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“Best in Kawaihae.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Pesto

Cafe Pesto
Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
808-882-1071
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Ranked #5 of 8 Restaurants in Kawaihae
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.
Wall Township, New Jersey
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220 reviews 220 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Best in Kawaihae.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Great service, and excellent food. While this restaurant is located at the northerly end of Big Island, and about an hour from Kona, it is worth the trip, and worth stopping.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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101 reviews 101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening at Cafe Pesto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Having visited their Hilo location on prior trips, we had the opportunity to dine at their Kawaihae harbor restaurant last night, located on the other side of the Big Island. The food and service was great. Make a reservation, the place filled up quickly by locals and travelers. Our server was attentive and courses were delivered timely. I had the Wild Green Salad and my wife had the exceptional caprese tomato salad. We both had the catch of the day - Ono with garlic mashed and asparagus. It was well prepared, tasty, and nicely presented. We finished by sharing the apple crisp a-la-mode. Only miss was the "warm" coffee. It was just a 15 minute drive from Wakiloa. Very similar in style and menu to Hilo.

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Orange, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
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“5 Stars plus Infinity!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is our absolute FAVORITE restaurant! The food is not only wonderful, but the customer service is consistently great. We brought an Ono that we caught on the Medusa, a charter boat, and Cafe Pesto gave us 3 choices of how to cook it. Every choice was delicious. There is artwork on the walls, which comes from a gallery next door.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Whitehorse, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food with a comfortable atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We really enjoyed both of the meals we had at Cafe Pesto. Would definitely recommend this as a nice alternative to the less-than-stellar dining options on the island

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Evansville, Indiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“A very enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My friend and I stopped in for lunch. We both had Mai Tai's which were perfectly prepared. I may have had two because my memory of lunch is a little vague. I do know that at the time I was delighted with my lunch. Our server was fantastic. She was working very hard to accommodate everyone and managed to do so. I highly recommend this restaurant, and their Mai Tai's! My star rating relates to this restaurant versus other Kawaihae restaurants.

Visited February 2014
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