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Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae

61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-1071
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (377 reviews)
“salad” (168 reviews)
“coconut tart” (32 reviews)
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61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Quite literally, the best we could come up with for this place is they didn't over-cook the chicken. We tried a number of different dishes. The uninspired chicken risotto had no herbs, no pepper, no garlic. Pretty much bland risotto, bland chicken (no sear -...More

Thank Entiat
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a delightful dinner, just after viewing a spectacular sunset. Very enjoyable atmosphere with locals as well as tourists. Pleasant change from the princely resort dining. 2 of us had the fish (ahi and the other mahi-mahi.) I had mind on a salad and...More

Thank Pathsensei
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made reservations for dinner on a Saturday night and were seated immediately. The Classico pizza was absolutely delicious as was the Caesar salad and warm coconut tart! We will be back!!

Thank cheryl3990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Pesto has the best hand thrown pizza on Hawaii Island. It is always fresh, with excellent tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese as the base. From there you can add other toppings to your liking. We always get a mozzarella with tomato and basil caprese...More

Thank celestewest10s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is the kitchen not fully staffed? What's happening? The Pad Thai part of my order was totally over cooked and mushy. And my order arrived a full 15 minutes after the entrees of my dining friends. Awkward. This has always been my go-to restaurant and...More

Thank Ele L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family stopped in at Cafe Pesto for lunch yesterday. It is in an industrial area of Kawaihae, so don’t expect ocean views. The food was tasty and plentiful. I had the pulled turkey sandwich with cranberry-mango chutney and sweet potato salad. The service was...More

Thank teachertraveladdict
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just ate at the Kawaihae location. We were a party of ten. We reserved it about a month ago and we were told for a party of that size we had to reserve after 8. We were expecting a nice relaxing meal and got...More

Thank ventana07
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

6 of us went to Pesto after a morning snorkel trip. They did not care that we were fresh off the snorkel boat! The food was fresh and tasty. I had the kalua turkey which was terrific. The purple sweet potato salad was a great...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this place by accident - when we were trying to look for the shave ice spot. Boy, was this a good find. The food was excellent, all the ingredients were fresh and the taste was very good. Service was top notch. It was...More

Thank muk_sd
Reviewed 11 December 2017

If you are staying north of Waikoloa and need a change from the resort restaurants, try Cafe Pesto! It is located in a small shopping center with plenty of parking in the evening. We stopped by on a Thursday evening and there was no wait....More

Thank Heather M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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: +1 808-882-1071
  • E-mail
"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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