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Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay

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308 Kamehameha Avenue, 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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Victoria, B.C.
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic food in a Island -art deco ambiance. Lunch and dinner are both fabulous. Price is reasonable for family dining. Calizone was my favorite. Good selection of food and great wood fired oven Pizza's. Friendly efficient staff

Thank sidneymom
San Francisco, California, Usa
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined here with my two young grandchildren. We enjoyed live music while we dined. The service was great and the food was wonderful. They have an awesome menu for children.

Thank Joanne M
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there for our 42nd anniversary. The food and service was excellent, Great atmosphere. There was also live music, We had a nice romantic dinner.

Thank rickystours
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so pleased with this restaurant. We had 7 of us, 4 adults, 1 teenager, and 2 children ages 8 and 10. I called ahead to make sure that we would have a table, when we arrived there was a line waiting to get in, the restaurant was full but our table was there waiting for us. Although the... More 

Thank hulagirlmele
Hilo, Hawaii
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is relaxed (a little noisy when full), the service is good (a little slow also when full), and the food is consistently good (we live in Hilo, and go there 6-8 times a year). Food is best described as Italian-Pacific fusion - with the "Pacific" borrowing elements from Hawaii (such as poke) and the Far East (stir frys... More 

Thank poilippus
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family lilies to visit Cafe Pesto as the menu has great choices and none disappoint. The seared Ahi Spinach Salad is a favorite but so are all of the pizza and calzone. Good selection of beer, wine, or espresso. I would give five stars but for the huge cafeteria environment. Some booths might provide some privacy and soften the... More 

Thank Neil E
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building. Pizzas were very tasty but expensive for what they are. Service was lovely, even if water top ups became a little too frequent

Thank Fiona H
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are all different but this place just hits all the right buttons for me. The building is beautiful, the decor chic, the atmosphere is humming, the food is spectacular, the drinks menu diverse and the staff prompt, attentive and friendly. My husband reckons that the pizza here is the best he has ever had, whilst I was head of... More 

Thank TylerNelson
Ottawa, Canada
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is packed with locals and tourists - so you know it must be good. Make a reservation for Dinner, otherwise you'll be waiting for a while. The salads and pizzas are top notch. Salad ingredients are fresher on the Big Island. I defy you to find better anywhere.

Thank Spartan61
Wauconda, Illinois
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7 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up here since it was one of the few restaurants open in Hilo on a Sunday. The food was good and moderately priced. The fusion of Italian and Asian/Island cuisine is a bit of a stretch on some of the items, but still tasty.

Thank robinbL9899CA

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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
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 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
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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