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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 #8 of 205 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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THREE LAKES
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We found this Cafe from a woman on the street when we were lost. It looks like just another place on the street in a long strip of shops. It was full of locals, which is a great sign to me. We waited about 15 minutes and were taken to our table. The place is very clean but it is... More

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Ocean View
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed having dinner here. Been there numerous times. The one thing I don't care for is when setting at window you have alot of people staring at you from outside we usually ask to not sit by window for that reason only other than that it's a great view

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Rome, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We went there for supper, and the view is nice, looking across at Hilo Bay, and the staff were fair. We both had appetizer pizzas and they didn't skimp on the cheese on the pizzas, and the 9 in. could have been split between us.

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Kailua,Kona,Hi.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

All 100% Positive. 'Period'. The Setting, Location, Food, Service, Wine Selection as well as Craft Brews.....Oh! it won't eat a hole in your pocket-bookt either. Medium Priced. I really liked the Special feeling that the Staff gives You. They all work well together (Product of Good Management) Tom B. Kailua-Kona.....Just go and see for Yourself!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good Food. Nice for a quick and easy lunch many pizza and salad choices. The area the restaurant is located is a little sketchy as there are tons of homeless vagrants everywhere. Made me feel a little uncomfortable. Nice lunch choice, not certain I would feel safe going to this restaurant after dark.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Great food, lots of variety, great wait staff. Quick service allowed us to catch the next fun filled adventure!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

To be honest Hilo just wasn't my cup of tea. Our flight left from Hilo so we had no choice but to spend some time there. I saw good reviews of Cafe Pesto and figured it was worth a shot. The area of town was a little scuzzy and full of a bunch of crazy vagrants. (I've lived in some... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A popular place in Hilo, it is always packed. Make sure to make reservations or go early. We made our own pizza and it was amazing ! The bread and garlic butter was great, a little pricy but its worth it

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Houston, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Darted in around lunch to escape the exceptionally hot day after visiting the Hilo Farmers Market a few doors down, the A/C was a welcome relief. Shared a pizza with 3 adults (snack time with time differential). Service was good, pizza was fresh, price was about what you would expect at a nice eatery close to a major tourist attraction.... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Looking for a wonderful variety of fresh food, well spiced (not overly hot, just tasty) and interesting combinations , right on the Hilo bayfront? This is it. I've eaten here a dozen times, never once had a less than perfect meal. On cruise ship days you may have a wait. Give them your name and check out the nearby galleries... More

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