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Mi's Italian Bistro

4.6
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Mi's Italian Bistro in Kealakekua, Hawaii is an intimate bistro that serves Italian food made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant features patio, waterfront dining and island themed drinks.

Mi's Italian Bistro serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a wide assortment of appetizers, pasta dishes, entrées and desserts for diners to choose from. Appetizer options at the restaurant include fried calamari, shrimp scampi, crab and artichoke dip, Caesar salad and marinated beets and green beans. Entrées featured at Mi's Italian Bistro include fresh lasagna, crab manicotti, grilled steak, grilled fresh catch, duck confit alla puttanesca and grilled rack of lamb.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation

Dinner: M-Su 4:30pm-8:30pm
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Phone number
(808) 329-3880
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Morgan Starr
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Keapuka Rd.
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Parking details
Shared parking with convenience store, park in any of the stalls not immediately in front of store.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.1
ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Simply put Mi's is just excellent at a very reasonable price.

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vipmmkchicago (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

We've been here a few times and have tried many of the items. All have been fantastic. We are sad to hear they are moving further away from us, but we'll make the trip to see the new location soon!

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Ed1940 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Mis--terrific menu--outstanding taste---terrific deserts---and very soon an exceptional view of the ocean!! Well done Mis!

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Brad (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2016

Never disappoints, friendly staff, can't wait to try them in the new location that is coming very soon. A+++

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

Food is always excellent

Glad they are moving to a larger Facility in downtown Kona. Should improve the overall dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2016

Overall this is an amazing place to eat local foods. Never fails to bring something new each time and the soups are always wonderful

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vipQuin (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Best dish was the ravioli and the pork tenderloin. The pasta with Italian sausage and the fish special were OK.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Caesar Salad was over dressed, Pasta served with Sasage Rigate was under cooked, sasage was tough and chewy., sauce very "One Note" as in Boring.
Cioppino was good, couldn't find any crab. not exactly generous portions. would suggest garlic bread be served on seperate plate, it got partially soaked with Cioppino on the edges when served.
We Both live here, and probably wont be returning or recommending to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2016

We always make a reservation at Mi's when we go to Kona (just a short hop down the highway to Kealakekua). This time we reserved for Tuesday and loved it so much we made another reservation for Friday. Lamb and fish were great but the absolute winner was the housemade sausage and pasta - WOW!!! Caesar salad is great. Prices are very reasonable. Visited March 8 and 11, 2016.

They are moving to Alii Drive sometime soon, so be sure to check the address. Wonderful, dependable restaurant in Kona.

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KonaDonna (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Of course took my #1 son to Mi's when he visited. He lived in Italy and pointed out how fine the wine list is. We ate, drank and did our catch up talk with joy. Enough wait attention to meet all our needs without interruption. Food always wonderful. Split the tira misou which is legendary.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

This is a very small cozy place and you are quite close to your neighbour's table. The food was good, although we both thought slightly under seasoned. The fish and corn chowder was nice, but again a bit under seasoned and the potatoes were a bit under done to our liking.

We sat at the last table by the kitchen and could smell cigarette smoke coming in the back door at one point. That was unfortunate.

We were most impressed with our serving person, who also was the hostess and the food runner and she was bussing and setting up tables. She was the only one attending to the entire (and full) restaurant we really felt sorry for her, but she never forgot a thing and was very attentive considering the load she was carrying. We gave her a very good tip.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

We have been to Mi's many times over the years and have never been disappointed with the food or the service. Sometimes the service can be slow - but after all, you are in Hawaii and good, fresh, well prepared food takes time. Order one of the wonderful appetizers or the daily Bruschetta. The daily specials are always very good and quite interesting. The wine list is well thought out and compliments the menu items. They will help suggest a wine pairing for your meal. Reservations are always recommended as the place is small. Tables are also very close together, so you will probably end up chatting with the patrons at the next table.

They have a flourless dark chocolate cake and a tiramisu that are a must to end a meal! Mi's will be moving in April to Kailua- Kona to a wonderful ocean side location - we can hardly wait!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Interestingly presented food, well balanced flavors, and the specials are truly special.

Small but very nice wine list, and the wines compliment the food. Went twice in a week, had very nice diverse meals. The pork with fennel cream sauce was excellent. The salads are fresh and very good - tomatoes are super. 2nd night had the ahi on risotto special which was probably the best fish dish I've ever had. Desserts are excellent also.

Excellent price points, large portions, excellent food. Only drawback is small staff - if you're in a hurry you may get frustrated- but have another beverage and chill.

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CBlue808 (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 22, 2016

I've been to Mi's 3 times now, and every time the food and service has been fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2016

For starters we had Bruchetta sent to our table as compliments of the chef, the food was delisious. Beef was perfectly cooked, and the pork was tender and filling. Servers where on top of everything. I would definitely recommend this experience to a friend.

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hirf (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Since there were very few restaurants near Captain Cook area where we stayed, we did not expect much for a dinner. But actually it was a pleasant surprise. We had Island Style Cioppino and one of the night's special (Ahi Pasta). Both were excellent and we enjoyed them very much until the dishes became empty. Since we will visit this area again next year, we definitely return to this restaurant.

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MatthewP (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2016

Excellent food, not super expensive. Much better than all the "grills" in Kona.

We were impressed with the efficiency of the workers there. The restaurant was completely full when we were there (around ~40 people) and there were only 5 people working: 2 servers, 2 chefs, and 1 dish washer -- no host, no bus-boy. (We were there on President's Day, so I'm guessing this was unusual for them -- they probably just had a few people on vacation). Even with so few workers though, food came out quickly and the servers were attentive.

Only thing I wasn't happy about was the location. It is in a sketchy looking building, shared with a very disreputable looking store with terrible parking lot. Good news is that it looks like Mi's will be moving to a new location soon, so this issue will soon go away.

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KonaDiner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

This is a really good restaurant, period. The service and the food are exceptional. Been going for years, it keeps getting better.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We were so glad we made reservations, because every table was booked! The shrimp scampi was the best we have ever had--highly recommend trying it. Everything was just delicious. Ingrid and Morgan's two little girls (who we have watched growing up) passed out chocolate Valentine candy hearts to all the patrons. The highlight was to see Ingrid with their beautiful baby sister who was just over one month old. Fabulous place to eat--run by caring and lovely people. Mi's is better than any other mauka restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The meal was delicious. They were very helpful when we let them know we were at the local theater production and it ran long. Always take our off island guests to this gem.

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