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Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

308 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
+1 808-969-6640
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (489 reviews)
“salad” (210 reviews)
“seafood risotto” (23 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
308 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Building with history was my first attraction. Located right on the bay with local shops and fruit stands next door. Service was slow until we realized we were all on Hawaiian time! Food was very tasteful and homemade Italian. Save room for dessert! So many...More

Thank alwayshiking
Reviewed 6 days ago

While reading restaurant reviews for the big island, it seems as if people are not bringing their patience on vacation. Tourist restaurants have a very tough job as tourist populations fluctuate day to day, week to week and month to month. How do you keep...More

Thank bixatthebeach
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and so glad we did. We started with the cheesy garlic bread, then three of us had the cheeseburger and one had Santa Fe chicken pasta. All meals were absolutely fantastic and big enough that they formed our only real...More

Thank Vikonipe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used to dine at Cafe Pesto at least once a month, but no more. Their recent wave of servers hired are terrible. In addition to personality that rivals cardboard, our waiter forgot to put in our appetizer order, didn't come back to our table...More

Thank 96720Traveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coffee review only! worst coffee I had on the island. For the money charged I would have at least expected fresh milk however it seems Box milk was used as it had a distinctive UHT kind of taste. The food looked amazing

Thank Azzman67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate 2 nights at the Cafe Pesto during our stay in Hilo. All of the ordered meals were delicious, the service was very nice and the atmosphere in general was very good.

Thank Franziska A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over priced for what has become average food. Portions are smaller. They have new dinning chairs which they needed

Thank Brandi1970
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here before heading back to Kona, after visiting the Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hilo. I wasn't too impressed because they really didn't have anything that I liked to eat except for a ham sandwich. It was nothing special. However, my wife ordered crab...More

Thank Terry M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great service good food right on bay easy location just down from hop on hop off bus station convenient to shopping and a short walk to tsunami museum

Thank Suzy r
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place for a relaxed lunch w/ friends in Hilo. Loved the ambience of ceiling fans and baby coconut palms in the dining area. The servers were efficient and kept our drinks well-filled during our meal on a relatively warm and typically humid day in...More

Thank RobbyofMaui
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Questions & Answers
Maresa P
February 1, 2017|
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Response from cphilo | Property representative |
Hi Maresa, I have you down for 3 people at 6:30, can you please send us a contact number? Aloha, Casey
Maresa P
January 17, 2017|
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Response from cphilo | Property representative |
We hope to have our Valentine's Day Menu and will have it posted on Facebook hopefully soon. Mahalo
Alan C
June 25, 2016|
Response from Lynn T | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Alan, there are two locations with slightly varied menues. The one in the Hilo area has more selections, and accommodates families and intimate dinning. The northern location is surrounded by many art studios... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $39
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave, 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
  • E-mail
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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