took our appetizer order and said she would get someone to get water for us. We received our appetizers and still hadn't received water. I had ordered the queso which was supposed to be jack and queso cheese but it was yellow like cheese wizz and didn't taste like it should at all. For a small cup of cheese with a little tomatoes and peppers costing $8. it should have been good. I would not recommend the queso to anyone. Our server came back for our dinner/drink order at which time we still hadn't received any water even though we were basically done eating the appetizers. The restaurant was busy but there were still open tables and the service seemed slow. I thought the food was overpriced for what you get but this restaurant is located in a high tourist area so it is what it is. The food was rather bland also. I ordered a carne asada burrito with ranchero sauce and the sauce tasted like canned tomato sauce with no seasonings. I won't be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

While we understood it was a busy night, the service was lousy. We had a reservation but had to wait to be seated while others were in line - hostess should have seated reservations ahead of those who just showed up.
It took over 10 minutes for us to get chips and salsa and any greeting from our waiter. Receiving glasses of water took a little less time than that . While our food was incredibly fast to arrive at the table, My margarita came after dinner was served, and my husband never got his drink, even though it was on our tab (which we corrected. ) The food portions were not generous for the price. We felt the Food was decent, nothing special.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Just ok servers need to pick it up a bit ! Sign said $ 30.00 pitchers of margaritas not it was 45.00!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I met my 2 friends there for brunch. Our service was the only disappointing thing for our afternoon - they just couldn't seem to get the order right, the water and silverware on the table before the meal . . . and follow up service was very poor with the bill being wrong. The server corrected it, but it was all a hassel. But, the food and the drinks were good, our visit was excellent. I'll do it again but maybe sit upstairs.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We ate at the downstairs cantina. The dining experience and the drinks were fine, but the food was somewhat disappointing. It definitely did not have an authentic Mexican taste to it- fresh ingredients but very pedestrian.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We love this spot. It's great for a fun night out with friends or with kids. Amazing food options with the best margaritas I have ever had. You must try TRs when you are in Kauai.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Great place for casual Mexican dinner in Kauai

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Taco Tuesday was a joke. The special street tacos were small and the margarita pitched lacked alcohol. Better off ordering off the main menu and a bartender margarita.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Ok food, ok service..

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Took a co-worker out and the food was quite a bit nicer than I expected from the typical Mexican food. It was good like food in Mexico not the standard fare that many restaurants serve.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great, lighter lunch - had the child rubbed catch of the day as a burrito bowl. Tasty and unique!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great service! Good food and overall nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We went with friends who live on the island and it was a great place for a relaxing meal.

Tags: Disabled Access, Tapas, Scenic View, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Very good margaritas. Yummy tacos. Good service. We enjoyed the food and the location. Nice place for a good reasonable meal on kauaii.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a very nice brunch. Lots of great food and very good service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Food took too long to arrive. Not a great value for the quality.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Computers were down for 3 hours. Dinner took long, waiter tried hard but they look like they were short handed. Had to return burger no bacon and undercooked. Drink was good when we could get one. Sorry I am a frequent patron but this was not a good night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Absolutely terrible. They were out of fish and corn. Waitress never returned to get our replacement order. After seeking her out 30 mins later and ordering the chicken tacos they were out of that as well! This is at 8:00 on a Friday night. The only think we did eat, queso fundido, was grainy and not cheesy at all. All around terrible experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Food very good. Nachos and corn terrific. Service extremely slow. Not much variety on kid options. Nice music from Wednesday farmers market.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

This restaurant is wonderful good food and friendly service.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Food was delicious. The fish tacos were so good. Great lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Stopped for brunch before flying home. Great meal / very attentive waitress - Jamilyn is a special person !

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Went to TR Cantina for Taco Tuesday and it was delightfully inexpensive (particularly for Kaua'i!) Got a huge pile of nachos with tasty chunks of beef, rather than ground or even shredded) and two fish tacos. The fish tacos were a bit bland but overall a decent little meal.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Enjoy their food there. The vegetarian tacos were excellent. The tortilla soup was great. Our service was less than stellar.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Vegan, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 15, 2017

We have been there many times and we a bit disappointed in the service level and how long it took to get our drinks and food. The food was great once we received it and we all enjoyed our meals. Just surprised by the lengthy waits for drinks and food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Enjoyed out meal ... we were 'upstairs' at the TortilliaRepublic .. great people watching table and the outside seating was very comfortable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 25, 2017

They ran out of shrimp at 6:30pm! Then lost my order. They were polite about it and didn't charge me. Carne asada was ok. Perfect margarita was great.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Great Mexican food in Kauai. Go figure. Service was attentive. Great prices. We went twice it was so good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Good food. Super fast prep time. Good but expensive drinks. No beer on tap. Understaffed.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Food needed salt. Service was poor (took forever to get drinks, appetizers, and ultimately bill). Cute ambiance though.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We arrived on time for our reservation, we were seated immediately. So far, so good. I had dined here before and I was looking forward to a great meal. We waited and waited and waited. The busboy stopped by and gave us water right after we sat. The hostess never seemed to notice that we were still sitting there after 20 minutes with no service. We were never acknowledged by anyone, no server stopped by to say "I'm really busy, I will be with you soon"...nothing! The place was not busy at all. Maybe 8-10 tables had guests at them. I'm not sure what the problem was? We decided after almost 25 minutes that we would leave. As we walked out the hostess who had seated us said she hope we enjoyed it??? What? Anyway, I may give this place another chance, not sure about that yet.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We have been here many times on our trips to Kauai and twice on this visit and although Ryan can be entertaining at the bar he can also be very unpleasant to be around. The behavior towards the other employees because he was overwhelmed was ridiculous. He could have asked for help instead of yelling at a couple of the servers in front of a full bar and a couple of tables. I get being really busy, but if you can't handle things appropriately.....

I've been in the service industry for quite sometime and if my co-workers or subordinates spoke to or treated me or anyone else like that I'd be on the hunt for a new "star bartender". It's good to be confident but not to be a jerk!

We like the restaurant, but not the antics!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

The service was terrible. Our server was very nice but not attentive whatsoever. Our concierge at the condo rental suggested this restaurant as well as other restaurants in the same shopping complex. If you are looking for a more authentic less touristy restaurant, go somewhere else. When we were seated we were given a drink and dinner menu. The drink menu had their specialty drinks (all made with tequila) and then pages of kinds of tequilas they carry. I ordered a margarita thinking this was my only option besides beer or wine. Upon receiving my drink and not caring for it, I asked if they have other options. She then informed me that they have a full bar. Very confusing for not saying that and/or them not stating that on the menu. The food was okay. Our appetizer was brought out and it wasn't even warm. It should have been served hot. It would have tasted better hot. Our main entree was good. Three of us enjoyed the quesadillas and someone else in our party enjoyed the fajitas.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Our server was nice but very slow.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 27, 2016

We loved this place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2016

I tried to attach a photo of the avocado on one of our salads but it doesn't seem to work.
Very mediocre food.
Tortilla chips had an unpleasant oily after taste. Greens and veggies should never have been served, brown, etc. no flavor.
Not recommended.
At all.

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