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“Great place for lunch!” 3 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 #4 of 203 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.
Oakland, California
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We had a really good lunch at the Cafe Pesto. Fortunately, we called ahead for a reservation - it was really busy, even on a weekday. I had a pizza (really good sauce, lots of cheese) and my friend had a salad. The service was OK, not great. It's close to a local outdoor market, which is good to do pre or post lunch.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Rancho Cordova, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

What a great restaurant. Friends from Hilo took us and it's no wonder it is one of their favorites. Such an open, airy atmosphere with quality service and wonderful food.

  • Visited April 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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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Delicious fresh island cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We made a reservation here because it was too far to drive to Merriman's in Waimea and we were very pleasantly surprised! Wow! My husband had the wok fired shrimp and scallops. I had the mango glazed chicken. Both were perfectly prepared and delicious. I usually hate ordering shrimp and scallops because they are often overcooked but these were perfect and flavorful! We also shared the tropical smoothie, which i highly recommend, so yummy and perfectly blended with pineapple, passionfruit and more... Will be sure to be back to Cafe Pesto if i can get back to Hilo again! I was here on tuesday night.....mahalo and my compliments to the chef!

  • Visited April 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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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Lively atmosphere in Art Deco Style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Primarily a Pizza/Pasta restaurant, but it also has excellent salads and fresh fish. Eat in a large, light and airy room in Art Deco style; good friendly service and delicious food . Try the crab cakes and salad and the liliquoi (passion fruit) cheesecake. We will look forward to a return visit.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Was a good place to eat something, but personally, when on the beach, I love to eat fresh fish and seafood. The appetizer was delicious, we asked for callamari and it was perfect!!! For entree we had a pizza, that was very good, but not spectacular.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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