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Cafe Pesto

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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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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it was good enough to eat- I wouldn't go back again- 4 people 3 pizzas, 1 appetizer, no drinks $85 +...service was good- very attentive!

Thank vanna563
Marco Island, Florida
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the few restaurants on the island our guidebook recommended. Believe I can cook much better food at home. Reviews raved about shrimp scallop curry. Not flavorful. Underwhelming. Ambiance subpar….and food not inexpensive

Thank TravelingMel_33
Carlsbad, California
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a long day we decided to order pizza, The Café Pesto was recommended by our hotel. We ordered and were to told it would be ready in 30 minutes. So we went to pick it up and it turned out to be about 55 minutes. The staff was not friendly and seemed annoyed when we asked after 40 minutes... More 

Thank BridesMom2AJ
Yarrow Point, Washington
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

ALL good things must come to an end... When visiting the Big Island more specifically Mauna Kea Resort we always include a visit or 2 to Cafe Pesto which is located in Kawaihae 10 minutes away. We like the menu...pick from Pizza to fresh local salads pasta and much more. But last night our party of 3 ordered a wild... More 

Thank tom g
austin, tx
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The prices were a bit lower, the ambiance and food quality was lower still. We had great service though, so that's something.

Thank DemTX
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located by the harbor in the sleepy little town of Kawaihae, Café Pesto serves up some of the most delicious Italian cuisine on the big island. Whether it's something simple like a calzone, or something totally wonderful like their Wok Fired Shrimp & Scallops (my favorite), you're certain to be pleased with your meal here. Atmosphere is casual, service is... More 

Thank ScubaMike47
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a fair lunch but not up to standards set by Hilo's Pesto Café. Better to take the drive to Hilo but if you cannot second best is OK

Thank HawaiiKailuaKona
Tequesta, Florida
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Pesto is nice for late lunch. Not crowded, good pizza, the crust was perfect. We hade the coconut pie. It was solid delicious and sweet. I liked it better than Coconut Cream Pie. A nice stop in the main drag of town of Hilo, we would go again.

Thank Judy D
Massillon, Ohio
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had a pleasant dinner here. I had been here twice before in previous visits and was not disappointed this time either. The coconut calamari was delicious and served different than we had ever had before cut into finger size pieces. The portions were large and our meals were all very good. We had two pasta dishes, the... More 

Thank Cheryl D
Sydney, Australia
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travelled from Australia a party of 28 to celebrate a milestone birthday. having been there four years prior , once again we were not disappointed. Excellent service, great food and value for money, even with the $ exchange rate. The Manager has a memory like a computer, took our table order , of about 14 , without writing it... More 

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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
American, Gluten Free Options
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
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?