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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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Saint George, Utah, United States
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate dinner here one night and it was our best meal of the trip. The service was good and so was the food. Don't forget to get some desert too while you are there, they have a lot of great choices.

Thank Jon L
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant was wonderful about booking a large group, however, the food was average and the service was super slow.

Thank Maria P
Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is always part of our trip (we go every two years) and as always it was great. It's always a risk going back somewhere that the memories were good but we would not hesitate here. The food as always was tasty and fresh- with leftovers to take home . We had the calamari - fresh and tasty . We... More 

Thank HappyTravellerYVR
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place and with it sitting right on the bay front doesn't hurt. The food is great and the folks are very friendly.

Thank Don W
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for dinner with a reservation about 6 pm. At first I thought we didn't even need the reservation, but within a few minutes it was clear that we definitely needed one. It filled up very quickly. The restaurant itself is beautiful- it would make for a very romantic dinner! I went with friends and it was less... More 

Thank bletteer
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did enjoy our food here. Our waiter was young and too fast. When asked for specials he just pointed at the A4 in the menu. The other waiter at the table next to us explained the specials in a manner I would have chosen one of these.

Thank Superhilde
Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go here every time we come to the Big Island. Good reasonable priced Pizza. Staff and service are very good.

Thank pretzelbender
Fort Worth, Texas
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wouldn't call this an "upscale" restaurant, but perhaps one of the fancier ambiences in town. Prices are consistent with other places In town. Food options were good. It is mainly pizzas, but can be Italian, fish or steak if you desire. We went for dinner, would go back.

Thank Krod1987
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant itself was lovely - you could sit at the bar or there was a wide selection of tables. We sat in the window to look out over the ocean. Beers were on happy hour - try the Longboard lager! The food was incredible. I had the chicken pasta and can honesty say, it's the best pasta I've ever... More 

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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cafe Pesto in Hilo has some wonderful food. Walked in on a Friday night, without a reservation and got a seat for 2 in no time at all. I've been there before and this is the first time I'm writing up this restaurant. I guess I wanted to keep this place a secret. Unfortunately, this is a well know restaurant... 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, Breakfast, 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
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?