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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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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Busy, sunny space with wonderful and interesting menu. We loved the tuna sandwich that they dress with this incredible pesto made with cilantro. O M G

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Cafe Pesto exceeded my expectations on every level. I love the art deco vibe and old jazz/swing music. Nice wine and cocktail selection. The hamakua mushroom and artichoke pizza is fantastic. Our server Sarah, was lovely in every way. Friendly and attentive but not overbearing. We finished our meal with a very nice cup of coffee and a delicious vanilla... More 

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Anchorage, AK
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The food was great, and drink menu was interesting and extensive. Server was friendly, knowledgable and attentive, but once it got (very very) busy he was somewhat overextended. Not his fault, mind you, but I would recommend getting there early (between 4pm-6pm for dinner) and beating the rush for the best experience.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I had the pepperoni classico pizza and it was excellent!! My husband had the broccoli cheese soup and a calzone, which he also enjoyed. Very good food with a somewhat obstructed view of the ocean and excellent service. We had several different servers attending to our needs and making sure we had everything we needed. We both ordered their passion... More 

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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

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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125 reviews 125 reviews
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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298 reviews 298 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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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