#18 of 26 Oahu Restaurants

Maui Tacos – Kailua

Maui Tacos – Get All Your Mexican Favorites Infused with Hawaiian Flavors in Kailua
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When only the best Hawaiian flavors will do but you’re craving all your Mexican favorites, get the best of both worlds at Maui Tacos on Oahu. Located in the heart of Kailua, this popular eatery goes all out in creating bold flavor fusions using all the freshest, local ingredients. All their dishes come with endless aloha, too, plus their Churros are the perfect way to end your meal.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Lovingly dubbed the Maui-Mex experience, Maui Tacos goes above and beyond in creating all the top Mexican favorites using stellar Hawaiian flavors. Their menu features tacos, burritos, fajitas, and so much more, all jazzed up with fresh island fish and tropical fruit. No matter what you order, you can count on getting your orders served up with endless aloha, too.

You’re welcome to call in for takeout or even get delivery if you’re in range. But the best way to get a load of all their flavors is by stopping into their Kailua restaurant. Their modern Oahu eatery offers a laidback dining experience that you’re sure to enjoy. You can grab a table inside their restaurant to soak up the chill ambiance or head outdoors to watch the world go by while you dine.

But first, you need to put in your order at the front as they’re a counter-service shop through and through. You’ll get a friendly greeting and an invitation to order whatever suits your fancy. If you’re not sure what to get, go ahead and ask for their recommendations. The team is always happy to help their patrons enjoy their meals to the fullest whenever possible. If you need anything else throughout your meal, just let them know and they’ll make it happen.

Although their service is second to none, the real magic lies in all the bold flavors in every dish. They use traditional recipes to create every item, ensuring that all the right spices tantalize your tastebuds with each bite. As you dine on your selections, it’s easy to tell that they only use fresh, local ingredients, including mahi-mahi caught by island fishermen.

As if that’s not enough, they also have a full salsa bar with five delicious hot sauces built for your enjoyment. Their salsas range from a mild pineapple jalapeno sauce to habanero hot chili salsa. Want to create your very own fusion of flavors? Combine your hot sauces of choice to create your perfect mix.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy their:

Enchiladas
When you need a hearty meal filled with unmatched richness and decadence, order up the Enchiladas. They come two per plate with whatever fillings you choose, including cheese, kalua pork, chicken adobo, shrimp, or ground beef. On top of that, you get rice, beans, and veggies alongside to complete this picture of perfection.

Fajitas
The Fajitas always roll out sizzling, perfectly seasoned, and ready for you to enjoy, so you know they’re going to be good. To get this dish, you can go with the chicken adobo or get the steak or shrimp for an extra charge. Whatever you choose, the protein will get sauteed up with onions and bell peppers. Then, it will slide onto the plate next to rice and beans. Tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa come on the side.

Big Pe’ahi Nachos
When you want a big crunch paired with a whole lot of savory goodness, don’t hesitate to get the Big Pe’Ahi Nachos. This dish starts with a bed of fresh tortilla chips covered in shredded cheese. Over that, they add your protein of choice, like al pastor, steak, or shredded chicken, plus beans, and more cheese. It all goes in the oven until bubbly and brown and then gets sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole over top right before serving.

As you grub on all your selections, call it before getting too full or you’ll miss out on dessert. Their Churros are well worth saving room in your belly, after all. Drizzled in caramel sauce and covered in cinnamon sugar, these little sweet treats promise to satisfy your sweet tooth in an instant. If you cannot manage to take another bite, place a dessert order to go and enjoy them later.

Insider Tips:
-If you have a big event coming up, ask the team about their catering services.
-They share their outdoor tables with the burger shop next door.
-In a hurry to get your food? Call ahead to put in your order for takeout. They offer delivery as well if you’re in their service area.