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All 8 Kawaihae Restaurants

Cafe Pesto

Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Ranked #5 of 8 Restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $35
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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English first
washington state
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151 reviews 151 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is a favorite place for lunch but we had never been for dinner. It's December and it was wildly busy by the time we left. I would highly recommend a reservation for the busy season. We were seated in the bar area, also a first, and it was grand. Naturally the prices were higher for dinner but we shared... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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577 reviews 577 reviews
489 restaurant reviews
676 helpful votes 676 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Friendly staff and very good value, but the food is just OK. Some interesting sauces and dressings, but the burger and salads are only average. The pizza crust is so thick it could have been called an Italian-Hawaiian open-faced sandwich! - a new invention! Anyway, just be lucky you can find food that is not bad this far north on... More 

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Denver, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great food, great service. You don't need a lot of dining options when you're staying up north as long as you have a few good ones! We've had many casual lunches to fine dinner at Cafe Pesto before, but made two lunch stops during our last trip. Amazing burgers the first time, and amazing pizza the second time (a week... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

On our return trip to Big Island Hawaii, we were sure to include a meal at Cafe Pesto. The food is great. We were there for lunch this time and we both had pizza. Mine was regular crust and was the best pizza I have ever had, and that is saying a lot. Susan had gluten free crust and she... More 

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San Marcos, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We stopped for lunch and the food & service was so excellent we returned later in the week for dinner. We had shrimp & scallops over pasta for lunch and an authentic Hawaiian Pizza for dinner. We highly recommend this neighborhood gem!

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Kelso, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My husband and I stopped in for lunch, willing to try anything with "pesto" in the name. We were so glad we did! We each had the catch of the day made into a sandwich. I loved that I had the option to have mine made on flatbread. My husband voted his the best fish sandwich he had ever eaten!... More 

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We have been there on two different trips. Good food and usually good service, except once this last trip. They must have had a bad night. We went back again after and it was good. Reasonably priced, especially for hawaii.

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

What a wonderful lunch. Warmly greeted with excellent, prompt service. Surrounded by Hawaiian charm. Some great dishes on offer, fresh fish, and some unique local offer. For an average price point this was a great, delicious value!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Wonderful meal. Creative dishes. Great Service (Mike). Located in a little strip mall across from industrial harbor...but you forget about no views, when you see the cute island decor. Don't miss

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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Fantastic Italian-island inspired food--we ate both here and at the one in Hilo since it was so good the first time, and were not disappointed. Nice to get away from the resort, if the industrial docks across the way are a bit of a disconnect with the gourmet vibe. Great pizzas and pasta and lava flows--yum!

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Additional Information about Cafe Pesto

Address: Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Phone Number: 808-882-1071
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
Cuisine: Eclectic

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