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Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

308 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
+1 808-969-6640
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (436 reviews)
“salad” (195 reviews)
“seafood risotto” (22 reviews)
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Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
308 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The food is good enough to compare with the best other places have to offer. Not super refined, but pretty darn good. Unique touches as well. With good beverage selection to match. The service is friendly, the bread is fresh, and it's convenient.

Thank i-witness30
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Pesto is bay front with great views and excellent food. They offer daily specials which usually include a fresh catch (when you can get ono, do it!). Their chicken risotto is one of my menu favorites however my husband loves their burgers. Try to...More

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of my friends and I went to this restaurants on Black-and White night (first Friday in November), when it was very busy with lots of customers. The atmosphere was nice, the waiters were friendly and the food was good. One of my friend's prawn...More

Thank PueoKupaa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe Pesto is one of Hilo’s best fine dining (yet also casual) restaurants. The wood fired pizzas are amazing! Food is consistent and the menu is varied enough to suite a range of tastes.

Thank IslandPacifica
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gosh this place is good. The flavors are out of this world from the Margheritas to the entrees. The food is fresh, the drinks are great and the service is the best. Lots of parking right downtown and the prices are fair for this area....More

Thank GenotheViking
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little stop for pizza. But be warned it is a 'unique' menu and although traditional spaghetti is not in the menu they will make it for you (or your kids!) if you ask. the pizza was hot out out of the oven and served...More

Thank radgirl00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With high ceilings, windows facing the walkway, it is a nice place to eat in downtown Hilo. The pasta was disappointing. We like the calamari ($15), cheese pizza ($13), and caprese salad ($12). *Avoid local greens because of rat lungworm disease.

Thank jctsytf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Pesto was my and my husband’s favorite meal during our eight day stay on the Big Island. Staff was attentive and friendly and the food was incredible. You have to try the coconut crusted calamari, shrimp & scallop pasta, and seafood risotto. Delicious! We...More

Thank PTranRPh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In old town Hilo. Looks like it might have been part of an old hotel. Great atmosphere. The pizza was the best. You can't go wrong.

Thank TheDude23112
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not impressed by the pizza...it was a little soft for my liking and not that usual crispyness you get from a wood oven pizza. They also got the toppings on my pizza wrong which was weird because I only got pepperoni and  mushroom and that...More

Thank NayaSantaFe
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Questions & Answers
Maresa P
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
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
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
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave, 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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