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Cafe Pesto

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61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 (Akoni Pule Hwy)
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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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had eaten at Cafe Pesto before a couple of times - both the one here in Kawaihae on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, and also in Hilo, same island. As I had been told on the phone that they were very busy (and advised me to pass) I did not arrive until 8:45pm and seated myself at the... More 

Thank Don R
Ventura, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had spent the morning at Hapuna Beach then headed down the road a bit and found this cafe. It's air conditioned and has a touch of class, yet still casual. Enjoyed an Opah fish salad (had never heard of that fish before but it was charbroiled to perfection and very tasty, Being the carb freak that I am though... More 

Thank Baj369
Boulder, Colorado
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227 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having spent our honeymoon on the Big Island 20+ yrs ago... we have fond memories of some great meals at Cafe Pesto - sadly, sometimes your favorite memories don't always work out when you go back to a place that was great then but now, not so much... such is not the case with Cafe Pesto - on the many... More 

Thank DanM320
Corona, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When we go to the big island we stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. We usually eat 3 or 4 meals at this restaurant. The food is very good and very fresh. It is worth the drive if your staying in the Mauna Kea or Hapuna resort area.

Thank Viktors R
Bangor, Maine
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128 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For the money, this was a decent find. We called ahead to book our table and were seated right away. We waited a long time for our server to come to our table but he was very nice when he came to take our order. Jim had a pizza (yummy) and I had the linguini with pesto (just okay. Appeared... More 

Thank debonvine
Clinton, New Jersey
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food and service - and had numerous choices that were gluten-free. Nice open atmosphere and good place to stop.

Thank MK22NJ
Frackville, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a nice restaurant besides high priced hotel general food. So we asked a couple of locals and they gave us a lot on information. One was this gem. When we went in the hostess greeted us with a nice smile and aloha. The service was outstanding as was the food. We had salad, soup, pizza and... More 

Thank Travelinggolfer_1
Arlington, Texas
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised to find such a good restaurant in this tiny town. The salmon fettuccini was wonderful! I loved the sauce. The scallops and shrimp pesto was also tasty. There is not a good view to look at but the restaurant is quaint and has great food. It is a short drive from the resorts. Enjoy!

Thank Margaret C
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eaten here many times for lunch and dinner and have always been pleased with the food, service and relaxed ambiance. Whether you want a light salad, pizza, sandwich or more hearty fare you will find something you will like on the menu. Love they have half portions that are good sized servings. Highly recommended.

Thank Rob K
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming to Pesto's since my first Hawaiian visit- a long, long time ago. Since then, it's been one of (the family's) favorite places to eat. Love that it is casual and delicious. This past visit I fell in love with their apple crisp dessert. It's definitely my new favorite, and I've been craving it since I left! The wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $35
American, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, 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: 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?