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“Lots of seafood, decent pizza” 3 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
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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“Lots of seafood, decent pizza”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2010

Stopped in to Cafe Pesto for a casual dinner on a Thursday evening. The staff was friendly and prompt, I'd say slightly above average. We had a pizza, which was fine but nothing exceptional. There were many pizza options that combined non traditional ingredients that may have been delicious, but I'm pretty picky so we ate safe.

There was a lot of sea food on the menu, so don't give it a try if you're looking for a lot of meat options. There was a filet type item on the menu for $28 that sounded good, but we were there for a casual dinner so I passed. Pizza, two beers and a fruity cocktail for my girlfriend ran us around $40 think.

All in all, it was an average meal. Nothing blew my doors off but , but the dining floor and staff were very nice and attentive.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco Bay Area
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Love this spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2010

My husband and I just love the scenic drive to Hilo winding up at the Cafe Pesto! The lilikoi iced tea is so tastey and the food is always island perfect!The service is aloha and fun! We highly recomend this Hilo gem- as far as some of the other reviews stating that it's overpriced- well we do not think so - if a bargin is what you want- try fast food !

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Deale, Maryland
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“Great Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Several of us were in town for 12 days and had pizza here 4 times. I will warn you away from the pizzas with tomato slices - the tomatoes tasted like bland hot house tomatoes and their consistency was too watery. All other pizzas were out of this world. Definitely worth a try.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great personal pizzas and salads”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

Great personal pizzas and salads

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Visited this place during my trip to...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010 via mobile

Visited this place during my trip to Hawaii for the first time. Was a little surprised at how pricey the place was. The food was definitely good, but I just wasn't overly convinced the price was justifiable. Plus, how does a Italian restaurant not serve more pasta dishes?

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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