Kailua Eats: Baci Bistro

The Baci Bistro in Kailua is a place for the locals, the people in the know.  It is probably the best Italian restaurant on the island of Oahu, but not everyone knows it.  Which is great, because that means you can often still get a table without a reservation. 

The Baci Bistro serves consistent, quality upscale Italian food, at fair prices. Always recommended dishes are the nightly Specials – often a fish, e.g., Organic Salmon or a Mahi-Mahi, seved with vegetables, and another such as Osso Bucco, or Rib-eye Steak. Other favorites include the Rigatoni con Salsiccia ($14.95) and Lobster Ravioi ($17.95), and Chicken Picatta ($16.95),  or Saltimbocca de Vitello ($19.95).

This restaurant also features great starters, as well, often including a Tri-Colore Heirloom Tomato Salad, with creamy Gorgonzola.  My favorite is the Gamberetti Marinati alla Griglia ($10.50), which is grilled marinated jumbo shrimp with lime, feta and mint.

The owners are Bill Duval and Chef Reza Azeri.  Besides supporting the local Kailua community in many ways, the owners have offered its customers an ongoing special – New Deal Mondays – in recognition of the downturn in the economy.  This special is every Monday night and customers will recieve 25% off their entire bill, including wine and other alcoholic beverages. This makes Mondays at the Baci Bistro the best deal in town.

Desserts, which include standards like Tiramisu and Profiteroles are also outstanding, and they serve some of the best coffee I’ve tasted.

The atmosphere is casual and fine either for a romantic evening or for a family gathering. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, and don’t be suprised if your dining neighbor is an actor from Lost or someone else famous. We treat ourselves to dinners at the Baci Bistro as often as we can, but even so, it is a place that is still very special on special occasions.

Baci Bistro
(808) 262-7555
30 Aulike St  Kailua, HI
Reservations suggested.
Honolulu Magazine Hale Aina Winner – Fine Dining

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