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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
10:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Cooperstown, New York
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food not very interesting. Stir fry was very bland. My biggest complaint is that the waiter who served our meals spilled my bottle of Angry Orchard in my lap and down my leg. It was an accident, however neither he or the other waiter who brought extra napkins offered to replace my drink or take it off the bill! The... More 

Thank maggiem1947
Santa Monica, California
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After a full day at the volcano, this was worth the extra drive. The special purple butternut squash soup was delightful, the Volcano Mist salad refreshing, pasta dish cooked aldente (perfect according to the Italian among us). The passion fruit cheesecake best I have had and I've been sampling all over the island. The chocolate ganache needed to sit out... More 

Thank TravelFiend1
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped into this cute restaurant before we went to the airport for our Helicopter Tour. Delicious Pesto Cheeseburger served with Onion Straws and huge fries. Very tasty and great service! Nice water view as well!

Thank Debbie D
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

excellent seafood and steaks. And the pizza is great too. Don't be fooled when the drink menu says sazerac. they don't actually serve a sazerac. But they have lots of other great things.

Thank dbgannon
Hilo, Hawaii
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214 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We dine here with some frequency and have never had a bad meal. I think their Caesar Salad and the Calzones are the best in town. My husband usually gets the poke salad. They offer fresh specials that are tempting too--and the pizza is very good. Favorite desserts are coconut tart or creme brûlée. A plus for me is that... More 

Thank HLW648
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153 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food is a little special at this smaller café downtown Hilo..It's cheap but not terrible expensive..Nice seafood and homemade soup is excellent.. Once again I enjoyed my time at Pesto Café and would revisit next time in Hilo

Thank Zelda911
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a must stop for us when we visit the Big Island. Swung in at lunch time and were seating quickly. The restaurant was very busy although our waiter was on top of his game. The food was very good as usual. The atmosphere remains a favorite of ours. Since last trip (16 months ago) the restaurant invested in... More 

Thank BJBoudreaux
Hilo, HI, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always good food. Wish they would offer more variety in food, especially beef items. Seafood items always very good

Thank N2121DPjosephl
Sydney, AU
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78 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

wandered into here reasonably late without a booking. Offered seat at the bar which is novel for us (Aussies) as this isn't done at home.My partnered had scallops as an appetizer which he said was nice. It was the mains that blew us away... I had the nachos and it was like no nachos I've had before. The salsa was... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very friendly staff. The food was tasty and plentiful. I had the Cajun shrimp pasta - yum. The place was quite busy for Mother's Day but the service was good.

Thank Brian C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?