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El Maguey

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74-5563 Kaiwi St, Ste 27, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3182
+1 808-329-0636
11:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a small place in a strip mall but don't let that fool you. They have a great selection to choose from and the pico and guacamole were very tasty. Service was a little slow but nothing terrible. I had the chili relleno and loved it.

Thank 62cody
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We refuse to go here from now ! We order 1/2 pork and 1/2 cheese! As u see in the picture there is no cheese ! This has happened more then once ! We called the workers and they blamed us and more or less said we were lying and they were right ! Have fun and make sure u... More 

Thank Sherry S
Anchorage, Alaska
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624 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One member of our group is very fond of Mexican food, so we did some research & found that this place was well recommended... The menu was quite expansive with many selections, and our orders arrived promptly... we were really astonished at the generous portions :)) Everything was made with very fresh ingredients, and our well prepared food was super... More 

Thank G C
Captain Cook, HI
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little piece of Mexico. Fast and afforable. My favorite is the pork enchilada with verde sauce. El Maguey also serves beer, which is nice. This is a small place behind the second hand store. Great for a quick lunch or dinner.

Thank ScubaSue49
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has good food, I wish it had outdoor seating, especially on those beautiful Hawaiian evenings.

Thank Luisa M
Lakeside, California
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161 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I live in Southern California but go on a diving trip to the Kona side of the big island every year. One of the few things I miss from back home is the lack of good Mexican food. NO MORE! I decided to try El Maguey and was really impressed. It was authentic family cooked real Mexican food. And it... More 

Thank ccrowe3
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I can't believe this place is getting positive reviews. The moment I sat down in the dark (lights were out) back of the restaurant, I knew I was taking a risk at getting sick. The salsa was the first very scary thing. I wondered if it was supposed to smell like it had already gone bad. It was like nothing... More 

2 Thank EastoEden
Los Angeles, CA
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I've been here several times because we have friends who love it. Coming from southern California, I know good Mexican food. This is pretty good, but not great by California standards. But, in Hawaii it qualifies as great (LOL). I usually get the order the enchiladas which are very good. The guacamole is good, too. I would rate this place... More 

Thank garcande
Des Moines, Iowa
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Hidden away in a strip mall in an industrial area. It is a family run place. Food slow to come but worth the wait. People should know ahead that Tacos come with a big blob of Guacamole. Great if you like it but an unpleasant surprise for our teen. I had the red enchilada & chile relleno with rice &... More 

Thank LoveMinis
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Chili Colorado and chili verde are both wonderful. Excellent flavor. Cold Mexican beers. Yum can hardly wait to return

1 Thank Carol P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74-5563 Kaiwi St, Ste 27, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3182
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-329-0636

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