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Cafe Pesto

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$$ - $$$
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61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 (Akoni Pule Hwy)
+1 808-882-1071
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed Cafe Pesto. Service was good and the food had amazing flavor. Prices were descent to. Highly recommend!

Thank 488stevr
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have eaten here before and was very happy with food service but we were here to day for a late lunch ordering a couple of fresh green salads a bowl of ono chowder and then ordered a fresh green salad with the fresh catch of the day " ono" and everything was great then my wife order the lilikoi... More 

Thank frank b
Yarrow Point, Washington
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Sorry Cafe Pesto but after visiting last month (see my TA review) flop 1 I decided to give you another chance. Last month we waited for our pizza 45 minutes then walked out when it didn't come. This visit we were back to trying another pizza!! Can you believe....On this visit we were told the Chef had burned it!! Preparing... More 

Thank tom g
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A hidden treasure. Perfection to fish, pasta, and ribs! Drinks are outstanding too. Make a reservation. Hostess, waitresses, cooks all give Aloha.

Thank Bodean2
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by for a quick pizza before the beach and the cafe smells soo good. We ordered the calamari and its the best thus far. It was thick and the dipping sauce is just the right touch for hawaiin flavor. Even the veggies underneath were yummy. Ordered pepperoni pizza for kids which was practically gone. Ordered lakani pizza i... More 

Thank Phuong H
Shelton, Washington
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Go early or make reservation for this little hidden gem. The food was exquisite. I had a Calzone with cilantro pesto, goat cheese and hawaiian chicken. It was excellent, and I know I'll never have another. My husband had a dish called "Somthing Hardy" and it had the best meatballs ever. Don't let the outside fool you.

Thank pcokfarm
Waikoloa, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I frequent this establishment. The service is always good and the cocktails hand-made with care. My favorite dish is the artichoke pizza and Tahitian limeade margarita. If you like good food and reasonable prices you'll love this place.

Thank italianmasita
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We live in Kona. We wanted to take a friend for a drive up north in search of some whales. We were trying to find a restaurant for take out. We googled Cafe Pesto and called in an order. It was our first time there. The food was ready, and the service was great. They provided us with silver ware... More 

Thank Sherry E
Washington State
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has never been great, but previously we recommended it for a good and reliable lunch. Unfortunately our experience today was mediocre food and service. The blue cheese Caesar lacked it normal robust flavor, with minimal blue cheese. We ordered a large pizza, received a small one. That turned out o.k. as it wasn't worth eating. The pizza was... More 

Thank NWfoodie50
Copenhagen, Denmark
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171 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the fish, Monchong I think, as recommended by the owner. It was delicious. Also the blue cheese Caesar salad, wine to compliment. My companions had pizza, no one raved about it. The service was terrific.

Thank WernMachine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
    (Akoni Pule Hwy)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
  • Phone Number: +1 808-882-1071
"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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?