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“Casual, inviting atmosphere and good food”

Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay
Ranked #5 of 244 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $25
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Casual, inviting atmosphere and good food”
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I selected Cafe' Pesto for a Wednesday lunch from the lineup of nearby restaurants listed by Trip Advisor. The restaurant is located in a shopping center that hosts other restaurants, colorful shops, and has a direct view of Hilo Bay. I went to Cafe' Pesto craving seafood, but selected a 9" Pepperoni Classico pizza after observing and smelling a pizza that was served to an adjacent table. My wife selected a 9" Pizza Luau. The 9" pizzas provided more than enough food for the two of us, especially combined with the complimentary fresh bread and very good garlic butter. The restaurant was fairly busy (few empty tables), but the service was frequent, accurate, and friendly. One of the servers even allowed me to charge my camera battery behind the hostess table while we ate. We were extremely pleased with our lunch selection. On an separate note, the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at after visiting Hilo advertised "personal 9" pizzas" from Cafe'Pesto as a dinner option for guests. We definitely understood why the B&B made the recommendation for Cafe' Pesto.

Thank mrmonroe
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bow, New Hampshire
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212 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Nice Stop!”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went to Cafe Pesto after a day of hiking in Volcano National Park. It is a casual place, but with good food, right on the main strip in Hilo. We came the day before Tropical Storm Iselle arrived, so it wasn't busy as many other businesses were busy boarding up their windows.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank ElauNH
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Hilo, Hawaii
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The food and service have gone down the tube”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Cafe Pesto is one of the oldest eateries in downtown Hilo. It has been around for a while. Foods are outdated. They reminded me of the 70's. Prices are too high for they serve. The food and service have been going down and down in the past 10 years. I would't go back again. Last time made the mistake of stepping into it during my regular trip downtown. I'd rather go around the corner to The Pineapple.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank 2travlers2
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Burns Lake
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We where looking for a place to eat and decided to try this ,it was crowded and no wonder the food was great and the prices reasonable. Over all it was a great experience.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Peter H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had two beautiful meals here. The food was lovely and staff very friendly. If you go at the weekend I suggest you book as it gets very busy but worth the wait.

Visited July 2014
Thank Mw2541
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