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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 #5 of 205 restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

The kitchen closes at 9 and we arrived there at 8:50. With that said, we were not rushed in the least. Our waiter, Josh, was fantastic and the food was excellent. This was the best food we ate in Hilo.

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Probably the best restaurant in Hilo. We dined on a Saturday night and the place was packed. MAKE A RESERVATION! We ordered a mushroom and artichoke pizza as a starter. Wood oven, thin, slightly chewy crust and a wonderful Rosemary Gorgonzola cheese. As an entree we split the Pacific Seafood Risotto. Always a risk to order out, the risotto was... More

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Fresno, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Yummy food, great service, good, live music by a slack key guitar player. Waitress ran me down way far outside, to give me my hoodie I'd left behind on my chair. What a sweetie!!!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The glazed mango chicken was delicious. We had a warm coconut tart for dessert that melted in the mouth. Everybody loved their meals and the atmosphere was delightful, including live music. It's very child-friendly. We enjoyed our last meal of our Hawaiian vacation here, and it was a nice ending to our sojourn in paradise!

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Westport, Connecticut
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6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went here on our way to the airport going home. What a great place! The food was absolutely top notch and the service was excellent. Try the Volcano salad and the Chicken mushroom risotto. I suggest getting a reservation because being the best place around it fill up. wow!

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Rocklin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We enjoyed the "old world" feel of Cafe Pesto . . . as we imagine you might feel in Havana, Cuba. Our food was good and as we ate our meal we enjoyed hearing various languages from surrounding tables, which confirmed that people were there from all over the world!

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9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had an amazing meal at Cafe Pesto. Service was great, food was so tasty and fresh. We had the cheeseburger with garlic fries. Delicious!!! I was very impressed!! Prices were reasonable!

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Iqaluit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Considering this is in the main tourist area of Hilo, it's far better and reasonably priced than I expected. We had the Southwestern pizza, which was quite good and my wife liked her creme brule. The service was good, but I did feel a little rushed to get out. However, we'd go back again...

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Wausau, WI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We very much enjoyed our meal here. Staff was pleasant and food was tasty. Building has high ceilings and restaurant felt open and airy. It is quite a large dining room, but wait time for food was very reasonable. Nice meal.

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Somerdale, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding dining experience. Nice ambiance and location. Very friendly staff. Best waiter we've had in a long time (Josh). The food was top-notch. Starting with the coconut crusted calamari (WOW), and specialty house tea. Main dishes were delicious! Nice job Cafe Pesto crew!!!

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