Great Gourmet Fare
This was our first time in Hilo and at this restaurant. The food is truly outstanding and under priced for what you get. It is very vibrant with many locals dining there. The table we had was great in a corner and next to the window. Although not much scenery other than the urban landscape and a view of the bay far in the distance. I had made reservations about six months prior and was treated very warmly on my arrival. The waiter we had was not attentive or professional and very slow. I don't want someone hovering over me but it would be nice to be checked on from time to time or just make an appearance. He was the only draw back on what otherwise was a great dining experience.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still one of the 2 best restaurants
Still one of the 2 best restaurants in Hilo. Love it that we can reserve on-line even at short notice.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a group of 10, celebrating
We had a group of 10, celebrating my friend's birthday. The table was ready when we got there. Orders were taken and we were served in no time. Some of us didn't want to try anything new. Just wanted to stay with the usual because it was always good. One did try something different and now she has a new favorite! I love the tea, please keep the tea coming. You had gave the birthday girl a dessert and the other waiters and waitresses came together and sang to her. It was great. I think most everybody ate everything on their plate, that's how good it was. The whole experience was very enjoyable!!!:)
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual the food was great
As usual the food was great at Cafe Pesto. I did not get a window seat as requested and was to be seated at a wall bench seat. I have sat there in the past and was uncomfortable so asked for another table. Request was accepted with a smile.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The short rib and shrimp special
The short rib and shrimp special was sort of bland and the cut was more on the fatty side. I probably wouldn't order it again but usually everything else is good. I love their salads and lunches and regular dinner menu items are great! Still one of the best restaurants in Hilo!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'd definitely return!
Food was great! I had the crab cake & salad with lemongrass-lemonade.
I just wish we had extra time to return for a second meal.
...living on Molokai we're deprive of good healthy food restaurants.
My husband and I first ate at Cafe Pesto about 10 yrs ago, we had the pizza that was good too. The online reservation is a great idea!
Do you share recipes?
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the few places in Hilo
One of the few places in Hilo to enjoy a nice dinner. Flavors are always consistent and service is excellent
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful birthday lunch
Four of us had a wonderful birthday lunch. We all had salads, wish they were a bit cheaper. Our server Roy was outstanding!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Crowded yet excellent service
We had a 6:30pm Sat evening reservation. There was wonderful live music by Rupert Trip Jr. We ordered appetizers that came within 10 minutes;
I love their Caesar salad but was disappointed that they switched from romaine to butter lettuce, not the same, like eating air. Our waiter provided excellent attentive service. Our water glasses were constantly filled but no ice, so my water was at room temperature. Nice touch when the waiter wiped off the crumbs off the table (from son's bread) before his entree was served,
The little touches like ice water, good attentive service make the dining experience awesome. Overall excellent service (considering they were slamming!).
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a favorite
We have eaten here at least twice a month for years and have rarely been disappointed. Keep up the good work
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Dinning Experience
Food was very good and consistent with past visits. They have a reputation of good food and Mother's Day was no exception. There were new servers this day and their service was attentive and very professional. Overall great experience on a very busy restaurant day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visited many times and each
Visited many times and each time the food was consistent and tasty! Service is always excellent every visit we make. Overall dinning experience gets an A++++++.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great As Always
Cafe Pesto is my "go-to" for all of my out-of-town visitors and even when I just want to enjoy a great meal with my wife. It never fails to impress me, and I've been a regular since the early days in Kawaihae (in the early 1990s). The staff is always good-humored and professional, and the restaurant stands out as being classy without being pretentious -- I feel just as comfortable dressed up as I do in a T-shirt and shorts. I look forward to my next meal there and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a wonderful meal!
Great meal. OpenTable got us a table half an hour earlier than a phone call could! Higher end yet casual (where is't in HI?). Recommended by our local friend and the online T Advisor.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always like to make a stop at Cafe Pesto during our Hilo Stays. This last time we enjoyed fresh local produce and great service. We showed up later in the night and they were very accommodating and did not rush us at all. Our server was really great - wish I could remember his name. Only bad thing this time was we didn't see the more extensive wine list we have seen in the past.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
consistent food quality
I would say that the food quality is always consistently good! I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Hilo dining
This is one of my favourite spots in Hilo. The menu is full of good food options, cooked to perfection. The Lilikoi cheesecake is a must for any desert lovers.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent as always.
Food was excellent as always.
Service was excellent until we were finished with our entree.
Our dishes were cleared off our table when we were finished and we sat there for a solid 15 minutes with an empty table and watch the server walk past our table 4 times before we were acknowledge. By that time we decided not to have dessert, which is very unfortunate as we were looking forward to dessert after our dinner.
Overall excellent restaurant just a few kinks that need to be fixed.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Open Table find on the Waterfront
Cafe pesto is right on the waterfront close to the Kamemeha monument. Excellent seafood and awesome wildfired pizzas! I highly recommend!!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with friends
Cafe Pesto is a Hilo standby - one of the few "nice" restaurants in town. We have patronized it for years, since it opened, and it has never disappointed. Wood-fired pizzas and calzones, fresh island fish, and always some inventive specials. Definitely worth your time.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good service and food for a very late reservation on Father's Day. We were the last to leave . He staff were beginning to stack and clean but it was not intrusive.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favourite restaurant in Hilo with reliable food and service quality, and a nice location on the bayfront.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
best of hilo
class from reservation to exit. professionalism at every turn.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eathing here is always a delight, food always consistent with great presentation and delicious. A favorite place to meet wth friends and family.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service are usually good restaurant for groups. I will use for other group next time.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe pesto is one of our favorite places to eat. The drinks and food are always yummy.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice dinner with friends in Hilo
There were 6 of us and we all enjoyed our selections and the service, wine list was nice and there were lots of choices. We shared a pizza as an appetizer and it was also very good. Scallops and shrimp pasta had wonderful flavors and the fresh fish was nicely done as well. Prices were reasonable and portion size more than sufficient. It was extremely busy with a lot of locals so noise level was a little high but not overwhelming.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Pesto was recommended by a friend and while in Hilo 3 random people mentioned eating there so it was a must do, even for 13 of us, 4 of which were kids. They were able to accommodate us all, and were very helpful with suggestions and patient with all deciding. Food was excellent, staff perfect.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food menu! I had the Calamari and oven baked Pizza and it was one of the best!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Pesto is one of the best restaurants in Hilo. Their food is generally fantastic, and the ambience is great.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a girl's night!
Recently, a couple of girlfriends and I went for dinner for a fun girl's night out. The service was great, the food was a change of pace but very tasty (I've recently discovered the wonders of their rosemary Gorgonzola focaccia bread which for that reason alone I would go back for lol). We had a great time!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe pesto had very good food
Cafe pesto had very good food with a range of choices. We had pizza, main entrees and apps. They were all delicious.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Pesto always good
Whenever getting together with friends and family, Cafe Pesto is always a good choice. Service is as good as the food. Prices are reasonable and the place is comfortable. Parking us fairly easy to find and free.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent. The food was pleasantly presented with outstanding taste. Left the restaurant
full with no room for dessert. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Hilo.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, friendly servers,
Excellent food, friendly servers, very enjoyable place to dine.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table wasn't ready on time waited about ten minutes. But hey they were busy and I can understand, otherwise all else was wonderful!!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant in Hilo!
All around, dependable restaurant. Lots of local food, well prepared, interesting menu. We especially love the BLT pizza. The pizza dough is wonderful, the white pesto sauce is wonderful. Every meal I've ever had here has been excellent, and the ambiance is lovely also.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner here after a full day of visiting Hilo. The food was good, plentiful and the service was great. Our server and the bus staff were friendly and efficient. Would definitely go back if we are ever in Hilo again.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I eat here 2 to 5 times a month for lunch and dinner and it's always good. Great food and great service every time.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant is very classy
The restaurant is very classy with delicious food. They are very accommodating to large groups and special requests. Although a little more on the expensive side in Hilo, it is not unaffordable. Absolutely perfect for a luncheon with friends or business associates. I have yet to have a bad experience here and I will continue to recommend this place.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our 1st at Cafe Pesto. The coconut calamari is a must! seafood risotto a must. shrimp & scallop scampi would have been great but sauce too sweet! I was disappointed.
the musician performs beautiful hawaiian melodies. he gave the place a tropical island ambiance. service was very good.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was amazing! Despite all the busy bodies he made sure to check up on us and remembered the drinks that we ordered (WOW!).
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best service out of any restaurant in town. Food is of the highest quality.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Again great time
Like this place a lot. Always seem to enjoy myself.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best palces in Hilo
No wonder this place gets so many recommendations. It is centrally located on the waterfront boulevard, has a nice atmosphere (we enjoyed a very pleasant singer/songwriter that night), and distinctive food (not the usual stuff). Considering all that prices are fair.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Both our lunches (mushroom
Both our lunches (mushroom risotto and turkey sandwich) were delicious and accurately described by our server. We were glad we came!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lived up to expectations
One of the more highly rated places in downtown Hilo. Seemed to be a mixed crowd of locals and vacationers (like us). Made a reservation easily. Had the coconut encrusted calimari appetizer and it was exceptional - no fried rubber bands with marinara here. The calimari was thicker and more succulent than I've had before - could have passed for crab legs. I had the Classic Pasta and my wife had the Shrimp Scampi - both done well. Bananas Foster for desert also got good marks. Service was attentive, though slow at times. The guitar duo provided a nice background atmosphere. Prices seemed moderate. If you're looking for one of the nicer places to eat in Hilo, this would be a good choice.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love Their Caesar Salad
This is the only place in town I can get the Caesar salad I crave. This is our 'girls out' lunch spot 'n special occasion dinners.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I come to this restaurant every year while on vacation. I have never been dissapointed. :)
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place for lunch or dinner
Had the cheeseburger. Decent size and was pretty good
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM