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Cafe Pesto

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Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, International, Hawaiian
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308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960 (Mamo Street)
Bus stop across street.
+1 808-969-6640
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Cafe Pesto offers creative and locally fresh Island cuisine in a casually...
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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  • 99
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  • 30
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Reasonably priced and good

Live music + Reasonable prices + Good drinks + Good location + Good food + Good service + No problems- would go back agian.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
515cey
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Fallston, Maryland
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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Fallston, Maryland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Live music + Reasonable prices + Good drinks + Good location + Good food + Good service + No problems- would go back agian.

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San Jose, California
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30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic lunch here, in the heart of Hilo. It's a pretty huge space with high vaulted ceilings and a chilled vibe. Wait staff were great, the food & drinks were delicious. Try their Mai Tais - just perfect. We capped our meal off with their creme brulee - and that was a great ending to our great... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Went to Cafe Pesto our first night in Hilo. Came recommended. We had Calamari as an appetizer--tasted like rubber. We then had a chicken stir fry and Linguini al Pesto. They were good but not great. The only thing that stood out was the dessert--the apple crisp. Our waiter was good but he seemed to us like he was having... More 

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Tucson
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Wonderful café downtown area of Hilo Hawaii...The soup of the day had excellent flavor and our party tried the 2 different soups of the day and felt they were both excellent.. I tried the fish special of the day with a risotto pumpkin cake under the fish. You had your choice of tuna or a white fish, which is what... More 

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Miami Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great fresh food and menu selection. Friendly staff and good service. Would recommend highly. Nothing to dislike.

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The South
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed the food, calamari was huge and tasty. Pizzas were good, although the custom toppings seemed a little overpriced. Staff were very pleasant.

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Ottawa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food was good but not great and the waiter was high or something. He was appeared to be on drugs. He was getting everything wrong.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It was full, and i see why. Fish was great. Cocktails good, and good service. Would definitely go again.

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Came here with a large group on a school trip. Best meal I had on the whole trip! The service was amazing, food was even better. We ate family style and the food was out almost immediately after we arrived. An absolute must if you're in Hilo.

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Courtenay, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Dropped in for lunch and we were not disappointed. Our waiter Rodney did an excellent job and made some terrific suggestions. We both like fish so we had an Ono salad and an Ahi fajita, both excellent. It was accompanied by a bottle of Decoy Pinot Noir and it paired well. A double shot of espresso and a coconut tart... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
    (Mamo Street)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop across street.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-969-6640

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, International, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?