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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Long Beach, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Café Pesto in Hilo is the best, and this branch is little sparse on the atmosphere. close to Hapuna however, so easy drive. Food was average.

Thank 419jacquelynr
Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard good things about this eatery so we checked it out. Restaurant was nice, atmosphere was good. Variety of food to choose from. We heard the pizza was really good but unfortunately most of us had just eaten pizza so we ordered other items from pasta to ribs. All was good.

Thank Jenna K
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are there twice. The pizza was great. I didn't eat it all and took it back to my hotel to enjoy it later. Second time I got pasta which was just ok. Nice, casual environment. Prices are reasonable.

Thank AnonymousNS
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73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant because I was staying at the nearby Hotel and the reviews on TripAdvisor seemed ok, so I decided to try it. Bad mistake. As an italian tourist in Hawaii, I certainly don't expect to find my mother's pasta served in a commercial restaurant, especially considering Ive been living in Asia for the pst 20 years, so... More 

Thank Island_boy75
Calgary, Canada
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us ate here a couple of times on our visit to Hawaii, and all of us enjoyed the food both times. The food was very tasty and the portion sizes were good. The servers were friendly and adequately attentive. Prices were average for Hawaii. If you go here, you're going for the food not the views (there isn't... More 

Thank Ken M
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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238 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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142 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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

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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
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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?