Ocean Street Tacos

Ocean Street Tacos – Keeping Things Simple Yet 100% Delicious in Kailua-Kona
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you want tacos, tacos, and more tacos, you cannot go wrong with a trip to Ocean Street Tacos. Set in Kailua-Kona, this popular eatery specializes in just one thing: street tacos. Just choose your filling and then get ready to enjoy truly delicious eats every time.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Ocean Street Tacos always has what it takes to satisfy your cravings for tacos in an instant. In fact, that’s all they do. Day in and day out, they serve up the tastiest street tacos around, allowing you to get your fill while on the go. Beyond that, they only have drinks available, so you’d better be in the mood for tacos when you arrive.

To find this popular drop-in eatery, go right behind Oceans Sports Bar & Grill in the heart of Kailua-Kona. You’ll want to look for the blue, green, and yellow tiki-style order window under the eaves. The Street Tacos sign above the window lets you know you’re in the right place, as does the warm alohas coming from behind the counter.  

Upon arriving, you have to review the rather brief menu to decide how many tacos you want and which fillings to get. They sell their tacos individually but think about getting three at a time for the best deal. They’re pretty small, so you can likely pack away three even if you’re not feeling super hungry.

As far as fillings go, they keep things simple with just three meaty proteins and black beans for those who’d rather skip the meat. You’re also welcome to get your meat of choice and then add black beans over the top if you wish for a double dose of protein goodness.

All tacos automatically get finely diced onions and cilantro over the meat. A generous drizzle of chipotle sauce goes over it all at the end to bring all the flavors together. With just those three extras on top, the tacos always prove endlessly satisfying and 100% delicious.

If you want to elevate the taco flavors, even more, look to their add-ons menu for ideas. For an extra charge, you can get cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, or lime added to your order. If you’re really feeling bold, get all the toppings added for a few dollars more per taco.

Want to add a beverage? You have your choice of Arizona tea, soda, or water. All their drinks come in cans. So, you can easily take your plate of tacos and beverages on the road if you wish. Before you go, sprinkle on the hot sauce to take your tacos to the next level. They have a wide variety of sauces available on the counter for you to mix and match to your liking.

Choose between their top fillings:

Their chicken filling starts with white meat marinated in taco seasonings and then cooked low and slow all day. Once it’s done, they slice it into small chunks and then lightly shred it. Their chicken ends up tender and juicy every time, allowing you to enjoy consistently good tacos on each visit.

The pork starts as a large cut of meat that goes into the oven for hours and hours. The meat is fork tender at the end of the cooking time, allowing them to shred it into the perfect taco filling. Bold seasonings complement the meaty flavors to keep you coming back for more.

The steak filling is the way to go when you just want to enjoy beefy flavors in every bite. This filling starts with hearty cuts of beef marinated in a flavorful sauce to help tenderize the meat. After that, they cook the steak to perfection and then chop it into small pieces perfect for a taco.

There’s really no good place to dine onsite, so you’ll likely need to take your tacos to go unless you want to eat in your car. Want to dine by the oceanfront? Just head south on Alii Drive to reach Honl’s Beach. At that spot, you can grab a shady seat under the trees and gaze at the beauty of the ocean while chowing down on your tacos.

Insider Tips:
-Although they were a cash-only establishment in the past, they now accept credit cards.
-Their hours change often. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates.