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“You can expect a perfectly made meal”
Review of Mi's Italian Bistro - CLOSED

Mi's Italian Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“You can expect a perfectly made meal”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Mi's is one of Kona's gems. One thing makes it so: the food. Ambiance is very average and service is bad. But as for the food; The chef makes his own bread and pasta, this dishes are artfully prepared, the value is good. I think the tenderloin is done better than La Borgogne and that is saying a lot. There is not much that can be done about the ambiance, it is right next to a major road. Other than that, they have done about all that can be done to the interior. Their weakest link is their service. The have one usual waiter, who is a really nice guy, but not a professional server. He is getting better though. A professional will know almost as much about the food as the chefs. His memorized spiel is more suited for Bubba Gumps or an Olive Garden. He is getting better though. Sometimes, probably in an effort to save money, the owner (chef and wife are the owners) decides she will be the only server for about 10 tyables. Often times, drinks are forgotten. If the kitchen is out of something, you don't find out until your food arrives (twice their arugula salad arrived without arugula......). I took off one point for service, and the reason I took off another point is, I have heard that the owners keep the gratuities that the server is given. You should know this before going there and certainly take it into consideration when you are deciding how much to tip. f you are paying $50-$75 per person, the kitchen has already BEEN paid. The server does not make a high hourly wage. This practice, although legal, is shameful. Fortunately the food is so good, you have forgotten about the disaster the service has most likely been.

  • Visited October 2013
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East Wakefield, New Hampshire
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56 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“This Place is a Gem”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Don't miss this place. A detailed review is not necessary as all the meals are great! Go, you will not be sorry.

  • Visited October 2013
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hawaii
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Mi's Italian Bistro excellent!”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I highly recommend Mi's it is warm, friendly and the food was so good. This is definitely a place I would return with friends and family.

  • Visited October 2013
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“Good food Terrible service ”
Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

For the second time now we enjoyed our meal but the service was way sub par. Is there a one beer or one glass of wine limit? Get some help in there please! Probably won't be going back even though we live 5 minutes down the street. I guess you could say its the best italian on the island but that's not saying much.

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Miami Beach
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120 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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“Nice find a little ways out of Kona”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were looking for lunch one day on our way to Captain Cook and read about Mi's Italian Bistro, but they were only open for dinner so we came back the next night. It was well worth the trip from Kona to here - about 25 minutes. We both had the specials - pumpkin soup and the pasta special with seared tuna. Both were really exceptions. It is a small cozy place, but the owners and staff are very friendly and accommodating. It seems like a lot of locals like this place.

  • Visited October 2013
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