Mi's Waterfront Bistro

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Mi's Waterfront Bistro, is a chef-owned restaurant. Chef-owner Morgan Starr and his team have been serving the community of the Big Island since 2007. Graduated from Culinary Institute of America, Chef Morgan Starr uses old world techniques combined with freshly made pastas, sauces, daily baked bread, local produce, fish and beef. Whether looking to relax on the water with friends after a day of sightseeing; or looking for an unparalleled waterfront dining experience on the Big Island, we invite you to join us in the heart of Kailua-Kona on the second floor of the Historic Waterfront Row Building.
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OT
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Quite possibly the worst dinner I’ve ever had in Kailua Kona. “Chef” Morgan Starr is by no means a “star”.

Things stayed bad and ended bad. Our server approached us in a timely manner and asked for our drink order, which we provided. I indicated we would like to order an appetizer while we decided on our mains. Our server stated, “You have to order everything at once. The chef will only allow one ticket per table.” Being a chef, I found that ridiculous! He went on to explain that they only had a six burner cooktop and it would overwhelm the kitchen if people ordered at different times.

The dinner arrived. The food was unimaginative and overcooked. My spaghetti bolognese was so overcooked I sent it back. The beef was cremated. The worst part, when I sent it back, our server did not offer me a menu to select a replacement. So I sat there with no dinner as my family ate. Granted they did not finish their mains because it was so bad, so I didn’t have to wait long.

The staff is very friendly.

There are good restaurants all around town. Mi’s is not one of them.

Keep looking.

FF
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arthur was truly one of the best servers we have ever had the pleasure to interact with and the food was amazing. Thank you for making our anniversary dinner exceptional !

E
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding dining experience---delicious food no matter what we order--excellent service.

JL
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view, great service and great food. What else is there to say. Reasonably price for an upscale restaurant in Kona.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding, Mi's is just excellent. Another beautiful meal and evening. Mahalo! And great staff!

q
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We totally enjoyed our food. The service was great, waiter was excellent and we would go back.

TK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location on the waterfront. Pasta is homemade. Food was excellent and service efficient. Nice wine list. We take our friends here.

JA
Miami
87 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent - best choice in Kona!

E
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Kailua/Kona along with a great value plus they are great owner and their staff are friendly with great service !!

M
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service and food were very good but 2 mice running around on the floor near our table was daunting!

C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but not as true Italian as I would like. Service was good and staff was very friendly.

JZ
Calgary
54 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing.

JZ
Calgary
54 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always.

RG
Seattle
68 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good and everyone seemed to enjoy their choices. Table lighting on the terrace was terrible making it difficult to enjoy the visual the chef works so hard to present. Service could have been better as well.

TS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful! Awesome views!
Will definitely return.

CM
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok but not exceptional...in fact we can’t remember what we ordered and it’s only been 3 days since we were there. We sat at the bar for a bit after we arrived as the greeter said our table wasn’t ready yet, but the table where we eventually were seated, was empty when we arrived....so not sure what that was about. We sat outside on the deck. Our server was very attentive.

E
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service above and beyond and very friendly

PR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice location. It seems as though they do not take full advantage of the awesome sunset views as they may be able to. Service was ok but a bit slow. Food was very good with somewhat generous sizes but the part that left a bad vibe was the nickle and diming. They charge $5 for extra bread, an extra $2.25 for a "kitchen fee". Come on. Just add it to the total price of the meal upfront and be done with it. I don't like that. Seems cheap and unwelcoming.

BH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I asked alot of people in a Big Island Facebook group where to eat for Valentine's Day and no one mentioned Mi's. Their loss!! Food was fabulous, view was amazing, it's a must do for italian food. We would definitely go again. Make sure you leave extra time when arriving for the current one lane traffic on Ali'I Dr and the very slow parking machine downstairs.

KL
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahi special over risotto was absolutely wonderful!

TD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals. Mi's is our favorite for dinner when hosting someone special. Great views and ambiance. First rate food.

z
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great, service was great, view was even better! Fantastic experience and price was more than fair- thank you!!!

V
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding find this trip. Great service, ambiance, and meal preparations.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, waterfront setting and great drinks!

r
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place

NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We stopped in early and had lunch. The reviews were good but the food did not match it. Service was great and fun. That’s the only factor that made it ok.

Maybe dinner is better. We won’t chance it.

d
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The location couldn't be better. We enjoyed our dinner, watching the sunset.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, loved the Won Ton appetizer, also catch of the day
Thanks Arthur (our waiter) for a perfect evening!

HC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I was at Mi's Waterfront I had the fresh fish and risotto. The dish was absolutely fabulous: the risotto was cooked perfectly and had wonderful flavor! It was the best risotto I've every had.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Owners child was running around the restaurant while we were dining which was annoying. Understaffed so we waited an hour for our entree.

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Extremely slow and inattentive service. Never asked how our meals were. Waited 15 minutes after ordering for bread. Watched others wait and wait for service, too. View and location were spectacular, though. Check included an surprise 3% service charge for kitchen staff.

JO
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful ocean front dining! Unlike some restaurants with great views, the food and service are fabulous as well.

M
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleased with everything about our meal. Started with the calamari and the wontons. Both were excellent! Our group of four tried the fish special and two pasta dishes. All were delicious. The sauces were fresh and had tons of flavor. The pasta was cooked to perfection. We will be back in a few days. Our waiter was knowledgeable and gave us good advice. It was the best meal we have had on the island.

RK
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the catch of the day special. Mahi-mahi on a bed of risotto with a salsa of fresh tomato, onion, capers and sweet corn. It was one of the most amazing meals of my life. The blend of complex flavors blended together in your mouth for an extraordinary savory finish. Views were great and Mauti provided great service. Don’t miss the restaurant when you are in Kona!!

OT
Vancouver
89 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great experience and lots of food - chef has very generous portions

Our server Murthy took good care of us - a great waterfront experience

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Was pretty disappointed in the view as we were stuffed in the back corner. Our server was not very attentive, seemed she had most of the restaurant to take care of. Food lacked flavor but the Lemon Creme Brûlée was amazing!

DL
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceptional view overlooking the ocean. Service was a bit spotty but the food was fantastic. Seafood in the pastas was really fresh. Highly recommended.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Terrible policies. We have been long term patrons and are do disappointed.
1. No one is happy or welcoming
2.No bread until entire meal is ordered. I guess hurry up and order as we’re more concerned about getting you in and out than creating a nice meal experience.
3. Can’t even order never mind receive your appetizers until you order the entire meal

Shame of it is the food is quite good. But who wants to be dealing with so many off-putting policies that you don’t experience at pretty much any high end restaurant on the islands or on the mainland.

We won’t be back unless policies change

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Very good food and reasonably priced with very “meh”service.

IN
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introduced friends to Mi's for their first experience. Bravo! Everything was perfect...thanks so much!