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308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
+1 808-969-6640
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Ranked #8 of 212 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $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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English first
Havelock North, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I had one of the best fresh fish dishes I've ever had here (Mahimahi). It wasn't cheap but was well worth it. Great staff and a nice, open atmosphere.

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PA
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48 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We stopped in and ordered take out. Panhandler in front of restaurant. Pizza was good. As was the Mediterranean soup and caprese salad. I would eat there again.

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This restaurant, with locations in both Hilo and a town on the Kohala coast, is fabulous. Their salads, made with local, fresh ingredients and delicious dressings (the rosemary gorgonzola is particularly good), are wonderful, as are their inventive pizzas. They also offer a number of sandwich and pasta dishes. Not cheap, but not over-the-top expensive either, and well worth the... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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78 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

Great free range beef burgers with crispy Maui onions and a pesto sauce. Cooked to perfection. Very accommodating and responsive staff. Located in downtown Hilo across from the beach.

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Chicago, Illinois
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295 reviews 295 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We dined here on Christmas Eve....enjoyed coconut calamari in the restaurant and ordered a pizza for take out. The calamari was amazing...as was the pizza; we ordered a cheese pizza with spinach and apple-chicken sausage. It was excellent warm, and also cold for breakfast the next morning. The servers were very friendly and attentive, and the dining room very welcoming... More 

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Napa, California
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Cafe Pesto great food great cocktails great service reasonable prices very diversified menu seafood beef pizza pasta something for everyone

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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

lovely bistro sort of venue with good food...lots of local produce and good flavours. Near the Hilo Farmers' Marklet so a good place to chill out and relax after a few hours visiting and shopping for food.

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Wishram, Washington
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8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Visited 2 years ago and Pesto was the best in town, this year however the fish was overdone and the food not up to par--it was a very busy day however so I would have to give the that.

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8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

The food is below average. The meat on our pizza tasted funny and as far as dining inHilo- options are slim. Yikes, heading back to our hotel.

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Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We came here for dinner but the wait was really long so we came back for lunch. Really accommodating staff. I ordered this amazing hot turkey sandwich, and my husband got a great burger. The service was quick, the food was really good and it was right in the middle of town. Definitely worth a visit!

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Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
Phone Number: +1 808-969-6640
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Average Prices: USD 11 - 25
Cuisine: International

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