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“Great Ambiance, Food and Service”
Review of The Bistro

The Bistro
Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Kilauea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$25
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 1 December 2013

If you’re close to the North Shore of Kauai, this is a great place to eat. It’s located on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse in an area with little shops. The casual open air dining area is nice with lots of greenery surrounding it and providing ambiance and separation from the other shops and parking area. There is a bar on one side with some casual sofas beside it which was nice for watching sports on the televisions.

We spoke in depth to our server who was very enthusiastic & descriptive about the menu items which helped us in placing our order. The restaurant uses local fish, meat and vegetables in their dishes which I’m sure added to the freshness and flavor of our fantastic meal. The menu had a great selection of varied appetizers and entrees to choose from. We ordered the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato Fries appetizer that had a very nice Chipotle-Ranch dip that was very tasty. The Strip Steak was prepared perfectly and had excellent flavor. The very tender Short Ribs were prepared just right with an excellent sauce that had the perfect amount of caramelization. The vegetables were fresh and had great taste. For desert we had Banana Pie and Crème Brule which were both very good.

Of all of the casual, mid priced meals we had during our Kauai vacation, this was by far the best. None of us experienced any of their seafood dishes, but based on how good everything we had was, I imagine those dishes are also very unique and tasteful. I recommend that you make a point to have lunch or dinner at The Bistro.

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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We arrived for a late lunch. The food was good but the server was distracted and kept forgetting about us even though we were right in the middle of the restaurant. We did enjoy strolling through the like market connected with the bistro. It was a stop on our way to the Lighthouse at the end of the road.

Thank Kris W
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Relaxed, open air, varied menu, fresh local fish, reasonable prices, interesting cocktails. All this adds up to a recipe for success at this small open air place in the historic Kong Lung market, on the way to the coastal lighthouse (a popular outing for island visitors.) Ate there more than once during stay, but each time we had the purple sweet potato fries with chipotle sauce - and were hooked! Great as a shared appetizer. Yummy Ginger Russian (martini of vodka, ginger liqueur and fresh lime juice.) Solid mai tais, nice list of wines by glass/bottles. Three different entrees over two dinners: grilled catch of the day, mac nut encrusted mahi with soy glaze, winter pasta (shitake mushrooms, asparagus in butternut squash sauce.) Beet salad and baby kale salad were excellent. Service friendly, everyone from hostess to servers make sure plates are presented to entire table simultaneously. Entrees $15 to $26. A nice meal can be made of an appetizer and salad. Observed locals meeting each there at various tables; there is a small lounge area and appears the bar area is popular with folks stopping to meet up over a few drinks, in no hurry to leave.

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Thank TravlinGal825
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

A popular eatery in the historic Kong Lung center in Kilauea. We tried the pasta, which had a squash-based sauce instead of the usual rich cheesy alfredo sauce--very good. The edamame salad was also excellent. Dinner on the lanai at sunset was a bit chilly for us northerners not used to open-air restaurants.

Thank laryep
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Had the rice and pork bown, my wife had the pork rolls, we shared an order of sweet fries. Great place for a lunch on the way to or from the Kilauea lighthouse.

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