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“Eat where the locals go!”
Review of Cafe Pesto

Cafe Pesto
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Ranked #4 of 11 Restaurants in Kawaihae
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Akoni Pule Hwy
Description: "The best of Hawaii's hidden treasures," claim food critics and locals alike. The menu features fresh local seafood, exotic pizzas, colorful eclectic salads and Asian inspired pastas and risottos. The harbor settings, rich in Hawai'ian history, provide a backdrop of authenticity and charm to the award-winning restaurant. Visit the stone temple Heiau of Kawaihae harbor to view the ancient shark deities on their sunset vigils.
Lacombe, Canada
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Eat where the locals go!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is a local favorite and easy to see why. It's a cross between, italian, hawaiian and comfort food. Food is totally delicious and service is always friendly and warm. Some the best pizza i have ever eaten. The honey wheat crust they make is delicious and try a pizza topped with sweet chili shrimp, hard to beat.

Visited April 2012
Thank Jay A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Not what we expected...Very disappointed”
Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Would not return. Pizza undercooked,
Gooey and not very good. Fish overcooked. based on previous reviews we expected to be wowed by a local hot spot. We will not return or recommend.

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Thank BAT B
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Eureka, California
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good Food in Hilo”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We loved the food and atmosphere in Cafe Pesto. The salad and pizzas were interesting and tasty. It was the only happening place at night in Hilo.

Visited February 2013
Thank Ljhoiland
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Juneau, Alaska
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Not as good as it used to be”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We used to enjoy Cafe Pesto but it seems to have become a victim of its own success and the food has gone downhill. Service was indifferent. We were seated next to a group of very loud, very drunk people celebrating after a day of conferences. We weren't the only ones bothered by the noise. We noticed that tables were emptying out quickly. You'd think that the staff would offer to reseat us or ask the loud group to keep it down but, as noted, service was indifferent. We ate our bland and underwhelming food as quickly as we could and left.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Alaskatravel1234
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A true find”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great food and variety (fresh fish, pizza ), excellent wait staff, relaxed atmosphere. Prices like NYC which are lower than most Hawaiian restaurant prices. Very popular and crowded a peak dinner times. Make a reservation!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank doc2012
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