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Mi's Waterfront Bistro

4.4
4.4
734 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch/Day Daily 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Happy Hour Drink Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Bar Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 329-3880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Morgan Starr

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua-Kona

  • Cross street

    Waterfront Row - 2nd Floor

  • Parking details

    Covered Parking lot basement of building.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Dinner Menu 5-9 pm

Appetizers

  • Crispy Herb, Cheese and Spinach Wontons$11.00

    served with spicy mustard sauce

    • Fried Calamari$13.00

      with sweet potato chips and roasted pepper aioli

      • Mi's Signature Shrimp Scampi$17.00

        with a Meyers' lemon garlic butter sauce

        • Crab and Artichoke Dip$16.00

          Atlantic blue crab with artichokes, capers, sweet onion, herbs and three cheeses baked to gooey perfection; served with thin sliced focaccia

          • Local Kabocha, Ulu and Sweet Corn Chowder

            • Cup$6.00
            • Bowl$10.00
          • Caesar Salad*$9.00

            with romaine lettuce, Parmesan Reggiano, anchovies, Kalamata olives and croutons

            • South Kona Green Salad$8.00

              with tomatoes, cucumbers, marinated onions and roasted tomato with olive vinaigrette

              • Marinated Beets and Green Beans$14.00

                local greens, arugula, Point Reyes blue cheese, and candied macadamia nuts with a beet-balsamic vinaigrette

                Pasta Dishes

                • Spicy Fettuccine

                  Hamakua mushroom, roasted eggplant, sweet onions, tomato and bok choy, with a light Kabocha sauce

                  • Fresh Catch*$26.00
                  • Chicken$21.00
                • Crab Manicotti$25.00

                  three cheeses, green beans, tomato and green chilies baked in kabocha dill with Italian bread crumbs

                  • Fresh Spaghetti$16.00

                    with local beef Bolognese

                    • Mi's Fresh Lasagna$18.00

                      seasoned local beef, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and black olives with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan reggiano and tomato sauce

                      • Rigatoni with Hamakua Mushroom$19.00

                        Hamakua mushrooms, red bell peppers, sweet onions, black olives and Feta in a rich tomato sauce over fresh rigatoni pasta

                        • With Sausage$24.00
                      • Pappardelle of Beef$27.00

                        seared strips of tender beef with mushroom, onion, bell pepper, bok choy and snow peas; tossed with wide noodles in a rosemary scented chianti demi glaze

                        • Herb & Cheese Ravioli$19.00

                          with broccoli florettes, toasted pine nuts and a blue cheese cream sauce

                          Entreés

                          • Grilled Fresh Catch*$33.00

                            with risotto du jour and a chopped tomato vinaigrette

                            • Mi's Grilled Steak*

                              with mushroom veal demi glaze, mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans

                              • 10oz Ribeye$31.00
                              • 'Grass Fed' 6oz Tenderloin$34.00
                            • Baked Chicken Parmesan$22.00

                              tender breaded chicken layered with cheese and spinach and baked in marinara. Served with a side of Fettuccini

                              • Porcini Crusted Pork Scallopini$28.00

                                with gnocchi and green beans in a creamy Hamakua mushroom sauce

                                • Grilled Rack of Lamb*$39.00

                                  Hamakua mushroom and sun-dried tomato polenta, sautéed green beans with a Chianti demi glaze

                                  • Island Style Cioppino$35.00

                                    rich broth of tomato and local fennel simmered with fresh catch, scallops, finger prawns and blue crab; served with grilled garlic bread and pesto aioli

                                    Sides

                                    • Extra Basket of Bread$5.00

                                      • Grilled Garlic Bread$5.00

                                        • Side of Marinara$5.00

                                          • Side of Mashed Potato$5.00

                                            • Side of Fettuccine or Spaghetti$8.00

                                              Desserts

                                              • Root-Beer Float$8.00

                                                with Tropical Dreams Vanilla Ice Cream

                                                • Banana Rum Flambe$12.00

                                                  with Mi's Special Vanilla Macadamia Nut Caramel over Tropical Dreams Vanilla Ice Cream and Banana Bread

                                                  • Mi's Signature Tiramisu$12.00

                                                    • Rich Flourless Chocolate Torte$10.00

                                                      with a Wailua Chocolate Ganache

                                                      • Big Island Meyer Lemon Crème Brulee$8.00

                                                        • White Pineapple Sorbet$6.00

                                                          • Tropical Dreams Vanilla Ice Cream$6.00

                                                            What 734 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            4.4
                                                            4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                            • 4.4Food
                                                            • 4.4Service
                                                            • 4.5Ambience
                                                            • 4.2Value

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                                                            1. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Portland

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              1.0

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 16, 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.

                                                            2. FF

                                                              FoodFun

                                                              Phoenix

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 13, 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 !

                                                            3. E

                                                              Ed1940

                                                              Phoenix

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 12, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                            4. E

                                                              Eater

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              40 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              40 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 9, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                              iOSooooiooo ok ô poolorpl O

                                                            5. JL

                                                              JLWe

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              30 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              30 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 5, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                            6. J

                                                              Jenni

                                                              Seattle

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            7. q

                                                              qualicum1dawn

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                            8. K

                                                              Krugs

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

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

                                                            9. JA

                                                              JackAMG

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              98 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              98 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Always excellent - best choice in Kona!

                                                            10. E

                                                              Eater

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              40 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              40 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 2, 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 !!

                                                            11. M

                                                              Marv

                                                              Omaha

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

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

                                                            12. C

                                                              Carmelguy

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              29 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              29 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                            13. JZ

                                                              JayZ

                                                              Calgary

                                                              78 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              78 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food and service was amazing.

                                                            14. JZ

                                                              JayZ

                                                              Calgary

                                                              78 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              78 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food was amazing as always.

                                                            15. RG

                                                              RichardG

                                                              Seattle

                                                              81 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              81 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 20, 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.

                                                            16. TS

                                                              TimS

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 18, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food is wonderful! Awesome views! Will definitely return.

                                                            17. CM

                                                              CarolM

                                                              New Orleans

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 17, 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.

                                                            18. E

                                                              Ed1940

                                                              Phoenix

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Service above and beyond and very friendly

                                                            19. PR

                                                              PaulR

                                                              New England

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 15, 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.

                                                            20. BH

                                                              BrenH

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 15, 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.

                                                            21. KL

                                                              KonaLiving

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              23 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              23 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Ahi special over risotto was absolutely wonderful!

                                                            22. TD

                                                              TrunkesDad

                                                              Las Vegas

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            23. z

                                                              zacheryr

                                                              Los Angeles

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            24. V

                                                              Vince

                                                              Richmond

                                                              16 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              16 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            25. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              Great food, waterfront setting and great drinks!

                                                            26. r

                                                              runningdad

                                                              Milwaukee

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Good place

                                                            27. NY

                                                              NYCFoodie

                                                              New York Area

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              2.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 7, 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.

                                                            28. d

                                                              doctorw

                                                              Portland

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 4, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

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

                                                            29. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                            30. HC

                                                              HollyC

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 30, 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.

                                                            31. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Hawaii

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 28, 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.

                                                            32. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Cincinnati

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 26, 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.

                                                            33. JO

                                                              JudithO

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                            34. M

                                                              Mandysu

                                                              Seattle

                                                              46 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              46 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 21, 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.

                                                            35. RK

                                                              RandyK

                                                              Milwaukee

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 21, 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!!

                                                            36. JK

                                                              JohnK

                                                              Vancouver

                                                              127 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              127 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 20, 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

                                                            37. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Portland

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on January 20, 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!

                                                            38. DL

                                                              DougL

                                                              Toronto

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 19, 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.

                                                            39. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New England

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 17, 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

                                                            40. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Phoenix

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service2ambience5

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

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                                                            Mi's Waterfront Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.

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                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Cross street

                                                              Waterfront Row - 2nd Floor

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              Kailua-Kona

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              Lunch/Day Daily 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Happy Hour Drink Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Bar Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Contemporary Italian, Seafood

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                            • Dress code

                                                              Casual Dress

                                                            • Parking details

                                                              Covered Parking lot basement of building.

                                                            • Payment options

                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive chef

                                                              Morgan Starr

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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