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Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

308 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
+1 808-969-6640
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (420 reviews)
“coconut tart” (17 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 - 21:00All hours
Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
308 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food is over priced. About $4 for fountain Coke. Over the years food has taken on a mass produced taste. Maybe try the daily specials. Employees are friendly but serves can be a little slow. Reservation maybe needed. Can be busy for lunch if a...More

Thank Brandi1970
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had decided to drive over the fairly new Daniel Inouye highway from Kailua Kona to Hilo, between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This highway replaced the old Saddle Road which was not supposed to be used by rental cars, but the new road is...More

Thank Citylaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to eat dinner here while in Hilo. It was a nice setting, with an Italian based menu. The staff was very friendly. My husband and I had the pasta Bolognese which was very good. They give you large portions of food, so you...More

Thank Cindi W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to the state holiday most of the places to eat in Hilo were closed. Luckily Cafe Pesto was open and had available tables. Parking was free. More like a cafe, not a dinner restaurant. Place smelled delicious, service was good and attentive. Tap water...More

Thank Tina E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quick review: Italian-focused menu of pastas and pizzas, and more. Friendly, professional service. Moderate prices for Hawaii. We were here for dinner. I had the wok-fired scallops and shrimp, tossed with tamarind sauce, with the side of pasta in a cilantro-red pepper sauce - the...More

1  Thank Mme_X
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a nice setting for lunch, haven't been there for a while. The prices are kind of high for a sandwich. The waiter was very friendly.

Thank PTAMOM2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is always great, drinks are also good. Nice ambiance and location. Service is usually good, but not always great so thats why I gave it the "Very Good" rating. Even though this place attracts tourists, many locals like me come here regularly so you...More

Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have probably been to the Cafe Pesto 6 or 7 times and it is always wonderful! This time I had Hawaiian pizza and it was just extraordinary!! I shared it and everyone agreed! My two companions had the fish sandwich which they both described...More

Thank Pat3510
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to Cafe Pesto while visiting the Big Island. The pizza was very good, the buffalo chicken salad was delicious as well, enough for 2 people. Service was good. Located right in the village of Hilo, parking on the street.

Thank lgatz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pizza was amazing we had tiger shrimp and snow crab with Pesto, spinach and cheese. Then seafood risotto yummo!!! Then coconut tart . A great way to celebrate our 25 th wedding anniversary. April was a great waitress. ūüĎć

Thank Angelfee73
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Maresa P
Can I make reservations for three for Valentines? Anytime after 6:30pm for Pryor.
2 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
Maresa P
Will you have a valentines menu?
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
Alan C
I T's is a good we
26 June 2016|
Response from Lynn T | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Alan, there are two locations with slightly varied menues. The one in the Hilo area has more selections, and accommodates families and intimate dinning. The northern location is surrounded by many art studios... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 Kamehameha Avenue, 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
  • E-mail
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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