USAToday 10Best: 10 Best Restaurants Near the Hilo and Kona Cruise Ports


Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay was thrilled to land the #1 spot in USAToday 10Best: 10 Best Restaurants Near the Hilo and Kona Cruise Ports!

We were proud to be ranked among some large corporate restaurants like Kona Brewing Company and Bubba Gump Shrimp in Kailua-Kona!

This is what USAToday had to say about us:

Hilo Bay’s Cafe Pesto has enjoys quite a reputation for innovative pizzas, which range from traditional Italian varieties to recipes bearing Mediterranean or Pacific Rim touches. The restaurant gets packed at lunch; everybody from local business types to tourists clamor for a daily fix of pizza topped with shiitake mushrooms, artichokes, chipotle-seasoned chicken, or chili-grilled shrimp. Diners wanting to go a different route may opt for an Asian catch stromboli with shrimp tempura and an Oregon wasabi snow crab caesar salad or a Sandalwood panini (Japanese eggplant, marinated artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary gorgonzola). Another location is in Kawaihae on the western side of the island. (808-969-6640)

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Mahalo to USAToday for the mention and the great dish recommendations! Visit our website online to view Cafe Pesto Hilo Bayʻs full menu.

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  1. Cafe Etc says:

    Thank you for this useful information

  2. This restaurant sounds awesome. My favorite food is pizza, so a place with innovative pizzas really appeals to me. If I ever get the opportunity, I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Owen Camden says:

    Being ranked as one of the top ten restaurants by the Hilo cruise ports is quite an accomplishment. There is nothing better than getting off of your ship and having a nice place to go get some dinner. One of my very favorite things to do is try out different restaurants in the area. I can’t wait until I can go on vacation again and try out some new food.

  4. Rhys Rawson says:

    How exciting that Cafe Pesto ranked first in the 10 Best Restaurants! I wasn’t able to stop in last time I visited Hawaii. I guess I’ll just have to make another trip out there!

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