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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%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (365 reviews)
“salads” (81 reviews)
“coconut tart” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Reviewed yesterday

Cafe Pesto is rock solid consistently good food. Caprese salad is very good as well as the pizza. Service is wonderful and friendly.

Thank MGB999
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there 3 times on a recent holiday. The service was great (Mark even remembered us and our order from the previous time). Food was very quick and tasty and cheaper than the local hotels. I can recommend the salmon tagliatelle.

Thank Donna P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am going back and forth on this one. The service was great and as far as the food, we ordered a pizza, which was good but the caprese salad, not so much. It seems that Hawaii lacks in good tomatoes, which seems weird as...More

Thank Gracie27
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was very disappointed at lunch today at Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae. I dine there at least 3 times a year and have always ordered the large Caesar Salad as part of my meal. When my server Jonah brought my salad, I asked him, Is...More

Thank Carlton56
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to get away from the resort so we wound up at Cafe Pesto. My husband and I split the Big Island BLT pizza for lunch and we were so pleased. It was delicious. The toppings were evenly distributed and the crust was light...More

Thank Liesel A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice local vibe. Fast and friendly service. There were more interesting, and more expensive, options on the menu, but we chose to share a pizza and a large Caesar salad. Can't recommend that. The salad portion was not generous given the price. The four cheese...More

Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good Pizza and Calzone. Off the beaten path in a shopping center, but very good food and service. Cold brews.

Thank Kjfranzese
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cafe Pesto is a wonderful place to eat when you need to get away from the usual hotel fare food and don't want be charged an arm and a leg for great food. My husband and I have been coming here for 12 years and...More

Thank Mai S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate lunch here while staying in a resort in the area. I ordered one of their small pizzas and it was very good. My husband ordered their fish special and was pleased but said that their potato was the best he had ever had......More

Thank QCchis
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Mix of italian and asian flavors. Many choice of different dishes, each of them excellent and copious.

Thank SabrinaALS
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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, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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