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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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Montreal, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is a very small place. We tried the mushroom cheese burger and the hawaiian style fish taco... They do have very tasty beef and the burger was very good. The fish taco was good however I would say that it was something special. If you are in the area, it is a good place to go however I would... More

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Oxnard, California
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were surprised to find Kohala Burger gift cards at Costco because this place is not a chain and is very very small. When we arrived there was already a line from the counter to the door. Others in our party staked out one of the few tables inside, although the temp inside was uncomfortably warm. For our first time... More

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

John, Thank you for taking the time to make a review. First off we are sorry about the heat. Our A/C is broken and can no longer be repaired due to environmental reasons (it leaks gas) However we are in process of getting the entire system replaced, but it is a big ticket investment and we are working to secure... More

Pine, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

You know this is a great place when you're standing in line with a bunch of locals and tourists to eat the freshest fish tacos in a tiny, cramped space that can't hold the business the place gets. And those tacos are worth all of it.

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

Aloha BJB, Thanks for posting and taking the time to make a review. You pretty much nailed our slogan; "Small Place.....Big Island Taste" We loo forward to serving you again. Cary More

Jupiter, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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

Aloha Marty: Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We are sorry to hear your found our burgers to only be "GOOD" other Trip Advisor Reviewers get a little more excited about our Hormone Free Hawaii Grass Fed Beef Burgers. Hand packed, 1/4 LB "made to order" and placed on the best fresh Brioche bun made in Hawaii.... More

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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

Aloha LK, Thank you for making your post! We sure appreciate you giving us a try based on customer's suggestions :) We also appreciate you posting a couple of tips, especially about checking hours: We do have seasonal hours due to the travel seasons associated with our island. Current Hours can always be found at our home page www.kohalaburger.com So... More

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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