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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 - 16:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 19:30
Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 11:00 - 19:30
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is just north of Waikoloa where we stayed at the Hilton. Short drive maybe 15-20 minutes. There isn't really enough room to eat there. They do have tables but they fill up. We went across the street and ate on some logs watching the sunset by the Bay area where the boats are docked. Hamburgers were absolutely awesome and... More 

Thank EverAfterAgain
Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fish tacos and poke burger were delicious. Fresh and served hot. Quick service. Inexpensive by Hawaiian standards. Highly recommend this little hole in the wall/great find. Staff extremely friendly and helpful.

Thank stray_cats02
La Jolla, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No words can describe the flour tortilla fresh swordfish taco. I mistakenly offered my wife a bite of the swordfish and watched in dismay as she grabbed the 2-bite piece of swordfish out of my hand and ate both bites at once. Instantly, a resentment was born, so much so that I don't even remember what she ordered. Order a... More 

Thank 644howardd
Astoria, Oregon
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were luck to arrive at this local landmark when there was a lull and we only had to wait for about 10 minutes to order. We had heard about this place from a person on the plane who visits family on the Big Island regularly. We enjoyed both the burgers and the fish tacos. I should have ordered the... More 

Thank Littoral_Traveler
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kohala Burger and Taco is a quaint little burger joint not far from the Waikoloa area resorts. The food is good; burger, obviously, tacos; especially fish tacos, fries, soft drinks. A homemade slaw that was good. We tried a store made pineapple gelatti that was very tasty. Prices are Hawaiian high, probably a little more than they need to be,... More 

Thank Timothy T
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to Kawaihae as soon as we arrived on the BI a few weeks back! As soon as we walked in, the power went out (due to very high winds). The team stated that they could and would be happy to help us if we didn't mind paying cash. The burger and bun were fresh and delicious. I had... More 

Thank bullseye13
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food- I had fish tacos and my husband had a fish sandwich. Great food but pricey- $40 and we just drank water. They had daily specials so if you ate that then you could have an inexpensive meal.

Thank Jessica P
Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate lunch here and had the fish tacos. The bill came to almost $40 for 2 of us (2 orders of tacos and 2 sodas). The tacos were small portions and lacked flavour compared to all the places we have tried on the islands. Go next door and eat at the Seafood Bar and Grill, you will get a... More 

Thank Nani-Ke-Ola-
West Chicago, Illinois, United States
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for lunch because most reviews said it was the best burger on the island. It wasn't bad but not sure I would say it is the best burger we had on the Big Island. Nice place if you want to get a sandwich and fries on the go.

Thank Terry S
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kohala Burger and Taco is tucked up in Kawaihae, but if you want a fresh burger on a home made bun its worth the trip. I'll go just for their malts. They also have serve shoestring fries and awesome tacos. Look for their food truck, they serve all the same menu items as the restaurant, delicious.

Thank DougMallardi

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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
Seafood, Fast food, Hawaiian
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 19:30
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 19:30
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?