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“Very good food, well run operation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Pesto

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
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.
Boston, MA
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Very good food, well run operation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

When you're in Hilo or just passing through on the way to see the volcano, stop here for a great casual meal. It was easily accessible (actually, we stumbled in after watching an incredible movie at the marine center just down the street). We had a yummy hawaii pizza with passion fruit iced tea. We sat at the bar and were able to watch the back of the house operation. Both my husband and I have run restaurants and these people knew what they were doing. It's actually great to see a well run operation. Service was quick, pleasant and knowledgable: what else do you need? We are staying on the Kona side of the island and plan to go to their restaurant at the Kawaihae Harbor soon.
About prices: EVERYTHING on Hawaii costs more than it does on the mainland. That said, their prices were reasonable and actually at the lower end of resort prices. Try to confirm prices before you show up at any restaurant, even chains, to avoid unpleasant suprises.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wishram, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“wowzer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Everything I had was so outstanding for lunch that we came back everyday. The fish was cooked that perfect doneness, you know, where the middle is just barely cooked and the juices taste like the sea. Oh god it was good. But the deserts, do not miss the deserts. try any of them and you'll know what I mean.

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“About as good as you are going to get ion Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I didn't mean my title to sound like we didn't enjoy Cafe Pesto. It really is about as good as you are going to get on Hawaii. Service was very good as was the food. Prices were way more reasonable than at the resorts. Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We had a meal in this restaurant whilst on holiday and I can only say my meal was the worst I've had in a long while, I ordered a chicken with mango glaze dish, I've never had such a leatherly dry old piece of chicken, I did complain and was not charged for this dish which was just as well because it wasnt a cheap place. However my husband was quite satisfied with his meal which was a clazone. guess it just depends what you chose !!!!!!!!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Excellent for dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Not too expensive, and quite delicious !! Cafe pesto was certainly not what I expected at first since it was in a strip mall, but the food and service were excellent. There was local live music playing, multiple people celebrating their birthday as well, as there were 2 times where people sang happy birthday. Food wise was excellent. We had the cheese pizza as an appetizer and it was exceptionally good. The chicken risotto was rich in flavor and the lilikoi ice tea was ono ! This was fine dining quality without the high fine dining prices. What was nice to see was that it was a nice blend of tourists and locals eating there that evening. I would return again next time I'm in Hilo. Service was excellent. At the end of the evening, you are given a comment card and are able to include your email for restaurant updates, offers, etc. There is also another location on the other part of the island.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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