Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay is Now On Happy Hour Pal


Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay is very excited to have joined up with Happy Hour Pal, a happy hour guide website that helps users find happy hour information, including menus, daily specials, basic business information, maps, GPS-based directions, check-in rewards, and more. Read More »

We Love Local Grass Fed Beef


Chef Casey Halpern loves using local big island grass fed beef in his delicious creations. Cafe Pesto gets their local beef from Kulana Foods in Hilo who processes and packages cattle from Kahua Ranch, Palani Ranch, and Parker Ranch. Read More »

Cafe Pesto Sponsors Tournaments to End Hunger on Hawaii Island

Kona, Restaurant, Hawaii Food Basket, Family Dining

Cafe Pesto is honored to be sponsoring the “Love and Peas” Golf and Tennis Tournament and fundraiser at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, June 8th and 9th, 2013. All proceeds go to Big Island families who struggle to get food on the table. For information on participation and/or donations go to

Make Mom Feel Like a Queen on Mother’s Day

Cafe Pesto, downtown Hilo, Things to do in Downtown Hilo 

Mother’s Day 2013 Dinner Specials

Let Mom know she’s the Queen of Your Heart, and celebrate her day with us at Cafe Pesto. We look forward to helping you make this day special.

“Queens Salad”

Asian Tiger shrimp and snow crab on a beautiful mix of fresh vegetables and organic mixed greens served with a macadamia red wine vinaigrette


 “Surf and Turf”

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Lobster and Scallop Tempura. Served With Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and a Sour Cream And Chive Baked Potato

Petite Portion$29.95   (3.5 oz Beef Filet)
Regular Portion$42.95 (2x 3.5 oz Beef Filet)

Happy 25th Birthday Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor!

Cafe Pesto, fine dining, downtown Hilo

May 5, 2013 marks Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor’s 25th Birthday! 25 years ago in 1988 we first opened our doors in the quaint harbor town of Kawaihae as a small take-out pizzeria.  Fast forward to today and Cafe Pesto is an award winning dining establishment.

Here is a warm-hearted message from owner David Palmer:

“Aloha, I am David Palmer, proud owner of both Cafe Pesto Kawaihae and Hilo Bay. This month marks the 25th anniversary of our Kawaihae restaurant. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported our efforts to provide locally sourced, fresh Island cuisine using the bounty provided by our Big Island farmers, ranchers and fisherman to whom much is owed. Before there was Roy’s or a Merriman’s, there was -We’re Talking Pizza aka Cafe Pesto Kawaihae serving creative, organic, and locally sustainable dishes.

Special thanks are due to Michael, Jocelyn, Moki, and Kellie and all those employees who have made us the benchmark in top rated restaurants. First and foremost, however, it is our dear customers – locals and tourists alike, who have honored us with their ongoing patronage these past 25 years. Mahalo”

Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor Wins 3 Open Table Awards


Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay was thrilled to hear they were the 2013 Open Table’s Diner’s Choice winner.  We were even more thrilled to hear that our sister restaurant Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Harbor also won several Open Table awards:

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid Friendly
  • Most Booked

Here are few quotes from 3 of our Open Table diners who gave Cafe Pesto Kawaihae a 5 star rating! Read More »

Local Hawaii Farmers We Love: Hester Farms

Cafe Pesto, Downtown Hilo, Fine Dining

Sokha and her husband, Ellis, have innovated their 30-acre growing space a mile above Pahala (in the southern Ka’u District), into a farm that offers such a diversity – nothing seems impossible. At any given time they may be harvesting 30 to 35 different crops including peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, salad greens and more.

They continue to creatively work their way through a variety of not the best growing conditions: uneven land, rocky soil, weather conditions – to bring to their markets the most flavorful and eye-popping vegetables.

We love including their fresh veggies in as many of our dishes as we can.


Café Pesto named 2013 OpenTable Diners’ Choice List


We’re thrilled that you, our Café Pesto diners, have voted us onto the 2013 OpenTable Diner’s Choice List. The Diners’ Choice lists are created by the feedback that receives from diners who book through OpenTable and are marked as seated. OpenTable emails diners and asks them to complete a Dining Feedback Form. The results of the feedback helps create the Diners’ Choice List. Read More »

Meet Hawaii Island Goat Dairy


Here at Cafe Pesto we LOVE using local ingredients! Recently, we used Ahualoa goat cheese in a few of our dishes like Ahualoa Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Ahualoa Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Honey Crisp Tuile and Strawberry Compote. We are so lucky to have a local goat dairy right on the Big Island, meet Hawaii Island Goat Dairy. Read More »

Cafe Pesto Sponsors West Hawaii Junior Tennis

Cafe Pesto Tennis sponsorship

“Aloha Dave,

On behalf of the USTA’s West Hawaii District (WHDTA), and especially on behalf of our kids that we serve, please accept my deepest appreciation for Cafe Pesto’s sponsorship of our annual Junior Championships Tournament this May 25-27. Read More »