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“French country dining in Hawaii”

La Bourgogne French Restaurant
Ranked #85 of 298 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$55 - US$55
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, View
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 16 July 2013

We've visited La Bourgogne several times over the years and have always had a great experience. This is one of our favorite places to dine on the islands after 6 years of living in Hawaii (Oahu). There are plenty of overly expensive, overly dramatic, overly pretentious restaurants with great views all over Hawaii. La Bourgogne is the contrarian: a small intimate, family owned place with hearty French country fare at very reasonable prices (particularly for Hawaii). The Chef/owner/sommelier Ron and his wife run the show from start to finish with an intimate knowledge of every item on the menu. My son had the mussels as an appetizer and the local Kona lobster fettuccine as a main course. We lived in the Northwest for 11 years and are have seldom had really nice mussels anywhere else: these were very fresh, crisp and tasted like they just hopped out of Penn Cove. My locally sourced rabbit baked in a delicate lavender broth was perfectly done, tender but not mushy. My wife had the traditional veal chop in a mustard crust, tender, juicy and loaded with flavor. The wine list is small but very well thought out and very reasonably priced. It would be tough to imagine that you could not find a perfect wine for the meal from the selection. There were 5 French red burgundy's on the list (none of the usual generic village wines) and Ron pointed me to a nicely balanced one that fit our tastes. We lived in Belgium about 12 km north of France for 2 years and spent a lot of time exploring real French restaurants. The true gems for us were found found in the small country inns and bistros off the main tourist route: warm, friendly places in simple surroundings with consistently great food fresh from the land. This is the essence of La Bourgogne.

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

Four of us visited this restaurant for dinner. Because of the size, reservations are a must! The room is small with dark walls. We were greeted promptly and seated in a corner which kept us out of traffic. The table was neatly set with white linens but not fussy. The bread was warm and flavorful. We all shared an order of the most delectable mussels we have ever had. They were fresh and clean with a savory broth of light buttery cream. (This was the best part of the meal.) My husband had the Hawaiian bouillabaisse which consisted of 4 scallops, 4 shrimp, and a nice piece of a Pacific snapper. The broth was not tomato-based but rather on Chinese vegetables and not as tasty as you would have thought with the fish that was used. The broth needed more reduction. I had the rabbit which was tender and in a light gravy. The side dishes of vegetables and orzo were nothing special. Our friends had the filet mignon and lobster pasta. The filet was larger than usual. Both seemed to enjoy their meals without comment. For dessert we split a profiterole and berry cobbler which were very good. We also shared one bottle of an excellent fume blanc. The bill with tip and tax was $250. Not an inexpensive place! For Kona, this is a great restaurant but if you have been to other French restaurants, it deserves an average rating. However, we will definitely return for the mussels, bread and wine.

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Reviewed 1 June 2013

An intimate setting for fine dining. This is a place that is definitely worth both time and money. Impeccable service and personal touches make this a place for any special occasion. This chef owned and operated restaurant is superb. The owner's wife is the perfect hostess! Been here numerous times and have had superb food each and every time. Great wine choices and the desserts are to die for. Chocolate souffle needs to be ordered as you choose your entrees, as it is made to order.

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Reviewed 12 May 2013

A small restaurant, off of the main highway with excellent food and personalized service. Another great recommendation from our hotel concierge.

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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Went without the kids for a night out. Great place to unwind. This is a very special place. Food was great, service was perfect, wine recommendation was awesome (and reasonably priced). Just what we needed.

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Thank Kevin M
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