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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
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Canton, Ohio
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch and ordered wood fired pizza which was excellent. The smells coming from the kitchen made me want to come back again and try something else. Friendly staff.

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Thank HomeinOhio
Adelaide
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fabulous interior, friendly attentive staff, tasty well prsented food and reasonable prices. The only thing is remember to ask about all ingredients for.any dishes- my wife can't eat parmesan and it was sprinkled over the pizette starter (but all the more for me I guess).

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Thank Mervyn A
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Horrible expensive food. Pretentious with no taste or reason to be pretentious. I had pasta It came plain. No sauce. A few olives (which I had asked for them not to put in). Worst meal I have ever had in a restaurant. My husband and mother in law had stir fry. Big scoop of rice with about half a cup... More 

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VANCOUVER
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came at the tail end of the lunch crowd. Had high hopes of lilikoi ice tea but they had discontinued that beverage. We were enticed by their lunch menu pizza which, as we prepared to order, they told us they were completely out of. We were seated (and I can't fault the restaurant) next to a rather obnoxious group... More 

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Thank Kerry C
New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was delicious and service was excellent. We visited this place on the way to the airport. We didn't expect much as it was a last minute plans change due to delayed flight. There were a lot of people but we got a table for 4 right away. Seafood options seems to be the best. Burgers and salads were very... More 

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Thank 741nneta
Geneva, IL
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this cute place in downtown Hilo when driving around looking for a place for dinner. We arrived around 6:15 pm on a Friday night with no reservation and they told us it was a 30 minute wait. We felt that was doable so we put our name on the list. Unfortunately it turned out to be a 60 minute... More 

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Thank Duchess7720
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a lunch spot during our side trip to Hilo. We had been vacationing in Kona and planned to spend the day at National Volcanic Park. We walked along the rustic Kamehameha street and found Cafe Pesto. The building looks like an old saloon and grand hotel. The place was busy and definitely seemed... More 

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Thank Colleen M
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything is prepared at this restaurant and the quality of food served from a pizza to lamb chops are delicious. Prices are reasonable and staff is very friendly and attentive. A real gem and unexpected as decor is nothing special and you could easily pass this restaurant and decide it was just another mall type place to eat. Definitely a... More 

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Thank Annie H
LA
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always a joy to eat here! Service is great. Politeness the norm! Food choices excellent! Order the smoked pulled turkey sandwich, with chutney and it was superb. I usually have salads which are always great but was up for a change and was delighted with the choice. Looked at deserts but desired they looked to decadent to add to my... More 

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Thank llvassoc
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seems to be THE place to eat, Set in a cool historic building in the downtown. Coconut crusted calamari very nice; catch of the day can be a salad or an entree. The pizzas looked good as well. still 40$ for lunch for one... was a bit much....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Cuisine
Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?