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Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae

61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-1071
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (388 reviews)
“salad” (173 reviews)
“coconut tart” (32 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are sorry to see you go after 30 years! This was our go to return dining spot. Saw the sign on door today - thanks for the memories. We will miss you too.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch here and the server was very good BUT she was stretched to the limit. They had more bus persons than they had servers. For Shame. The menu was quite diverse and the lunches were very good. Typical island pricing but you won't...More

Thank boilerhoosier
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is adorable and just what you would envision for an quaint local restaurant on the big island. We had four in our dining party and we were all disappointed in our meal. The food was fine but did not live up to the...More

Thank Lynnae B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visit this restaurant every time we visit the Big Island. Amazing, tasty, fresh pasta, salads, pizza and dessert at a very reasonable price.

Thank Kari E
Reviewed 14 March 2018

Each time we come here, we try a different entree and are never disappointed in the food or the service. We're never rushed though they can be quite busy. The view only includes part of the harbor but that's not what we go for!

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Wonderful option just north of Hapuna Beach and the resorts on the north Kona Coast. The menu includes pizzas, seafood, and pasta options with a local flair. The Coconut Crusted Calamari was an exceptional appetizer, unlike any calamari I have had before.

Thank Amherst_Mass
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We've been coming to the Big island for over 25 years and our favorite restaurant for special occasions has always been Cafe Pesto - a long drive but always worth it... our visit to the Big Island stretched over Valentine's Day and of course we...More

Thank DanM320
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

The menu here is a bit more standard than specifically Hawaiian, but they serve a good hamburger and fries. A bit less expensive than some of the other options and easy to reach from the resorts nearby. Staff are friendly and efficient and the service...More

Thank wineandtravellover
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We have loved the restaurants in this area, but with the closing of the Blue Dragon and Plantation Grill were at a loss for choices in the area when Cafe Pesto was recommended. The service, commented on by others on this site, was in fact...More

Thank pedDoc001
Reviewed 18 February 2018

We ordered take out pizzas, pasta and salad for 4 of us..First of all, a 50 minute wait..and it was only 5:15p.m....When we opened up the pizzas at home, they were big thick doughy crusts, with barely any toppings..salad had 1 small container of dressing...More

Thank Mary M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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