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Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay
Ranked #5 of 253 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$25
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mamo Street
Transit: Bus stop across street.
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.
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Found this great place when walking downtown. We ate here 3 times during our stay. Very nice wait staff, good drink menu, perfect pizza, calzones, shrimp and scallops.... we made some friends and took them there. No more pricey than any other place we ate.

Thank Daleena R
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

For an upmarket, jewel in the downtown Hata Building, this restaurant seems to try hard to please older clientele with bland food. Any Thai restaurant claiming the Thai fish dish that I ordered was a curry would have closed by the next day. My wife had a stir fried offering with the same results. Our conclusion was that the customers had either little knowledge of ethnic foods, didn’t care, or required a bland preparation to save them from anti acids.

I have no doubt that the owner and chief know how to prepare and present good food; therefore, the conclusion has to be that the aging consumer demands bland and overpriced food. Having said that, over 25 years of vacationing in Hilo has seen the disappearance of multiple restaurants offering a variety of splendid Asian foods. We could have stayed in The Midwest if we wanted the dinners offered at Pedro’s.

Of course the main consumption seemed to be of their pizza and pasta dishes. Maybe we shouldn’t have tried upmarket.

Thank 350marvin
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Cafe Pesto - nice italian menu with a variety of salads pizzas, and Italian dishes. Friendly staff and they had a very good musician playing when we were there.

1  Thank Steve J
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Hi, we found this restaurant by asking folks about good restaurants in the area - this one came universally recommended as the best. This was my second visit in the past few years, this time with my son. We started with a salad, and tried a couple different dressings - creamy pesto and rosemary gorgonzola. Very fresh and the dressings were delicious! My son had a shrimp+sausage penne, and I had shrimp+scallops with chipotle tamarind sauce. Let's just say words can't describe the flavor of the chipotle tamarind sauce. If I could share that flavor in this review you would probably immediately book a table :) Oh, and prices were very reasonable.

To go with the food, the atmosphere was super clean and nice and the service was *excellent*! There was a band playing the night we were there which added to the enjoyment. Overally, recommended as a *must eat at* in Hilo.

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Thank soulman2662
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Very busy restaurant. Worth the wait. Had ono catch of day. Very delicious sandwich better than I expected. Professional staff. Varied menu with pizza and some local foods. Would gladly stop by again.

Thank RonPorsche
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