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Cafe Pesto - Hilo Bay
Cafe Pesto - Hilo Bay

Cafe Pesto - Hilo Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafepesto.com
  • Phone: (808) 969-6640
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Casey Halpern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Onsite or Offsite Catering Available. Email for information.
  • Entertainment: Live Music; Thursday 6-8pm, Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 6-9pm and Sunday 5-8pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mamo Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop across street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Pesto - Hilo Bay
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Awesome food and service. If you dine out for decor you may find it wanting: not "fancy and chi-chi", but clean and artfully tasteful. But whose kidding, I came to eat delicious food, not admire les bibelot."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We are repeat customers at Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay. We love the fact that the food is always consistent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My dinner left a little to be desired. But my husband loved his! Our hostess took us in early, which was very nice of her. Our waitress was awesome...very attentive, non-threatening & friendly! Lots of tourists in the restaurant for dinner time because this place is one of the few nice sit-down restaurants in the Hilo area. Overall, I'll definitely return, just order something else."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My friends & I enjoyed our night out. Relaxing place, good food & drinks. We definitely will be coming back & hopefully with more friends! 😊"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife enjoyed the King Surf & Turf. She said the food was delicious. Our guest and I enjoyed the pizza and volcano mist salad. What makes your pizza so special is in addition to the choices of toppings we can also add anchovies as a topping. In my opinion, that makes the pizza delicious."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The convenience of Open Table and the great service & food at Cafe Pesto made our spontaneous "Date night" enjoyable! Great food and drink recommendations were enjoyed during our visit. Our waiter always provides extra-ordinary service and despite the busy restaurant, all groups had a great time and it was obvious that the other waiters/waitresses were having a good night. Bus table assist was quick at removing completed/empty plates and refills of water or their signature teas. Waitresses were personal and made the time for all tables as this restaurant is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Always a great experience and an obvious choice for casual dining or sharing your special occasion!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Just love to have lunch here! Food was great service also great."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "As always.Excellent food, service and music. Love that I can do online reservations!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I guess they offer wifi now...we went for a quiet romantic Sunday dinner. The ambient live jazz was great but drowned out by unruly children whose parents idea of teaching manners was to stick them in front of a noisy elctronic game. We had 2 people with using laptops on their table, several on cellphones and many texting...felt like I was stuck in a Starbucks. We'll be choosing somewhere else for quiet romantic dinners."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Hilo doesn't have many reliably decent restaurants. Cafe Pesto is one that is. We eat here 2-3 times a month."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I like this place for lunch and they have a great menu that supports local farmers. Many of the ingredients are organic and the style of food is Local Hawaii Regional cuisine with an Italian flair. The wine list and beverage selection including loose leaf teas are superb! Try their local beet salad or their "Miolii" sandwich with is like a toasted pesto bruchetta with cheese, fresh vegetables, and roasted veggies. Make your reservations on your Open Table App. even for 1 person, they get busy during lunch."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We found this place via the web. I made an online reservation for a Monday night and was very glad we did. It is obviously a local favorite. The southwestern soup was delicious and the sashimi tuna pizza was amazing. I would recommend cafe pesto to everyone. You won't be disappointed"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had a delicious lunch here after shopping the market. All 3 of us enjoyed our food, but I really loved my SW Ono Caesar Salad. I also highly recommend the housemade lemonade made with lemongrass and lime leaves...refills are complementary."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Went to enjoy Happy Hour but was surprised to learn that their "happy hour" was just on drinks... $2 off beer or $5 margaritas only. There were no food specials at all, so it was full price off their regular dinner menu at 4:30pm. Bummer! Not sure if this is they way they do HH in Hawaii, but was disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "excellent gourmet pizzas and bisque soups. always using local fresh products!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Thank you very much ! ! ! Your reception was very courteous, your service prompt and efficient, food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We love Cafe Pesto! Everything appears to be scratch-made and super fresh. The salads are amazing. The fish melts in your mouth. The desserts are to die for. Add to that live Hawaiian music and we are eating in a modern Hawaiian paradise:)"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We renewed our vows, in Hilo at the Japanese Gardens for our 25th anniversary, then my husband booked dinner for Cafe Pesto. We thoroughly enjoyed it and they were very accommodating at taking us in a half hour earlier than we had booked it for. The dinner was fabulous, the waiter was extremely friendly and efficient. He wished us a Happy Anniversary and then the dessert was on the house. we chose an absolutely delicious Macadamia Apple Crumble with Ice Cream to share! We highly recommend Cafe Presto!!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The wait staff was friendly and provided the amount of service that was quick but not imposing. The food was very good and worth the price."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went there twice during our trip to Hilo. Both nights were excellent. Be sure and "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Pestos is our go to place for visitors and friends when we want to give a good first impression of Hilo."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "After visiting Hawaii Volcano Observatory past sundown, we conveniently booked an online reservation, via smartphone, at Cafe Pesto-Hilo. It was St. Patrick's Day and a delicious Corned Beef & Cabbage Pizza was offered. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner selection! The service was great and the historical building was interesting. Recommended!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "About as close as you can get to an upscale plate to eat in Hilo. The food and service are good and the room is reminiscent of old Hawaii. Well worth the drive from the Kona side."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very Nice Lunch. Service was on time from start to end. Food was great (it's really hard to get a 5 from me) just a really nice place in a small town."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is kid friendly. I had lunch with my daughter and we shared items from their appetizers. Waiter was awesome and although it a busy St Patrick's Day holiday, he took the time to check on us and provide service with a smile. Shirley Temples were a treat and we topped off the lunch with mint/Oreo ice cream. Highly recommend Cafe Pesto for friends or family especially waiter, Rodney! Mahalo ~"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We ate here our last night on the big island (and Hawaii in general). Very good food, and the waitress was very personable and had just the right amount of service - attentive without being overbearing or annoying. Bought a souvenir pint glass to take home. Would definitely go back whenever I come back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The place was charming and the food was great. I had the wok fired shrimp and scallops and it was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Went with a party of six for dinner and Cafe Pesto was downright delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. Shared the nacho appetizer: not your typical nachos. Just six chips! But still good. Salads were fresh, green, and crispy. Dressings were all very good. Chocked risotto: very good, a crispy thigh and leg over creamy rice. Pesto linguini: great sausage and marinara sauce Luau pizza: nice, fresh pineapples and the pork is tender Greek pizza: nice blend of cheeses and tender crust. I'd definitely recommend Cafe Pesto for anyone looking for a fancy-feeling restaurant without breaking the bank"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "To me, Cafe Pesto was one of the nicer restaurants known for it's consistency in quality food and service. This last visit, they dropped a couple notches. To be brief, the bread, which is served complimentary, but almost like an appetizer being it is the first thing to hit your mouth and first in your dining experience.......was 'flat', tasteless and no appeal. Waitress said, new baker and he forgot the 'salt' so all the bread is like that. Pork n Pea appetizer was impossible to eat. Coffee served lukewarm and perhaps the biggest disappointment was the no fanfare for our friend's birthday."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "While the food was good, I was taken aback by the small portion and high price of my Hawaiian Surf and Turf. The steak was a mere 2 oz, if that, while the dungeoness crab had very little meat. It was served over pieces of breadfruit in a sauce with 3 spears of asparagus. All of this for $29 (it was the daily special). I'm glad my wife didn't finish her mango-glazed chicken with mashed potatoes, because it was a much better meal for me. The ambience is nice and there was a local singer/guitarist that kept things lively. We also enjoyed the small art gallery across the hall afterward."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Sunday night seafood chowder and Kahlua pork and pineapple pizza were tasty and satisfying. Great live music was also a plus!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Totally unexpected great food. Had the catch of the day with truffled mashed potatoes that was outstanding. Also had the seafood risotto that was also outstanding. Finished with bananas foster that complemented to meal. Great cuisine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Overall the service is professional, the food was great and the atmosphere was pleasant. The noise level is high, having to raise your voice quite a bit to hear one another although this is part of the atmosphere. Will retun again. Suggest them to add to their wine list a few more choices."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "So the hubby and I went to spend Valentine's dinner here with our 2 kiddies. Because we had reservations due to opentable, we reached there a few minutes late and was seated right away. The waiter took awhile to get to us but we understood how busy it was. We ordered and got our food quickly to my surprise. I was a bit surprise of the price compared to the food so that's why I rated 3 stars. It was ok. They had live entertainment which was awesome. I grew up to this type of Hawaiian music so I was very appreciative. It was one of the nicer place here in the Hilo side which is hard to fine. All in all I enjoyed it and will be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Made reservations in advance with Open Table. Service was excellent from hostess, waitress, busboys, foodrunner. Everything we ordered was very good. I recommend Cafe Pesto In Hilo."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "They were very busy so we were glad to have made a reservation. That said, it took a while to get seated and when we finally were, it was well past our reservation time. Food was good and our server was very polite."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I love how the place remind the old history of the restaurant and great food and service."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Thankfully we made reservations because there was a wait but we got right in with our OpenTable reservation. The food was really good and we highly recommend the coconut calamari! Service was a bit slow but our waiter was very helpful. There was a mistake with my order, both my fault and the waiter's, and the fixed it immediately. both our dinners were very good!! thanks."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "After 4 days in Hilo, trying various highly rated restaurants, we finally found one that was good. They have some basics like pizza and pasta as well as some higher-end offerings. Decent wine and beer selection. I didn't rate it 5 stars because though the food was good, I can't say it was amazing. Standards in Hilo just aren't what they are in other areas, I think. I'll be trying out other places, but cafe pesto is, by far, the best meal we've had here so far."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Been here many times before and unfortunately the food is starring to disappoint. Burnt pizza, by the waiters admission, under cooked steaks, cream sauce on pasta that was sour. Food took over 45 minutes to get served. Waiter was apologetic and did his best to smooth things over. Used to be awesome, but now just fair."
    Dined on 2/7/2014