Pueo's Osteria

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$30 and under
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Italian
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Pueo’s Osteria, located in Waikoloa Village, is an Italian-inspired, inviting restaurant that provides great food in a delightful environment. The Chef focuses on the finest Italian products paired with seafood, produce and meats from boutique farms (sourced locally whenever possible), including “farm-fresh” products from local farmers’ markets.

The Pueo is a local, indigenous owl which represents the Chef"s focus on dinner and serving food until midnight. Pueo's Osteria caters to locals, visitors and serves late to welcome service industry personnel. Engaging service, approachable pricing, great flavors and a lively atmosphere await at Pueo’s Osteria – food, wine & fun … where the night owls meet.
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vipBillB
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was good, as always, but the service was slow, as always.

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vipDonO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in Hawaii. Friendly consistent. Not to be missed

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Lottepotta66
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and friendly. We keep coming back!

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vipDonS
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We consider ourselves “semi-regulars”. Their food and service is consistently excellent!

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vipCarri
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress , Courtney greeted us at the door and took us to our table. She talked about the specials they had, which sounded delicious. My cannelloni and my husbands veal scaloppini were very good, with enough to give us another meal at home.
Don’t miss this place! It is great!

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vipHere2stay
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour small dishes but have to get there as they open. The bar fills up quickly. Shrimp Appetizers and Caesar salad very good. Nice main dish selection. They do not rush you which we really appreciate. It is a large open space so can get very loud as it fills up. For a quieter dinner sit at the outdoor patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good Italian meal

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MJRobins
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food in Hawaii. Loved their fresh made in-house pasta.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good service and delicious food. I’ve eaten at Pueo many times and have never been unhappy. I would recommend Pueo to anyone who enjoys good Italian food with local ingredients.

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BryanaR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to this restaurant for a family dinner out while on vacation. Two kids under 4 years old...Very comfortable ambiance for a family. Wonderful service that made us feel welcome. Food was excellent quality...Brussel sprouts and Pasta dishes were 10/10. Wine selection was surprisingly high level...we are from wine country so we have high expectations when it comes to wine quality and selection

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vipRochelleC
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Not overpriced. I highly recommend it!

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Jimmag
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katie is a wonderful server. The Frav Diablo is a must.

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DennisC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food and great service. Eat here ~ you won’t be disappointed.

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vipMWin95003
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was pretty good but waiter was spread to thin. Loud drunk group next to us and large group with individual checks made the waiters job harder. The waiter should have asked the others in th restaurant to help. Not going back.

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Slim65
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful hidden jewel. Not a bad drive from Kohala coast. Food is superb at a fair price. Pastas are excellent along with tasty appetizers. Salads a bit overpriced for what you get. Nice wine list and reasonable corkage if you choose to bring your own. Highly recommended if you enjoy Italian.

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vipsmitty
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

One of our guests order the seafood combo. The dish was not very good. Far too fishy. All pieces of seafood were all in the same fishy sauce so tasted all the same. My guest has upset stomach afterward. Would not order again. The rest of our dishes were excellent.

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Carolyn
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Way too loud for conversation. Small table too small for pizza as well as two plates big enough for slices.

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vipLindaS
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Oscar, was fabulous! He made our evening a wonderful experience.

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vipBobB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous Italian dinner and classic Italian ambiance on the Big Island!

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vipBruceN
Hawaii
55 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always great food! Love the eggplant with extra sauce.
A bit noisier than usual.

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BruceB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, this is a must when we’re in town!

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Lyndsay
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake served us, and he was great. His recommendations helped us decide what to order. Courtney, our favorite waitress, came over to check on us, and we always have a good time at this local restaurant. You feel welcome and appreciated when you go there. Mahalo

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! Great Italian food.

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vipJoanneH
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a great experience.

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vipVLOHokie
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Courtney was awesome! Had short wait for our table - we had reservations. I got a delicious Caesar salad and my husband had fried calamari as his starter. Had a yummy margarita pizza - they used black lava salt on it - so good! Husband got his veggie pizza made into a calzone. Great dinner and great service- wish we were there longer to go back.

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vipHans
London
43 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit but not the last. I'd read the reviews prior to heading over and it was remarkable to note the wide range of experiences. Our experience was great. We only waited a few minutes to be seated and then just a few more for our server to come over. After that, the timing was perfect.

We split the meatball appetizer, a Caesar salad and then puttanesca with shrimp. They split the pasta for us and the portions were very generous. All the food was excellent and it was easy to then split a dessert.

A very positive experience and it was packed on a Sunday night; get reservations.

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Alohafoodie
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We had hits and misses, and overall we were disappointed since we’ve had many exceptional meals in the past. We were seated on arrival since we had a reservation and our food arrived in a timely manner. The appetizers were all very good (calamari, olives and hurrays salad) the bread service is very pricey for what you get though. I wouldn’t order that again. For the main, only the pasta bolognese was a hit. The Rita pizza was very very salty, not sure if it was the cheese used or if they sprinkled salt on top which sounds weird, but everyone thought it too salty. My husbands Ahi was overcooked, he didn’t enjoy his meal at all. My short rib wasn’t good at all. It was sliced thinly like brisket. It was tough and not moist and tender like it should be. Short rib should break apart with a fork, this was dry and flavorless. Probably the worst short-rib I’ve ever eaten. The polenta and beans it came with were however very good but at $38 I would have expected much better.

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RandJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated right away when we arrived for our reservation and we had a nice table arranged for us. It was a lively evening with a pretty full house. We were greeted with water by our server within moments and that was all great. We ordered the brussel sprout & bruschetta appetizers which were both delicious and overall the best items we ate all night. Our pasta dishes were all just kind of bland, they lacked just some basic salt and pizazz to brighten them up. We noticed other tables all received a cutting board with what looked like fresh focaccia bread & butter but we were never offered that. Not sure if it's because we ordered the bruschetta appetizer or maybe you have to order the focaccia ala carte. It wasn't made very clear to us. Our server was pleasant and the food took a bit longer than it probably should have but it was busy (we actually were almost given the wrong food at one time but we told the food runner he had the wrong table). We'd recommend it given this is the only real restaurant in Waikoloa Village and if you like it a bit under-seasoned and pricey.

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vipDonS
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit since we moved to the Big Island. The Italian food here is excellent, and that is coming from an Italian New Yorker!

It is my understanding the proprietors also own Peles Wok in Mauna Lani. It is also excellent Chinese food! Enjoy!

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MarkJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun and fantastic!

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vipjohnB
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived on the Big Island for over 20 years and found this gem in the Village . Had no idea it was even there but definitely worth the drive from KONA or the coast resorts .
Great variety on the menu with delicious Chef Specials every night ! Highly recommend

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MarkW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best veal parma I've ever had, and the gelato is amazing!

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MarkS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Certainly recommend it!

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent! Our table was on the patio on a cool and windy evening, which ordinarily would be great on a warm night. Thankfully, their patio heaters helped to keep us warm. Would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hidden gem in Waikoloa. Fresh homemade pasta and wonderful pizza. Service was a little bit slow but ok if you are in the mood to dine. Great wine list and attentive servers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as expected. It is our go to place to bring guests to the Big Island

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vipWhiteman
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner on our vacation.
Great drinks and decent wine list.
Food was excellent!
Fried Brussels Sprouts were awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service. The tagliatelle with wild boar was fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Kale salad & Beef Barley soup were very good, tho quite salty. Rigitoni and the swordfish entrees were very good, tho quite salty. Nice portion size. We were seated at 7:12 pm for a 7pm reservation. Not too bad. There were 2 groups that had 6:30pm reservations and were not seated until 7:10pm. Noise level is Very high. Tables are Very close. Our server, Courtney, was happy, knowledgeable and very nice. We might go back at an earlier time and try the pizzas, which looked very good.

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