Baci Bistro
Baci Bistro

Baci Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bacibistro.com/
  • Phone: 8082627555
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Reza Azeri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kuulei Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: For lunch, guests use the public parking lot just behind the restaurant. For dinner there is a parking garage adjacent to the restaurant which is reserved for guests of Baci Bistro
A word from Baci Bistro
Kailua"s popular Baci Bistro serves "European cuisine with an Italian flair". While chef Reza creates mouthwatering dishes, his partner, Bill, greets diners at the door while the whole staff contributes to the friendly, family flavor of the restaurant. Baci Bistro is rather intimate, with an old-world atmosphere reminiscent of Rome and Florence. Guest have the option of dining inside with its atrium setting, on the covered lanai, or at the food bar where they can sit and watch Chef Reza work his culinary magic.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Baci Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (31)great for outdoor dining (29)fit for foodies (25)romantic (22)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (9)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Special Gem
    Happy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love knowing that the food is always good and the service goes out of their way to be friendly and help you with what ever you need.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother
    JRBB
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was good and they have a nice wine list. However my wine glass had dried food bits on it and when I point it out and asked for a clean glass, the waiter sighed heavily as he walked away. I had to flag down someone to refill my water glass after it had been empty about 15 minutes. We had a coupon which the waiter took and said nothing when he handed us the check. He did not deduct the coupon from our bill. When we asked about it, he said the coupon had expired. The expiration date is in October which we told him, he said "they told me it was expired". We told him to go look at it, again with the sighing. Finally he acknowledged that it was not expired and corrected the bill. AND our credit card has been charged twice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Amazing! The food is perfect in every way. Cooked to perfection, hard to believe with as many items that they offer, All fresh items every day. Several specials. We have been going since they opened and it is as good as the day they opened their doors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    kentuckyvegan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was my birthday, so not an everyday thing for me to be going to a place like this. The food was fantastic, especially the vegetable risotto, but the service was very slow and we were not happy about this. Our servers were nice and helpful, but I was not given a wine menu when I asked for one, and it took a long time just for us to get our bread. Thankfully the food was good enough that I considered it to be worth the wait, but still, didn't think I would need to ask multiple times for a wine menu. The server was very helpful in helping me pick a wine, however, and even though it was very busy everyone still stayed nice and professional. I would still recommend the place, but be sure you have a reservation! Space is limited and fills up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but...
    OntheGo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Congested seating, high traffic minimal privacy due to relatively small dining area. We're told that because we booked on line rather than directly through the restaurant, we would not be given the more favorable seating
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto Bene!!!
    jwland99
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Awesome as always. Excellent service...meal was outstanding. We will keep up our monthly visits.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and yummy!
    RJMM
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My family and I love going to Baci when we want clean, fresh delicious Italian food. The food at Baci is never over seasoned or complicated. The service is always very friendly and accommodating. The only thing is I hope one day they can renovate the restaurants decor, clean it up a bit....not to fond of the big window with nothing much to look at. Other then that, one of the best Italian restaurants on Oahu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oahu's best Italian
    Gavrilo2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Superb chef, best Italian on Oahu, and I've been to Italy dozens of times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had an appt thru open table for 2. Arrived on time and was seated at the very entrance where customers wait for their reservations. No privacy and poor atmosphere. Asked the server if they could move us to a different table. Even though there were 2 other tables open they refused to move us. Ended up leaving. Never going back
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  • A little disappointing
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was terrific. However, the food was hit or miss. The burrata salad was very good and the della casa salad good. Was not a fan of the eggplant melanzane appetizer. The vongole was very good, but the buccatini pomodoro was pretty average. The buccatini also used a thicker pasta which I did not care for. This was not a bad place by any means, but overall considering the reviews I did expect a little more. I would come back if I were in the area, but would not plan a special trip from town to eat here as I did this time. IMO, La Cucina and Sabrina's are better. However, a positive is that the food wait time is not nearly as long as those two places.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love This Restaurant!
    Patriots2013VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Best Italian food outside of Italy. The charbroiled calamari is to die for. Pastas and sauces were excellent. One of the few restaurants in Honolulu that serves burata- Yummy! I would recommend this establishment without hesitation. The chef really knows his stuff . . . FANTASTICO!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but service lagged.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Baci Bistro was crowded this night - a Wednesday around 7:30 PM. We were greeted very nicely and seated within 3 minutes (we did have reservations). We did get our server pretty quickly, but it took a long time before she came back to take our orders, and our guests (from Switzerland who had been to Baci Bistro twice before) and us were looking back and forth at each other wondering when she would come back. We had to flag her down finally. Our guests said their food was good, my partner did not like his choice (meat was dried out) and my vegetable risotto was average - not a lot of flavor. The tiramisu was very good. We've had better experiences at Baci Bistro before.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everything was great, but it took forever to get ....anything- water, wine, bread, even the birthday cake we brought to celebrate. We've eaten their before and not had a problem, maybe it was just that night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love eating here
    Nuttlie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is awesome and the serve is equally awesome. My husband likes the wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Kailua Spot!
    kailuagirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is a great spot for all who live or visit Kailua. The food is always good and the specials are always fresh and great tasting. Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    JillhVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Baci Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Kailua. Excellent service, amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the cheesecake!
    HawaiiBeerLover
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Made a reservation and was sat immediately...many guests were waiting on a Monday night. Service was prompt and attentive, not too intrusive. Food was fresh and all made in house...gnocchi were perfect. If you save room, you absolutely have to have the cheesecake...it it awesome! (be aware, they run out of the cheesecake often because it's so popular)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food.
    BengalBarry
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It's a little on the pricey side, but worth it for the occasional dinner. Every dish I've tried has been amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    luvs2eat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have been to Baci's about four times. The food is good I can not say it is outstanding. The service is fair to good had to wait on water and cheese. I am not that picky but I do like good service. it was very noisy that night. Baci is a good place to eat in Kailua. It is very cute on the inside I think eating outside is too loud.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Delicious!
    Gavrilo2
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Always first rate and authentic. Chef produces good as in Italy, tasteful with great product, simplicity and soul. Family operated atmosphere. Friendly, bustling ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacimediocrity
    Michael
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Cold appetizer - warm Service - inadequate Calamari - CHEWY
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Craving Italian in Kialua?
    LouZilla
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Baci Bistro is a good find in older part of Kialua. There's a full bar that delivers a good dirty martini; an adequate wine list, and with one exception, great food. The bruschetta & carpaccio were tempting & the Ceaser salad was delicious. My pappardelle del campo was delicious & the rigatoni & gnocchi dishes were devoured by the others in our party. However, one of our party had linguini alle vongole & half the clams were gritty, not washed well enough. As far as service, our waitress was superb, making sure that every thing was delivered promptly & correctly. A good time was had by all, & if the clams hadn't been gritty this would have made it a full five star experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JRJazz
    JRjazz
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Love the name you gave me! We took neighbors there who had never been before - they thought it was very good...and so did we! Matthew was great! He's very animated & we felt he actually enjoyed his job! That's the second time he's been our waiter & he's very good at his job.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal; outstanding service
    Lilikoi
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My family and I really enjoyed our dinner here. We ordered the gnocchi with truffles as an appetizer (recommended by our server); they were absolutely perfect little pillows. So tasty, and sharing them is a wonderful way to enjoy them. My husband and I both ordered the nightly special items: four-cheese ravioli for him and fresh fish (Mong Chong) with vegetables for me. Both were excellent meals. The service was four-star! Absolutely first-rate. She was a true professional and took exceptional care of our children and us. We'll definitely be going back and recommending it to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    ScottsdaleVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    What a find !!! We ate here 2 nights in a row, because the food was SO FRESH AND INCREDIBLY GOOD!!! Pat, our waitress, was also fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Baci Bistro reviews archive.
  • Second time around
    SteveK
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Again, the food was great. Full of flavor and hot when it arrived. Service was very good and accomodating. Red wines are served at room (read "warm") temperature and need to be chilled a bit to get to a proper cellar temperature. The wine list is available on line so when making your reservation ask that your red wine be cooled in ice and water for 20 minutes before you arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baci Bistro
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have been going to Baci's for years. The food, service and friendly greeting from Bill is outstanding every time. I had the pasta with sausage, my lunch partner had the ravioli. Both were great and plentiful. I had to take half of my meal home. Great anti-pasto salad as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baci was great
    SteveK
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The food was well done with obvious passion. The Caesar was divine. I had the Pappardelle Del Campo which was full of flavor and a generous portion. My wife had the ravioli and she said it was fabulous. We shared the Caesar and a bottle of Zinfandel. The bill was $85 plus tip... very reasonable!! The restaurant was a bit loud but fun. Our server, Carole was great and very attentive without being obtrusive. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back.
    Happy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great place. We will be back again and again. A little hideaway in Kailua that was a wonderful find.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kailua Town Gem!
    Shiggz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The Truffle Gnocchi is theeeeee bomb dot com! Great place with a very home-like feel. Definitely make a reservation because this place gets busy, and can only seat so many people. Definitely Recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico!
    jwland99
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Awesome as always! Classic dishes executed with precision...absolutely delicious!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime patron
    wannabefoodie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've been enjoying Baci Bistro for some 30+ years now and through multiple changes of locations, they never disappoint. The food has always been consistent throughout the years and I dare say better than most, if not all Italian eateries on the island. Service is always impeccable, and the dessert menu, while limited to a few items, is to die for!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute little Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Kailua. Good food and nice atmosphere. One of the go to places when we have company.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Jamin
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We have been eating here for many years, love the atmosphere and the servers are all wonderful...food is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a great place!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    In the last few years, we have tried to wonder into Baci and they have been full. This year we made a reservation on a Sunday night and had no problems getting in. We were greeted warmly and our waitress was wonderful. She could describe dishes, make recommendations and was always keeping our wine glass full. We ordered salads to start that were yummy but big enough to share if ordering a meal too or great dinner size with their delicious bread. I had the scallops in a saffron sauce and it was amaIng. My husband had fish with vegetables. No room for dessert but hear the marsxapone cheesecake is good so will come back for that. Wonderful place in a wonderful place (Kailua)!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday night
    BengalBarry
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Took my lady friend here for her birthday. The menu is simple but large enough to have a good selection both over and under the $20.00 plate mark. Food was delicious. Wine was good. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local review
    Judy
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Why do you ask kid-friendly? I don't want kids screaming when I am dining. BACI BISTRO is the best restaurant in Kailua, and maybe all of Oahu. Don't need to use your service to make a reservation. BUT YOU DID a good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Italian Restaurant
    tomdunes
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We have been to many Italian restaurants, in US and Italy. This ranks among the best, which is somewhat surprising for a medium-sized Hawaiian town. Crowded on weekends. Wonderful for lunch, but not open for lunch on weekends. Use Opentable to make reservation because it sometimes does not monitor its own email address.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a fantastic dinner
    IanMVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner from start to finish. The excellent food was complemented by the good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MOLTO BENE!
    Patriots2013VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Chargrilled calamari with marinara sauce and Washington state mussels oh so tender! Butternut squash ravioli the perfect balance between sweet, savory and salty with the crunch of walnuts was wonderful. The Burata salad was heavenly smooth and luscious. Shrimp rissotto was rich, creamy and al dente. The pappardelle meat pasta was most enjoyable. Gelatos were the best. Service was friendly and attentive. All in all a great dinner once again. Many thanks to Chef and Bill for their gracious hospitality and fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.