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Kohala Burger and Taco

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61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy # 13-D, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7709
+1 808-880-1923
11:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I didn't have a burger here- my kids did and they reported better than In N Out. I had the crispy pork tacos... they also have the vintage sodas in bottles- fries are very very good... way better than Village burger...price comparison- 2 burgers(big ones), tacos, 2 fries, 3 vintage sodas- 48.00- seemed a bit more reasonable than other burger... More 

Thank vanna563
Evergreen, Colorado
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best Taco Shop in Hawaii. I hesitate to write a review because we don't want it to become a tourist trap. But, we come here every time we are in Hawaii- at least a couple of times during our stay.They have excellent service and the food is always great. Yummy! Trey

Thank TreyB50
Valparaiso, Indiana
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84 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had fish tacos with the catch of the day—marlin—and the more traditional beef tacos. Both had different salsas (the catch had an avocado crème!) and tasted very fresh and light with the slaw and diced tomatoes. The staff is friendly and the owners visit with guests whenever there’s a break. Pleasant, although seating is limited. If you have kids... More 

Thank IndyJim49
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha IndyJim49! Mahalo for your great review! Our team and our fishermen will be happy to hear about the compliments. Hope to see you again soon! More 

San Francisco, California
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends recommended it. We went. Tacos were delicious. I had the one in the flour tortilla, which masked a LOT of the flavor. Ended up eating the insides only, which were great. The tacos in the corn tortillas accentuated the flavor - maybe go down that path instead. However, whichever path you take, make sure it is paved with those... More 

Thank kbs2001
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha kbs2001! Thank you for your candid review and for being a repeat guest! We look forward to seeing you soon! More 

Mill Valley, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this little place. Very friendly staff and great food. I had a swordfish burger that was out of this world.

Thank Scott94941
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Thank you, Scott for visiting us and for sharing this review! We are small, but mighty in flavor! Mahalo! More 

Yorba Linda, California
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195 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small local spot in between here and there in a little center is a burger worth stopping or maybe we were just starving or maybe it was just the perfect straight up burg... yep that's it. Cool local owner who also has a burger taco food truck for other parts of this island. Look nothing fancy here, just great inexpensive... More 

Thank losjacksons
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Losjacksons! Thanks for your review! We look forward to seeing you again for a perfect straight up burger! More 

Waimea(Kamuela) Hawaii
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their entrees are tasty and healthy, as well as reasonably priced. Don't miss their watermelon smoothy.....wonderful!

Thank FairJulia
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha FairJulia! Mahalo for taking the time to write this friendly review! Come back soon! More 

Inkpen, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were staying at the Hilton in Waikoloha and saw this place on Trip Advisor, drove out to give it a try. We were a little surprised at the 'hole in the wall' appearance but didn't let it put us off, went in and ordered burgers, fries, malts and pineapple ice cream. The service from all the... More 

Thank Hazeltokki
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Hazeltokki! Sometimes great things come in small spaces! Thanks for checking us out (and coming back for more!) and for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community. A hui hou! More 

Lyme, NH
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95 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We showed up at a busy time. Ordered and grabbed a free table. Server politely asked us to wait for the food before sitting. Place was really crowded with folks standing all over, but the staff made it work. Veggie options limited (well, duh) but my veggie burger was good. My wife loved the fish tacos on special that day.

Thank MikeMorton
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha MikeMorton! Thanks so much for visiting us. We are glad that you enjoyed your meal and our unique and popular ambiance. Hope to see you again! All the best! More 

Wrentham, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

If you like fresh fish tacos and island, grass-fed burgers...this is the place. We come to Hawaii almost every year, and during our two-weeks stay...we tend to eat here the most. You can eat in, but we prefer to take out and sit on our lanai. Their taco sauce is addictive, too. The place is very casual and not much... More 

Thank WrenthamMom2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, American, Seafood, Fast food, Hawaiian
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy # 13-D, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7709
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
  • Phone Number: +1 808-880-1923
Located just a short distance from the glorious white sand beaches of the Kohala Coast, Kohala Burger and Taco is an affordable and friendly spot with a feel good, nostalgic flair. We serve 100% local grass fed beef and fresh, sustainably caught fish in burgers and tasty tacos. Daily specials, Milk Shakes and kids meals, too! Stop in for an Authentic Dole Pineapple Whip! This tasty Soft Serve Treat was once only available at Disney Parks and at the Dole Plantation on Oahu. KBAT has got it!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?