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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 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bellingham, Washington
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281 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon. Unusual calamari in finger shapes instead of rings, great texture and flavor and a nice dipping sauce. Went Hawaiian and ordered the luau pizza, pulled pork and fresh pineapple nice crust and a good change for pizza toppings. Couldn't resist the mushroom soup special and accompanied all with a caesar salad topped with blue... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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262 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was described as one of the best in Hilo, but we found it fell short. On the positive side the caprese salad was large and the tomatoes were excellent. But, the waiter messed up our order. The pasta my husband had was bland and all pasta, not much sauce. It was just an average restaurant

Thank JH2717
Langley, Canada
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72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made the 40 minute trip from Volcano village to Hilo twice to dine at Café Pesto. We found the food very good and the prices reasonable for the quality.

Thank whistler2010
Eureka, California
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in Hilo when Cafe Pesto first came on the scene. It was a favorite place to eat. A few months ago, I visited again after 15 years on the Mainland and discovered that Cafe Pesto has become an amazing experience. Four of us were there for dinner, and we all raved over the presentation and the deliciousness of... More 

Thank revangelica
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch based on other reviews....was ok....we both had had hot sandwiches. Maybe we should have a pizza. Not anything to write home about

Thank piggie24
Sacramento, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seated promptly, service above average & menu balanced. It is not an exaggeration to say this was the best pizza I have ever eaten.

Thank steve k
Tampa, Florida
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To start with. the waiter was great. I ordered a Porter (beer) and he explained it had a coffee/coconut flavor to it. It prevents a surprise as most porters don't have that kind of flavor. He also warned me about my barbecue crispy chicken salad having a bit of a bite with the chipotle sauce. I tried the beer anyway... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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187 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While in Hilo after exploring the amazing botanical gardens we stopped in here for lunch. Our friends recommended Pesto's based on how much they enjoyed their sister restaurant Kawaihae Harbor. I highly recommend the delicious wood fire pizza - you can create your own taste sensation. Everyone enjoyed their food which included: buttermilk fried chicken salad, Ahi fish sandwich and... More 

Thank Floydova
Camas, Washington
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was packed with locals and tourist. We did not wait long for our party of 8. Good selections of pizza, pasta, salads plus fresh offering so the day. All were good and affordable. It is close to the farmer's market and a Nature Food store , both worthy of a visit. Ample parking in the front.

Thank Carrie4896
Derby, New York
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After strolling through the Queen L. Garden park we happened upon this restaurant not expecting much. What a surprise. The food was excellent. I had a vegetarian pasta but added a moon fish (opa). It was delicious! The service was very good, attentive but not imposing.

Thank Muddywaters67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Pizza, Fusion, American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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?