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“Went back for more the next night!”
Review of The Bistro

The Bistro
Ranked #1 of 21 Restaurants in Kilauea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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 August 6, 2009

We enjoyed our first dinner here so much, we came back the next night, rather than risking a disappointing dinner elsewhere!

The restaurant is located in the Kong Lung commercial center in Kilauea, on the way to the lighthouse. Even though it doesn't have tables that are actually outside, we sat both times on the perimeter of the dining room, adjacent to a nicely-landscaped corridor. It was entertaining to watch the parade of locals and tourists heading to the pizza joint next door.

Both times my husband and I enjoyed a fresh fish offering, although the steak selections were tempting. The first time I had ahi with Thai peanut sauce, then ginger-crusted ahi the next night. Both were accompanied by saffron-colored rice and fresh sliced vegetables. My husband really enjoyed his ono the first night and the same ginger ahi the second night.

The highlight of our dining experience hre was the coconut shrimp appetizer. They were perfectly cooked and sat atop a yummy sauce. I could have eaten a dozen! The "fish rockets" the next night were disappointing - they appeared to be ahi wrapped in a won ton skin, then briefly deep fried. They just weren't as flavorful as the fantastic shrimp. The slice of grasshopper pie we shared was a perfect ending - mint chocolate chip ice cream on an Oreo crust with chocolate sauce.

The Firestone gewurztraminer we ordered the first night was a perfect accompaniment to the fish - fruity, but not too sweet. The second night we ordered mai tais, which were generous and very authentic.

We were lucky enough to have Amber as our server both nights. She was pleasant and extremely professional.

We recommend having an early dinner at the Bistro, then heading out of town a mile or so on the road to the lighthouse to enjoy the spectacular sunset viewed across horse pastures. Just look for the congregation of cars pulled off alongside the road a few minutes before sundown.

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1  Thank Lynn & Wayne G
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Reviewed July 24, 2009

The wait staff were very nice as was the bartender. The hostess seemed bored and overwhelmed at the same time, despite it not being busy. They had a guitarist/singer in that evening who was really excellent. The food was really so so, and definitely not our best meal by a long stretch. I had a ono curry special which was fine, and my husband had an overcooked ahi. Both arrived lukewarm - again, not crowded. If you are in the area, GO TO THE FISH MARKET! It is open until 8 and you can BYOB. The little grocery store next to the Lighthouse Restaurant has a great wine selection, and fish market will give you glasses and an opener.

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1  Thank Veronica72
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

Wife and I both had the special of the day, Mahi wraps. They were excellent...maybe the best meal we had in the area. The rest of the menu looked ok, but nothing special.

Thank Justin F
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Reviewed May 1, 2009

Read TA comments decided to give it a try - in Kauai for 25th wedding anniversary (with another couple celebrating their 30th). Had 3 different dishes:
1. Ginger crusted seared Ahi - very tender, nice crusting with delicate "creamy wasabi" sauce. Melt in you mouth - shared by 3 of 4 table guest.
2. Pineapple pork medallions - Little too much pepper - rubbed with course black pepper - pineapple with extra sweet due to cinnamon and nutmeg (spiced not mentioned in description).
3. Nightly special - grilled chicken with cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach and fettucini with garlic cream sauce - very nice - simple.

Bread dry
Great glass of wine - Joel Gott - White - SB - very nice with the fish and chicken

Banana foster for dinner - a little cold, blue-bell like ice cream and pretty good sauce - 7/10.

Great guitarist - Steven Overlund (we bought the CD).

Would try again . and would recommend...

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1  Thank dragonmed
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Reviewed April 15, 2009

We just returned from an excellent meal at Lighthouse Bistro. Not only was it the best meal we've had on the island of Kauai so far, but possibly one of the best meals anywhere. My husband had the Sesame Crusted Mahi-Mahi and I had the Coconut Crusted Pork Medallions. The meat for both of us was cooked to perfection but the most outstanding part of the meal were the sauces which complimented the meat beautifully. Delicious! The meal was so superb that we asked our waitress to give our compliments to the chef. The atmosphere was romantic and very Hawaiian, service excellent and we couldn't have made a better choice. The prices were also reasonable in comparison to some of the pricier meals on the island. If you are on the North Shore and looking for a great and memorable dinner out, you can't go wrong with the Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea.

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1  Thank tomnpam
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