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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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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came here one night after sunset to enjoy dinner. The hostess seated the last available table right before us, assured us it would be less than 5 minutes and didn't take our name. A lot of people started flowing in, got her flustered and us forgotten about for around 30 minutes. We were finally seated and on the verge... More 

Thank ChefJoyceS28
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived with no reservation but were offered seats at the bar while we waited. The hostess didn't take our names, so we were a bit concerned that we would get lost in the mix (there were several other groups waiting for tables as well). At the bar, the bartender was amazing - she was very busy, the only one... More 

Thank Leena N
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything in its name tells you it's going to be amazing and it was. We got a delicious pizza and a wonderful ham sandwich, but literally everything on the menu looked good. Great quick attentive service as well. Would totally go back again and again, too bad we were just passing through the area.

Thank Hannah S
La Jolla, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Dependable island Italian. My only mistake was I thought they served a high crab content crabcake like Ruth Chris so I was a tad disappointed when I got more bread than crab. Oh well. My wife's thin crust pizza was great and so were the salads.

Thank 644howardd
Schiller Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food the service the people the price were the best values. We enjoyed a lovely evening of three couples and each of us had great meals and could not wait to tell someone make sure you have dinner here.

Thank bigrunsaturday
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered take out. Asked for gargonzola cheese on the side and was told everything is always put on the side for take out salads. Nope, cheese was mixed with the lettuce. They add 10% to all take out orders... this appeared as the gratuity on the bill. I am not sure what they did to deserve this since I... More 

Thank Lesley K
Keauhou, Hawaii
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I ate here and were not at all impressed. High prices, average food, no tablecloths, paper napkins and cheap utensils. We felt like we were in a diner.

Thank dfmott
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a little concerned about eating here when we read the most recent reviews but decided to give it a try and we were glad we did! We had a pizza, the pasta with smoked salmon, crap fish sandwich & fresh catch with Rossetti! We all loved our choices! I had the pasta smoked salmon was the best meal... More 

Thank 0604sherry
Warren, New Jersey
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220 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Pesto also has a place in Hilo. We had meals at both and they were both great. In Kawaihae we had a mushroom and multi cheese pizza which was superb. More than enough for four.

Thank Andrew K
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice restaurant with Italian specialties, near the Waikoloa area resorts. You drive up the coast to where Highways 19 and 270 com3 together. Pizza was good; they got the crust right. Seafood and pasta dishes, cocktails. We went there one afternoon for lunch and had a great time.

Thank Timothy T

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, 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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
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?