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“Great burgers”

Kohala Burger and Taco
Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner
Description: Located just a short distance from the glorious white sand beaches of the Kohala Coast, Kohala Burger and Taco is an affordable and friendly spot with a feel good, nostalgic flair. We serve 100% local grass fed beef and fresh, sustainably caught fish in burgers and tasty tacos. Daily specials, Milk Shakes and kids meals, too! Stop in for an Authentic Dole Pineapple Whip! This tasty Soft Serve Treat was once only available at Disney Parks and at the Dole Plantation on Oahu. KBAT has got it!
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a good burger. When asking around, everyone said Kohala Burgers. They did not disappoint. There was so much flavor in the burger, best I've had in a long time. The onion rings were the perfect compliment.

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Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Mahalo for taking the time to post! Your kind words are very much appreciated! Glad you had the time to come to the Big Island from O'ahu for a visit! A hui hou kakou!

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

First impression is that this place is tiny, with a row of tables on one side of the walkway and a bar and stools on the other. It's got an incredibly nice atmosphere which is laid back and relaxing. We just went for burgers and fries and they were great after a long day. Staff was very friendly and seemed to like working there.

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Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Mahalo goes to sgphoto for a lovely review! We stay happy by keeping our customers happy at our cozy Big Island burger spot. We also encourge folks to call ahead for take-out. Nearby Spencer Beach has a bevy of picnic tables. Nothing like a yummy burger or taco with an ocean view!

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Definitely a hidden gem! We stopped here on our way back from touring around Hawi, and we were very happy that we did. The guy taking our order was very friendly, very patient (we let our 2 smaill kids order on their own), and very helpful. The burgers and fries were fresh and it was all very good. They have a full menu of burgers and tacos, and have a little something for everyone. The burgers were huge as well! So if you are touring around the north and need a great spot to stop for lunch or dinner, this place is definitely worth the visit! We will definitely be back on our next trip to the BI.

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Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2014

Glad you took the time to stop by for a roadside meal with us! Thanks even more for taking the time to post such accolades! Many Big Island visitors like our new friend ScottMoe66 Dawson of Creek, Canada discover our little burger spot after a scenic and enjoyable drive through the Kohala Mountains, Hawi, Kapaau and Pololu Valley in North Kohala on the Big Island. Wehave clean restrooms, too!

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We both tried items on the daily special menu. My husband got the spearfish burrito, and I ordered the island tacos. Yum! great combination of flavors for both dishes. the burrito was well stuffed and my tacos were full of fish, fresh coleslaw, avocado sauce. Their house taco sauce is also really good, I'd give it a medium for spiciness. We were quite full when we left.

Service was friendly, fast, prices for the main dishes reasonable for HI. But, if you're on a tight travel budget beware of the extras, they add up quickly.

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Thank luv2flyak
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Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2014

Mahalo for visiting us and for your insightful review! We enjoy knowing customers leave happy and satisfied.For those looking to keep their costs in check will be happy to know that we offer discounts via our Facebook page, by signing up with our loyalty program at the restaurant!

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is a very small and hard to find place. It seemed very popular as all the tables inside were full, most of the counter stools were full, there were people getting take out, and there were families sitting in their vans just outside eating from this restaurant. The food and service was excellent. I had fish tacos which had ample fresh fish and big portions for a lunch. My son had a hamburger which he thought was great. The French fries were plentiful and very hot and fresh.

We will be going back.

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Thank Kwhite101
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Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Glad to hear that we delighted you! Looking forward to seeing you again! Mahalo for taking the time to post your insightful thoughts.

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