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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 #9 of 205 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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Tokyo
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126 reviews 126 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great coconut calamari on offer! We had a salad and pasta in addition which made for a lovely lunch. Good service and reasonable prices, and the location right on the main street make this place essential in Hilo.

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We drove up the coast for dinner here from the hotels further south. We cannot recommend it enough. Excellent food and unlike what you would get elsewhere. We had a couple great martinis, seafood jambalaya, flatbread pizza and seafood risotto. All were amazing. Compared to our hometown Chicago, this probably cost us half as much here! More affordable and better... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A delight in hilo. casual eatery offering a tasty lunch.The pizzas were very good. one of the nicer places we have seen in the area.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Cafe pesto has a really nice diner charm to it. The staff was friendly and helpful, though our server thought *everything* on the menu was amazing and fabulous, haha. I'm not sure if he just loves food, or was paid to say that, but we tried the coconut calamari - crispy, well seasoned and a very nice appy. We also... More

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On our recent eight-day vacation on the island of Hilo, we ate at Cafe Pesto four times (three dinners and one lunch). For the most part, the food was very good and the service was great. Only one meal was disappointing, as the food was served lukewarm. However, we also had the best meal of our vacation there, so it... More

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New York City, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

You're options while dining in Hilo are very limited so I can see why this place does such a great business but don't be misled by the large crowds because this place is not worth the hype and was very disappointing. The service was terrible and they messed up our order twice. The waiter didn't even know what was on... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was reasonable food at reasonable prices. Nothing exceptional. Competent wait staff. Good location on main strip in Hilo. Large space, so plenty of seating.

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Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We walked in for lunch a bit late and hungry. The food came quickly and loved everything. Surpricingly not pricey as well. Loved the salads and the fish. Go if you are in Hilo

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Missoula, MT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We stopped in and were able to get one of the last tables. It has excellent bread and pizza. You can taste the quality. It is a little more upscale than some restaurants in the area.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Stopped on the way out of town. Great place for lunch. We had the mahi and tuna specials. Really good. Staff was friendly and helpful, and the service was superb.

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