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Kohala Burger and Taco

61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy #13-D, Hours: Mo-Fr 11a-730p Sa-Su 11a-5p, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-880-1923
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Ranked #2 of 8 restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $15
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 and kids meals, too!
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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 and kids meals, too!
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Visiting here from Maryland, my family and I were referred to Kohala Burger by a local. Immediately welcomed when we walked in. Delicious food. Caring staff. Loved everything about it!

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NJ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Kohala Burger and Taco did not disappoint. The island style tacos are the fresh catch of the day, which was swordfish the first time, and wahoo the second.. The service was good, the food was out of this world. A small joint in a strip center-huge on taste and dedication to it's customers. Bravo!

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Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

These people know great food and hospitality. Eat here often. Great fish tacos. The fish sliders and pork taquitos were amazing. Everything fresh. Amazing flavors. Most importantly eat here to reward the incredible owners for spectacular hospitality and a willingness to be helpful. They use fresh ingredients, make their own stuff, and I would rather eat here or takeout than... More

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

Mahalo for posting this awesome review. It is so fantastic to be recognized for the little things we do. We appreciate your business and the time you took to post this review. Keiki's Love the mini burger and fries we make, not to mention the Free Dole Pineapple Whip :) Aloha, Cary More

Eagle River, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Little size, big taste!!! Island fish tacos, kalua pork tacos, coleslaw...all fantastic! Save room for the pineapple shake, it might just change your life!

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

Wow! Flattery may get you everywhere. Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your Fresh Fish Tacos, "Famous" Chipotle Coleslaw" and Authentic Dole Pineapple Soft Serve. We look forward to serving you again. More

San Diego, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Swordfish tacos are fresh, delicious and messy - need lots of napkins but that's OK! Hubby had the swordfish burger and his was equally good. Fish and chips good, too. Overall, a great little joint for lunch. Downside - it's small and crowded, you'll have to probably share a table if you go at lunch. Upside is you will meet... More

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

Aloha, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Looks like you found out what our slogan is all about...."Small Place...Big Island Taste". The KBAT Crew is so pleased that we could become a memorable part of your vacation. Visit again soon, we look forward to serving you. More

Fairbanks, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Holy cow, I don't even know where to start. My boyfriend and I ordered the Hula and Mushroom burgers and they BLEW OUR MINDS. The ingredients tasted ultra fresh, the cheese was awesome, and it wasn't greasy! Best burgers on Hawi'i for sure!!

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

Much Aloha!!! We can only say AWESOME!! Thank you for your review, we are so very pleased you enjoyed it. More

ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I am now forever spoiled by this one perfect burger....such attention to getting every element right made this a memorable meal on a bun. I resisted ordering fries and ended up eating half of my hubby's. They too were perfect! Others in our group raved about the fish tacos and the grilled swordfish sandwich. Nice job Kohala Burger and Taco!... More

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

Best Burger ever?!?! You make us blush. We're just a humble hamburger hovel that tries to do the freshest, most flavorful burger everyday. So happy your were delighted, and even happier to hear that your firends lived the fish sandwich and tacos! Mahalo for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts! More

Oregon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

There are just 4 tables but don't let the size of the space fool you. Great place to stop for a to go meal or eat in if there is room. We had a burger - excellent on toasted bun and swordfish taco bowl- also excellent. Good value for the price. Go upstairs to find this spot in Kawaihae Shopping... More

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

Mahalo nui for taking the time to share your experience! We love hearing that you enjoyed our food. We try to be creative, flavorful and fresh everyday! More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I was recently on the Big Island for a month and this was my "go to" place to eat. Great burgers, fries and the best fish tacos I have ever eaten. And the Dole Pineapple Whip was a delicious, cool treat. And the people there are super friendly. Its a tiny place with a few tables but I was always... More

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

Mahalo for being a "regular" while you were here on the Big island! WE enjoy hearing your comments and are delighted that you had more than one favorite menu item during your stay! Hope to see you again soon! More

Evansville, Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stopped in for lunch. The tiny place was really crowded, with people lined up waiting to order. That's because the food was worth the wait. The restaurant is very modest but the food is impressive. My burger was perfect. The crowd thinned enough that we got a table. While my friends, who live there, had not discovered it before,... More

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

We appreciate you taking the time to post your thoughts! Those who prefer not to wait are welcome to call ahead for take-out and their meal will be waiting when they arrive. Nearby Spencer Beach park offers a plethora of picnic tables with beautiful views to enjoy that perfect burger. More

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