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“superb” 5 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 190 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $25
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We've visited Hawaii many times but although we've driven through Hilo we've never eaten there. Today we were going on a Helicopter experience in the afternoon so thought we'd have lunch first. We drove around looking for a suitable venue and my son spotted Cafe Pesto so we parked up. When we entered the building we were favourably impressed by the decoration and lay out. We all chose a different dish from the menu and when they arrived we were impressed by the presentation and even more by the taste, all three meals were absolutely delicious. We can't wait to return and have dinner there one evening. Highly recommend this venue.

  • Visited September 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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Phoenix, AZ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A "wow" meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I were celebrating our 25 wedding anniversary and decided to go to Cafe Pesto in Hilo, HI. It was a Tuesday night so we decided to chance a visit without reservations. The restaurant was very busy but we were placed at a great table by the window.
We ordered a rosemary gorganzola focaccia starter and it was one of the best dishes we've ever had. Our main dishes of seafood and pasta combinations were also outstanding and my husband and I had an incredible meal. It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary.
Highly recommend treating yourself to this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Albert
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Definitely worth stopping for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Arrived in Hilo early from Volcano to tour the place before our flight off the island. We had a wonderful lunch. The seafood salads were very tasty with no shortage of seafood. Went great with a chilled glass of pinot grigio. To top it off we had the Hawaiian winning dessert for 2012/13 - Bananas Fosters. Very very yummy!
If you are seated by or near the windows you get a nice view of the Hilo Bay.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“One of the best meals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Delicious food and really nice live (not too loud!) entertainment that set the mood for one of our best meals in Hawaii!

Thanks to Sean, our server, who was great and answered our many questions.

Highly recommended!

Visited August 2013
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Corning, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Definitely worth stopping here for a pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

I had a simple cheese pizza to shar with my 2yr old daughter... It was one of the best I have had. My wife got the Luau pizza (Kalua pig and pineapple)- also very yummy. The decor was older but they had some GREAT live music from a solo guitarist- VERY NICE TOUCH! I would definitely go back if I am ever in Hilo again

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