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Cafe Sistina
Cafe Sistina

Cafe Sistina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafesistina.com/
  • Phone: (808) 596-0061
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a small side room that can accomidate groups of 15-20 people during our regular restaurant hours.

    We are also available for parties of 40 or more people on Saturdays and Sundays for private brunches or lunches.

    It is also possible to organize restaurant buy outs for private events during our regular business hours

  • Private Party Contact: Louise Moriarty (808) 596-0061

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Sistina
Café Sistina offers a country Italian menu and a fusion cuisine integrating West Coast fresh flavours and the produce indigenous to Hawaii.

The restaurant stocks an extensive wine collection from Italy and the United States and features a good selection of imported and domestic beer. The inviting atmosphere of the full bar makes it the perfect place to warm up to the vast selections of wine and cocktails.

Attention to detail is reflected in every aspect of the theme, from the design to the mood lighting, and most importantly, superb food with friendly, efficient service for customers who demand only the best.Continued

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Haven't been to Sistina in a while but was pleasantly surprised in that the food was great and the service excellent. At the recommendation of the waitress, I had the pollo gorgonzola which was so good I had no leftovers. Portions were large and most of my party had enough to take home for lunch the next day."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We've been coming here for years. I love their food. Recently I went here with two friends for a birthday celebration. The first bartender/waitress was very helpful and knew the wines well. She even offered us a sample because we couldn't choose one. Different servers came by so we weren't sure who was actually the waiter or waitress but our water was always filled and they were attentive so no complaints. The food can be on the salty side but I like salt so also no complaints here. The smell from the street that one of the other people commented on is gone even when I was standing outside."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Americanized pasta dishes, too heavy on the sauce. Most of the guests took home their second half of their meal. Quantity over quality now, used to be a much better restaurant. Food is tired, like a complacent chef. Now too busy on the eyes with painted ceilings (get it?), and then art deco windows and accents that fight the antique look. Skip the Caesar- no flavor except anchovy."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My boss treating the staff for my birthday lunch, food & wine were delicious. Everyone has a good time."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I has the spaghetti aglio e olio with bacon.....it is now added to my list of favorites!!!! And you have to try the Chambord Martini!!!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Good but not great. My husband said his lobster ravioli was rather bland when compared to another Italian restaurant we frequent. I thought the meat lasagna was very good. The wine list is not notable, but sufficient. I think their gelati (Italian ice cream) dessert is made in-house. The cherry swirl we ordered was very nice. It was a pleasant evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were greeted, seated and had our drink order taken as soon as we entered. The service was excellent all around. Each entree was tasty and good portion in regard to price. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We've been going to Cafe Sistina for several years and it is a great find. Food is excellent and service is outstanding. Location also keeps it from being overrun by the tourist crowd but reservations are getting harder to come by."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent service, had the mushroom ravioli which was delightful. hubby had chicken gorgonzola and he thought the sauce was too sweet; I thought his dish had too much garlic. Daughter had pollo limone which was excellent and her friend had pasta nero (squid ink dish, not sure of the name) which was outstanding! Will definitely return and will try the black pasta with seafood. Moscato wine was deliciously sweet (the way I like it)."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed the evening. The wait staff was great. Food was good. Good wine."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Bolognese: outstanding. Carbonara: not heavy...how they get it so delicate, delish. In previous visit, we were disappointed in the shrimp dishes. Owner has recreated Sistine Chapel paintings, everywhere. Worth going there just to see the wall paintings, but as long as you are there, order a classic pasta."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Cafe Sistina is a hidden gem in the Honolulu Italian food scene. Located on King Street; blink and you'll miss it. We made reservations online and when we got there, the staff was ready with our table. The service was top notch. We had various dishes and I recommend the mushroom ravioli; even if you're not a vegan. Definitely my new go to place!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Be sure to check in at the back of the restaurant if you walk in from the King St entrance. We waited a few minutes at the door before flagging down a waiter, after a few waiters passed by and saw us waiting. Friendly service. Can get noisy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service is always exquisite here, making us feel like Ohana ever time! Thank you for the personal service every visit!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Shawn is an exceptional server. He is gracious and efficient. We felt completely relaxed and comfortable. The food was top notch and clearly prepared with care and concern. AWESOME!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times and never get tired of looking at the walls. The food, while usually good to great, is not consistent. I ordered the lasagna which was room temperature, served with a side of, again, room temperature vegetables. My husband got eggplant with ziti which was in drowning in pomodoro. It looked like the Pacific Ocean with outcroppings of the big island (eggplant) and smaller islands (penne). The only piping hot thing in the dish was the penne I figured they made both of these dishes earlier in the day and "warmed" them up by slathering heated sauce on them. Not the way to win and influence foodies! We ate it as is because we really did not want to send it back to be microwaved! Thumbs down this time. Sad."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Mushroom ravioli always a winner with its marriage of smoky scamorzo cheese and earthy mushrooms. Pollo limone with its tender chicken breast and capers and crimini mushrooms was a first and didn't disappoint. This is one of our favorite places!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has the most beautiful Italian renaissance style murals on the walls, done by the owner I believe. So the feeling of being elsewhere starts right when you walk in! The staff is super nice and attentive, we were seated right away. While the food was just OK, let me explain why... The bread was bland, fake Italian bread, warmed. Like eating blah white bread with a crispy crust! Butter was all soft like margarine. You could do better at the local CPK! My pasta carbonara was ok, tasted good, nice pasta, but was a bit watery and the bacon was pretty much RAW. My husbands pollo limone, lemon chicken, was very good. And so was the Italian beer!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Cafe Sistina is a great place for a early quiet dining experience. The service staff is excellent and friendship. Food came out in a timely manner and the dishes were nice and hot. Portion was a little small, but the flavors were excellent. The room is simple, but nicely done with paintings on the wall which added to the ambiance of being in an Italian restaurant. We dine at an early hour, so the restaurant was very quiet. Overall, a good experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Outstanding service; waiters/waitresses are attentive and courteous."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here on Saturday. It was my daughter's 13th birthday and they were nice enough to bring her a dessert with a candle. The food was delicious and the portions were bigger than we expected. We will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We are repeat customers, cease the food and the service is great!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We've been fans of Cafe Sistina for many years, but we hadn't been there for quite awhile. It did NOT disappoint!! Wonderful, professional (yet friendly) service. Great food (presentation and quality)! Nice menu. Nice selection of wines by the glass. And, of course, the murals are absolutely gorgeous! Hope to go back again sometime soon!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our first visit to your restaurant. We enjoyed the good food and ambiance. Likely will return with out of town visitors."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I lived in Italy and the food at Café Sistina is as close as it gets!! My personal favorite is Rosso Nero!!! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Italian food is really good at Cafe Sistina. The inside of restaurant is okay. The service is good enough. Good food at a decent affordable price. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Enormous painting replicas from the Sistine Chapel are on the walls of the restaurant and give the feeling of being in Italy. The meat lasagna is one of the best I've had - absolutely excellent with its special layers of pasta, roasted lean beef , tomato sauce and cheese. The recommended wine, Michele Chiario Barbara d'Asti went perfectly with the dish. Hubby ordered a dish akin to Penne Melanzine, except with sausage. He cleaned his dish pretty quickly. The restaurant was quite filled by the time we left, but with families with well-behaved children, the noise level was not that high and anyone could have had a decent conversation with their companion(s) without having to raise their voices. It was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been going to Cafe Sistina for 20-years. It is consistently good - both food and service."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Every dish was excellent as always! Appetizers are portioned perfectly for family-style dining. We always get the lobster ravioli as a starter....."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was excellent, staff was super and professional. I had the gorgonzola ravioli which was the best dish of the three ordered. Nice Chiati Classico from a good winelist."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food here is wonderful. Everyone absolutely enjoyed their meal. It took awhile for the food to come, but it gave us time to chat with everyone and our entrees were well worth the wait."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Always a favorite place for me & my family! They always welcome us like family & treat us special! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food used to be better, missing mellow mandolin music, however dessert was awesome and our waitress was fantastic! It was ok, considering what it used to be. We miss the bar, however it was really nice to see the art completed. We would come back again."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Pesto & bacon. Gnocci. Excellent bread. That's all you need to know."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My family from the Mainland loved this place because it is one of a kind"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Our server Mageul was amazing!! On point, fast and very friendly. The food I felt was lacking in flavor. The cook needs to learn about salt! And spices. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Have eaten at Sistina many times. Obviously like it enough to keep coming back. The atmosphere is casual enough to be comfortable, but nice enough to be a place to come to on a special occasion. I LOVE a couple of dishes - Ragu Bolognese and Gnocchi Gorgonzola. Seems whenever I try something different, I'm a little disappointed. Such was the case with the Chicken Ravioli. Found the sauce a bit on the sweet side. Also, we apparently had a new waitress who could not make a wine recommendation so had another person come to assist us. But I will undoubtedly be back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food is consistently good here! It's our go to place for Italian. Menu has something for everyone, and nicely balanced flavors. Also a bit astonishing that the owner painted the murals on all the walls (However, Saturday is busy and you will wait a little longer for service)"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We love this place! We frequent this restaurant because of it's great food and service."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food was delicious - veal so tender and moist. Wish the corkage was a little less but at least they allow you to bring your own wine. Staff very friendly."
    Dined on 4/25/2014