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World class pizzas & pastas, specialty seafood dishes, breakfast & brunch, amazing salads, and delectable desserts. We serve these timeless classics and more with a creative Hawaiian flair. We use fresh ingredients that reflect the ethnic diversity of our Island community. Dine with us for a meal everyone can enjoy.
US$12 - US$39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Contemporary
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We happened on this place and had a delightful lunch. Charming restaurant in the main shopping street. Wide menu selection. Highly recommend the Caesar salad with shrimp. And my husbands pizza was delicious.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 31 January 2021 via mobile

I think we dined here on an “off day” for the food quality. We’ve dined here many times before and will try again. The burger was cooked to well done which was not how we wanted it. The calamari was okay but a bit bland....The mango mustard dipping sauce for it was not especially exciting. Service was pleasant. Tables are spaced and were thoroughly sprayed and wiped between guests.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 20 January 2021

Their special fries delight the tongue. Island flavors create lip-smacking Tropical Smoothies. A lovely spot for lunch or dinner.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 11 August 2020

When we moved to Hawaii in 2018, we were saddened to hear the Pesto's in Kawaihae had just closed. We used to make the drive there every time we visited the island. We live on the Kona side and it took a couple of years...before we had reason to drive the two hours to Hilo, but while there, we were excited to try Pesto's. The restaurant is nice to look at and the service was quite good. Some of the menu was familiar, but some of the things we loved were gone (Calzones and Focaccia). Prices were up a bit and the portions were smaller, but the quality of the food was quite good. We were there at lunch. We shared a salad and a pizza. With tip it was just about $38.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 9 August 2020 via mobile

Was recommended this place by my boss who is from Hilo. Made reservations since with COVID they have limited seating. Finding street parking was easy. I had the Seafood Risotto (gluten-free) . Now here’s the weird part, there was no seafood in it! It was...still so good! My sister had the salmon pasta (enough for 2!) and the coconut calamari and both were so ono. Also the POGLemonade is good too. Definitely with go there again the next time I am in HiloMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 31 July 2020 via mobile

Outstanding food, service and location. Easy parking outside of restaurant. We ordered the shrimp Shapiro, pizza and burger. All were terrific. Also recommend the special, coconut crusted calamari with mango mustard. During COVID, they had plenty of room between tables and cleaned constantly. A great...place to go!!!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 5 June 2020 via mobile

It was such a treat to find Cafe Pesto open! The pizza and the fish sandwich were both delicious. The service was smooth. Its the first time I ve been to a restaurant in 2.5 months and I could not have asked for a better...experience. It was pretty slow so it is a very good time to support our local businesses. The tables are well spaced and it feels very "safe".More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 23 April 2020 via mobile

We went for a drive around the island and discovered this place in Hilo. Various restaurants and galleries nearby the old building is very cool to eat in. I had the Hilo Sunrise breakfast which was ordinary at best, but my wife had the chicken...and waffles! Holy cow was it good, she and I finished it together! It was awesome, very good size meals and the prices were pretty good considering it’s Hawai’i ! The chicken and waffles, unreal! Service was excellent!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 11 March 2020

Most shops and restaurants are CLOSED on Sunday in old Downtown Hilo - Bay Area. We were glad to find Cafe Pesto open, greeted pleasantly and a Varied menu for lunch. We opted for a pulled turkey on a bun, with a mango chutney. It...was tasty, as was the potatoe salad. The mixed greens salad came with a very delicious homemade creamy pesto dressing. Our waitress was perfect combo of efficient and friendly. Find this lovely spot on the bay and enjoy lunch.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 9 March 2020

Picked this cafe based on a sample menu at the place we were staying. Choices sounded interesting, and Cafe Pesto was in reasonably close proximity. Recommendation: MAKE A RESERVATION. This place was full on a Monday evening. We were lucky to get a seat at...the bar. Our server/bartender, Rachel, was friendly and efficient. Hors d'oeuvres were tasty and reasonably priced. Pizzas were delicious.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Nancie W
15 February 2019|
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Response from Rvdveer | Reviewed this property |
I was there in September and the restaurant wasn’t full but some large groups and there was four of us and could easily hear each other. I personally really enjoyed all this restaurant had to offer. Maybe book and ask to be... More
1 February 2017|
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Response from cphilo | Property representative |
Hi Maresa, I have you down for 3 people at 6:30, can you please send us a contact number? Aloha, Casey
18 January 2017|
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Response from cphilo | Property representative |
We hope to have our Valentine's Day Menu and will have it posted on Facebook hopefully soon. Mahalo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

  • Yes, Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay offers takeaway services.

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  • Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4