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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%
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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 1 week ago

We were a bit skeptical about getting great pizza in Hawaii. The pizza was great and there is such a variety of toppings! The service was quick. This restaurant is in an historical building and the decor was perfect. Would definitely go again.

Thank Valhalla3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch, it was busy, but we got a table quickly. The waitress was friendly, and the food came out within 7 minutes - bonus. We ordered the fish sandwich, a salad, fish and chips, and a kids pizza, with drinks. Cost...More

Thank XVictorious
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent almost two weeks in Hilo, and Cafe Pesto was my favorite of all of the ones I tried. I concentrated on seafood for dinner, and it was always good. The fish and shellfish were always fresh and top quality, and prepared well. Tasty...More

Thank blw_at_longwood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reserved a table for 8 at 7:15pm, seated at around 7:45. Burned another 20 minutes waiting for waiters to take order, then waited another 40 minutes for food to arrive. Prices were upper range, and although food was prepared well, if you're really hungry you...More

Thank araxas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

CPHB is really trying to be a high end eatery and at the same time remain on Kam Ave. The prices support a high end effort but the food consistently misses the mark. Only ate here once on our recent visit. Had one of their...More

Thank Tupelo010835
Reviewed 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 16 June 2017

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

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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
USD 11 - USD 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
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
  • 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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