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“Good choice in Hilo”

Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay
Ranked #5 of 239 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $25
Cuisines: Pizza, Fusion, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mamo Street
Transit: Bus stop across street.
Description: 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.
Vienna, VA
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313 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Good choice in Hilo”
Reviewed June 21, 2011

We had already tried the Cafe Pesto on the "other side" of the island so knew what to expect in this restaurant when we visited Hilo.

While we enjoyed our meal and have no complaints, we actually liked the atmosphere of the Kaiwahae Harbor cafe better.

For Hilo dining, however, this is a good choice for friendly attentive service and quality food and drink.

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Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“so happy we chose to eat here”
Reviewed June 8, 2011

We stopped here to eat as we passed through Hilo on our way to Volcano National Park. The restaurant is wonderful. We were comfortable in shorts but would have been just as happy to get dressed up for this kind of food. The staff was attentive without being overwhelming.

My husband had the Southwestern Calzone ($14) which was delicious! And I took the waitress' recommendation and chose the Milolii Hot Sandwich ($15) which had shrimp, crab, mushrooms and cheese. Does it get any better?!?

This was an all-around amazing meal. And to top it off we had lemonade with lemongrass and honey. Wow! What a treat.

  • Visited May 2011
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Thank dreyfusspaws
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Olympia, Washington
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed June 4, 2011

What drew me into this restaurant was the welcoming decor that I could see through the sidewalk window. It was warm, welcoming, & comfortable! I was tired after several hours of drivng & touring, so it was important to me to take a break and eat in a relaxing spot.. The food was interesting, tasted excellent & was reasonably priced. Waitperson & staff were attentive to our needs.Given the chance, I will definitely bring my business back to this restaurant.

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Huntington Beach CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loved the Food...Restrooms/Handwashing concerns!”
Reviewed June 3, 2011

We often eat lunch at Cafe Pesto on our trips to the Volcano. This time, as usual, the food was unusual and great. Our friends were impressed with unusual salads and pizza, until we went to the restrooms behind the restaurant. The building is old and space is inflexible, but there is only one set of restrooms for everyoneand they were not clean. Oh this trip May 2011, there was no soap or towels in the Ladies so employee handwashing was difficult at best. We notified the restaurant and they hopefully remedied the situation. It does raise health concerns. We hope to try again.
Check the restroom conditions before you eat!

  • Visited May 2011
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Will be back again!”
Reviewed May 31, 2011

The food was wonderful the view of the bay was fantastic. The music was great! I would recomment this restaurant to everyone!

  • Visited May 2011
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