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“Cafe Pesto in Hilo”

Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay
Ranked #17 of 259 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $39
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Reviewed July 12, 2012

This is my favorite restaurant in Hilo. Whenever I have gone there, I have never been disappointed. They have excellent breads and their pizzas are delicious. The flavors have a lot of depth. Merrimann's was very subtle and the flavors were not as good. Cafe Pesto is my pick for good food. I heard their pasta is so-so, so order something else other than pasta.

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1  Thank ScullysenseiOo7
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We've eaten at this restaurant many times. The experience is always variable. Sometimes the food and service are great. Sometimes they're not so great. It really just depends on the day, the server, and how busy they are. The food is overpriced for the portions and the quality, but it's expensive to run a business in Hawaii so it's pretty . The Bayfront location is nice, and the air conditioning provides a nice break from the humidity. This restaurant is good for tourists.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Very good salads, pizza and sandwiches. The old strip of stores adds to the charm across from Hilo Bay. Waiter on 12 year college plan tells the story of this peaceful place. Only a few minutes from the Hilo Airport. A great stop.

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Thank Jack B
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Great food, great service, reasonable prices (for Hawaii ). Had the Greek salad..awesome. My kids had the pizza and loved it. Going back again before our flight out of Hilo.

1  Thank skalliwag2
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

There is not a lot to choose from in Hilo, and this place is probably the best for a formal dinning in this town.

The building is classic and well restored and the location is pretty good. The service was average, and a little slow (but who want's to hurry on an island?).

The prices are in the high end, specially considering what you get. The pizza are overpriced and not spectacular. The lemonade is fresh and natural and very tasty. And the cheesecake is homemade and absolutely fabulous. I'd go there only for the cake. Never had one so good anywhere in the world.

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1  Thank Pauak
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