IMG_9757A spontaneous night, a hot date, and my (Reid) favorite food – Mexican! Although Mary’s appetite doesn’t favor this cuisine she’s always looking for exotic and new places to eat, luckily, this was a ‘go’ for both of us!

While walking the Waikiki strip Mary was on the prowl for a perfect spot to eat and even called to reserve a seat but unfortunately, this four and a half star restaurant was booked and taking no reservations. As we embarked on our two legged journey from our hotel, we came across a sign, low and behold, it was Buho! Understanding that they were booked, we decided to just check out the ambience and see if it was really worth visiting in the future. Completely worth it. Mary ended up asking if there were any walk-in tables available and as the food gods looked down on my hangry state, an opening was available which ended up changed my opinion of “best Mexican restaurant on Oahu” immediately.


DSC05798Our choice of drinks were Orange Juice (Reid wasn’t feeling too well) and Buho Blues (skinny sips) which is a mixture of kai young coconut shochu, blue curacao, pineapple juice, fresh sweet and sour, and creme of coconut.

IMG_9759For appetizer, we had the Mexican Street Corn which is whole yellow corn, ancho aioli, queso fresco, and lime. We tasted it once, we’re not ordering it again. It was an okay appetizer.

DSC05802Straight to the main dish, Mary had Carne Asada Philly Cheese Quesadilla which includes mushroom medley, rajas, jack cheese, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo. One of the best, actually, the best quesadilla she’s ever had!


DSC05813As for my dish, I choose the Buho Fajitas which includes jidori chicken, mushroom, pepper-onion medley, black beans, Mexican rice, and flour tortillas. Although Mexico is still on our bucket list to visit, I’d have to say this had to have been a taste of Mexico if I could say so myself. A great aspect of this eatery is that it caters to vegans/vegetarian options and all fruits, vegetables, and salads are from locally grown farms – the waitress told us they have 4 full fridges of fresh produce – all to make the taste that much more authentic and fresh.

If you’re looking for a great mexican restaurant on Oahu, Buho Cocina y Cantina is definitely the place to be. I rate this 5/5 and ranking this as my favorite Mexican eatery thus far.

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Buho Cocina y Cantina
2250 Kalakaua Ave #525
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-2846


  1. I love Buho the most! The scenery is amazing! Friday nights are fun about 730, as you can sneak a peak of the fireworks from their rooftop location! By accident, we got that lucky. Our group stopped in for their monthly Friday night party. The Band, Son Caribe, was so much fun to dance to.
    And my favorite dish so far is the Smoked Brisket Tacos. Sooooo amazing! I love Mexocan food and
    Am so glad you went!

  2. Seriously, best place to experience and eat Mexican food and it’s awesome they have healthy alternatives on their menu to please everyone. On top of that, everything tasted so fresh too! Place was delicious! We’re definitely going back there for live music and drinks with friends!