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Mermaids Cafe

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4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1675
+1 808-821-2026
10:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 19:30
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here because it was recommended by our guide book - very disappointed with the recommendation. Per the guide book's review, we ordered the Ahi Cilantro wrap and Tropical Tacos. The Tropical Tacos had a sauce that threatened to spill everywhere. I was extremely disappointed that said sauce was entirely lacking flavor. Nevermind, I thought, we have another dish... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were starved after a trip to Lydgate Beach, and Mermaids really hit the spot! They cook everything fresh after you order, so there is a wait using Mainland standards, but it is well worth it. We got the noodle stir fry with tofu: tons of fresh & crisp vegetables like carrots & red pepper, cooked perfectly al dente in... More 

Thank JenTravels2014
Budapest, Hungary
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was tasty and pretty good but the portion was way under a normal meal. Usually i have so much leftover but now i ate everything and i was still hungry... price is the same like everywhere, around 15$ each.

Thank Csilla S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered several dishes - tropical tacos, Kapaa tacos, focaccia chicken sandwich, ahi wrap, and curry. All but the curry were outstanding. The curry needed less turmeric or more coconut milk but had potential. We waited at least 45 min for our food however. I would eat there again but only if there aren't many other patrons to back up... More 

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Point Richmond, California
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was poor. We were looking forward to tasty, fresh food because of the high rating on TripAdvisor. We waited about an hour and my husband's coconut curry came out alone. I tasted it and it had a terrible flavor. My tacos were no where to be found. I asked and they assured they were on the way. They... More 

Thank taniaman
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a horrible experience at Mermaids Cafe. Our two dishes took over 40 minutes to make (there were three people in the kitchen!) and they didn't even serve our order together. The peanut satay was actually okay (although after that long, anything will taste good) but the tacos came half cold- the beans and cheese were a cold, congealed,... More 

Thank ACE104
Clayton, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A few years ago while waiting for our connection in LAX we had the good fortune to talk with an Auntie and daughter from Kaua'i. "Where's the prettiest spot on the island?" "Where I live." "Where do you eat when you go out?" "Mermaids." I had to look carefully the first time to find it--literally the space between two buildings--but... More 

Thank Kawika4
Snoqualmie, Washington
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419 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Thought it would be one of those local finds you rave about- it was recommended to be such-- but we thought it was ok. I had a salad that was reasonable but not given much care and he had a wrap which was kind of tasteless and dry. You are also eating directly on the street which is almost always... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I would have given a poor rating if it weren't for my husband's chicken tacos that had a great flavor. However, I ordered the chicken vegetable stir fry with satay sauce. I was thinking it might be a healthy, low carb option. The dish was disgusting. I'm not kidding, it had about two cups of satay sauce. The bowl was... More 

Thank Janalee C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped at this street side café to have a quick bite before heading to the airport to return home. As we knew that this is a very long flight, we decided to keep it on the light side. We both had the green salad, mine with ahi fish. If we had known the generous size of the portion, we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1675
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-821-2026

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?