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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
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Mexican, Seafood
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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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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Jupiter, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The hamburgers were good. Not great, but good. The fish tacos were excellent per my taco efficinato. The negative was how hot it was in the seating area. I was just there (in July) and it was boiling inside. The first time we went there we turned away after opening the door because it felt like a sauna in there.... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We came here after seeing the Trip Advisor reviews & were glad we did! Burgers were great & my husband enjoyed his fish burrito. I had the watermelon whip...if I can give you any advice, get it with the whipped cream! It was deliciously refreshing! Also be sure to check the hours... You won't want to miss it!

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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

While staying at the Waikoloa Hilton Resort I took it upon myself to find the best burger on this side of the island. I noticed that Kohala Burger and Taco was being talked up a bit and since we were heading up to Hawi Town figured we stop by for lunch (it's right on the way). The place small small... More

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

Mr MuGoo, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We sure appreciate the feedback. Sorry that you did not order the burger you were craving. We do appreciate you trying our "Cuban" sandwich special and we're glad you had "No Complaints" about that. The Kohala Burger and Taco, Beef Taco, is a traditional (home-style) "Crispy" corn tortilla... More

Houston, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I checked this place out on a whim. It's in a shopping plaza on Hwy 270. Their fish tacos are some of the best I've ever had. I had the "catch of the day" fish tacos and they were awesome. The prices are reasonable too.

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

Aloha WM, Thanks for stopping in, we are so glad you found us and enjoyed your Fresh Fish Tacos. "Awesome" is what we like to hear. For the we are located on the Akoni Pule Hwy at the Kawaihae Shopping Center just across from the Kawaihae Harbor and the Canoe Club, upstairs from Cafe Pesto. We look forward to serving... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Seems small and shack-like at first but the service and food are GREAT! I'm originally from iowa so I've been trying to find a burger out here that can compare, and this definitely was it! I had the paniolo burger (avocado bacon cheeseburger) which I recommend 110%!! The staff is really friendly! Make sure you get a shake!

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

Aloha KD5 - Looks like you found our "Small Place...Big Island Taste" ! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our food and service. Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we appreciate your business and your online support. We "whole heartily" agree... "Make sure you get a shake" Love that motto :) Mahalo Cary More

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Found this place after reading reviews on trip advisor. We were not disappointment. It is hidden away a bit and only a small place but this didn't matter. You must order a shake. I had the pina colada shake and im still dreaming about it today. The food was very fresh and the best fries I've ever had.

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

Aloha Timothy, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. "Best Fries Ever" we love to hear that! Looks like someone else had the "Baja Tres Fish Tacos"....great picture. Shakes look pretty tasty too! We hope you got lots of sun and aloha on your trip to the Big Island, we certainly look forward to seeing you again.... More

Kamuela
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

They're in a a mall nook in Kohala but it is worth the drive. I got the puffy fish tacos off the specials board and they were great! I had to try a burger so I got the poniolo burger as well and it was cooked perfectly with a soft bun and the frys were just as perfect.

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

Aloha Aaron, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. So glad you tried the "Special" Puffy Fish Tacos! Many people don't give the specials enough play...unlike many other restaurants our specials truly are special, they aren't just to get rid of "old food" !!!! Each #KBAT special is carefully designed to emphasize our "Contemporary American Coastal" food... More

Johns Creek, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a fabulous family run restaurant, very small and casual. The burgers are great, we also had the made to order chips and salsa, which you should try for sure!! Their fresh fish is also really great! And don't forget to get a fresh whip of the day, ours was watermelon and I can't even describe how delicious it... More

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

Aloha Rosemary, Thank you for posting this awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. You got lucky we only serve our Fresh Watermelon Whips while the fruit is at the peak of the season. Many regulars wait all year for this #KBAT treat each summer. We are happy you got to try one, we look forward to... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Stopped by here randomly after a day out at Kapuna Beach. We had a burger -- delicious beef & the buns were homemade & so soft. They had Watermelon Whips on the specials menu...I've never had one so thought I would try it. My only regret was I should have ordered the large one. The people who work there are... More

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

Aloha LumpiGirl, Thank you so much for giving us a try, we are glad that you loved the "Watermelon Whip" this is our summer special and it runs through the end of the month. The Whip is made from Fresh Local Seedless Watermelon, Premium Torani Watermelon Syrup (made with real cane suger) and Ice, super simple.... super delicious! We look... More

Hendersonville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Nothing spectacular about the decor and location but the food is very good. We had the pork cubano, gyro and hamburgers. All were very good. Great place to jump from the beach to get a quick bite. The location is small with only a few seats and limited on air conditioning so it won't cool you down but it will... More

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

Aloha Dave, Thank goodness we are'nt known for our spectacular decor:) we sure are glad you found our food to be "very good" We are just as our slogan says "Small Place...Big Island Taste" I'll let the local photographers know your thoughts though. We are sorry that there is no "Air" our current unit is totally shot, we are in... More

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