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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 - 10:00 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Superb, authentic Hawaiian cuisine at moderate price. Friendly service, super fresh ingredients. Great view of Hilo Bay if you can sit by the window. Total Yum!

Thank DrJM911
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick service excellent food and very friendly staff. Each meal that was brought was fantastic. Pasta marinara pasta with sausage was great also have a good selection for the kids

Thank kingmodiddy
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a very satisfying meal in this beautiful Hilo restaurant. From humble beginnings, this has clearly become a very good Italian fusion cafe with a great menu selection where everything we tried was deemed excellent on the first bite. We shared a Rosemary Gorgonzola pizzette as a starter and I followed up with the wonderful wok fired shrimp and... More 

Thank hurlp
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A delightful cafe tucked into a historic building right on the Hilo Bay in the old downtown. Charming and the service is outstanding. In the last six years I have made a point to eat here every time I visit the Big Island and it has never disappointed. There just isn't anything on the menu that is delicious, fresh and... More 

Thank Julia S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our waitress was very sweet, and Chef Casey served some delicious entrees. Good service, nice staff, and tasty dishes. Recommend.

Thank Maresa P
Morelia, Mexico
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything with pesto tastes amazing. The place is so adorable, you feel like returning to the past. The service is great and everyone that works there looks so happy. It looks like they enjoy what they do.

Thank carolatoledo
Houston, Texas, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was great however the staff was lacking. It might be that it was a Valentine's Day rush but they should have been prepared especially for that specific day! I ordered a Cajun shrimp and sausage over penne pasta that was cooked perfectly spice was noticeable but not overdone! The chocalate torte was still a little frozen but was... More 

Thank Frank F
Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in to Cafe Pesto after our helicopter tour of the volcano. Recommended by our pilot, our food was great. A couple of salads, shrimp pizza, and some scrumptious burgers. We were seated and served promptly. The restaurant was cool and comfy as we relived our volcano experience. Our server Mario was very attentive and kept us hydrated and... More 

Thank COparrotheads
Oak Harbor, Washington
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was packed when we arrived about 12:30 p.m., but we were seated in just minutes. Our waiter was friendly and prompt, and much sooner than we anticipated, our lunch arrived. I had the Sandalwood Sandwich, which is an open-faced eggplant sandwich, with shiitake mushroom and other tasties that I can't recall at the moment. It was just fine,... More 

Thank Salmontree
Bedford, NH
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Downtown Hilo is like taking a walk back in time to 1910 with cute storefronts on the main street, this place was recommended by our hotel, and they were not wrong. Big menu with lots of choices, everything was very good and service outstanding. Quick food service got us back out to sightseeing without feeling rushed. I'd love to go... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $25
Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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?