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Bistro: A small restaurant serving moderately priced meals in a modest setting.At the Bistro our goal is to serve fresh,local,and great tasting food, while trying to minimize our environmental impact. Please enjoy yourself in our modest bistro,and be assured that we put faith in taking time to enjoy food,drink,and life.
US$3 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, Bar, Hawaiian
Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Private Dining, Live Music
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Reviewed August 12, 2021

Tried to make a reservation for a special birthday one month in advance. No one would answer a phone call. When emailed the owner was very dismissive and condescending.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed July 26, 2021 via mobile

If I were to describe my experience at this restaurant in one word it would be “catfished”. The photos of the space and the food online look magazine-worthy and the reviews are raving. I do not know who made the food that was photographed, but...it certainly did not come from their kitchen. I ordered the burger and regretted it sorely. I did not know until today that someone could f*ck up a burger to that extent. The pattie was so charred I felt like I was eating a shoe sole that had been stored in a grill for 3 years. If I ever get cancer in the future I am going to sue this place for causation. I would have been five million times more pleased with a Big Mac. If I were a waiter there and I ate this burger, I would quit on the spot in shame. The wine they served was so warm that it tasted like cough syrup, and when questioned about the temperature they insisted “they don’t chill their red wines.” I’m sorry, but who stores wine at 82 degrees. The ambiance was also unpleasant and not what I expected based on the photos. The music made me feel like I was at a college party in 1993 hosted by the least desirable fraternity, and the lighting was dim. I will say the service was very good. Our waitress was super nice and accommodating and our food (albeit nasty) arrived quickly. I am honestly horrified that this place could have such incredible reviews. If you are planning on eating in Kilauea, PLEASE for the love of god stay away from this place!!! We ate at “Palate Wine Bar” next door that, while unassuming from outside, had far better food at a lower price.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Aloha1988, Owner at The Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2021

looks like you dont like local establishments but I am glad you liked my other restaurant Palate. I own both, same same.

Reviewed July 18, 2021

The Bistro had been recommended and last night we tried it. Fabulous food! Extremely hard working employees, and wonderful environment. It was a perfect example of what the North Shore is all about. The chicken Marsala was one of the best I have ever had....(Plan on leftovers! Generous serving.!) My husband had grilled ahi and he ate and enjoyed every bite? The lilikoi lemon martini was so good he had two! Go! Enjoy! Plan ahead and get a reservation!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 18, 2021 via mobile

It was nice to be back! This is a locals place, and one of our favorites. Not fancy, just always great, friendly service and food to keep coming back for. Prices have gone up, but everything else on our island home had too. Unless you...get the fish, the portions are big enough for lunch a day later. (The fish is, too, but I'm not a fan of leftover fish.) 2 salads, 2 entrees, 1 mai tai = $92 + tipMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

Great food with decent portions at a decent price. I had the ribs, they were excellent and the bbq sauce is very good.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 1, 2021 via mobile

This is a great restaurant in a small town. The food was gourmet quality, the tropical drinks were yummy, and the service excellent.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 30, 2021

We went there with a recommendation from The Cliffs at Princeville for dinner. I am gluten free and have several food allergies. They were willing to work with me for my meal. My steak was delicious! We would go back anytime.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed October 20, 2020

I love this place! My family and I always feel so welcomed and taken care of, and the food is delicious every time. We are beyond grateful that the Bistro is listening to health professionals and protecting the community. This restaurant is an amazing example...to all businesses working during covid :) Thank you!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed August 27, 2020 via mobile

We have frequented the Bistro for years and went there for dinner last night. It keeps getting better all the time. Best place to dine in Kilauea. Hands down.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed April 13, 2020

Nice place and food, we came back 3 times during our stay in kawai, expecially the meat was cooked very well!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Response from Monte D | Reviewed this property |
I highly recommend that you call them directly. Their telephone number is 808-828-0480.
May 25, 2016|
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Response from kelleher01 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, make a reservation!
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Yes, The Bistro offers takeaway services.

The Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4