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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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Quick Bite (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Romantic (1)
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very, very slow service! It was about 15 minutes before anyone came to our table for our drink orders and then our food took about 45 minutes to arrive. I received my meal about 10 minutes before my husband did, so by then my meal was cold.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Have been to TR many times and always look foreword to the brunch. Entrees came 15 minutes apart. We waited for desert 25 minutes and finally gave up. We will think long and hart before or if we return

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We arrived on time for our reservation and still had a 20 min. wait to be seated. It was yet another little while before we were acknowledged by our server for the evening. This was not outstanding, nor would I recommend this eatery due to the service.

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 (Toledo)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great guacamole and good service. A little pricey but would go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Tortilla Republic is a must do for us on each of our trips to Kauai. We love it both upstairs & down. My husband had chicken fajitas and I had a chicken quesadilla . We both enjoyed our food immensely and I took half of mine home. Service was excellent and friendly. I would describe the menu as “nouveau Mexican “ — dishes like our more traditional Mexican restaurants back home but definitely with a twist. A nice addition this time was a complimentary basket of chips & salsa.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We visit Tortilla Republic several times every year we visit Kauai. The food, service, and background music and ambiance are very enjoyable upstairs or downstairs.
We especially love the ensalada sambrosa and enchilada carne dishes.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Good food in an outdoor mall setting. Service was great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Over priced and too loud. Food wasn’t great either.....

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The guacamole is amazing! We enjoyed watching the activity around us, and service was attentive.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This visit was just OK. Very busy, service a bit slow, eggs overcooked.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Cool place. Nice food, fresh ingredients. Drinks were great. Our server was very nice and quite attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Definitely one to our in your list when in and around Kihei. Fresh and creative Mexican and super friendly and efficient staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

OU family's favourite in Poipu! Outstanding food, great loccation, great service, huge drink menu and options.

Tags: People Watching, Great Beer, Healthy, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 22, 2017

the food was cold and tasteless. Usually hot and good. Very disappointed in my fourth visit

recently visited upstairs and the food wasn't tasty and lukewarm and service not great

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Taco Tuesday was the bomb!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner tonight after eating upstairs several days ago. Dante served us again and definitely elevated the experience. For drinks we had the Perfect and the Local, and enjoyed both. For the meal I had the hamburger, loaded with the fixings and wasn't disappointed (even considering we were eating Mexican). My wife had the pescado burrito and enjoyed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Ate here twice during our vacation. Tacos and burritos were great and so were the house margaritas.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 17, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 22, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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