This restaurant is charming. The staff is warm and friendly like an island breeze. Even though we arrived at the end of the lunch rush, the waiting was brief and the service was spectacular.
It has a bar area with lots of wood and character. Every table had beautiful flowers on it. The menu was full of great choices which made It was difficult to decide on our meal. We shared appetizers, then settled on a meal- I wasn’t able to add dessert. Next time!
The BEST calamari! I've had it all over the world. The pizzas are wonderful too! This is my wife's favorite place for creme brulee.
The only down side is the homeless population literally outside the restaurant, I mean literally leaning against the restaurant front.
GREAT food. Great staff. Awesome beer. If you're looking for a dinner spot, stop looking and come here. Highly recommend any of the pastas. Also the best calamari I've ever had.
We ordered the Chicken pizza with pesto and goat cheese and it was amazing! We saw other people with Pizza so that’s what we ordered. Highly recommend. On top of that we had the Pina colada and mango smoothie. What a treat! We loved it! Will go again. First time in Hilo and yum!!
Amazing food and service. We had the Seafood Medley Risotto, Shrimp Scampi Linguini, Quattro Fromaggi pizza, creme Brule, Keanakolu Hot Apple Pie and a couple of Chocolate chip cookies. All were super delicious and flavors and presentation were fantastic. If you're in the area, it's a definite must try. Enjoy.
This restaurant was recommended to us and it was delish! Service was very pleasant and nice. The space is very pleasant and art deco. And the food was very delish. We were all very pleased. We got three luau pizzas and two Caesar salads. The sauce was so yummy for the salad and the chicken very well cooked. The pizzas were flavorful and delicious!
My sister & I dined here back on 9/30 when we were in Hilo! I had the artichoke pizza(can’t remember the official name) and my sis had a salad. And I had a Pina Colada! Delish! And our server was very helpful w where to go and visit while in the area! I wish I would’ve taken pix of the food but it was delicious!
Really enjoyed my meal and dessert.
I had a seafood special, and it was amazing.
Dessert was an apple crumble with ice cream, and it was almost as good as my Mom's. Will be back next time I'm in Hilo.
Walking along Hilo Bay I was drawn in by the aroma while the name Cafe Pesto caught my eye. I love to grow basil and even more so, I love pesto. As I walked into the cafe the atmosphere was inviting and warm with dark wood tables, a high ceiling, and plenty of space. The bar looked inviting since I was traveling solo, but decided to sit by the window and enjoy the traveling view.
I was carving a good burger and as soon as I opened up the menu, there is was their signature Big Island Cafe Pesto Cheeseburger.
A savory and hearty Island beef, toasted garlic butter bun, smoked mozzarella, crispy onions, tomato, and lettuce gourmet burger, served with garlic large cut fries topped with parmesan formaggio. OMG, delicious!
When Steph arrived with an Aloha smile I was prompt to place my order and asked for a recommendation on a dark draft beer on tap. She suggested the coconut porter. The beer was smooth like Guinness with a subtle hint of coconut. It was a perfect pairing.
Mahalo for the savory experience.
We had a great time here but the food was sliced a bit too much for my son. He is 7. My wife and I loved everything, including the burger my son didn't care for. The burger was seasoned with lots of herbs which we liked but just a bit too much for my son. The volcano mist salad is too die for... Can't wait to go back and have that again.
2023 update: we meet some friends here for dinner and had a great time. I had the Ono pasta special and it was amazing and my wife had the seafood medley risotto which was also wonderful. My son ordered the pasta with white sauce and didn't enjoy it at all. I tasted it and it had no flavor, next time I'll order from the adult menu for him.