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Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae - CLOSED

61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-1071
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (384 reviews)
“salad” (171 reviews)
“coconut tart” (32 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Reviewed 26 May 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

Thank Capircorn
Reviewed 12 May 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

Thank Melinda E
Reviewed 3 April 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.

1  Thank Tamara H
Reviewed 31 March 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

Thank boilerhoosier
Reviewed 26 March 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

Thank Lynnae B
Reviewed 17 March 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.

Thank Kari E
Reviewed 15 March 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!

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 3 March 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.

Thank Amherst_Mass
Reviewed 2 March 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

Thank DanM320
Reviewed 2 March 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

Thank wineandtravellover
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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