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Cafe Pesto - Kawaihae Harbor

4.1
649 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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About

"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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 882-1071
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Moses Tavares
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Akoni Pule Hwy
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.2
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3.6
ambience
3.8
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mack (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

A great and affordable place to dine in west shore Hawaii. Casual dining, fresh fish, affordable food, nice people.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

Service timely. Weekday lunch with few patrons. No noise level at all- great. Great pasta salad and fresh catch fish sandwich. A top notch dining spot.

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brandyl (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Birthday celebration. Awesome food and comp desert

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was very good, fresh ingredients! The service was impeccable. The night we dined was mid-week so the restaurant was quiet and we were able to get a table near the window to watch the sunset.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Our favorite restaurant on The Big Island. We've been coming here for 21 years.

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vipPatrick1 (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Pretty disappointed. First time there. No host on duty. Waited to even to be acknowledged for several minutes as the bartender was doing double duty. There was a line of about 10 people behind us, all with reservations.

Once seated, the service was attentive and friendly.

The food, however, was the biggest disappointment. I opted for the special chicken stir fry over a kind of noodle.

There was was so much sugar and red pepper over undercooked pasta, it was pretty unappetizing.

My dinner partners agreed that the poke wasn't right and the chicken risotto was pasty and flavorless.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

Part of Birthday celebration

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RitaB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Always good! Thanks for over 20 years of good food and service!

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vipChasM (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

We've been here before and always ordered pizza. This time we tried two different pastas, and they were good, but it's probably best to go with pizza here.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

This is one of our favorite places to eat when we visit the north shore of Hawaii. The must have item for us is the Volcano Mist salad, so called because it's shaped like a volcano, with curls of mozzarella cheese erupting out the top. Really exceptional, with heirloom tomatoes, crispy onions and a balsamic reduction. Our pizza was good, too, but a 12-inch pizza with three items (mushrooms, pepperoni, and bell peppers) for $26 was a little steep, we thought. Overall, very good and you can see a pretty good sunset through the trees.

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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food and service. We love the rosemary gorgonzola focaccia.

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Arthur (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

After dining at Cafe Pesto in Hilo, we were looking fwd to trying this other location expecting to have the same great dining experience however it wasn't anything near Hilo location.

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vipRich (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

We had a most enjoyable dinner. The salads are super and the soup, which was a tomato and pepper creme was very tasty. Always enjoy Cafe Pesto.

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vipRich (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2017

Always good. We are regulars and always enjoy our meals.

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Bondman21 (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

We haven't been back to Cafe Pesto in a number of years. Had their seafood risotto and it's still delicious!!

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