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“Decent Food, confused service”

Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae
Ranked #4 of 12 Restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$35
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, 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 10 December 2017

We returned to this restaurant after a good experience on a prior visit.
This time, we had a Blue César salad and a Classico pizza.
Both were good and the prices were typical for the area.
The wait staff seemed confused as who was our server and even after they figured it out the service remained a little disoriented.
We had to ask for a napkin and silverware after the food was already on the table.
Decent local food with prices on the higher side given the (strip mall) location and (lack of)atmosphere.

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1  Thank RealRoadWarrior
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

We had pork and pineapple pizza. Food and service were okay. Nice to have a choice other than the hotels and chains.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

We were shopping nearby and couldn't pass up the smells! At first we were reluctant because it looks like a pizzeria and we were wanting something more in tune with island food. Glad we stopped! We both had the chef's special which was the local catch of the day in sandwich form. Really delicious! The fish had a spicy sauce that was offset by the sweet crunchiness of the slaw. Even the tomato tasted like a real tomato. (I'm a tomato snob and I HATE refrigerated tomatoes, such a crime!) The purple potato salad was also great and something different. Next time we'll be back for dinner!

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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped in Kawaihae at Cafe Pesto for lunch as was recommended by our guide book. The cafe is in a small strip mall & is quite casual inside. However the service,menu & food was outstanding. I had the catch of the day with a green salad & my husband had the chefs special - a stir fry. The food was so good we also tried The creme brûlée. All was fabulous, down to the herb infused butter served with fresh bread at the table. Highly recommend this spot!

1  Thank KimDS74
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Reviewed 24 November 2017

Cafe pesto is ok. The food seemed uninspired. We had fresh Ahi tuna, again it was ok. Not particularly memorable. In sense Cafe Pesto served our need for a pretty quick, straightforward dinner after a long trip from the mainland, but really it was just ok.

Thank Grizfamily1
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