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“The Perfect Martini” 5 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.
Austin, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“The Perfect Martini”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I came in on a recommendation of a friend. After touring Hilo a little I was ready for a late lunch. I had a nice Kettle One Martini with olives and it was great. then I ordered the linguini with sausage. I think my favorite part of the meal was the Bleu Caesar salad, delicious. The ambiance is old Hawaiian in a nice refurbished building, cheerful employees, good service.

  • Visited July 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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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
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English first
Paducah, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Hilo Happiness with Cafe Pesto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had to wait for a table the night we visited Cafe Pesto. We had spent the day touring Hilo and decided to give this place a try. Why? Because Cafe Pesto was suggested to us by the lady at Volcano Village Lodge. She gave us a few names of restaurants in Hilo and this place seemed to fit the bill. Why? Casual comfort with more trendy food.
Cafe Pesto is a welcome after plate lunches and pineapple. Cafe Pesto is pizza, salad, soup, and almost anything that pushes the culinary envelope.
The location in a small. old building in downtown Hilo makes this place a perfect romantic dinner stop.

  • Visited June 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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Kapaa, Hawaii
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Gourmet Pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We were in Hilo just leaving the farmers market when we decided to eat lunch in Hilo old town. We looked on our map and saw a restaruant was close and decided to give it a try. The cafe was almost full, good sign, we were seated timely and our order was taken timely. They gave us complementary bread while our food was being prepared. It came with flavored butter also. My wife order the shrimp pizza with white sauce and I ordered a green salad. The pizza was like going to California Pizza Kitchen gourmet pizzas. I not normally a pizza guy but was fantastic with the white sauce. The size was big enough that we did not eat it all. My salad was fresh ingrediants. The only complaint was the greens on my salad was in big pieces and needed to be cut in smaller pieces. The dressing was good and I would order it again. We spent around $30 for lunch for two. I will go again my next trip to Hilo

  • Visited July 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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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Cafe Pesto”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a family friendly restaurant, not too loud with good food. Our girls each got pizzas and they all ended up taking home leftovers. I would say a pizza and a salad with a starter and shared desert will do a couple just fine.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Great Pizza!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

I got the pork and pineapple pizza and it was unique and very yummy! It was recommended by a local and we are very glad we gave it a try. They had a nice variety too on the kids menu.

  • Visited July 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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