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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife is very fond of their wood fired pizzas while I prefer the dinners. On most evenings they have mellow entertainment and after their recent remodel they now have a larger bar. They offer a great assortment of beer including local brews and the mixed drinks are pretty good to.

Thank Harlan H
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have not been to Cafe Pesto for a few years, There are just SO many other places in Hilo we like. BUT it was my daughter's birthday last night, and it turns out she has been going there for some time with her friends, and she got to pick. Her birthday, after all. WOW, I am impressed. We were... More 

Thank capncusp
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Found Cafe Pesto on Trip Advisor after visits to Volcano National Park and before heading back to Waikoloa. Excellent dinner and service at 8:30.

Thank TKG4
Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the food here, the Caesar Salad and Milolii sandwich are AMAZING! It can sometimes be a bit crowded so try and make a reservation if possible.

Thank shaytaka
Hilo, Hawaii
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is the ambiance that makes Cafe Pesto such a jewel. The high ceilings and detailed attention to the little things make sharing this venue with some one special a best choice.

Thank steelhammr
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family group of seven was told about this restaurant from another guest in our hotel who frequently comes to Hilo. He said it was one the best places to eat in Hilo and he was right! The restaurant itself with its Italian style was warm and inviting which we appreciated as it was raining. Some of our party had... More 

Thank StLTravelers314
Palm City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here while in Hilo, and we all loved our meals! I had the yummy Cheese Pizza, my one daughter had the Potters Pizza, the other had Pele's Pasta, and my husband had the Calamari Appetizer. Great atmosphere with music and great food. Definitely worth stopping!

Thank 501Barbara
Red Bluff, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I got the shrimp nachos and my husband got a pepperoni and jalepeno pizza. Both were very good, but the stand out was dessert. Mine was creme brulee topped with white pineapple. So rich and creamy! His was the ganache chocolate torte...with raspberry puree. Completely decadent.

Thank MrsTRobertson
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are looking for fine dining in Hilo this is by far your best choice. Food here is outstanding and the service is always top tier! Some of the best pasta on the island!

Thank KonaDaKine
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went to this restaurant right after landing in Hilo and before starting our drive to fairmont orchid. The food was mediocre. The kids hated their pizza and pasta. Moms calzone was under seasoned. My salad was ok. I'm sure there are better places. Service was mediocre too. I think the guy didn't like when I asked him where he was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $25
Pizza, Fusion, American, Soups, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic
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?