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“Perfect Pizza” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Pesto

Cafe Pesto
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
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.
Oakland, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Perfect Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Residents of the Island recommended this outpost of Cafe Pesto in Hilo and we were not disappointed. We were instantly seated in the large and airy dining room looking out towards the harbor and ordered one of their most popular pizzas with chicken and goat cheese. We ordered the small sized 8" one which was an ample amount for 2 for lunch. It was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced for Hawaii. The other member of our party had a salad which was more than she could consume, but was also pleased with it. A good choice in a town not loaded with dining options.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A must when in Hilo area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

On the last night of our stay, my girlfriend and I stopped in for what we found to be a fantastic meal! There was live music, great atmosphere, outstanding service, and most of all a great meal! Well worth every cent!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Good, Not Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

While on the Big Island in November, 2012, my fiancé spent most of our time on the west side of the island but made sure to venture to the east side and check out Hilo. By the time we arrived, we were both very hungry for lunch and remembered reading positive reviews about Cafe Pesto in our guidebook.

The restaurant was easy to find and we were seated right away, despite being busy during the lunch hour on a weekday. I'm gluten intolerant and so my fiancé avoids gluten by default. We were both disappointed to find that the menu was extremely limited for both of us. Though tempted by the signature pizzas that Cafe Pesto is known for, a gluten-free crust option was not available. We both ended up ordering a crisp salad with local, fresh-caught tuna and a Hilo Sunrise beverage on the side. Our meals were undoubtedly delicious and the service was friendly and full of smiles.

Had the menu been a bit more varied or adjustable, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to return to Cafe Pesto next time I'm in Hilo. However, I think on our next visit we'll search for something else to try instead.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We had a light supper at Cafe Pesto last evening. The atmosphere is lovely and the service was friendly. We enjoyed one pasta dish which was delicious and one calamari appetizer which was very good and enough for a meal. Prices are a bit steep for quanity but quality is there. Enjoyed our meal.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“I always have a good meal here. It's consistently one of the best in Hilo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Pizza's are always good and crust is delicious. Pasta's and fresh fish are a sure bet as well. Only thing that is sub par is Caesar salad dressing, it seems bottled. All other salads are worth a try.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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