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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” (445 reviews)
“salad” (195 reviews)
“seafood risotto” (22 reviews)
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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 July 15, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at this location and the one on the other side of the island. Their food is consistently fresh and our whole family enjoys their dining experience. I love the Ono salad. The prices are comparable to those in Hawaii.

Thank foodtrekker34
Reviewed July 15, 2015

My husband and I drove from Volcano Village to try this restaurant based on reviews... The accessip is easy, the service was really quite good, the food was tasty, but it was more than you should pay. I had a really good pasta and prawn...More

Thank TravelReviews411
Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went here after a long day of road tripping around the island. A cute quaint spot a little like old Havana feel. Food was overall pretty good, service was ok but we like it. Husband had a calzone and loved, looks like pizza is...More

Thank ltlchristine
Reviewed July 14, 2015

We enjoyed the daily fish special and the pizza, as well as several other dishes at the Kawaihae location. The watress was very accommodating to requests to vary the menu items and made suggestions to make our evening great. It was one of better restaurants...More

Thank richkniss
Reviewed July 14, 2015

Heard about this great place and decided to try their pizza. Looked pretty but unfortunately the bottom was burnt. However, the dessert was exceptional.

Thank Ali12384
Reviewed July 11, 2015

Better than average, but not by a lot. This is basically a burger, pizza, pasta, salad place with ample portions, fresh ingredients, and a nice high-ceilinged room. Popular and often crowded, It will more than satisfy hungry folk with relatively conventional tastes. One unusual feature...More

1  Thank reprof
Reviewed July 10, 2015

A small, but nicely finished restaurant in downtown Hilo, less than a block from the farmers market. Three of us each ordered different dishes and were all very pleased with the quality and generous serving size.

Thank BobS83622
Reviewed July 9, 2015

I love this place. Their food is consistently yummy. I love their pizza, the crust is slightly sweet and compliments anything you may want to put on your pizza. I am always trying to decide should I get pasta, pizza, salad? If I can't decide...More

Thank Fonatine
Reviewed July 9, 2015

Typical restaurant get them in and get them out! It was busy so there was a long wait. Food was good had the salmon pasta and linguini a la pesto. There are lots of other little restaurants in Hilo that l would try before going...More

1  Thank tiffaney
Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Great local italian place. Pizzas are good. Salads are great. Best pasta place in town. Location close to farmers market. One of the restaurants locals like to go.

1  Thank honualoha
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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
$11 - $25
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, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 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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