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Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

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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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Las Vegas
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

Beautiful place in the rehabbed historic building. Atmosphere is nice inside. Food is good, but prices are high for what you get. The wait staff obviously is trained to push the high priced specials. I resented their attitude when you did not order the high priced specials, the waiter acted huffy, like it was beneath them to bring you an... More 

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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227 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

We stopped at Café Pesto while visiting the Hilo side of the Big Island and loved the charming old tavern atmosphere in this old historic renovated building. We tried their thin crust wood fired wild mushrooms and artichoke pizza and a “wild greens” salad. The salad was fresh and lightly dressed with the house-made herb-garlic vinaigrette, it was perfect as... More 

Thank RU4NJ
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165 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

We like Hilo and this restaurant downtown in an old building that was rehabbed, but still has some nice 'old' details. The fish sandwich ( you should always have one or the new version...fish taco..when visiting he Sandwich Islands). My husband declared that the Mai Tai was the best he's had in these islands and we have sampled quite a... More 

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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142 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

Our hosts at the Shipman House listed this a one of the best restaurants in Hilo; they are right! Café Pesto is located in the downtown area of Hilo and parking is easy. The restaurant serves a variety of entrees, allowing for a good choice for all. Highly recommended.

Thank NCJim397
Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015

Ever since they opened in Kawaihae many years ago and then in Hilo, I have loved Cafe Pesto. I was very happy to get back to it last summer but not so happy that it wasn't the Pesto I remembered. I wrote that visit off to it being peak season and the restaurant not being ready for the rush. But... More 

Thank Kahea R
Media, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015

Ate there more than once. Great food. Vegetarian-friendly. Good service. In strip mall with shopping to do before and after you eat. Parking can be iffy. Flea/food market at end of the block - don't miss.

Thank Cheryl B
Calgary, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015 via mobile

We stopped for lunch here and overall it was ok. The food was good but the calzone I had lacked flavour and was pretty bland. The lemongrass lemonade tasted just like regular powdered lemonade. Service was pretty good

Thank Pen R
Vancouver, Canada
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247 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2015

Pleasant bustling atmosphere on the Main Street down by the water. Told we would have to wait 15-20 minutes but took maybe four. Server was pleasant enough. My wife had the fresh fish sandwich and salad and I had the fish salad. Fish properly cooked not overdone. Salads themselves kinda "so what" but not terrible by any means. My lemonade... More 

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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2015

We love going to Cafe Pesto when on the Big Island! Our appetizers were delicious, the goat cheese pizza, shrimp dish and calamari were enjoyed by everyone at the table. My husband loved the new Fire Grilled Shrimp dish that was recently added to the menu and I loved the fresh catch salad. They have wonderful italian selections but also... More 

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Butler, United States
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

We were looking for something different after spending two weeks in Hawaii. Finding a good pasta was a delight. I had the linguini with a pesto/marinara sauce with a delicious sausage. It was a Sunday afternoon and we were pleased that they also offered a "Happy Hour" on the beer and wine that we enjoyed. There was a two man... More 

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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, Vegan 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, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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