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Kohala Burger and Taco

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61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy # 13-D, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7709
+1 808-880-1923
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11:00 - 19:30
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 19:30
Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 11:00 - 19:30
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Midwest
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210 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by for fish tacos about 7 pm on a weekday night. We walked right in and ordered with no wait, although a number of people came after us. Indoor dining is small, a few small tables and a counter to seat a total of about 16 or so. There is a large menu on the wall and daily... More 

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Thank Lovtorun
Boulder, Colorado
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852 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe a burger would have been better, because the taco el pastor was like no taco, pastor or otherwise, I have ever eaten. It didn't have what it should have--I was hopeful when I saw the slices of radishes--and I have eaten things in Mexico that had an addition of mayonnaise, but NEVER with a taco el pastor. It's just... More 

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Thank Miriahm D
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Miriahm, Sorry to see that you did not enjoy our "Al Pastor" pork tacos because it didn't have what it should have had.. The pineapple salsa and jalapeño ailoi go great together, you get a little sweet and a little spicy! Maybe the next time you come in you could try and get a burger instead! Mahalo for your... More 

Long Beach, California
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219 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to this eatery, but one look inside, and we chose to move on. The place was filthy: empty tables had not been cleared away, there was an odor of ancient oil hanging about, and the food on the plates did not look appetizing. We were told to look on the wall for their specials. All items were overpriced... More 

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Thank Evelina62
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Evelina62, I'm sorry to hear that you decided not to dine with us because of the "Ancient Oil" hanging about. We have a small restaurant, so when it gets crazy busy like usual we take care of the customers first then take care of the tables that haven't been bussed yet. Hopefully you'll give us a chance so you... More 

Boston
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this burger so much I came back the next day! This is my perfect burger, honestly the best I've ever had. We all have different ideas of the best burger but to me this is absolutely it. Perfect size, not huge, and amazing bun. I had the classic two days in a row. The beef tasted like top... More 

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Thank Susan M
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Susan! Thank you so much for a great review and we are happy to see that you're happy! Mahalo for your review! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding Hula Burger and Fresh Fish Burrito (the burrito was huge). Reasonable prices and cute little place. Friendly and fast service! Stopped on our way back from the beach.

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Thank SportMom456
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The burgers and fish tacos are amazing. This is a perfect spot for lunch before or after the beach. They will even box it up for you to picnic at the beach! We eat here several times every year!

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Thank TravelMoma2boys
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha TravelMoma2boys! Thank you for giving us a five rating review and we are more than happy to have you as one of our "FANS"! More 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we regret they did away with their delicious burritos and black beans, we still love this place. They make great tacos and will make a vegan option as well. Staff is always accommodating. We eat a lot and find it a bit spendy for the two of us but still a worthwhile stop. They make homemade chips and salsa... More 

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Thank LaRenKristen
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha LaRenKristen, Appreciate the feedback! Sometimes we have burritos on our daily specials, but as for our burgers, the portion sizes has never changed. They have always been 1/4lb GrassFed patty, BUT we also do have the option to double up if you need more meat! We hope to see you guys again! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here on our last day. Got the hula burger. High quality fresh Hawaiian beef. One of best burgers of all time

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Thank Aly B
Hilo, Hawaii
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must stop when you're done at the beach. Located close to the harbor not really a nice place to dine in but great to order and take out sit by the harbor and enjoy the ocean and burger

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Thank 765matildak
North America
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I never thought I would give a tiny, stand in line, no a.c., or ambience kind of place, 5 stars! Super nice people but the burger was the best EVER! I know, crazy, a burger is usually a burger, but try this place and see if you think this is different.

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Thank landshark100
Cary P, Owner at Kohala Burger and Taco, responded to this review

Aloha Landshark100, I'm glad we changed you prospective on "tiny" restaurants! Our GrassFed burgers are mainly what we are known for! Hopefully you guys will come back down to us again and enjoy another meal! Mahalo. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15
Cuisine
Mexican, Seafood, Fast food, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:30
Thursday
11:00 - 19:30
Friday
11:00 - 16:00
Saturday
11:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy # 13-D, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7709
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kawaihae
  • Phone Number: +1 808-880-1923
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!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?