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“Great Lunch” 4 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.
Buckley, Washington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My wife and I found this place based on other reviews and we were not disappointed. It was a great lunch; I had the burger with garlic fries. It was really good, but you better like garlic... My wife had the open faced ham sandwich with purple potato salad, it was good also. Service was good and cost seemed to be about average for the area.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kissimmee
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
“Great kids menu and awesome food ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Please click on helpful, if this review was informative for you. We were just passing through downtown Hilo we decided to eat here and were not disappointed. I ordered the cheeseburger with friend onion rings Aand purple sweet potato salad, my husband ordered the uno fish sandwich and our 8 year old ordered the kids menu pasta. All three were great! We even ordered an extra side of French fries because they tasted so great! Service was professional and the view looked out at homeless people. Besides the view, I recommend this Resturant to all types of appetites. Free parking outside and please click if this was helpful.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We found the food at Cafe Pesto to be adequate but nothing special. The service was good, the wait staff friendly. The place was packed and some of those without a reservation waited longer than it took us to eat to get a table. (We arrived at 6:30 for a 7 pm reservation and they seated us at 7. It was raining so we didn't want to wander about as had been our plan.) Our visit was for dinner on the way to the airport. Perhaps if it had been a more leisurely meal, we might have enjoyed it better. The space is huge and attractive. There as a gentleman singing and playing Hawaiian music while we were there. It all sounded the same and sad but not unpleasant.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Perfect for the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

After a morning of zip lining, we were famished. We found Cafe Pesto and we are quite satisfied. Broad menu and order your own pizza by selecting from a variety of ingredients. Kids created a pizza and were very happy. We each had their Cesar chicken salad. Generous amount of grilled chicken. Service was polite, attentive and fast. Not fancy but very family friendly and based upon the steady stream of customers, popular.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Nice staff, nice dinner ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We ate here late on Christmas Eve, we had booked a table, luckily. We ordered in about five minutes, the menu isnt large.
I ordered the beef ribs, my partner had the prawn and scampi penna pasta. Both were well presented and had a good taste but they took a good 20min to come out.
The staff were friendly, wished us a Merry Christmas as we left.
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