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Cafe Pesto

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Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 (Akoni Pule Hwy)
808-882-1071
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: "The best of Hawaii's hidden treasures," claim food critics and locals...
"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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children

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  • 282
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    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 25
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cozy restaurant, very good food

We found this restaurant on the road to Hawi. It looks like fine dining, but the dishes are made with local products and prepared very nicely. Be sure to stop on your way to, or from, Hawi.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
BigDaddy522
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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603 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, Illinois
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We found this restaurant on the road to Hawi. It looks like fine dining, but the dishes are made with local products and prepared very nicely. Be sure to stop on your way to, or from, Hawi.

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BC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had struck out at a couple of restaurants, which were closed. When we stopped for gas, I noticed a sign for Cafe Pesto, and remembered seeing a review for it, so went in to check the menu and available seating. They could seat us (just barely), and the menu looked good. Had a wonderful salad and pizza, and our... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We stopoed in for pizza after a road trip. The service was fabulous with a very attentive staff. Cozy comfortable restaurant. Would definitely stop by again.

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Boston, MA
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166 reviews 166 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I went to the Hilo cafe a few years ago, and while I wasn't planning to go to that side of the island I was psyched to see Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae, somewhat close to my Waikoloa hotel. It was fine - not the mind blowing experience I had in Hilo. What started off my lunch was a hostess who... More 

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our dinner here was very enjoyable--we were staying at the hapuna beach prince hotel and were happy to find a restaurant close by that was not so crazy expensive. Good idea to make a reservation as there were a fair number of people waiting. We had "specials" of the day and enjoyed all of our choices. Lots of pizzas, calzones,... More 

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Delicious gourmet pizza with excellent crust, and a nice array of salads and other offerings as well. The decor is fresh, clean and pleasant. An equally great place to have lunch or dinner.

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Key West, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We ate here 3x during 1 wk. We stayed at the Mauna Kea and were 7 mins away from Cafe Pesto. The menu is primarily organic and food quality is excellent. We ate there for lunch and enjoyed great salads, soups, fish and pizza. And the prices are extremely reasonable for Hawaii. The atmosphere is island casual. You'll be at... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This restaurant is fabulous! Everything was so great that we went two nights in a row. The service was wonderful as well as the food. The Coconut Crusted Calamari with a mango dipping sauce was the best calamari we have ever eaten. We had it again the second night. They are wonderful here about accommodating your diet request, which can... More 

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Small, cozy restaurant with great food, quiet place and good service. I visited both for lunch and dinner and the food is great any time. You can take your wine bottle and have a enjoyable dinner. I recommend it highly.

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Reston
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We get to Hawaii every couple of years and always come back here. It never seems to change--lively, good service, very nice food, just a fun place to eat in a kind of out of the way place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
    (Akoni Pule Hwy)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
  • Phone Number: 808-882-1071

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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