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Cafe Pesto

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308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960 (Mamo Street)
+1 808-969-6640
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Libertyville, Illinois
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

busy place, decent atmosphere, nice staff, good food at a good price - this is the Hilo location, I believe there are additional locations

Thank jayccash
Ocean View, Hawaii
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding restaurant. Busy, fast, and very good. Great wait staff. Food is some of the best anywhere.

Thank Bruce P
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good not great Italianesque cuisine. Best in Hilo at this time. Consistent quality in food, but pasta is a bit over cooked. Sauces, the backbone of Italian cooking, are fair to very good. Service is steady and attentive. Would I return, possibly if I was in Hilo and wanted an Mediterranean food experience with a Hawaiian flair.

Thank HawaiiKailuaKona
Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Cafe Pesto with friends while in Hilo last week (11/10/16). Restaurant was very clean and the staff was very pleasant. This is the reason for the 3 stars. The food was average at best in my opinion. We were a party of 3 adults. 1 had and entree and the other 2 has 12" (actually about 14") pizzas. No... More 

Thank Paul S
Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Pesto is a great find in Hilo. Set along the historic high street in a town that time has seemingly passed by, this large room has a classic Art Deco charm. The service is professional and the food first rate.

Thank GringoPerdido5262
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632 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While, we liked Pesto enough, the menu was a bit tired and really didn't offer any pesto other than a dip. I had the chicken pasta dish and it was good, but nothing too special. The staff was nice enough.Both visits we sat at the bar. The first time, the bartender was a bit aloof and was busy with her... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a morning of visiting the Volcano National Park, we decided to have a late lunch at Cafe Pesto and we're sure glad we did. We ordered the Smoked Salmon Alfredo and a Calabria Cheese Calzone. Both choices were delicious and we would highly recommend them to anyone visiting this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.... More 

Thank Earl C
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Pesto is one of Hilo's premier dining spots. Delicious salads and gourmet pizza. As well as pastas and fresh and tasty entrees that include fish,chicken and vegan/vegetarian choices. Music nightly. Near the fabulous Hilo Farmers Market and a great view of Hilo Bay, it's a great place for lunch!

Thank Hiloz
Prince George, Canada
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173 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were seated quickly but then I think we were forgotten. It was mid afternoon and very few customers in. The server seemed upset and annoyed we were there Drinks took a long time and it was difficult getting water. The pizza was worth the wait though,it was so flavourful and tasty.

Thank thcoffeegoddess
Bellingham, Washington
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281 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon. Unusual calamari in finger shapes instead of rings, great texture and flavor and a nice dipping sauce. Went Hawaiian and ordered the luau pizza, pulled pork and fresh pineapple nice crust and a good change for pizza toppings. Couldn't resist the mushroom soup special and accompanied all with a caesar salad topped with blue... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $25
Pizza, Fusion, American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
    (Mamo Street)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop across street.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-969-6640
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?