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Zest Kitchen - CLOSED

55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy. #8, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
+1 808-889-1188
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good16%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible16%
Jul 24, 2014
Aug 24, 2013
“Best Zest”
Restaurant Hours Closed
55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy. #8, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Zest is now closed. There is a small sushi/ cafe there now. I Didn't eat there, but it looked clean and there is sidewalk dining. The bamboo is still open for casual dining. If you have the time, go to cafe pesto south down the...More

Thank kyzrdg
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This was the best meal we had our entire trip. The food was excellent and Patrick was a charming host. The dessert was truly wonderful.

Thank T M
Reviewed August 8, 2013

As noted by other reviewers, the ambience is understated to say the least. But we were so taken by the obvious love of Patrick, the owner, for the joy of flavor and the preparation of food, that we decided to take a chance. The first...More

Thank EMaho2u
Reviewed March 11, 2013

As mentioned in other reviews, the food at Zest is really quite good. Their cuisine is good, their arithmetic not so much. We were the only people in the place for lunch. My wife and I each ordered an appetizer portion of the daily special,...More

2  Thank Thomas A
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We were not expecting such an amazing mix of local flavors but the salad and main meals were worth flying to Hawaii for. Very friendly staff, fun atmosphere with matching music. Prawn dish was excellent, fish was delicious with great sauce and presentation. Quiet and...More

Thank Tim F
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We made a special stop for lunch at this restaurant after reading some good reviews on TripAdvisor. As my husband has some disability, I took a table where he had easy access...but unfortunately my view toward one end was past a half open curtain into...More

1  Thank Konatraveler12
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We sat outside and enjoyed watching the - mostly local - traffic. I Had the beet salad with chili-glazed ono. Salad was delightful with fresh, complex flavors, each of which "popped" distinctively. Fish was tender and accented, not overpowered, by the glaze. My husband had...More

Thank akHondaGrrl
Reviewed February 19, 2013

First off when we arrived the Walter read us the specials, which sounded pretty good. However I was really wanting to try the short ribs! Turns out he was out of ribs, bummer! We then decided to order the crab & artichoke dip, but was...More

Thank Jeff J
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Tried to add $100 extra to our bill, and quickly "corrected" it. We were also surprised to find that 18% tip was included in our bill, although we were a party of 5. The food was OK, but the after taste was not.

Thank nadavb
Reviewed November 25, 2012

We spent a week between two separate islands (Oahu, and Hawaii) and our lunch at Zest was absolutely the best meal we had ALL week. Part of that is likely because the owner of this establishment is living out my fantasy: owning a small restaurant...More

Thank BVGinPSC
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy. #8, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hawi
  • Phone Number: +1 808-889-1188
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Zest is located in the town of Hawi, the North Kohala section of the Big Island. From most Kona hotels a 30 minute ocean front drive along the Kohala Coast. The restaurant is on the left hand side as you enter Hawi. Zest will delight your palette with delicious morsels of inspired cuisine everyday from 11-3 and 5-9 PM. We source the very best fresh local fish, meat, vegetables and fruits we can to bring you the most flavorful, healthy, gourmet food you will encounter on the Big Island. Just seconds away from Bamboo Restaurant dow on the left.
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