Verde Restaurant

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 15 reviews )

Kapa'a Shopping Center 4-1101 Kuhio Hwy, A-3, Kapaa, Hawaii, USA, 96746

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers vegan tacos and more cooked New Mexican style cuisine with a local twist using local ingredients.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, New Mexican, Hawaiian Fusion, Non-veg

15 Reviews

First Review by LaurieAdrienne

vegan tacos are great - Edit

While there’s only 1 item on the menu labeled vegan, some other dishes could have been altered to be vegan most likely. But the vegan tacos were great—veggie tacos with a delicious salsa and the side of rice and beans made it a completely filling vegan dinner! The chips and salsa they serve for free are also vegan, but the chips actually were not the best.

Pros: labeled vegan dish, fast service, good food

Cons: only 1 vegan option on the menu

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Great vegan tacos! - Edit

We went to the new location in Lihue by Safeway. Several items were marked vegetarian and 1 item (vegan grilled vegetable tacos) were marked vegan. My husband and I got the vegan tacos and my son modified a regular burrito to be vegan. We loved the veggies in the vegan tacos. The flavor and seasonings were perfect. Good service, casual atmosphere.

Pros: Flavorful vegan tacos

Cons: One 1 item on the menu was marked vegan.

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Disappointing vegan options - Edit

We got the bean tostada and vegan tacos which basically were just lettuce and tomato. Very disappointing and overpriced for a meal consisting mostly of lettuce !

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Not your normal "bell-pepper" veg tacos - Edit

Spent a week in Kauai eating, of course, and was happily surprised at the tacos here.

Heard about Verde from the hotel bartender when we asked the best places to eat. Was with a group of herbivores and omnivores, and this satisfied everyone.

Salsa with chips was great - tasty red salsa, warm chips and each small table got their own. The staff pushed several tables together for us, as all tables are small but it was no issue to reconfigure.

I ordered the vegan tacos. Was expecting the usual oily onion green pepper stir fry most non-veg places offer, and could not have been more happy to be wrong. The plate was two heaping huge tacos topped with some amazing pico de gallo (the kind you could just eat that and be happy). The veggies were fresh broccoli and French green and yellow baby string beans - all tender and not greasy at all. Messy, of course, but very good.

The toddler got a bean and cheese burrito - too big for little hands to pick up, and a lot of thick cheese and tortilla. Not the best option.

They offer the New Mexico style of sauce - red, green, or both (Christmas!) and our group tended to like the red better - a little more spicy.

Did not have drinks, so can't review.

Overall, a good place for a group of mixed eaters.

Pros: Non traditional veggies in vegan tacos, Something to satisfy everyone , Family friendly

Cons: A little pricey

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Terrible food and value - Edit

This place has terrible food. Everyone in our group hated it. The only reason I gave it 1 star is because it did have a couple of veg options and the server was nice. The "enchiladas" consisted of a tortilla with some veggies on top of it, with another tortilla on top of that and a completely tasteless sauce. Even though they charged $16 for the "enchiladas", they didn't come with rice or beans. The guacamole was mostly a bed of cabbage. The red salsa they give with chips was also tasteless. We paid extra for another sauce that was supposed to be hot and they gave a tiny amount about the size of a ketchup container. Would never go back. We joked during our whole trip about how bad the meal was that we had there.

Pros: a couple of veg options

Cons: tasteless food, food not fresh, terrible value and they nickle and dime you too

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mäßig - Edit

es fehlte uns die Würze, Preis dagegen war im Vergleich zu anderen Tacoläden recht hoch

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lunch in Kauai - Edit

Very knowledgeable staff!!! Vegan tacos were filling and delicious... Though a bit too spicy for my personal preference. We had ordered veggie sopapias, and was told by the waitress that there was dairy in them ((how refreshing to have a caring and thoughtful staff)) and suggested a meal not on the menu which would be a combination of things we had tried to order just without the dairy. Would highly recommend!

Pros: vegan options on menu, friendly and great music, fair prices

Cons: a bit spicy

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margarita Mondays!! - Edit

The vegan tacos were pretty good. Kind of bland and definitely not spicy. We also were planning to order the veggie sopapillas, but the server advised us that the dough has dairy in it :( The $3 margaritas (half price all day on Mondays) was the best part. The server was also great. All in all a good vegan option for people visiting Kapaa, as long as you like vagab tacos, because there's nothing else on the menu to eat.

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Yummy Food - Good Service - Veg clearly marked - Edit

This place was bustling with people but the service was good and attentive. The food was delicious and abundant. We ordered the vegan tacos and the stuffed sopapillas which were delish! They were also serving $3 margaritas which was a plus and probably why there were so many people there - so much so that they ran out of glasses and had to go out and purchase new glasses (they use ball jars for glasses) - interesting touch! Vegan/Vegetarian is clearly marked.

Cons: serve meat

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easy meal - Edit

We ended up at Verde at the recommendation of a server at a different restaurant. It was tasty. Sopaipilla dish is fantastic, keiki burritos were a hit and my kids especially liked the rice.

Pros: good food is hard to find in Kapa'a

Cons: very loud, very small

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Pretty good - Edit

Small casual place in a strip mall. Service was friendly and they had a good amount of options to choose from. The only thing that ruined it for me was that both things we got were drenched in their green sauce which was incredibly spicy. I didn't know this would be the case and i couldn't really eat much food, but for someone that loves spice this would be a great place.

Pros: Lots of choices, Service

Cons: Too spicy, Expensive

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delicious food!!! great & friendly service!!!! - Edit

The food here is absolutely delicious!!!! And everything is super fresh and perfectly seasoned!!!! Super yammy! You would not want to miss it while visiting in Kawaii.

And on top of this the service in this place is just SUPERB!!! Stuff is super friendly and helpful making sure you have a fantastic stay at the restaurant.

Note that the sopaipillas are dairy and not vegan! This is what I was told.

Pros: every dish can be maid veganl, delicious food, stuff is amazing !!!!

Cons: none

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Yummy - Edit

My husband and I both had the smothered Verde, Verde burritos. They were really tasty. We would definitely go back. Vegetarian items clearly marked. Cozy place with counter ordering but they bring the food and drinks to you. Very friendly service as well.

Pros: friendly service, excellent food , drink specials

Cons: small place, a bit pricey

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Fantastic! - Edit

Lots of veg/vegan options, but the highlight from two seaparte visits during our week long visit to Kaua'i were the great veggie stuffed sopaipillas with very fresh greens. Delicious salsas, especially the carrot/jalapeno/onion choice. Super friendly service and laid-back atmosphere.

Pros: Fresh, Delicious, Options

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Delicious New Mexican/Hawaiian fusion food - Edit

My husband and I, who both grew up in New Mexico, were amazed (and thrilled) to come across Verde on the isle of Kauai. The chef, who is from Albuquerque NM, serves New Mexican-style cuisine with a Hawaiian twist.

Fare includes enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and our favorite, the stuffed sopaipilla.

A sopaipilla is a delicious fried bread served throughout New Mexico. Traditionally served as dessert (drizzled with honey), it can also be stuffed with savory goodies (beans, rice, potatoes, etc.), covered with chile, and served as an entree.

Everything we've eaten has been great; portions are large. The complimentary tortilla chips are thin, hot, and delicious. The guacamole is excellent -- super creamy and wonderfully seasoned. Both salsas from the salsa bar are tasty.

Pretty much all items can be made vegan by omitting cheese; gluten-free folks can order corn tortillas instead of flour.

But if you're not avoiding wheat, do not miss the sopaipillas for dessert. (If you're vegan, skip the honey.)

Note that the red chile is NOT vegetarian (it contains chicken stock), but the green is. All chile comes from Hatch, New Mexico.

Our only minor complaint: The chile was not hot enough for us, though it does offer a nice little kick.

During our week on the island, we've eaten at Verde four times. We were thrilled to find a tasty delicious New Mexican meal outside of the southwest.

Don't be dissuaded by the fact that this little restaurant sits in a small, older strip mall in Kauai -- it offers delicious cuisine. If you like Mexican or New Mexican food, don't pass it by.

Pros: Excellent New Mexican food, Large portions, Friendly, accommodating staff

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