Reuben’s Mexican Restaurant

Located right in downtown Hilo next to Hilo’s Farmer’s Market lies Reuben’s Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant is run by a wonderful Mexican family, and you can taste the love in all the food, which makes this place my favorite place for Mexican food on the Big Island. Reuben’s food taste so soo good, and their margaritas are very very generous with the tequila. I try to frequent here at least once a week.

Reuben’s Mexican Restaurant

Here’s the entrance to Reuben’s. Notice the help wanted ad. I want to apply just to learn how they make their food.


It was pretty packed on a Saturday night, so make reservations if you come after 7pm. They are closed on Sunday.

From Outside

The bar with loads of different tequilas and beers.

Reuben’s Bar

Tequila shot menu.

Shot Menu

I ordered my usual double margarita on the rocks. The double actually means 3-5 shots of tequila. I see them pouring it and they just keep pouring!

Double Margarita!

All Pau

They serve salsa verde to every table. It’s very hot and flavorful. It goes great with their chips and with most of their dishes. One taste and you’ll know that this is no Taco Bell.

Hot Sauce

I ordered the beef nachos ($6.00).

Beef Nachos

The beef nachos are amazing. The beef is very tender and full of flavor, like they stewed it for hours. The chips are homemade and taste so crisp and fresh. I like to pour on the hot sauce and sprinkle pepper as I go. You don’t know how good this tasted since I missed lunch today!

From another visit, a Beef Enchilada with beans and rice ($7.00).

One beef enchilada, beans and rice

The beef enchiladas are very tasty with the same tender beef used in the nachos and the enchilada sauce is just wonderful, bringing everything together. The beans and rice are equally ono, too… the beans have a really rich moist flavor.


Paying the bill

Reuben also makes great chicken flautas, pork chile verde, guacamole, chile relenos, and more! The prices are very reasonable.

Thank you Reuben. See you next week.

Reuben’s Mexican Food
336 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 961-2552

30 Responses to “Reuben’s Mexican Restaurant”

  1. Bev Says:

    Jim, you make the beef nachos look soo gooood!!

  2. kelly Says:

    reubens musta been dea foevah brah! nothing like greasy tacos and one margarita bruddah!

  3. Reggie Says:

    James da beef nachos look real hearty!! da kine u inhale den get da hawn stroke latahz… lol :D

  4. James Says:

    Salamat Bev ;)

    Kelly, i not sua how long dey was hea, but as long as i remember, dey was hea! how long ago you saw dem?

    Reggie, yeah brah!!! dose nachos make u jus comatose brah.. pass out on da couch afta.

  5. miss d Says:

    lol…whose dat sexy chick wit da sick tat on her back? heheh oh yeah oh yeah…alkohol heaven!

  6. James Says:

    mebe is u miss d?!! ;)

  7. A Smythee Says:

    James, thanks for the site, but I gotta disagree with you about Reuben’s. The food is so-so and wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overpriced.

    They have no lunch menu — which was when I came in — so I had to pay dinner prices. The food is probably the best Mexican I’ve had in East Hawaii, but that’s like saying it’s the best loco moco in South Dakota.

    The menu has nothing interesting or exotic — mole, for instance, or maybe just some al Pastor pork. Just the same old tired stuff. Nachos, tacos, enchilladas. Had Carnitas and it was like $12 (again, this was at lunch), so I feel totally ripped off by this place.

    And charging for chips & salsa is like charging for ice water.

  8. Cat Says:

    Although it is not saying much, Rueben’s is better than Liquins any day.

  9. Penny Says:

    Reuben’s is a Hilo Bayfront Institution for sure : )

  10. Tricia Says:

    We stopped by to eat lunch at Rubens today – DA BEST!!. We were plesantly surprised to see they had undergone some renovations (we haven’t gone for a year or so). It doesn’t look as dark and grungy as it once looked. It is much brighter and classier. Most importantly, the food is still as good as we remembered it to be We had their Crab Enchildas and my husband had their Tamale and Enchiladas.

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    Not to be mean but the food is bad. It tasted like curry was in one dish. Wtf. You pay for chips some stuff is microwaved

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