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Cafe Pesto

Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Ranked #6 of 8 restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $35
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Akoni Pule Hwy
Description: "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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82% Recommend
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Kamuela, Hawaii
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Cafe Pesto is an excellent restaurant. My family loves coming here for any occasion. Their food is always perfectly prepared. Their menu offers the most delicious meals and you can not go wrong no matter what you eat. I highly recommend eating here.

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Jupiter, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We just got back from the BI where we went to Cafe Pesto twice. We had to go back a second time because I wanted the pizza again. I know pizza can be a very subjective item. Some like thick some like thin etc. but the pizza I had was great. Both times. They come in 9 to 12 inch... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I had the Hawaiian pizza (called something else on the menu) and it was great. Instead of your classic ham it had Hawaiian bbq'd pork. Possibly the best pizza on the island.

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Pasadena, CA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Sometimes you just need some pizza! We get take out and bring it to the beach at the Mauna Kea. We go pick it up and bring it down. It is so fun and a nice break to lounge on the beach, watch the sunset and save a bundle on another expensive meal. We love Cafe Pesto!

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Millville, Ca
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

So we stumbled into Cafe Pesto after striking out in Hawi looking for the now closed Zest Kitchen. So we were hungry. We didn't have a reservation and luckily it was just two of us. We were seated immediately and noticed that within five minutes there was a line outside waiting for seating. Along with the ten or so couch... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Everyone kept recommending this place to us, but we were thinking what? Why would we come to Hawaii and eat pizza?! WOW I would have eaten here every day of our trip if I could have and I'm not even that keen on pizza! Don't skip this place, it's amazing!

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Anna, Texas, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Cafe Pesto was all-around amazing! From the knowledgable and friendly waitstaff to their drinks and delicious, reasonably priced food! We highly recommend their shrimp nachos as an appetizer ....absolutely delicious! We ended up eating dinner here twice on our nine-day stay on the Big Island.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Nice local restaurant with great food and service. Not to be missed. Very friendly service. Fresh salads, great noodles, excellent pizza. Good cocktails. Adequate wine list. Comfort food at it's very best.

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I read a review the Pizza's were good here. The review under rated the pizza... it was FANTASTIC! My pizza had whole roasted garlic cloves on it - divine! Our large family choose a a variety of foods supporting all sorts of preferences from the soup of the day to pasta with fresh seafood. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our meal!!

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Cleveland, Ohio
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Had one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten - pulled pork and Gorgonzola cheese. But it was not just the food, but the service, drinks, and cafe atmosphere as well. It was a fantastic surprise.

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