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: 8089555559x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Sarento's Top of the “I” reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (64)romantic (63)special occasion (57)fit for foodies (28)notable wine list (25)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Celebrate your anniversary here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, so glad we went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Was recommended to go to this restaurant on a Friday night to view the Fireworks. Made a reservation on Open Table and requested table with a view. I think we were seated at the best seat in the house. The food was exceptional. We enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail and shared an appetizer and salad. The staff even split the salad onto two plates for us. We enjoyed a bottle of wine with our entrees and a bottle of wine with dinner. The fireworks were great. And when they started the staff dimmed the dining room lights. After such a great evening we couldn't pass us on dessert. We enjoyed some chocolate, ice cream, "lava" treat recommended to us by the wait staff. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazed by everything
    toughcritic
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was perfect, I never expected it to be so amazing. The staff were so kind. The view was to die for. It was quiet. I have never left a restaurant feeling like I just went on vacation. It was surreal. I only wish I had gone sooner ;-) meaning I only recently found out about this place. The food was elegant and fast it was like eating art. I had such a great time and I know you will to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    Anniversary
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    One of the last fine dining experience with an awesome view. Excellent service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Easygoing
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Sarento's Top of the "I" has a great view with great food. The parking is confusing since part of the hotel is separate from the "I".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • akohamick
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    There are few restaurants where the quality of the food, service and preparations of the staff, and the ambiance and views from the windows, but this restaurant has it all. Tourists and locals alike will enjoy their food and experience here. I come to Oahu once a year and make this restaurant my first stop for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning view
    Nuttlie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything about our evening was perfect. Great father's day dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not all everyone has said....
    CampbellVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    ....although the view is incredible if you are lucky enough to get one of those tables and not the ones facing other buildings. The service was rather slow and we actually received our apps. prior to our drinks arriving....this is unacceptable service! This restaurant is a skip in my opinion.
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  • Impeccable place!
    VTavarez
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband and I came here to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Every aspect of the dining experience exceeded our expectations! Food was exquisite and delectable. I had the grilled ahi, my husband had the filet mignon with a lobster tail, and we also ordered a bottle of an Austrian Berger Chardonnay. Service from ever single staff member was impeccable! If you are going for the fireworks show done by the Hilton on Friday night, request seating on that end of the restaurant. Otherwise, you'll miss it. I recommend to valet your vehicle at the Ilikai Hotel, where the restaurant is, because it's just about the same price as self-parking and is much more convenient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Evening and View
    AmentedelVinoVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Let me start by saying, this is an absolutely beautiful spot for dinner. Ask for the Garden Room, I think it has the best views in the restaurant. As a self proclaimed foodie and an Italian, the food rocked it. Filet mignon meatballs and island-flaired pasta dish with macadamia nut pesto, arugula, lobster and shrimp. Desert did not disappoint. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant List!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    5 star! First impression as we walked out of the elevator there was spectacular evening views and the romantic ambience. From the hostess to all of our waiters, the staff was professional and obviously well trained. They were attentive and not too over the top where it's annoying as in some other 5 stars. Delicious Food. We enjoyed the chef's special and it was fabulous. I mentioned it was my husbands birthday online with Open Table only to request a table with a view. Sarento's Top of the I added a special touch with a birthday Tiramisu cake, beautifully presented and each of our waiters stopped by to wish him a happy birthday. Very elegant and so worth becoming return guests. (Monday dinner 6/9/2014)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous View!!
    Tess
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    WOW! You can't beat this sweeping view of Waikiki and the mighty Pacific Ocean from the top of the iconic Ilikai Hotel. And, the city lights after dark are just as stunning. Great menu and service, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant!
    Junior
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've worked for the hotel many years, but have never dined here. Finally tried it on my girlfriend's birthday. It was a great experience - the view was spectacular, the ambiance was romantic, the food was good to look at, delicious, and filling. They even gave us a sampler platter of their appetizers and a birthday dessert. We will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPEB Dining experience
    CDevine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Sarento's never disappoints! Having brought colleagues here for dinner in Waikiki a couple months ago, the food and service was so good I decided to bring my wife back for our Anniversary dinner. Simply AWESOME. The menu is mouthwatering and the specials never disappoint. Best Caparese salad I ever had. Top that off with a great view of Waikiki...not a bad seat in the entire restaurant. Thx for making this a special evening for my wife and I.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    gpangie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The perfect way to celebrate a birthday. The view was breathtaking, the service was excellent, and the food was exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Overall it was a wonderful experience. We brought friends visiting from the mainland. I felt that we were being rushed to order our dinners before our first cocktails even arrived and we had a chance to read the ample menu. We had two cocktails and then ordered our dinner. The restaurant wasn't busy so I do not think we should have been pressured to order. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. I thought we would have a sunset view, since our reservation was at 6:30, but we were facing east and told there were no sunset view tables.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Mike
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    To find such an amazing view combined with such incredible food is rare. I cannot remember the last time. From beginning to end the night was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert was Wonderful!
    mortons
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Went up to Sorento's for dessert and the chocolate cake with ice cream was so good! Will come back for a meal if ever in Oahu, HI again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • superb sunset view
    kjtravelers63
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    the overall feeling is a little 'rat pack' like for this Honolulu / Waikiki restaurant; very classy white table cloth environment, elegant style (feels a bit dated in carpet/decor, elevators, etc.)) and live music (combo). Ambiance is very elegant….food is okay - foodies would want for more. wine list is superb offering numerous top tier options and selection, global, prime choices USA-CA, IT, FR, etc.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    eatinjohnny
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    A great location right next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It is a rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view of Waikiki. Service was attentive without being overly so and the waiters were very knowledgeable about the menu. The wine list has a huge selection, but not so many at the lower price points with prices starting at $40. Although not a large menu, there is something for everyone including vegetarian, beef, chicken, lamb, and of course seafood. The items we ordered included escargot, caprese, Penne Calabrese, Eggplant Parmesan Cannelloni , and Chicken Rigatoni Alla Vodka. Desserts ordered were panna cotta and mocha creme brulee. Everything was properly prepared and we enjoyed everything. We would go again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding restaurant!!
    Michelle808
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my boyfriends birthday because of the scenic view. When we first got out of the elevator, and we saw a great view of the ocean, and the city. Once we were seated, we had a great view of Diamond Head. I personally don't like lavosh, so when I tried it, it was really good! The lavosh and the curry hummus paired very well. For the small plate, we ordered the sausage, which was alright. For the entrees, we got the Osso Bucco and the lamb. Both entrees were delicious!! The lamb was really soft, and the Osso Bucco fell off the bone. I didn't even need a knife. For the dessert, we decided on the Mocha Crème Brulee. It was really outstanding, especially with the caramel on the bottom. Overall, I LOVED the experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live jazz with jazzy food
    Delono
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Everything we ordered (four of us) was delicious and had a wonderful presentation. The waitstaff were gracious, accommodating, pleasant and friendly. In the back ground, some nice piano jazz loud enough to enjoy, soft enough to allow us to still converse without straining. Osso bucco was best ever had. Lamb was outstanding. Everything was really delicious. And the view - one of the best on the south shore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    nainoa
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is my second time at sarentinos and both times have been excellent. The food was great, the service was amazing, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxing. They have a great view and the prices are affordable for a fine dining restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We arrived early, so that we could watch the sunset. The Garden Room has fantastice views of Waikiki and the western side of the island. Highly recommend it if you a looking for a good panorama. The service was very good and friendly. The steak was a little over done. All around nice evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 624 reviews are from the Sarento's Top of the “I” reviews archive.
  • Wonderful evening for my wife's BD
    jtyeh
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Located on the top floor of the Ilikai Hotel, Sarento's command a panoramic view of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. We were greeted graciously upon arrival, and were seated at a table with the view mentioned earlier. Our team of 3 servers, yes 3 servers, worked like a well-oiled machine. They explained and suggested selections of their menu, very attentive to the progress of the evening. My wife and our son both ordered their house special - Osso Buco shank on saffron risotto; while I ordered the special of the day - Lobster tail with giant prawns, and our son's girlfriend had the filet mignon meatballs on spaghettini. All the dishes were delicious and we finished the evening with various delectable desserts. 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet