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“Lovely location for dinner” 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 206 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.
Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely location for dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

We found café pesto one of the more upscale restaurants in Hilo. Menu had good variety. There was a nice combo playing during dinner. price is appropriate for the quality. Highly recommend.

  • Visited August 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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omer, israel
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“Good food, good atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We had a good lunch at Cafe Pesto. Salad with fish.
The service was good, the ambience pleasant retro, and the food was very good.
Price very reasonable.
Recommended!

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