Great food, beautiful decor!
It's like dining in the Sistine Chapel. The food is delicious though I think their salads are a bit over pricey for what you get. Still, not much to complain about as you dine while surrounded these beautiful Italian paintings all hand drawn by the restaurant's owner.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Escape to Italy on King Street
Friendly Italian server welcomed us and offered my wife two Italian wine samples based on her interest and curiosity. Ordered bruschetta and caprese appetizers which were delicious, especially with dusting of Parmesan and sprinkles of balsamic vinegar ((your option). We ordered Veal Bolognese and Florentine. Meals were a generous portion for most adults and presented well. Veal was good quality with tasty sauce marinade. Pasta was "button" with red sauce (your option). Dessert was flavorful tropical sorbet and tiramisu with a cafe Sistina special coffee with added crime de cacao and cherry liqueur. It was a delightful Mothers Day special date. While there, enjoy the full wall murals depicting scenes from Michelangelo and others.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not enough STARS to rate
Best experience in the past 5 years!! Highly recommend this dining experience.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Times a Charm!
This was the first time my family and I went to dinner at Cafe Sistina and the food was delicious! Overall, it was a great experience, especially for a special occasion like Mother's Day and for a very reasonable price. However, keep in mind, the service is at a more leisurely pace...I believe you're meant to enjoy your company! If you're in a rush and just need a quick bite to eat, this may not be the place. The ambiance and classic italian dishes are greatly appreciated.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent and unusual food
The lobster ravioli had a light and delicate flavor. It was lovely. The mushroom risotto had a more robust and hearty flavor. My husband and I shared our dishes with each other and they complimented each other very well. The salad was excellent too, along with hot bread.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was outstanding. The food was good. However, a very inconsiderate and downright rude patron brought her lap dog in to the restaurant. She should not have been able to bring her dog in to the restaurant.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't Believe one Bad Review
I really enjoyed both the food and the ambiance. I loved the frescoes on the walls. I was reccommended a great Italian wine. It was a bit noisier than I prefer because it is so open and all the hard surfaces. Had the feel of an outdoor cafe while being in a Roman museum or a church....
Thooughly enjoyed the food. I was hesitant at first, because the most recent review panned the place, I was happy to find that he was wrong.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Amazing Experience
This is 5th time here and once again it was GREAT! The food was exceptional, very fresh and delicious. All the staff were perfect... they didn't hover but we didn't want for anything. This time we were celebrating my birthday (and we had been there for Valentines Day last year) but I highly recommend this little gem for any occasion.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing service and the drinks
Amazing service and the drinks here are always very well made and reasonably priced.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always treated like familia!
Sergio, Louise & their staff are always the BEST! They always treat us like family & the food is just exceptional! Always a favorite spot for us! Thank you!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The real thing
Recently moved to Honolulu and being second generation Italian, haven't found any authentic restaurants until now. Great food, good service and nice ambiance. Great pasta selection and veal Marsala was outstanding. Gelato was a perfect ending to fabulous meal.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best pasta on the island and the ambiance is pure Italy!!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Indoor Scenic View In Honolulu
The food is consistently good here, the service is not. Everyone is always pleasant, but the pace and the delivery cannot be counted on. We often are searching for attention, but when they deliver it is always with the utmost of professional and personable style
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
we're coming back again!
It's been over 2 years since we last dined at Cafe Sistina. I'm so glad that we came back. Our wait helps were very attentive and made great recommendations. Since we had an early dinner at 6pm, we were very apprehensive when we walked in, as there were only one other table of diners. But as the evening progressed, it got busier! It certainly reassured us that not only us knew a good thing!
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Enjoyable Evening
We changed it up and visited Cafe Sistina for dinner on a Tuesday night. It was not the usual hustle and bustle of the weekend crowd. In fact, we had a very nice, leisurely dinner. The food was excellent, as always, and the service was great.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food as always is great. Service
Food as always is great. Service was a little slow on that particular day even though the restaurant was not busy. It took about 40 min to get our meal. Server was generous to comp us the Caesar salad n extra bread which made it all worth it.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really felt like everyone was working together to make sure we had a good experience.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food fast service
My wife and i went here for a night away from the kids. Service was very good and extremely fast. I had the lobster ravioli which was excellent. My wife had the gnocci. She said the sauce was amazing but the gnocci were overcooked and mushier then they should have been so that is why i took off a star. Overrall a great night out eapecially for the price.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
date night dinner
We had a great time, the food was great and service was speedy.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian at it's best!
The service here is always THE BEST! The food is excellent & so is the attention we get making us feel always so special! This is by far one of our favorite Italian Restaurants! Love, love, love Sergio & Louise!!!!!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent experience
Cafe Sistina was a wonderful dining experience we enjoyed while holidaying in Hawaii. The quality and variety of food was terrific and the staff were friendly and knowledgable. We loved the authentic menu, and also some of the more unique dishes. We would highly recommend Cafe Sistina
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Dining Gem!
Loads of delicious options spanning the range from traditional to cutting edge - seafood, chicken, veal, polenta, risotto, gnocchi and so much more! We chose Pollo Limone, Gnocchi Gorgonzola and Marquez, Funghi e Polenta. Each dish was beautifully prepared and presented with rich, satisfying flavors. The Chocolate Lava cake was a gooey, divine finish! Service was good although we guessed our server was fairly new. There was a small delay in the arrival of our dessert but it was handled very well - informing us of the problem and apologizing. We'll definitely return.
Worth noting: at this time there is some construction being done on the street. Check to see if it will impact your meal - we had no problem.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another fantastic time!!! Our youngest daughter wanted to go back so bad she did more than the xtra amount on chores, etc. All four of us pleased in every aspect of an excellente restaurant. Ciao, a presto!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Sistina-almost Rome@Honolulu
Wow! It's a rare thing, when the restaurant's owner is also the artist who painted his walls with Sistine Chapel-like paintings. Surrounding diners with an other-worldly experience. Brings new meaning to the dining makes you feel like you have "gone to heaven". As if Hawaii's environment wasn't heaven enough......
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is a nice place for date
It is a nice place for date night. Good food quality and portions. Service was good overall, however could have been slightly more attentive at times. The Caesar salad was forgettable but the sausage, peppers & onion appetizer was excellent. Both of our main courses were quite good, gnocci gorgonzola and lobster ravioli. The Tiramisu was quite good and many of the other desserts looked good as well. Parking was easy and for $3 paid in advance the price is decent. It is a nice place and we will likely return soon.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only downside is that there is no scenic view, but it is more than justly compensated by the amazing paintings done by the owner.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was worth the wait for the wonderful food and excellent service! We had to wait beyond the reservation time and maybe more chairs would have been good? But all that was forgotten when we were seated. The wait staff was very attentive. The food was served quickly and was so tasty! I will return!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Celebration of Life
We came here via a GC for my birthday from my Mom and son. What a great choice, with great friends who share Life with me. We are bringing our husbands on the next trip to your beautiful restaurant. The service was outstanding , the food delicious and High praise to the young lady who suggested the wine "Bigaro". We all loved it and actually went to look for it on our way home. Much Mahalo's for a memorable evening. Darlene Ferguson
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This lovely little restaurant never disappoints. The offerings are original and creative and the ingredients are always fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. We have been enjoying this gem since shortly after it opened years ago. The walls are adorned with artwork from the Sistine Chapel. I remember when the scaffolding was in place while the artwork was being completed. Michelangelo would be flattered.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, amazing
Excellent service, amazing wine selection, and great food. Cafe Sistina is a hidden jem!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The BEST Mushroom Ravioli!
Very Tasty - even my guest said he'd order it next time!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Busy Friday night...
I was able to reserve a table for our foursome within 1-2 hours of our arrival on a Friday evening. Ample tables and seating for potential walk ins. We shared a delicious and hearty Insalata Contadina with complimentary bread which complemented our dinner conversation as we waited a while for our entrees. Two in our party savored the healthier Linguine Puttanesca pasta option while the third and I devoured our meaty Venison Ragu Pappardelle and Duck Sausage with Butternut Squash Ravioli dishes. Relatively new to the island, this is my favorite of the handful of Italian restaurants I have visited. With such an extensive and interesting menu, I look forward to future visits.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Totally Delightful Experience
I observed the careful training of a new worker by a very patient and articulate mentor. Parking is validated for one and a half hours in the Interstate Building. My Frutti di Mare was light, fresh, and tasty with fish, shrimp, calamari, and mussels in a light tomato cream sauce over spinach linguine. My husbandʻs Pollo Limone was refreshingly zesty with a lemon sauce over chicken and spinach linguine. For dessert, the chocolate hazelnut ice cream with espresso and the blackberry cabernet sorbet were unforgettably delicious. Business groups, young couples, old couples, working colleagues, and even singles were dining in this quiet gem of a place. We shall return and bring our other family members to have this totally delightful experience.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine here often and never are disappointed with the service, quality of the food and portion sizes. I like to add the wild boar sausage to the Italian sausage with red sauce and penne pasta meal and they gladly accommodate my special request. Again, pleasant staff and great setting.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Food at it's Finest!
Always a great experience with great service and food! Even when it's busy, attention to your customers are excellent with a smile!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night in Italy
Great place to dine on Italian food in Honolulu. Advertises as Northern Italian, but most of the dishes are southern....not to say it wasn't delicious. The food is plentiful! My companion and I each had a different veal dish; the veal was delicate and perfectly done. Our waiter was a gem, moved us to another table because the one we were seated at, originally, was in a corner and the noise level was too much for us. The ambiance is interesting. It's worth a trip just to see the decor. Definately a popular place. We were there until 9pm, and people were still coming in for dinner. Good wine list, nice looking bar. If you go on Sunday night, the parking in the garage is free. Very enjoyable evening.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Sistina is our "go to" place
Cafe Sistina is a short drive from our house, and is always our "go to" place when we want to go out for a nice dinner. We have also brought or met friends there many times, and it is always a pleasurable experience. The food and service are consistently excellent, and the ambience caps it off!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Sistina is great taste with an affordable cost. The customer service is great. I suggest making reservations because they are alwasy busy!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
a nice suprise!
Decided to try a different Italian restaurant for my wife's birthday and was pleasantly surprised! Food appeared to be more traditional and kept simple, in a good way! Food was not too heavy or over-flavoured and especially not greasy, as Italian food can be sometimes. We enjoyed the eggplant parmigiana and wild boar sausage with gnocchi. The desserts were delicious and not too sweet. Along with the good quality food were prices that were actually more reasonable than the better known Italian restaurants we usually patronized. Staff was friendly, service was prompt and they checked on us to make sure we had what we needed. Of course, we arrived at 5:30pm so we had the staff to ourselves for the first half-hour. We plan to visit again.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Feast for the eyes and stomach!
I really enjoy visiting Café Sistina. The food is always good, the service is great, and the artwork! No matter how many times I visit, I can't stop staring at the walls & ceiling! The scenes from the Sistine Chapel were painted by the owner/chef and they are magnificent! Can't wait to go back again!
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our second visit. This time we ventured to try a different item(s) from the menu. We were not disappointed.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
perfect setting for intimate lunch
Just what I had expected and anticipated. Even my favorites Carpaccio and lobster ravioli were available! And, of course, we enjoyed our Pinot Grigio... I only wished the lunch period extended beyond 2:00pm; but, this is understandable.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent as usual non fusion
Excellent as usual non fusion real Italian cooking.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
When only the best will do!
Italian food at it's finest ... and here in Honolulu no less. :D
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Artwork will instantly
The Artwork will instantly transport you Rome and the smells will captivate your soul.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for get togethers
Food and service are excellent. Perfect restaurant for dining with friends.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best Italian restaurant in town
Cafe Sistina is a must for somebody who enjoys good quality Italian food. Their Gnoquis and Tiramisu are just " the original taste" from te best Italian cuisine!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's been several years since my last visit and my husband has never been. We both enjoy Italian and wanted something a little different. I remembered Café Sistina.
Overall, service was okay. I was expecting better service since we went rather early and there wasn't very many customers. Food was excellent. I had the pesto w/bacon and my husband had a veal dish! I'm a fan of veal .... let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS!! We are going back for more.
I would say if you plan to go there after 630p, make reservations. We went on a Saturday, prior to an event, and left around 630. It was starting to fill up.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Superb hot spot for Italian Cuisine! Bella Vita! Louise and Jennifer were Fantastic & the cuisine was Fabulous! Looking forward to our next visit. Love the wall murals...the ambience makes you feel you've been transported to Italy!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ready to go back
Had been there a couple of weeks earlier and wasn't happy with the quality of the shrimp but my companion's Lobster Ravioli was quite good. There's something about Cafe Sistina that draws you back, so we returned with a 3rd person. The Caesar salad was so-so, but the Caprese Salad was outstanding. Where did they get the gorgeous and scrumptious basil??? Plus a drizzle of olive oil with bits of herb and spice. Eating the appetizer of Boar Sausage with onions and peppers, my husband said "It takes me back to my grandmother's. I haven't had this dish this good since I was a kid." Smoked Salmon Risotto quite good. Classic Beef Ragu was great! We all said we would go back and order exactly the same thing (minus the Caesar salad.)
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM