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“Try the Creme Brule, its excellent!” 4 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.
Alameda, California
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Try the Creme Brule, its excellent!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2006

On our last night on the big island, we decided to try this highly recommended restaurant. We had the pizza (kahlua pig and pineapple), and the pesto linguini (without the sausage). Both were good. The service was excellent, very friendly. We tried to the Creme Brule for dessert, and were very pleased. It was excellent, and the pineapple on top just made it even better. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone staying in the Kohala area.
Across the street from the restaurant was a great view of the ocean and sunset, see the photo below!

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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“Great Food!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2006

If you like cuisine, not food, this is a great place for you! I love trying unique and different foods so I loves this place. My hubby is more of a meat-and-taters guy. I couldn't even get him in there! They have delicious pizzas with a wide array of toppings and a nice crispy crust. They pasta dishes are the best! I had a salmon fettuccini alfredo and it was to die for! Don't forget to try a Sunrise...it is a non-alcholic drink made with tea and lemonade! This place is a great stop for those foodies out there!

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Saint Germain, Wisconsin
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“One of the best values on the island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2006

The pricing provided here on TA is grossly overstating their menu, they are a great choice for a real value. There is no need to spend anywhere near $40 per person, you would have to order two entrees per person and share a bottle of wine to get that high. The choices are original and fresh. We have enjoyed several meals here. Very comfortable.

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greenville, sc
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“wonderful food, superb service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2006

I recently enjoyed lunch at the Cafe Pesto. There were 8 of us and we each ordered something different and everything was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Good Food, Excellent Friendly Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2006

Enjoyed this restaurant on a trip to Hilo from Honolulu. The food was inventive and not ordinary and common. However, it was not up to the best that Hawaii has to offer. Service was excellent. The waitress made good recommendations. The room service persons (waiters, waitresses, busboys, hostesses) all made it a point to scan the room when possible to see whether anyone, whether or not "their" table, needed help or could use assistance.
I recommend this restaurant highly.
The prices were reasonable for the quality of food and service. The room was busy and a bit noisy but this was part of the ambiance.

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