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Cafe Pesto

61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-1071
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (357 reviews)
“salads” (78 reviews)
“coconut tart” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came out here while we were on our anniversary trip while on the big island Hawaii and we had the salmon pasta and a calzone and it was very delicious! The food was good and the service was great. My only complaint is that we...More

Thank Kawika C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a table for seven and the food was great. Whether you ordered the scallops and shrimp in a sweet and sour sauce with a pesto pasta or the chicken or the pizza and salads, everyone at our table enjoyed their dinner. It's a...More

Thank Don J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a place to eat lunch after visiting the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company and decided to go to Cafe Pesto. It was excellent. We had the ono fish sandwich in addition to the blackened ono over pasta. Loved both of them! Prices...More

Thank Joann S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family comes here monthly. The food is always great as well as the service. I highly recommend anyone eating here. It is located across from Kawaihae Harbor.

Thank Gordon K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for a nice lunch. Place isn't flash but nice service and good food. Pizzas are good and the salad we had (fish) was also nice. A good change from the resort lunch.

Thank Niv T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by for lunch this time and had the Fresh Catch Salad, onolicious. Wait staff was courteous and prompt. Have had their pizza on earlier visits and that was great.

Thank 821kathleenw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located about 15 min north of Mauna Lana this place is a great place for lunch. Our kids enjoyed the individual pizzas. I had the marlin sandwich on flat bread with pesto sauce. Very good. Came with purple potato salad. Go to Anuenue upstairs for...More

Thank 597tedl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe Pesto provides a good combination of friendly staff, reasonable prices (for Hawaii), and good food. Nothing fancy here. Dining room is comfortable but not a showcase. The windows look out at the parking lot. But the staff made us feel welcome and the food...More

Thank accidentaltrvlr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are tired of the resort restaurants, I would recommend a short drive to Kawaihae to visit Cafe Pesto. Great pizza and pasta dishes. Calamari is wonderful alone with other great fish dishes. And you have to finish off the meal with their coconut...More

Thank Simitexan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While strolling thru Downtown Hilo, we were a little hot and hungry. I had read reviews of this restaurant and decided to try it. The service was wonderful, the air was cold and the food delicious! It is not just Italian---the Fried Chicken Salad was...More

Thank Ragski49
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
    (Akoni Pule Hwy)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
  • Phone Number: +1 808-882-1071
  • E-mail
"The best of Hawaii's hidden treasures," claim food critics and locals alike. The menu features fresh local seafood, exotic pizzas, colorful eclectic salads and Asian inspired pastas and risottos. The harbor settings, rich in Hawai'ian history, provide a backdrop of authenticity and charm to the award-winning restaurant. Visit the stone temple Heiau of Kawaihae harbor to view the ancient shark deities on their sunset vigils.
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