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Cafe Pesto

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” (355 reviews)
“salads” (78 reviews)
“coconut tart” (29 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 2 days ago

Stopped by for lunch this time and had the Fresh Catch Salad, onolicious. Wait staff was courteous and prompt. Have had their pizza on earlier visits and that was great.

Thank 821kathleenw
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Located about 15 min north of Mauna Lana this place is a great place for lunch. Our kids enjoyed the individual pizzas. I had the marlin sandwich on flat bread with pesto sauce. Very good. Came with purple potato salad. Go to Anuenue upstairs for...More

Thank 597tedl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Pesto provides a good combination of friendly staff, reasonable prices (for Hawaii), and good food. Nothing fancy here. Dining room is comfortable but not a showcase. The windows look out at the parking lot. But the staff made us feel welcome and the food...More

Thank accidentaltrvlr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are tired of the resort restaurants, I would recommend a short drive to Kawaihae to visit Cafe Pesto. Great pizza and pasta dishes. Calamari is wonderful alone with other great fish dishes. And you have to finish off the meal with their coconut...More

Thank Simitexan
Reviewed 1 week ago

While strolling thru Downtown Hilo, we were a little hot and hungry. I had read reviews of this restaurant and decided to try it. The service was wonderful, the air was cold and the food delicious! It is not just Italian---the Fried Chicken Salad was...More

Thank Ragski49
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience at Cafe Pesto! We visited last year while in Hawaii and decided to eat here again this year to escape the resort scene at Waikoloa. The service is terrific and food is fresh and high quality. Certainly recommend leaving the resort areas to...More

Thank Robbie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While driving around the big island, stop by and have lunch at this restaurant. The food is so good & serve is great! No views, but wonderful food!

Thank Sharon1284
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten here almost every visit to Hawaii. This time I was not as pleased with my dish. It was small the the spinach was bitter. Usually the food is very good, but this time we all felt it had dropped a few notches....More

Thank Cara W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming to the islands for twenty years and finally decided to try Cafe Pesto. We should have come here sooner! Mark is a fantastic waiter. Knows the menu and has a great personality!! Pizza is great and the Seafood Risotto was to die...More

Thank Dominique Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for lunch in mid-afternoon. I had the Hamakua calzone - really good. I like the flavor of the BBQ chicken and the cheese combination was really nice. My wife had the salmon fettuccine, which was about her favorite meal so far. It wasn't...More

Thank foxsocks
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Can you get a reservation for 4 people?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 35
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
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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