Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://taorminarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8089265050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Aki Yamamoto
  • Dress Code: Formal Attire
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Don Ho
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available at Embassey Suites entrance on beachwalk. Valet also available Wyndham, entrance on Lewers turn left on Halumoa street, left again into Wyndham. Validated parking $6.00 (not including tip) for up to 3 hours.
A word from Taormina Sicilian Cuisine
From the simple to the exotic, the showcased daily selections of Antipasti Misti (before the meal) include Palermo Style Caponata, Marinated Sweet Shrimp and Baby Octopus and Artichokes. Featured meals include Seafood Risotto, Grilled Tuna, Grilled Lamb Chops "Palermo" and Veal "Siciliana." Taormina's specialty dish is Uni Pasta (sea urchin), a delicacy enjoyed in Japan and Italy. Italian espressos compliment Dolci (dessert) selections of Vanilla Gelato with Espresso, Homemade Baked Pannacotta and Tiramisu. Inspired by authentic Sicilian recipes from the kitchens of Southern Italy's seaside town of Taormina, Chef Akira Yamamoto pairs fresh pastas with the highest quality seafoods and meats. Unspoiled by heavy sauces, Sicilian-style pastas are dressed in pure, extra virgin olive oil. Fresh vegetables, lightly grilled fish, and lamb seasoned with herbs offer diners a healthy range of options.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Taormina Sicilian Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (49)special occasion (42)romantic (37)notable wine list (26)great for lunch (23)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great food & wine...
    ANDine
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Torino is a great destination for foodies and wine lovers. Service is excellent and knowledgeable. Recommend highly. Seating is rather more fitted for outdoor dining Not Fine Dining which I feel Torino definitely is.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have been meaning to come to Taormina for years, but the Waikiki traffic was always problematic. However, we finally made it and we were amazed. This place is a gem. Honolulu has always been lacking in good Italian restaurants. But Taormina makes up for all that. As good as the best back in San Francisco.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • E semplicemente il migliore
    OinkerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We appreciate the high food quality, flavors, fabulous service with their attention to detail and ambiance. Our server, Stan, paced our meal from start to finish. In other words, he gave us time to savor and relax in between courses. He expertly described ingredients and gave a bit of advice about the flavors that we were going to experience. We were thrilled with his attentiveness, efficiency and professionalism. My husband's favorite fresh pasta is their spaghetti with sea urchin.They use an opulent amount of fresh sea urchin. I ordered the fresh squid ink linguine with mixed shellfish. This Italian/Mediterranean dish is hallmarked by its use of shellfish, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. Both dishes were rich, decadent yet rustic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    MkPk
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We made reservations and had dinner, it was a party of 4 adults, we decided to get the taste and we were all vary happy with that selection. All courses were very good. Would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding cuisine
    Sweetsinger26
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Taormina's dinner was exquisite. Appetizers were perfect, cocktails well balanced, entrees fresh and delicious, and desserts were just right. Not too salty, not too sweet anywhere. Not too rich, but everything was just right for Sicilian cuisine. We would run back this evening if we didn't have to fly home
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Australian14
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Most disappointing from previous visit. No salt or pepper on table, had to ask waiter for Parmesan cheese for pasta. The pasta dish contained 3 shrimps very poor. Would have to seriously consider dining there again. Would hesitate to recommend to other international visitors.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Again
    DiverDown
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Second time and just as wonderful as the first. I love that the menu differs, and with a plethora of fantastic seafood restaurants in Hawaii, Taormina still does it best. Don't forget the meat section, my filet was perfectly done. As someone who is dairy and gluten free, this is an Italian restaurant that I can go to and have tons of choices, although the pasta list is extensive for those who love a great pasta. Will be here again, probably in a month or so. PS. Marcus, your the bomb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved The Restaurant!
    NYCDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time dining here and we love everything about this restaurant, the service, the food, & the ambience was outstanding! We look forward to returning!
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  • Good food but bad service
    perazdera
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Taormina used to be our favorite restaurant in Waikiki (three years in a row). First time it was an exceptional experience - food, atmosphere, service. Last year it was OK, but something was missing as compared to the first time. This year, it was not worth the $$$$ rating. While the food was still great (although missing some of the excellent items from two years ago), the service was very slow and disorganized. We had a reservation for 8:30 pm, arrived 5-6 minutes early, and were left waiting for 25 minutes in a small crowded area where people were coming in and out. Then the waitress forget to bring one of our cocktail drinks and we had to wait a long time for the main dish after the appetizers. Just a disappointing experience overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uni pasta!
    mkiv
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had the pre-fixe menu. 5 courses but the most notable definitely had to be the uni pasta! I had heard so much about it from my foodie fiends and was pleasantly surprised that the dish lived up to all the hype. Other than that, house wine was great. The salad, soup, and ahi were not memorable. Ended the night on a high note with their tiramisu and home made gelato. That was decadent! Overall, atmosphere was perfect for a romantic date night. There's just something to be said about an old school candlelight dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic yet creative
    blurmanics
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Waikiki. the wine list is great too.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For was prepared very well
    Estherincognito
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had an excellent experience here. Our server was very attentive and every course was delicious. I had an excellent salad and my husband had the minestrone. He loved the soup. Then we split the lobster pasta. The sauce and the lobster were great. Finally he had the duck breast which was flavorful and cooked to perfection. I had King salmon and it was cooked perfectly and truly delicious. We enjoyed the bread offerings too. We will return next time in Honolulu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot, Reasonable Price
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The place was relatively empty for lunch which made it quiet and relaxing. I was surprised at how reasonable the lunch prices were for fine dining. Everything was delicious and the service was pretty good. The only complaint I had was we get a big plate with olive oil and one slice of bread each. The waiter said he'd give us more later but never offered it to us again. My mom was a little surprised to see all the bread laying across empty tables and someone doing what looked like accounting in the dining area. It's obvious they don't have much space in the restaurant so it didn't bother me too much. I'd go back again for lunch juat because I think I'd feel claustrophobic if the place was full (which I assume it is for dinner time).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nursery.
    jackVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Girls at the table right beside us were so noisy....
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  • Great Meal
    THamVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The squid ink linguine and prime tenderloin w/foie gras were excellent. A little pricey, but thats Waikiki.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, fabulous wait staff
    HawaiiVaca
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Taormina offers an amazing meal set at two different prices and both are to die for along with offering items a la cart. For the meal sets, each serving is small so you don't feel too full at the end of the meal but every item served was delicious. The molten lava cake for desert was absolutely to die for. Best food and drinks we've had in Waikiki.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Pasta Lunch
    jackVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    You can eat best pasta around waikiki and if you visit during lunch time, for much less price. However, service here was not perfect. I should have look around, waited and call somebody if something is needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Italian
    PinotPaulVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Probably as good as it gets. A bit on the pricy side. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Terrible Management
    LoveToGrind
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Was forced to dine outside on a hot and humid night. Was left no choice, no options. Was never told on the phone, when we added a 5th diner that we would have to sit outside. But was told by the management we have to make a specific request to dine inside. Was told "take it or you can dine elsewhere". Assistant manager was no help and had plenty of attitude. So did the hostess. Dining outside is a very bad location with no a/c, lots of noise from buses, cars, trucks right next to where you sit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable evening
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Memorable because the food- husband and I both had the tasting menu ($100&$70)- wonderful way to experience Taormina cuisine for first timers. Overall excellent especially the beef tenderloin but was disappointed at the crunchy texture of their funghi w/ foie gras risotto. The pea soup was surprising delicious. Memorable also because we were seated near the entrance and witnessed a " tiff" between the hostess and patron. Surprising that this was not handled more professionally. The tables are also very close to each other therefore can be not as romantic as one would desire.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good foods
    Kuni
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We really enjoyed foods in Taormina. Every single dishes were great and tasty.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst receptionist
    Wijnbrugstraat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant does not know what is " Reservation ". I had booked at 18:30 because their system showed their available time as18:30 or 20:00. I arrived at 18:30, but she told that they had no table (but a small,confined one was free) . We waited 15 minutes, then she told " this table" and pointed the confined table. I will never be again.
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  • Lunch deal is amazing
    MarissaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We ordered the lunch pasta specials. They come with an appetizer (in our case, a yummy fresh salad), a "chilled pea soup shooter", a regular portion of pasta, and a scoop of gelato. Amazing deal. I had the crab tagliatelle in a slightly spicy sauce (SO GOOD! pasta was perfectly al dente and crab tasted not-too-crabby if you know what I mean) and my husband had the salmon/mushroom cream sauce. Yum! Two kinds of freshly baked bread to start (always a good sign) and our server was kind and attentive. I wish I remembered her name.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Pasta is truly exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    As others have noted, the pasta dishes are unbelievably fresh, the pasta is cooked perfectly, and the sauces are generously applied. We have a terrific meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Best Pasta
    Auctio
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My wife and I very recently enjoyed dinner here; we could not choose between pastas so we ordered three (2 as an entree and one as a main). We shared them all. We have to say the pasta was one of the best we have ever consumed. Squid ink was amazing, truffle carbonara gorgeous, as was the pork bolognese - (a little surprise which was not actually on the menu!) We have traveled a bit around the world and we call ourselves foodies. This is clearly one of the finest restaurants in Hawaii.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to finish up in Waikiki
    drSJC
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We came to Taormina on the last night of a week in Oahu on a friend's recommendation & we're not disappointed. Food quality, taste, presentation & options were great (we had 2 fussy teenagers), service very attentive & friendly but not intrusive. It was a fitting end to a great time on the island.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Italian dining experience
    beanies2208
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We chose your restaurant for our last night in Waikiki after experiencing some wonderful meals all week long. What a way to end the week! The food and service were outstanding. We shared 2 appetisers between 4 of us and then 3 of the group had different pasta dishes and I had the chicken in a butter sauce with vegetables. All meals were beautiful. If you are looking for authentic Italian flavours this is the place to go in Waikiki.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 468 reviews are from the Taormina Sicilian Cuisine reviews archive.
  • Best Pasta in Waikiki
    LuvNYC
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have started to come to Taormina 5 years ago, and although the management has changed since, the quality of food stays the same and I am very happy every time I dine here. It's a shame to have to rebuild the relationship with people who work there again, as no one recognizes me anymore, but the service is not so bad. There are a few new Italian restaurants that opened up in Honolulu, but this restaurant will always be my first choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Service made the meal
    TwinkleVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Many if the tables were crammed together but the restaurant accommodated our request for a private table & it was great. Husband loved the lasagna casserole. My squid ink frutti di mare was good but not the most flavorful I've ever had. Still -- a good experience! Too bad dinner parking cost $6+tip.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Service and food
    CampbellVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We canceled our reservations at another restaurant so that we could enjoy this restaurant for a second time during out vacation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Service and food
    CampbellVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This would be one of Honolulu's best restaurant! The Food was incredible and the service was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Little Itallian Restaurant
    CUatdinner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Not your typical Italian fair. So if you are looking for average spaghetti and meatballs this is not the place for you. The dishes a great flair to them but may not be to everyones taste so you may want to check the menu on line. We found it very good.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our dinner was not memorable as it was a year ago. The food wasn't as tasty; duck breast was too rare; dessert choices weren't anything special so we just had gelatos. We probably won't dine there in the future.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary
    KRElvis
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We did not know what to expect when we entered the restaurant. We found the restaurant to have a great decor. Our table was ready for us when we told the front of our reservation. As we sat down, we were overwhelmed at first with all of the choices for food and wine. Given that, the wife decided to try their seafood squid ink pasta while I had one of their dinner sets. I had a Sicilian wine, and it went great with their steak which was almost as good as a steak from Ruth's Chris...just not as easy to cut... However for an Italian house, wonderful! The atmosphere was nostalgically Italian. Service was outstanding; however, I wish that I did not see the bottom of my water glass. This is definitely a place that deserves a return visit. Cheers.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food in Waikiki
    weskit
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great service, good food, and a wide selection of wines. What more could one want?
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Dinner Experience
    KLovelyK
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I normally go to Taormina for lunch but went for dinner this past time because my cousin never tried this restaurant before. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great menu and wine selections. Service is superb....Have the restaurant sit you with Inez! She'll take great care of you.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent in every way
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is one of our very favorite restaurants in Hawaii! It never disappoints. Try the seafood pasta and octopus ink pasta- both perfect!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant place for afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went for a late lunch. It was quiet and laid back. We enjoyed the cream of pea soup that arrives as an amuse as well as the seemingly housemade pastas.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian
    Kiligirl
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a great time at Taormina and will return. Parking is great and close to the location for Waikiki.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.