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Cafe Pesto

308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
808-969-6640
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Ranked #4 of 199 restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mamo Street
Transit: Bus stop across street.
Description: Cafe Pesto offers creative and locally fresh Island cuisine in a casually elegant setting at truly affordable prices. It's menu draws from the diverse multicultural influences found throughout the Big Island and applies them to wood fired pizzas, ethnically inspired pastas, risottos, the freshest of seafood and organic salads.
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

food and service are great at both café pestos, the other being on the west side of the island of Hawaii. While they are both known for their pizza their other entrees are excellent too. Fair value too. Desserts are heavenly

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Hilo, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

have eaten here often but a first for the seafood risotto. each item [lobster tail, scallop, shrimp, wahoo-called ono locally] was perfectly cooked and very tasty, this is a market price item; today's cost was $36. service, as always, was efficient and attentive. went for dinner at 500p and the restaurant was one-third filled. by the time i left at... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had the Luau Pizza, it was very tasty and the ingredients were good quality. I love that it's downtown Hilo right next to the Farmers Market. We enjoyed our lunch here and the menu had a good variety of food choices. I definitely recommend.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We found Cafe Pesto on trip adviser and went for dinner. The food was amazing! Loved it. They had a nice band playing and the staff were lovely. Good location in downtown Hilo. We though the prices were reasonable. ♥♡

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Tacoma, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The pizza is great and you have many other choices. We ate at both Pesto's. One on Kona side and one downtown Hilo. Both are excellent. Best hamburgers, with lots of juice and dripping taste. The service help are nice and friendly. Very helpful ideas about what to see on the island.

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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We chose this restaurant because it was one of the few that had specific gluten free options for me. After a long day exploring Volcano National Park and pouring rain... we decided to order to go. I called and the person who took our order was very nice and went through some of the gluten free options for me. (Luckily,... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

We ate here twice while in Hilo, once at lunch and once at dinner. The restaurant was a little noisy at lunch - the place was packed - but the food was good and the service excellent. The lunch food was the usual - pizzas, burgers and the like, but quite good. The dinner was very good, although not very... More

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Keaau, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I remember when I first visited the island of Hawaii. Everyone raved about this Italian restaurant on the bay front. Ok, I will check it out! Bad, bad bad. Bread was dry. Service was poor. Salad was not green. That was 5 years ago. Fast forward and I thinking to myself, self this can't be the same place. Bread is... More

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San Diego, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We went here after a 4 day hike up the volcano. Hungry and dirty we went here for our first real meal! We were told the wait was 45 minutes but it only took 30. The hostess was very nice. She let us keep our gear in the waiting area while we ate and she watched it for us. She... More

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Oregon
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We went to the HIlo farmers market to pick up some fresh produce and decided to walk down the street for lunch. Lovely and clean restaurant. We had a mix of kids and adults and everyone was quite happy with the food. I had one of their mixed special cocktails made with fresh fruit which was refreshing. Service was prompt... More

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