Pueo's Osteria– Best Restaurant in America

Posted Friday, June 15, 2018 by Brittany Anderson

Pueo’s Osteria, an Italian restaurant located in Waikoloa Village Highlands Center, was rated number 18 on Yelp's Best Restaurants in America list. Focused on meals created with Big Island farm fresh products, executive chef James Babian brings a decidedly 'local' spin on Italian favorites.  “At Pueo’s, your culinary adventure will be grounded in Hawaiʻi – but the flavors will take you abroad to Italy," James says on their website. Focusing on regional, seasonal, and artisanal has been a winning combination for proprietors James and Christine Babian.

Owners James and Christine Babian are part of the Elite ohana, and we couldn't be more proud of their accomplishment. Christine is a top realtor with us at Elite Pacific Properties.  She has been selling real estate for over ten years with five as Waikoloa's top producing agents.  She has won the Top Transactions and Honorable Mention Award by Hawaii Business Magazine. Before opening Pueo's James was the executive chef at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. 

Pueo's adds the Yelp's Best Resturants in America award to their growing list of accolades. Pueo’s Osteria was awarded Honolulu Magazine’s 2018 Hale Aina best Hawai‘i restaurants, 2018 Hawai‘i Magazine Editors Picks Best Italian Restaurant, 2017 Hale Aina Award as “Top Write-In” in the Best Big Island Restaurant category, 2017 Diners’ Choice Award, and 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

In an interview with Big Island Now James Babian says, “I am so proud of my team and thrilled that they are receiving this type of recognition after five years of giving it all every day. An award like this is validation that we are creating rewarding dining experiences that our customers enjoy.”

We think Pueo's Osteria is the best restaurant on Hawaii Island, but you don't have to just take our word for it. Visit their Yelp review page to browse photos and reviews from the 389 happy customers, and counting.

Pueo’s Osteria is open for dinner nightly from 5-9 pm with a bar menu offered from 5 pm-midnight, Monday- Saturday.

For more information, visit www.pueososteria.com. For reservations, call (808) 339-7566 or book online at OpenTable.

Address: 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738