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Cafe Pesto

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308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960 (Mamo Street)
+1 808-969-6640
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had the soup, chicken dish and dessert. The soup had no seasoning. And the desserts where terrible, way over priced like everything else. No smiles from weight staff.

Thank Ambra G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a great dinner after a long day of work. It was crowded but we sat at the bar immediately. Good atmosphere. Great waitstaff. All were smiling when they talked to us. My pizza was very good and the mojito was perfect. I'd go here again and I'm recommending it to you as well. The whole menu looked great.

Thank Mark G
Honomu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice option if you're looking for Italian in Hilo. They have your pasta, pizzas and a decent seafood selection. Nice atmosphere. I would recommend going earlier in the evening if possible and making a reservation. We got there around 5:30pm on the weekend (even with a reservation) and were able to get seated right away. It did get a little... More 

Thank Cherilyn D
Castle Rock, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here to have lunch after zip lining. Great food and reasonable prices. There was four of us and we had one of their pizzas, fish and chips and chipotle wrap. All was wonderful and we weren't disappointed at all. Restaurant is quaint and very open and light. Great stop and to also shop in Hilo.

Thank EverAfterAgain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Superb, authentic Hawaiian cuisine at moderate price. Friendly service, super fresh ingredients. Great view of Hilo Bay if you can sit by the window. Total Yum!

Thank DrJM911
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick service excellent food and very friendly staff. Each meal that was brought was fantastic. Pasta marinara pasta with sausage was great also have a good selection for the kids

Thank kingmodiddy
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very satisfying meal in this beautiful Hilo restaurant. From humble beginnings, this has clearly become a very good Italian fusion cafe with a great menu selection where everything we tried was deemed excellent on the first bite. We shared a Rosemary Gorgonzola pizzette as a starter and I followed up with the wonderful wok fired shrimp and... More 

Thank hurlp
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A delightful cafe tucked into a historic building right on the Hilo Bay in the old downtown. Charming and the service is outstanding. In the last six years I have made a point to eat here every time I visit the Big Island and it has never disappointed. There just isn't anything on the menu that is delicious, fresh and... More 

Thank Julia S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our waitress was very sweet, and Chef Casey served some delicious entrees. Good service, nice staff, and tasty dishes. Recommend.

Thank Maresa P
Morelia, Mexico
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything with pesto tastes amazing. The place is so adorable, you feel like returning to the past. The service is great and everyone that works there looks so happy. It looks like they enjoy what they do.

Thank carolatoledo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
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
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?