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Reuben's Mexican Food

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336 Kamehameha Ave, Ste A, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2949
+1 808-961-2552
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Boulder, Colorado
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906 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I remember when this Mexican restaurant opened in Hilo. It was a big deal as "exotic" dining was not an option in Hilo. Of course it was just an ordinary Mexican restaurant, but it did offer a different choice. Hasn't changed much, glad it's still trying.

Thank Miriahm D
Richmond, Virginia
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was hunting for some dinner relatively late in the day and happened to walk past Reuben's. Mexican isn't what I associate with Hawaii, but this one will surprise you. It's not fine dining, but the food is excellent. I visited pretty late on a Monday evening and had absolutely no issues with the service, which was quick and efficient.... More 

Thank blw_at_longwood
Hilo, Hawaii
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent Mexican food and the best margaritas in Hilo. This is a great place to eat, drink margaritas, and hang out with friends and family.

Thank James V
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reuben's has been a go to for m and my fiancé for years. At one point we'd eat there once a week.. lol. It's ran by Reuben and his family. The food is consistent and very tasty. Their home made salsa's and recipes are one of a kind, other Mexican restaurants aren't similar to what they serve. The meats they... More 

Thank mamaral808
Honomu, Hawaii
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This has been our go-to spot for Mexican. During peak hours they can be pretty busy. They have bar seating if they're really busy, and you don't mind eating at the bar. Their serving sizes are huge and most times we can share an appetizer, especially the nachos, and entree, and it'll still be a lot of food. They have... More 

Thank Cherilyn D
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We went to Reuben's Mexican restaurant while walking along the street in Hilo after visiting the Lyman Museum. We were not expecting much, judging from the exterior, but our experience there exceeded our expectations. Service is slow, but worth the wait. Chips and salsa are a dollar extra but we went ahead and "splurged" because were were tired and hungry.... More 

Thank Michael T
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I have been eating here for years. The food has always been great, but now the service sucks- waited 30 mintues after other tables seated that the rude waitress had forgotten to submit our ticket. No apologies, no attempts to rectify the situation. Will never return.

Thank Wilsont73
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is like family style. The service was ok but both times I went they forgot part of my order. The food is good but not great and the prices are fair.

Thank Scott G
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This is where locals and tourists eat Mexican. We waited for about 15 minutes. All the folks around us were locals. The food was excellent, tasty and large portions. I enjoyed the conversations with the owner, who has managed the restaurant for 30+ years. It was his mother's recipe from Mexico. This is a must visit place, along with Hawaiian... More 

Thank family w
Hilo, Hawaii
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I have traveled a lot to Texas and California and had a chance to sample Mexican Food during my visits. Mexican Food, although with similar names vary widely in their seasoning and flavor. I would call Reubens very "Hilo Style" in that the portions are very generous and the flavors not as spicey when compared to Texas and Ca. Hilo... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 336 Kamehameha Ave, Ste A, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2949
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-961-2552

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?