Sarento's Top of the “I”
Sarento's Top of the “I”

Sarento's Top of the “I”

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sarentoswaikiki.com/
  • Phone: (808) 955-5559
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Friday - Saturday, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

    Happy Hour: 5-8 pm at the bar. 5-10 pm Wednesdays & Thursdays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Paul Feng
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Sarento's offers live jazz every Tuesday evening with a changing line-up of musicians from Hawaii, the mainland, Europe & Japan! Seating for jazz tables is an additional $10 per person.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking is avaiable in the Ilikai Hotel and in the Ilikai Marina above Red Lobster.
    Valet Parking also available in the Main Front Entrance of the Ilikai Hotel, $5 for the first four hours for Self and Valet Parking.
A word from Sarento's Top of the “I”
Superb, regional Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Specialties include award-winning homemade pastas, fresh Hawaiian seafood, prime steaks, veal, lamb, chicken, pork and signature dishes such as osso buco, as well as decadently delicious Italian desserts from their pastry chef.

Sarento's offers an excellent Happy Hour with signature cocktails and small plates at the bar from 5pm-8pm daily. Happy Hour goes until 10 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

With breathtaking views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and Honolulu's famous skyline, Sarento's brings a bit of Italy to Hawaii with style. Old country warmth and hospitality are part of the atmosphere that makes this fine dining establishment one of Hawaii's most celebrated.

Beautiful private dining rooms are available for groups up to 40.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Sarento's Top of the “I” reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (65)special occasion (63)romantic (61)fit for foodies (31)notable wine list (22)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great place
    Gabi
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great place if you enjoy good food and willing to pay for it. It is on the top of a very luxurious hotel providing excellent views. Good food, we had an excellent Carpaccio crudo, as an appetizer which is basically raw meat ala Tartar steak, and I followed that with an "out of this world" tuna steak. My wife had an Italian dish. I don't feel qualified to make a good description of the food. It looked and tasted extremely good. I like good restaurants :) This is one of them. Prices a bit higher that the average place but you get "return for the investment". I would go there again if in Honolulu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarento's
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had a nice anniversary dinner at Sarento's. Beautiful view, nice service, great dinner. Osso Buco was ono!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations in Advance Required
    LasVegasTransplant
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I would like to be able to tell you about the food, but we weren't able to eat anything as they would not seat us in the dining room. The reason we were given is, 'you just made your reservation, others made theirs weeks ago'. When we arrived, on time for our reservation, we were told that the staff was in their before shift meeting. They said we could wait in the bar. We did. We ordered a drink. The bartender was great. Very friendly and polite. So, unless you make your reservation far in advance, don't bother going.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sarento Memorable
    happycuppil
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    In a word . . . Superb. We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and could not have chosen a more suitable location.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place for October 2014
    anniekapn
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Sargento's Top of the "I" is a delightful neighborhood gem, penthouse location with exterior glass elevator use. The dining is a four-star rating. I am relocationing to my home state Hawaii-2012, devoting my time to the hammer and nails of society with plenty of perspiring. It is such a return to myself, I giggle a few times, my mental pod factually fits me. I had a wonderful experience with the dining-clique. When I leave Sargento's Top of the "I", I am full, and, can expect spontaneous laughing for two days. I am thankful as I always am at four-star restaurants. Kyra Parker-Nelson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Whay can I say it was one of the best meals in my life here in the United States compared to Eifel Tower in Paris...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect in every way
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    From the beautiful sunset to the attentive service throughout our meal, we were delighted with our dining experience at Sarento's. We especially enjoyed their signature short rib pot stickers and perfectly prepared rack of lamb. We will definitely be back and highly recommend Sarento's for a magical evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Place
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The restaurant has a great scenic view but you have to request the seats with the views in advance. It has a great ambience, romantic at night and the only drawback was the price for the food. The food was quite delicious however the portions were small and very pricey. I celebrated my birthday with my wife with our friends (another couple) and we had a three course with some wine and the bill was almost $400.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • With 8 you get fireworks
    JMWEHO
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were visiting friends with their 3 children and their one grandfather and we wanted to take them to a nice restaurant and time it with the Friday night fireworks. The night could not have been better. Excellent service, great food, fantastic view and fireworks. Who could ask for anything more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great...as always
    Chauncy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Love this place! We are never disappointed by the food and the level of service. We've even ventured to some of our "non-favorites" we had never tried previously on the recommendation of our server. Excellent all around! As always... :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining on the beach
    Tom1224
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful patio facing Waikiki Beach and in a landmark hotel, the Italian fare was done perfectly. Very significant wine list and homemade Tiramisu! Piano music was a nice touch. Can see the Friday night fireworks at 7:45 from the windows of the restaurant and the staff was very accommodating to let us know in plenty of time for us to get a good window view.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view
    Sortie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our table was perfectly located for the Friday night fireworks. We were seated pleasantly and given drink menus, however there was a wait between having our drink order taken and receiving a dinner menu. To be honest I've never experienced not receiving the food menu straight away upon being seated. Once our food and drinks arrived they were cooked well and were generous portions. Service wise we had a few different waiters and none of them introduced themselves so I wouldn't be going here if you like personal service. Overall we'd go back, but there are much better restaurants in terms of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service level is the best on the island. Food is excellent. Views are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    drefromthebay
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to Hawaii for our birthdays and picked Sarento's to have our celebration dinner. It was fantastic. We went Friday night so we could see the fireworks show. The staff was very attentive without being annoying. The food was fantastic! We will definitely dine at Sarento's the next time we make it to Honolulu. One other thing...they actually read my comments when I made the reservation on Opentable. No other restaurant has done that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I chose this restaurant as it was my husband’s birthday and our 30th Wedding Anniversary. I found the food selection to be VERY limited with not a great selection. The price were very high for the standard of food but I guess the view comes with a price. Our waiter seemed very unhappy or at least not where he wanted to be that night. I would not re-visit this restaurant in the future.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service!
    foodmoke
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great service! Great food! Great view! Oso Bucco was Oso Awesome! Waiter treated us like we were Bruce Wayne and (Add Random Model Name Here). Sarento's evening was so good...she pretty much had too ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not have been any better
    Hope4Excellence
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Top of the Illikai Hotel, window seating with a fabulous view. Lighting not too dim not too dark, and the piano man played for most of our visit, setting a mood that was respectful and engaging. The food was excellent, but even better, we cannot compliment the staff enough; friendly, courteous, knowledgeable about even the details of the menu, non-intrusive yet ever present as a team to keep waters full, tables presented well at all times with everything just right. They were never too busy for questions and graceful answering "silly" questions like "I know what the 2nd fork is for, but what about the 2nd knife?". The perfect end was a surprise tiramisu cake with a candle for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Well played - I'd recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely & Romantic
    Islandbabe81
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I loved this restaurant...it offers a great view & a wonderful dining atmosphere. The food was delicious and served with an elegant presentation and the right temperature. The waiters were attentive, but I found service a little slow initially. Overall it was a great experience. Compliments to all the staff and chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Microwave doesn't hit the mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Maître d' was extremely rude and pretentious. I can only describe him as stale old bread. Service team was great! Cocktails great. Wine great! Food was horrible and un edible at times! Oysters were old. Ossobucco was MICROWAVED! Risotto was old and gummy with zero seasoning whatsoever! Ossobucco bone was steaming for over twenty minutes! Not because it was hot to the touch, it was hot from the inside of the bone! Forgot to garnish the dish with gremolata, which would have been the only fresh component of the dish. Taromina is a way better choice for Italian on Waikiki! Go only for the view and cocktails!
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  • A memorable wonderful experience
    jannyns
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our 25th Wedding Anniversary so high expectations for the evening. Sarentos exceeded all expectations except for the food. Escargot were average, Caesar salad is amazing - must have, Shrimp was slightly over cooked, Grilled Ahi was done well but very bland, risotto was perfect. Tiramisu was absolutely one of the best ever tasted and banana 2ways was very good. Service was attentive and always available as soon as we thought we needed something. Highly recommend for any special occasion and a must do for visitors for the view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    GrmtnboyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The views from this restaurant are spectacular-looking over the ocean as well as city lights. But the food and service are also top notch. The specialty is osso bucco. We dine here each time we're in Honolulu. Try to be there for sunset. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    jponvr
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Made our wedding anniversary celebration complete. We always come here when we come to Oahu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT VIEW, GREAT FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Very enjoyable experience. Wait staff was knowledgeable with the food, but seemed to be in a hurry. View of the ocean and sunset were spectacular.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • badexperience
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Service was very bad...ignored by wait staff. Such a wonderful view with OK food, but the uninterested staff ruin it. I visited Orchids at Halekulani and Top of Waikiki and Roy's as well. They were superb in terms of service. Will not return to Sarrentos. s of sr
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrate your anniversary here!
    SonoFelice
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment we stepped off the glass elevator, we were greeted and whisked away to our table. I was surprised to see that the staff paid close attention to my request via OpenTable! The service was incredible. We were constantly taken care of. The staff is attentive, warm and genuine. They made fantastic suggestions regarding the wine, and even introduced me to this fantastic red. My boyfriend and I chose to celebrate our anniversary here and thanks to the fantastic service, views, ambiance and cuisine, we'll probably come back again next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous scenic views
    deedee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for our 27th Anniversary and couldn't have picked a better place. The view was to die for, ecspecially when the sun set. The service was efficient and professinal and our server was very friendly. The food was delicious from appitizers to dessert. Would highly reccomend this place for any special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    WonGee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was an amazing dinner as we were able to watch the Friday night firework show from our table. The food and service is top-notch and I highly recommend this restaurant for that special dinner occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Very Best
    Will
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Sarrento's is the very best. We will return to eat there many times in the future. The food was excellent and the service superb and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service
    vkauai
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great service, servers where awesome and food was great. My wife and I came in on our anniversary night. Requested a window seating and shure enough it was granted. Our server greated us and was a very smooth server I forgot his name but brother was a chill server made great recommendations. Food was great pretty chill spot for a romantic dinner. Mahalo again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant had amazing views and the staff were great. I had the osso bucco as a main and it was lovely.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V58M
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We sat down at little past 8pm.. and order 2 glasses of wine and my fiance notice something inside one of the glass..it was pieces of cork....bad start already. We felt being rush through the whole dinning experience. ...and at the end no happy birthday song and photo...try do it like Hy' a steak house and customers may feel more warming.. I ordered the fresh pasta seafood and the noodles was not freshappy as stated in the menu and repeated by the waiter...the taste was blend and portion of seafoods were small...compare to Macaroni Grill...the filet mignon was ok...thanks. .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Henry
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I requested a table near the window for my wife's birthday. The whole evening was just perfect. Their wait staff are friendly and helpful, food was great, and the view we got from our table is fantastic. Can't ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely celebration
    honolululover
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We love this restaurant and try to dine here whenever we are in Honolulu. This time we celebrated our combined birthdays and 20 year anniversary. Our table was perfect for the occasion, private and away from the main dining room. We were able to view the most gorgeous sunset. The fish was meaty and cooked to perfection, the chef's pasta was topped with generous lobster tail and giant prawns. On all occasions we have dined here the food has been excellent. The staff offered excellent service including wishing us happy birthdays. Our only complaint would be that we waited far too long between the first course and the main course. Thank you everyone for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience!
    Alohalife
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fantastic food, fantastic views, fantastic service! Highly recommend this establishment for any special occasions or just to take in the amazing views of Waikiki.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect dinner
    sloves
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife loves this place very much, everything's perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place to dine in Honolulu
    LindsayVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The view from this restaurant is spectacular. The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly. A must when visiting honolulu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunsets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Not all tables are equal, but Sarento's has some great ones, having almost a secluded feel. Great sunset view over Ewa.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great couples night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We decided to try out Sarento's after checking out the menu on-line. We made a reservation for Friday night so that we could also enjoy the fireworks. We requested a table with a view. Everything was wonderful! The food, the wine, the service, everything! We highly recommend it for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly service and good taste.
    kaoru0820
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Much better than Roy's Waikiki in every aspect. Food quality of pasta was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 648 reviews are from the Sarento's Top of the “I” reviews archive.
  • What a treat!
    Mamowisblonde
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The view at sunset was spectacular along with the wine and food. This is a must restaurant while visiting Hinolulu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.