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Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae - CLOSED


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner


$30 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Takeout, Reservations

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freshly baked pizza bread with your choice of: herbed big island goat cheese, fresh rosemary gorgonzola, or greek olive pesto
shrimp “half moon” nachos
crispy asian style chips topped with smoked mozzarella, split jumbo shrimp, cilantro sour cream, a mild chili dressing, and big island corn relish
asian pacific crab cakes
Light and crispy served with baby wild greens, pickled cucumber “Namasu” and a honey-miso vinaigrette
crispy coconut crusted calamari
set on a slaw of arugula, won bok and pickled ginger, accented with a honey mustard-mango dipping sauce
sesame-crusted big island goat cheese
broiled eggplant, vine-ripened organic tomatoes, spinach and a balsamic-citrus vinaigrette
smoked salmon pizzette
a petite pizza with rosemary gorgonzola, fresh spinach and sweet local onions
crab quesadilla
an open face petite pizza with cilantro pesto, blended cheeses, chipotle salsa and sweet blue crab meat
fresh basil crostini
Classic French‏ baguette toasted with a creamy, basil infused garlic butter
soup special of the day
wild greens salad
an eclectic blend of locally grown organic baby lettuces, cucumbers, julienne carrots, sweet local onions, kalamata olives, and vine-ripened organic tomatoes
volcano mist
Delicate organic greens, sweet organic Waimea tomatoes, smoky mozzarella, drizzled with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with madam pele crisped local onion rings
chicken lallo rosa
grilled “free range” chicken breast tossed organic baby greens, sweet local onions, vine-ripened organic tomatoes, dressed with a fresh cilantro dressing
grilled fresh catch salad
a refreshing combination of island fish over organic baby lettuces mandolin vegetable and fruit salsa with a light sesame citrus vinaigrette
seared poke with spinach
sesame-soy marinated fresh ahi served with green onions, pickled ginger, and a tamarind honey vinaigrette
blue caesar salad
crisp hearts of big island baby romaine, anchovy buttered croutons and, if you dare, gorgonzola
A selection of island food inspired by Hawaii’s diverse ethnic bounties
ask your server for details about today’s fresh fish
today’s fresh catch grilled or sauteed
Nestled on a bed of japanese soba noodles, hon shimeji mushrooms, sugar snap peas, accented with a fresh Vietnamese coriander pesto
tenderloin of beef and asian tiger shrimp
a petite grilled medallion of black angus beef, offered with an herb wild mushroom ragout, nestled on a bed of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, crowned with succulent shrimp in a tomato beurre blanc
wok fired shrimp and scallops
Seared island spinach, sugar snap peas and baby bok choy served over pad Thai noodles, tossed in a coconut red curry blend and garnished with roasted Macadamia nuts
grilled chicken and hamakua mushroom risotto
Wood-roasted chicken breast, caramelized onions and a Hamakua mushroom medly, served in a creamy, saffron arborio rice
free range chicken and forest mushroom risotto
Rosemary grilled organic chicken breast, caramelized bell peppers, sweet maui onions, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, served over classic Italian arborio rice
pacific island seafood risotto
a sampling of the big island’s finest fresh local fish, black tiger shrimp, tender scallops, petite split hawaiian lobster tail, melded with saffron arborio rice and savory sweet chili cream
“hibachi style” baby back ribs
Baby back pork ribs, chipotle barbeque sauce served with mashed patatoes or Thai jasmine rice steamed local vegetables
full portion $17.95
small portion $14.95
a simple classic
sugar snap‏ peas, hon shimeji mushrooms, vine ripe tomatoes shaved parmesan, garlic infused olive oil, penne pasta
full portion $22.95
small portion $17.95
something hearty
big island beef and smoked pork sausage meatballs served in a spicy roasted pepper marinara over linguine with fresh mushrooms, spinach and caramelized onions
full portion $22.95
small portion $17.95
smoked salmon alfredo
smoked salmon, fettuccine, sun-dried tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, fresh grated parmesan cheeses, and a light classically inspired cream sauce
full portion $26.95
small portion- $19.95
shrimp scampi
pan-seared jumbo asian tiger shrimp, fresh garlic and tomatoes de glazed with a fennel laced liqueur, white wine and butter cream served over penne pasta
linguine al pesto
tossed in basil pesto, highlighted with a roasted tomato marinara topped with grilled smoked chicken-apple sausage
classically prepared- creatively presented
9″ $9.95
12″ $11.95
four cheese pizza
simple and rustic, with fresh herbs, tomato sauce, and blended cheeses
9″ $11.95
12″ $18.95
pepperoni classico
italian sausage, dry salami, pepperoni and red onion
9″ $11.95
12″ $18.95
pizza luau
kalua pork,‏ local sweet onions and fresh hawaiian pineapple
9″ $11.95
12″ $18.95
oriental al pesto
fresh basil‏ pesto, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and japanese eggplant
9″ $12.95
12″ $19.95
wild mushrooms and artichokes
fresh shiitake and oyster mushrooms, artichokes and rosemary gorgonzola sauce
9″ $13.95
12″ $20.95
fresh cilantro pesto, chipotle barbeque chicken, red onions, big island goat cheese
9″ $12.95
12″ $19.95
chili grilled shrimp
chili seasoned large shrimp over cilantro creme fraiche, shiitake mushrooms and green onions
9″ $12.95
12″ $19.95
greek pizza
Calamata olive pesto, sweet peppers, rich Bulgarian feta, finished with fresh spinach
9″ $11.95
12″ $18.95
big island b.l.t.
sliced vine ripe tomatoes on creamy pesto, crispy prosciutto ham, baby romaine and parmesan garnish
Start with our Pizza Margherite
Start with our Pizza Margherite
served with soup or salad 19.95
soup $19.95
salad $19.95
chipotle barbeque‏ chicken breast, cilantro pesto, red onions, big island goat cheese, and a tahitian lime coulis
soup $19.95
salad $19.95
prosciutto ham, fresh mushrooms, and grainy dijon mustard
soup $19.95
salad $19.95
fresh spinach, black olives, feta cheese, tri-colored bell peppers
soup $19.95
salad $19.95
east west
sweet japanese eggplant, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary gorgonzola sauce
ala mode on any dessert 3.95 sm/ 5.95 lg
baked fresh daily by our pastry chefs
small $3.95
large $5.95
cookies and cream cheesecake
with macadamia nut cookie crust
small $3.95
large $5.95
hot keanakolu apple crisp
freshly sliced apples and a macadamia nut crumb topping
small $3.95
large $5.95
chocolate torte with raspberry puree
small $3.95
large $5.95
creme brulee
with fresh seasonal fruit preserves
small $3.95
large $5.95
warm coconut tart
sweet cream anglaise
small $+1.95
large $+2.95
small $3.95
large $5.95
macadamia nut cookie
with dark chocolate chunks
small $3.95
large $5.95
big island tropical
island made‏ ice cream and sorbet
sodas, liliko`i iced tea, lemonade or “hilo sunrise”
includes complimentary refills
hanaoka farms fruit juices
liliko’i or tahitian limeade
waiwera sparkling water
New Zealand, (ph8.5) 500ml. bottle
san pellegrino sparkling water
500 ml.‏ bottle
tropical fruit smoothies
with ice‏ cream or non-fat yogurt
kona blended coffee
includes complimentary refills
ice cream floats
our espresso bar uses only the finest quality
100% organic hamakua coffee freshly ground to order
rich, full bodied dark roasted
cafe latte
espresso with‏ steamed milk
double espresso with steamed milk
kona frappuccino smoothie
cool and refreshing blended cappuccino with yogurt or ice cream
iced cappuccino
double espresso on ice with whipped cream
cafe mocha
espresso with chocolate and fresh steamed milk
mocha smoothie
chocolate espresso with yogurt or ice cream
iced mocha
espresso on ice with chocolate and fresh whipped cream
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Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

I made a reservation for 7:30pm and arrived at 7:15pm. After watching a lot of people get seated before us I finally noticed we were the last ones in the waiting area. I asked if we could finally be seated and the hostess replied we...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Capircorn
Reviewed May 11, 2018

We drove up to eat and did not know it was gone. Went next door to Al Vigolo ( so some name like that). It was AWFUL. I had penne al pesto. They ran out of penne and the pesto sauce looked and tasted like...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Melinda E
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

We are sorry to see you go after 30 years! This was our go to return dining spot. Saw the sign on door today - thanks for the memories. We will miss you too.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

We had lunch here and the server was very good BUT she was stretched to the limit. They had more bus persons than they had servers. For Shame. The menu was quite diverse and the lunches were very good. Typical island pricing but you won't...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank boilerhoosier
Reviewed March 26, 2018

This place is adorable and just what you would envision for an quaint local restaurant on the big island. We had four in our dining party and we were all disappointed in our meal. The food was fine but did not live up to the...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank lynnaeb2016
Reviewed March 16, 2018

We visit this restaurant every time we visit the Big Island. Amazing, tasty, fresh pasta, salads, pizza and dessert at a very reasonable price.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Kari E
Reviewed March 14, 2018

Each time we come here, we try a different entree and are never disappointed in the food or the service. We're never rushed though they can be quite busy. The view only includes part of the harbor but that's not what we go for!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Wonderful option just north of Hapuna Beach and the resorts on the north Kona Coast. The menu includes pizzas, seafood, and pasta options with a local flair. The Coconut Crusted Calamari was an exceptional appetizer, unlike any calamari I have had before.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Amherst_Mass
Reviewed March 1, 2018

We've been coming to the Big island for over 25 years and our favorite restaurant for special occasions has always been Cafe Pesto - a long drive but always worth it... our visit to the Big Island stretched over Valentine's Day and of course we...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank DanM003
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

The menu here is a bit more standard than specifically Hawaiian, but they serve a good hamburger and fries. A bit less expensive than some of the other options and easy to reach from the resorts nearby. Staff are friendly and efficient and the service...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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