Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual atmosphere. Has veg burritos, chimis, and tacos with these three options: bean and cheese, shoyu curry tofu, and cilantro lime tofu. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-5:00pm.

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24 Reviews

First Review by CatherineH


Points +66

06 Aug 2023


We loved this place! The family running it was very sweet and they knew exactly how to make good vegan options. We had the cilantro lime tofu burrito and Cajun tofu tacos on corn tortillas. Both were fantastic. The line got long very quickly but we still got our food in a reasonable amount of time and it was 100% worth it.

Pros: Good food, Friendly service , Fun picnic seating

Cons: Can get long line



Points +67

28 Apr 2023

Quick, tasty, Island style tacos

Not authentic mexi food, quite the opposite actually, but that's okay. Think of the food here as having its own flavor pallet, with a heavy island influence. I ordered the tofu taco with cilantro lime sauce on their homemade flour tortilla. It was quite good, and messy. Garlicky tofu cubes with slaw on a grilled wheat tortilla.

Pros: Fast, Clearly labeled menu

Cons: Not really a taco, more like a grilled wrap


Points +63

13 Jul 2022


We got the tofu burritos with cilantro lime sauce Came with rice and beans, which were very flavorful - not just ordinary rice. The lady working there is on top of it, and has a Vegan button at the ready. They know how to serve vegan food well!


Points +1008

25 Mar 2022

Very friendly and accommodating service

We had the tofu burritos which were absolutely delicious!
Great to find vegan-friendly dishes in Waimea.


Points +67

24 Mar 2022

Great tacos

Had the tofu tacos with corn tortillas and cilantro lime and ranchero sauce. Cilantro lime were our favorite. Chips and salsa were also very good. Cute little place with friendly service.


Points +2054

21 Feb 2022

Delicious! Definitely recommend!

Great food, staff are friendly and will confirm the vegan options.


Points +709

14 Feb 2022

Delicious and accommodating

Had the tofu chimichanga with the cilantro and lime sauce. It was delicious and appreciated that they clarified which items were vegan without being asked.

Side of rice and beans was tasty too, and a good size especially for the price

Pros: Vegan options

Sarah P

Points +8374

25 Dec 2021

Super vegan options in Waimea

This place is so popular and busy, yet the service is so friendly and respectful of vegan needs. It was so easy to order vegan- just say the word- and even with a long line behind us, questions were answered with patience and respect. I ordered the taco salad with tofu and cilantro lime sauce, it was a good choice and took forever to eat because it was so ample. After trying a couple places in the area, this was the best vegan food, and the preferred stop for the non-vegan companion.

Pros: Easy vegan ordering, Tasty food , Friendly, polite & respectful service


Points +260

13 Sep 2021

Good flavors!

Tofu burrito with cilantro lime sauce- add avocado! The hidden gem was the dirty rice and refried beans. Awesome flavors!!!! Good portion size! (My carnivore enjoyed his pork and mahi mahi.)

Pros: Finally, a place on Hawaii with beans!, Vegan sides!, Vegan knowledgeable!


Points +218

06 Sep 2021

Amazing, try the cilantro lime sauce

This place was great. The employees are incredibly friendly & bubbly. They know what vegan is and were able to assure us of the vegan-ness of our order. They also make their tortillas from scratch in house.

Not a tremendous amount of options, but what they have hits the spot.. basically tofu burrito or tofu taco. You can also get the burrito fried chimichanga style, which was great! Comes with rice and beans (both vegan.. beans have a smoky flavor and rice has cumin and other spices). We got homemade chips and salsa, too. All the flavors were excellent. I'm very glad we stopped by.

Pros: Amazing unique flavors


Points +94

05 Jan 2020

Amazing burritos

The tofu burrito was really good. The lady working there asked if I wanted it to be vegan or vegetarian. The rice and beans are also really good. Very filling meal for the price. The food came out very fast as well.


Points +2735

22 Sep 2019

Great food but what's with all the disposables?

The tofu burrito was delicious. My partner also liked his mahi mahi burrito. Food alone was 4/4, but I have to take one star off for the indiscriminate use of disposable plates and flatware.

Pros: good food

Cons: single-use everything


Points +24

19 Aug 2019

Great tacos!

I got the cilantro lime tofu tacos with the corn tortillas and loved it. Definitely the perfect amount of food for me but if you want more the burritos would probably be a better option.


Points +258

23 May 2019

Amazing tacos!!

Corn tacos can be made vegan by omitting cheese and sour cream. So delicious! Great location for after hiking Waimea Canyon and Kokee, or a stop on the way to the secluded beach at Polihale.


Points +1335

05 Feb 2019


Had the tofu tacos and the taco salad. Tacos were ok, but the salad didn’t have many of the vegetables that were advertised as part of the ingredient list - more like a tired iceberg salad from a 1950’s diner. Would have given two stars except that everything was disposable- plates, cutlery, water bottles ( no free water. Try the Thai place across the road instead.

Cons: Sad salad, Too many single use plastics


Points +1853

06 Jan 2019

Tasty and filling

I had a tofu burrito and it came with a whole platter with refried beans and rice. Good flavour, huge portions. For dessert there were fried cinnamon sugar sticks, which contain no animal products.


Points +49

23 Aug 2018

Tofu tacos

Yum! The ranchero flavor was a bit bland but cilantro lime sooo good and the papaya which I didn’t think was vegan but was my husbands favorite! Good chips and salad and tacos are very large w a lot of tofu.


Points +52

18 May 2017

delicious huge tasty meal

Gf vegan is easy at a place like this! I got the tofu burrito without the shell, rice and beans. My Omni partner was jealous. All taste, no filler.

Pros: value, big portions, made to order, accommodate gf

Cons: limited choices (tofu)


Points +196

20 Apr 2017

tasty but doesn't even know what vegetarian means!

Our hotel was near the Poipu location so we went to that one... I asked if their rice and beans had any animal products in it and the cashier said no, they don't have any lard in them. Then she handed me their paper menu that said "vegetarian/vegan menu". She said "you can have anything in here." I opened it up and look through it and was confused. It was their entire regular menu but didn't have beef in it. I can't remember what she said but then I said something like "well you know that fish and chickens and pigs are still animals so this isn't vegetarian" and she kind of shrugged like "okay if you say so"...I am pretty sure that when I ordered I mentioned we were vegan, but when the order came there was sour cream as a side (in a plastic ramekin so easily removed). Anyway, it was good but the "vegetarian/vegan" menu thing just really shocked me. I appreciate that they did have a tofu option though. (There's also a Puka Dog stand like 30 ft away with veggie hot dogs and a gelato place with a whole ton of non-dairy options next door.)


Points +46

08 Jul 2016

nice lunch

They had a few varieties of tofu - the salad was fair. The burrito was better. The chips and salsa were very good! Staff was very nice


Points +80

31 May 2016

Tofu tacos

Good lunch stop, with a few vegan options. Nice to have vegan tacos that actually have tofu/protein on them! Big portions, even just the single taco, and filling. Not the most flavour (I got the cilantro lime), but still good. Comes with a side of chips and really good salsa! They also have a location in Poipu.


Points +79

22 Feb 2014


My husband and I went to Island Taco because of the reviews here on Happy Cow. What a waste of money. They offer two varieties of vegan tacos; the difference is only the seasoning on the tofu. I tried cilantro lime, which is apparently their most popular flavor. The flavor itself was fine, but the overall taco was pretty awful...deep-fried tofu made the whole thing way too greasy. And cabbage instead of lettuce is just...odd. My husband, who eats fish, ordered the ahi taco, and was asked if he wanted that vegan. Huh? He didn't like his tacos, either, and neither of us finished lunch. Do yourself a favor and skip this place...go across the street to Coconut Corner and get some fruit instead.

Cons: Greasy, Expensive , Not like any taco I've ever had!


Points +38

07 Oct 2012

Best veg tacos ever!

Like the other post, I'd give this a 6 out of 5 if they didn't serve meat.

It was tough to find good veg food on Kauai, but this hit the spot. Moreover, the tofu and refried bean tacos (both vegan) turned out to be the best tacos I've ever had. They will not disappoint!

Pros: TACOS!, Pre-canyon local, Near Jo-Jo's

Cons: Serves meat


Points +13

23 Oct 2011

Best tofu tacos EVER!

Wow - this place was so good, we made the drive from the north shore an extra time just to have their tacos! We LOVED the cilantro lime tofu tacos so much, we may plan our next trip to Kauai completely around dining at Island Taco. We've dined at many, many restaurants throughout Kauai in the last couple years and these guys are hands-down the best. I also lived in Phoenix for years so have had a lot of great tacos and honestly, these beat everything I've tasted elsewhere. So fresh, flavors are just right, prices VERY reasonable (especially for the great portions) and the service so friendly.

You can use Waimea Canyon as an excuse to go here, but no matter what, you have to make this a part of your Kauai trip!!

The rating system on Happy Cow will only let me give 4 cows since they also serve fish, but secretly, we give them SIX cows!

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