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Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae
Ranked #8 of 12 Restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $35
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Akoni Pule Hwy
Description: "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.
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Lately, we are choosing restaurants based on TA reviews. This lovely cafe, surprisingly sophisticated in a very unsophisticated bay (but whales don't seem to mind). Very nice food, and good prices for Hawaii (they would be good prices in Gilbert, AZ if we were lucky enough to have one here).
We were there at lunch time and were lucky enough to get a table, the pace was very busy. Apparently, I am not the only one who uses TA to choose restaurants!

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Thank janelitamirta
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Good place to go for pizza at a reasonable price. Close to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Best to make reservations.

Thank Steve G
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We went here ten years ago and went back to see if it was the same. We ended up eating here twice for lunch and the food was good with more reasonable prices than any other place on this side of the island. Highly recommend and good for families.

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Thank CORNEA1
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

My husband and I had dinner here a few nights ago after trying to go to the Seafood Bar because the wait was so long at the Seafood Bar. We were able to walk in without reservations and be seated right away. The service was wonderful, and the food was wonderful. I had the pesto pasta and hubby had the ribs and shrimp. The prices are about $3 - $10 cheaper than the resort restaurants, and a very short drive from the Mauna Lani resort complex. We would definitely recommend.

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Thank mart0146
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

In the last week we have had both lunch and dinner at the Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae, a shorty drive form most of the resorts on the Kona/Kohala Coast. The menu offers very tasty pizzas, pastas, and a selection of fresh fish and meat dishes. It is really casual but the service is good and the prices reasonable. I enjoyed the flight of local micro brewery beers that the restaurant offers. there is the choice of three or five small glasses of beers from light lagers to heavy stouts. It is a popular dining spot so reservations are recommended.

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Thank BobbyFair
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