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All 8 Kawaihae Restaurants

Kohala Burger and Taco

61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy #13-D, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-880-1923
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Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Mexican, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner
Description: 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 100% local grass fed beef burgers and tasty tacos. Daily specials, Milk Shakes and kids meals, too! Stop in for an Authentic Dole Whip! This tasty Soft Serve Treat was, once only available at Disney Parks KBAT has got it!
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Really good and inexpensive lunch menu consisting of burgers, tacos and quesadillas. I really enjoyed my mushroom cheese burger. Lots of mushrooms. It is a small shop with only a couple of tables, but you can always take your meal to your car. Good sign that the place was filled with locals.

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Golden, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Pulled in for a quick bite to eat and glad we did. The service was great and the food was excellent.

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

Roxie, A "Big Island" Mahalo for your great review! We love hearing when we've done good. We are pleased that you found our Fish Tacos to be "Excellent"! We use a fresh flour tortilla, Handcut cabbage, fresh pico de gallo, real avocado and of course Fresh, Local, Line Caught, Wild Fish! We agree YUM! We hope to serve you again... More 

Eden
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We had just came from the beach so stopped in for lunch. The place was very busy. It has some sit down tables but it is so small it would be hard to instll more tables. We had their Hawaiian Burger Combo special at about $11.00 which is pretty good for Hawaii. It was a burger with grilled pineapple, bacon,... More 

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

Dennis, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Yes our place is small. We even list it aspart of our slogan "Small Place...Big Island Taste" We believe it is all about the food! I was glad you liked our Pineapple Express Burger Special at 10.99 we believe it is the very best Grass Fed Beef value on... More 

Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

fantastic burger and fries here on the Big Island, which believe it or not are hard to find here. Near the harbor, if your traveling up to Hawi, it's a great stop. Don't forget to have the frozen pineapple dessert, it's awesome!

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

Aloha James! Thank you for posting a review, so glad to hear that you rated our burgers as "Fantastic" I love to hear that! We "handpack" every one and use Hawaii Island Grass Fed Beef along with a toasted Brioche Bun ( they are both the very best money can buy) We really appreciate your business and look forward to... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We visited here on Halloween for lunch. It was my wife and I and our two sons, age 9 and 11. We all had the fish tacos. They were pretty good. The cole slaw was pretty good as well, with a nice "hot" spice to it. The only problem with this place is if you plan to eat there, be... More 

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Cary P, Manager at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Tim, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. I am sure other readers may find it helpful. We are so glad that you found our tacos to be "decent". Since we use fresh fresh local market fish, hand-cut cabbage, fresh tortillas and homemade salsas we like to think of them as a bit more special than decent... More 

Anacortes, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had gone for a drive and on a whim we decided to stop at this little hole in the wall place. Wow did that pay off! We hit a jackpot with this place! Husband had the fish tacos and was ecstatic! Best fish tacos ever! I had the Grilled Ahi tuna burger and it was fabulous. Friends had burgers... More 

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

Linda, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am SOOO glad you found our "Small Place...Big Island Taste" We love to hear "Best Fish Tacos Ever" Yippee. We work very hard at them and it is nice to get recognized. I was fortunate enough to get a Tuna Burger too (our daily specials often sell out... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Hot, juicy damn tasty. I don't usually like my burger well but it was really really good here! Try anything on the menu but may want to get it to go, cuz it is a bit warm in there.

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

Aloha Courtney, We are please to report that the Air Conditioner is Brand New and blowing cool again! Sorry about the heat! Glad to hear your Mushroom Burger "Rocked" please feel free to let us know if you like your burger a bit "under". The DOH State Law here in Hawaii Requires we cook em to med well, but we... More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stopped by for lunch, was totally impressed by the food and service. Had the Baja style fish taco's, which were messy, but excellent.

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Cary P, Manager at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Mike, Thank you for writing a review, we sure would have loved to earn a 5 but i guess we'll have to settle for "totally impressed by the food and service" and "excellent". We will try harder to earn your fifth star on your next visit. Yes Baja Tacos are messy....that means we made em right :) Glad you... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Place is small and gets crowded early. Portions are generous, and the food is amazing. We found this place on a lazy drive through the big Island. Then we had to come back two days later before we headed to the airport to leave the state. Great find... if you're in the area, make this a stop.

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

tO, thanks for dropping in and posting a review. Yes Pineapple Shakes are the bomb! We make then with Authentic Dole Pineapple Whip, House Turned, Meadow Gold Vanilla Ice Cream, cold milk and Premium Torani Syrup, garnished with a slice of fresh Hawaiian Pineapple. You cant go wrong. I hope we can serve you again soon, safe travels and much... More 

Joplin, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Just stopped in for lunch when we were driving through, and so happy we stopped here. It was a little restaurant, but worth looking for. I had the special, which was the fish tacos. They were on shop made corn tortillas, and had pico de gallo which was so good. I love corn tortillas, and these were great. My husband... More 

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

Aloha KLS, Thanks for finding us, we appreciate you taking the time to recommend that others do as well. Its easy, if your on the Big Island Kohala Side, you're almost there. We are located in the small Harbor Town of Kawaihae, we are in the Kawaihae Shopping Center, just upstairs from Cafe Pesto....that's the local way to find us......but... More 

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Additional Information about Kohala Burger and Taco

Address: 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy #13-D, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Phone Number: +1 808-880-1923
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Mexican, Seafood

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