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Cafe Pesto

308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
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Ranked #7 of 205 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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84% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Las Vegas, NV
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

After a long day of driving around the island, we stopped off for dinner at Cafe Pesto based on the user reviews... and had an enjoyable evening in a historic building with soaring ceilings, Art Deco lights, and ample room for the tables. We booked a table using OpenTable.com and were seated immediately although we arrived 15 minutes before our... More

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Natick, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Great family friendly restaurant! We loved the pizza. Service and atmosphere were perfect. Easy parking out front.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Always nice to eat here when I visit. Great food, great atmosphere. Staff just needs to be a little more attentive

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This place was a great gem with a cool old atmosphere and Ono grindz . I would definitely return and recommend it :)

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Cleveland, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We stopped for dinner on a Monday night without reservations and had to wait about 45 minutes for a party of 5. There is a bar where you can sit and enjoy a drink while waiting. The hostess was very nice about keeping us updated on how long the wait would be. Once seated the waiter was attentive and immediately... More

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Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This place is a nice family restaurant. Like a large pizza house. The vibe was good, plenty of people around. The service was amazing. Our waiter was so punctual, knew the menu and helped us work out from the list of choices and recommendations of what to have. We had the prawn entree....It was so large, it could have been... More

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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Had dinner here with my Husband, Parents & the In-Laws. The service was lackluster to say the least. Every time we asked for something (like, could we have a cup of ice, or may I have a fork), we heard big sighs from the waitstaff. Food order must have been backed-up horribly in the kitchen as it took over an... More

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cphilo, Manager at Cafe Pesto, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to critique our restaurant. My name is Casey and I am the executive chef. I apologize for the lack of quality that you experienced on Sunday night. It was extremely busy and our infrastructure has a hard time keeping up. The demands put on employees can sometimes be overwhelming. We are currently in the... More

Newport Beach, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Numerous people suggested this as Hilo's best. Quite frankly I was shocked at the lines of people waiting to get in. Immediately I was put off by the standoffishness of the staff, who acted like they were working at a $100/plate restaurant in Beverly Hills. The menu makes things sound quite good, but then the food lacked the sort of... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My instincts were right. Being in Hawaii, I'm tired of the starch, overload carbs - I ordered a seared tuna salad, loved the staff and the music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My favorite is the Shrimp Pizza, Coconut Calamari, Salad and pasta. I rate it #1 on the Hilo side of the Island. Would recommend it to anyone.

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