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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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Honomu, Hawaii
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
1 of 5 bubbles 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 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank gordoni298
Bend, Oregon
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

It was raining in Hilo, and we were in need of lunch, a restroom and indoor seating. We found all three at Reuben's. Although there were only 2 servers, they were attentive and quickly brought us menus and water. Our server told us to raise the small flag at the table when we needed her. After making our lunch selection,... More 

Thank Kat O
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

If you want Authentic Mexican Food with an ambiance of old Mexico, Reuben's is the place. Family run restaurant offering the best enchilada sauce around town...not too acidy or salty, like some others. The prices are not cheap, but the food is delicious. You might have to ask for more napkins up front - wait help is friendly.

Thank HalandBelinda
Flagstaff, Arizona
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Wasn't overly impressed. The crab enchiladas were made with canned crab and smelled bad. Mentioned it to the server, but we were charged anyway. Haven't returned.

Thank JohnHance
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Tasty entrees. I had chicken enchiladas, which came with beans and rice. Beans were especially good. Also had iced tea, but next time I'd opt for a margarita. Tortilla chips were good too; not salty. The salsa was bit too spicy for me, but my husband enjoyed it. My husband had the pork taquitas(sp?) which looked really good. He enjoyed... 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
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?