Azul
Azul

Azul

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ihilani.com/
  • Phone: 8086790079x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Joel Armas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Chef offers a selection pre-fixe menus with prices ranging from $75 to $125 for private parties. Reservations must be made in advance.
  • Private Party Contact: Roberto Cotrufo 310-425-6554x
  • Special Events: We will be offering a special menu for the holidays. Please call our dining reservations for a copy of our holiday menus.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Ihilani offers self or Valet parking for $5 with validation. Validation good for 3 hours and must spend $50 at any of our restaurant.
A word from Azul
Our Chef performs culinary magic, enchanting you with a delicate balance of Italian flavors, using only the freshest island ingredients.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Azul reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (25)romantic (20)special occasion (16)scenic view (13)fit for foodies (7)notable wine list (7)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Azul's
    MMB2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nice variety on the menu. Very relaxed atmosphere. Selections were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had dined here a couple of years ago and it was pretty good. Returned this year with friends and it was not the same. Place was dead and so was the food. Very over priced for the quality. Our guest order seafood pasta with oysters, muscles and shrimp. Not much on the plate...even told waiter there was no muscle and he said that the cook minced them into the sauce? really? Our friends noted that the sauce tasted like it came out of a bottle of Chef Boyardee...yuk. Embarrassing as well. I had lemon chicken, decent but pretty skimpy. I heard that the JW Marriott is sold to the four seasons. I this this place has already shut down. Don't bother....was expensive to boot.... :{
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Dinner Spot
    KayT
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Azul was a great spot for us, as we were staying at Ihilani. The views were amazing. We had seen the area during the day, but sitting outside at night, it was as if we had been transported to a remote island. Absolutely beautiful. We split a caprese salad for an appetizer, which they separated into two plates for us since we were splitting it - very nice touch. We both had the fettuccine all'arragosta (lobster), which came with half a lobster. The half a lobster really made the dish. Overall, it was good, but I'd probably try something else next time. Also, they were out of the wine that I wanted, which was a bummer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3x not a charm
    TerryinLaguna
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have tried to like this place. Food is terribly overpriced, bland, and when you find something good they take it off the menu. Had to have my steak redone, salty sauce. Limited options. Crying baby and at $140 for 2 that's ridiculous. They tried, but we won't be back
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, not great
    Sophmatt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had high expectations for the food. I have had much better calamari and expected hand made pasta. It was good but nowhere near Four Seasons Maui level where the good was incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect fine dining for elopers
    Justeloped
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a small wedding party, we wanted a restaurant that has romantic ambiance, offers sit-down fine dining, has a great menu that will appeal to everyone including the groom that does not eat steak, pork or fish (which was you can find in all restaurants). We loved our server, the pasta dishes and desert are perfect. We just felt that the fish were a little over-cooked. The cocktails were fine. Our guests did not order wine or alcohol as they were driving, but non-alcoholic cocktail drinks are also available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much needed Italian Bistro
    Cookieman
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant is important to the area. All others in my experience are not authentic Italian cuisine. Most are Americanized or Asianized.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    valuediner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our first visit to Azul. Heard great things. Not disappointed. Waitress was very good. Engaging, helpful, and happy. Got distracted by a large party at the end, but her helper jumped in to finish things up. I would recommend this restaurant, but be sure to bring a full wallet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing night out
    ak28
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Husband and I had 10 year anniversary dinner at Azul based on a sterling recommendation from a friend. It was a terrible meal. Husband's steak overcooked and served over sloppy, soggy root vegetables (and that's IT for sides for $44) and my lobster fettuccine was so bland, I asked my husband to taste it because he likes most anything. He agreed it was incredibly bland served with three anemic cherry tomatoes ($38). Tiramisu, a signature in any italian restaurant, was soggy and had zero taste. Two tables near us received complimentary desserts for their anniversary but we didn't even get a mention. Service was okay but waitress actually asked if my tiramisu was "iffy," as if she expected it to be. Will never book here again.
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  • Awesome Azul
    Mahal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Marco (co-owner) and Roxanne were so incredible in making certain every detail of our special evening (Jim's Birthday - romantic husband and wife dinner) was fabulous. The wine selection recommended by Marco was superb. The ribeye steaks were melt-in-your-mouth, cut with a fork, arguably the best steaks we have ever had (and we frequent high-end steak restaurants). Overall, we were so pleased with Azul's that we will return again and again with friends and family who visit. Our highest recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pioneer
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Wonderful ambience and delicious food. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. We really felt at ease and relaxed in the outdoor dining patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Blues @ Azul
    Chopper
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    For a supposedly "premier" restaurant in a premier J W Marriott Resort, the general lack of a number of fresh seafood entrees was surprising. Almost no lobster in lobster bisque. Child friendly menu items almostnon-existent. Service was OK, but no offer of ground salt or pepper, parmesan cheese or balsamic vinegar for Caprese salad was shocking. Very expensive and definitley NOT worth the $$$. It's a no go for me at Azul in the future.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the dough
    Rater401VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Yes it is a beautiful setting - although it looks to an internal pond not the ocean. And the food is quite good. But for the money, even in the context of Ko Olina's very high prices, it's just not worth it. Which may be why it was basically empty on a recent Friday. Add to that one of the least well stocked wine lists - they were out of half the white wines on the already desultory list - and it just isn't a high end experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was Amazing! Owen did a awesome job. The owners and cook are both from Cecily which made it worth dinning! We celebrated our wedding anniversary. It was great place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • A great place
    Bobby
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The atmosphere is beautiful and romantic, somewhere between modern italian and tropical boutique. We had an excellent Italian 3 course feast at Azul sitting outside overlooking Rays swimming in a laggoon. The setting was great, food fresh, incredible and plentiful, and the wine list exhausting and mostly reasonable priced. Received excellent service from waiter Stuart who let us linger well passed closing to finish dessert and a delicious Sangiovese. And all for far, far less than one would expect from a luxury resort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent wait staff
    FLHoneymooners
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Stuart was wonderful. He catered to our every need and helped us celebrate the end of our honeymoon as well as my husband's birthday with a very special dining experience. We would definitely return to Azul and ask for Stuart on our next vacation! We also overheard the table next to us and they were raving about their server as well, asking for his name to request for his section the following night. Looks like the management knows how to hire the right crew for the job!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place to dine hiding
    LitiVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We dined at Azulejo located in the Marriott Ihilani hotel. The ambience was lovely and relaxing. The good offerings were authentic and well prepared. The restaurant was quite large with indoor and outdoor dining. The canvas awnings provided relief from the sun and discouraged the birds which can be a problem for outdoor diners in Hawaii. Out meal was followed by impeccable desserts and espresso. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem
    tdnet
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We loved this place. The staff was attentive and the food was fabulous. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 314 reviews are from the Azul reviews archive.
  • Azul Needs Help!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My husband and I went to Azul which is set in the JW Marriott in Ko'Olina, for our 20th wedding anniversary. We asked for Bombay gin, which is a fairly common gin and we were told there was none. They may get it next month then when the entree came it was extremely spicy. The waitress did try to correct it and brought me another entree without as much spice. When we got the bill, the waitress told us they gave us a $7.95 discount on a $90 dinner bill. Instead at being a JW Marriott I must have been at a Walmart. I was very surprised the odd discount. They would have been better off offering us a complimentary dessert. I spoke to the manager and he was gracious and tried to repair the wrong. I still say don't go until they improve.
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    romantic, scenic view
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  • Excellent
    Spud1
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Better food and price vs. Aulani offerings. Our server Stuart was fantastic and provided a bunch of wine tips as well. Food was above average Italian. Good variety, portions, and style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BabalooVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Although the food and ambiance were good, the cost was much higher than expected.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good time
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had a wonderful experience eating at Azul. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing evening!
    Debi
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We were sat at a romantic table at the side of a salt water pond and were able to watch the sunset over palm trees. Our waiter, Owen, was not only knowledgeable regarding the menu and wine list, but the fish in the water swimming by! He was an absolute delight and engaged in pleasant conversation throughout the evening. The food was perfecto! The fish, cooked to perfection and the vegetables were complementary to the fish. The tastes mingled in our mouths and created better flavors as the food was consumed. We chose Azul as it's close to home (Kapolei) to avoid the hassle of going downtown, but ended up pleasantly surprised at the professionalism displayed by all restaurant staff and the outstanding culinary treasures consumed!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful outside table atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Really like the outside dining feature. Chicken was just okay. Other dishes probably better. Server was way to high energy, rushing around, made me feel uneasy. Not sure he's a fit for this kind of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AZZZZZZZZZZZZUL
    PHYTOTOXVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    another hawaii gem. Right next door to the disney aulani hotel. food was really good, desserts were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Went to Azul to celebrate wife's birthday. Initial table was not good (next to noisy wedding reception) and had to ask to be moved. Second table was much better. But, server seemed to have too many tables to handle. Ordered bottle of wine which came after appetizers, and just minutes before dinner, so switched to just 2 glasses. Food was fine, but nothing to rave about, nothing special. Server made no mention of birthday celebration, no extra effort, no birthday dessert. Silver linings: received "birthday discount" off bill, and no charge for wine. Appreciated reductions to bill to make-up for service quality, but would rather have paid full price and had better experience.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Service is key
    Glen
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Nice, clean, great service, the appetizers, food, and desert was good. Portions are a little on the small side but it is filling enough so you don't leave feeling bloated. Our server was great from the beginning to the end of the evening. We will be going back there.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining in Paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Each time we've been to Oahu, we pick a special night to dine at Azul (our anniversary). The table by the lagoon couldn't be more romantic. Unfortunately this time, there was a problem with the tiki torch by our table, so we had to move, but that was no problem because the restaurant owner, Marco, is more involved in the operation of this restaurant than I've ever seen anywhere. He snapped his fingers and we were set up at a new table in the blink of an eye. He welcomes all diners as if he were welcoming them into his home. With the friendly bartender and attentive waitstaff do NOT miss this restaurant when in Oahu! Andy (food and beverage mgr for the Ihilani?) also went over and above to make sure we had the table we requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    VegasTravellerVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Entrees were excellent. Pinneapple and Proscutto appetizer was awesome!!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment!
    Cathy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I was looking forward to a nice romantic meal. The prices are quite high, portions small, steak overlooked, and the dessert was so bad it was sent back. The crime brûlée was soupy. The ambience was nice but there was a loud wedding party right next to us.this was supposed to be the romantic end to our time on Oahu. It certainly was not!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    2ndVisit
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    This was our second time to Azul in 2 years and thought that dinner was just OK. The food was not impressive for what we paid. We ordered Linguine al Pesto Genovese (Linguine with original Pesto recipe, potatoes and green beans) and Fettuccine all’Aragosta (Homemade Fettuccine sautéed in olive oil, garlic, splash of white wine, Lobster and Cherry Tomatoes). Both were mediocre. My husband said that I make better pesto at home and they weren't very generous with the veggies. The 1/2 lobster in my pasta was not fresh, and slightly mushy. For dessert, we shared a strawberry cheesecake that was fine, but again was just OK. Overall, all flavors were kind of flat and we missed the WOW factor we expect from fine dining restaurants.
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  • disappointed
    willdeb
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    My wife and I have eaten there many times and we were looking forward to our latest experience, however we were very disappointed this time. The food was not anything out of ordinary but expensive. Carpacchio was tough and stringy. We ordered Belvedere martinis and they brought Skyy vodka without asking permission for the substitution. The entre was just ordinary. We felt a definite decline in the restaurant and will probably not return.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't waste your money at Azul
    erik
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This is the second time I have tried Azul. The food is horrible. Steaks are subpar..and overpriced. I can cook a better one from Costco on my grill. No flavor at all. My wife had the Steak and Lobster and the Filet was like a hockey puck. The chef needs to take the night off and watch how they do it over at Ruth Chris. This is supposed to be an high end Italian restaurant with white table clothes etc. There were people in there with Flip flops on. Needs to have a dress code. The JW Marriott should be embarrassed at the quality of food. I will say on a positive note that the reservation on Open Table was smooth and the server knew what the occasion was for. That was nice. She did check on us throughout the meal but too much.
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  • Excellent Dining Experience
    DandyDon
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Overall the restraunt was magnificent! The staff was very attentive, knowledgable and just overall caring for their customers. Great menu and a very good wine list. We will return the next time in Hawaii.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising hotel restaurant
    Dberg
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We certainly did not expect to find this caliber of a dining experience at a resort hotel. Food was great, service was excellent, and the ambience was great, made it feel like we were no longer at a resort.... We will be back next time we are at the resort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seemed nice, we got the pre
    DanNJess
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Seemed nice, we got the pre - designated 5course meal though. Should have gone with picking our own food.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, but not worth the high bill
    HBMB
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice quiet atmosphere with a friendly wait staff, but the restaurant was running behind for Valentines Day. We didn't get our first course until over 40 mins after our reservation. Since they were behind the cooks rushed the food. Our risotto was hard and our steaks were very rare (a problem if you like them medium rare).
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost
    Tashidalek
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    So close but just not there. Everything was "OK" but nothing memorable. Spanikopita is not a starter, especially not for a surf and turf main course. The risotto was under cooked and bland. The turf potion of the surf and turf was uninteresting. Was expecting more for the price.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So sad!
    sanmateoCLVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were here Valentine's Day this year. I guess Italian food is not the thing to get in Hawaii. There was a prix fixe menu. The only course that was tasty was the fried arugula with mushroom salad. It was unique and well done. Everything else was a disappointment. The lobster in the risotto course and the shrimp in the surf and turf courses tasted as though they had been sitting under hot lamps for hours...something like you would expect ordering from a buffet in Las Vegas or something. The service was sad, too. They did not bring us a bread basket and did not refill my water glass. We were going to leave a low tip but then they slapped on a 20% automatic tip. Maybe it was just an off night given it was Valentine's Day? Who knows.
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  • Disappointed Valentine's Dinner
    disguy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our reservation was at 8:30pm, but we arrived at 8:10 to request Stuart as our server -- we enjoyed having him at our first visit. The receptionist said a table would be ready in 10 minutes, so my wife and I waited outside. While we were having a great conversation, we noticed that it was already 8:50! After I complained to the receptionist, it took another 5 minutes before we were seated. After we sat, the server (it wasn't Stuart!) immediately served us with a fixed Valentine meal which we didn't know (nor were we told) we were limited to. I didn't complain since we were very hungry and I didn't want to make the mood worse. What ruined the evening for me was when the server automatically charged us gratuity and no kamaaina discount!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate