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Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://taorminarestaurant.com/
  • Email: taormina@wdiusa.com
  • Phone: (808) 926-5050
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "For the prices the food isn't as good as expected. My date had a grey goose martini for $9 which isn't that pricey for Waikiki but the wines by the glass were very expensive. The bread should have been heated but it was still tasty. I had the veggie risotto which was very tasty but the portion was a bit small for an entree. My date had the clams with linguine which he said was delicious but again nothing special. Going to continue to recommend Cafe Sistina for italian in Honolulu. Again, for these prices I expected the wait staff to be more attentive. We had to ask for a second round of drinks (hint, we may have had another one or dessert if the server had paid more attention to us). "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A nice break from the crowded streets and so many noisy "C-level" places to dine in the area, this was a real find. We first dined at Taormina a few years ago, and have returned every time we've made our annual visit to Oahu. An interesting menu, Taormina shows how creative Italian cuisine can be. Looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I ordered the filet tenderloin which was cooked perfect at medium rare. My husband ordered the lambchops which he says were a little overcooked. He ordered them medium rare; however, he did not send them back (which he has no problem doing) because the chops were still very juicy. The grilled vegetables were very tasty. We liked that the seasoning was very simple yet the food was very flavorful. We will be going back because there are other items on the menu that we wish to experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A small continental (Italian) restaurant in the heart of Waikiki. Casual outdoor dining (reminiscent of sidewalk restaurants in large European cities) with a nice interior for those who like to eat inside. Menu selections are varied as well as traditional. Even though small, the wine list is adequate satisfying discerning palates. Overall, the Taormina is a gem in Waikiki catering to the sophisticated diner."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Both the food and the service are outstanding! This is one of my favorite restaurant in Honolulu. You can either go there for a light dining of nice salad and great pasta or for a full course dining, also casual or dressed up. For the first timers, the course menus feature the best of the menu."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I love the lunch special menus especially Fruti di Mare. Bread could be better but it's ok. after meal one-scoop ice cream/gelato is always something to look forward to. When the ice cream was salted caramel, it was FANTASTIC! So, really happy with the food all the time. As far as service goes, it depends on the waiter/waitress. There are mainly Caucasian waiter/waitresses which is fine but this female waitress who has been there for a couple of month at least is not good. sassy and I wouldn't call it as a service. However, today's waiter was very very nice and everything he did was perfect. Sorry I don't recall his name but he could serve to any kind of people at luxury hotel."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Sad to learn that they no longer have Happy Hour and their menu has changed. Our pasta lunch for 2 people was $90. We had 2 spaghetti plates and 3 glasses of wine. You can no longer get ONE appetizer. They only have 4 appetizers for $21. So, we had no appetizer... we wanted Brushetta. Our waitress was good."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "ワイキキの中心にありますが、植え込みかまあるので、テラス席でも、周りからの視線も気にせず食べれます! 今回はイカ墨生の生パスタとリゾットを注文しましたが、両方とも美味しく、量も女性2人でシェアして調度でした! デザートはお腹一杯で断念しましたが、また行きたいです! 日本語メニューもあり、サービスも良かったです!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Having been used to Italian cooking our entire lives and the best of Italian Nonna dishes, Taormina is right up there with anything we have savoured in our long love affair with great Italian cuisine. We had the Best of Taormina lunch special and it gave us a great insight into the excellent and flavoursome dishes on the menu . The antipasto and the pasta were exquisite followed by the most tender meat that we have tasted in a long time. Complimenting the food the service was attentive and ambiance also very good. Whilst this was our first visit to Taormina it will be regular visits from now on. The best meal we have had in not only Honolulu but all of Hawaii. Give Taormina a go we guarantee you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took my date to Taormina for dinner because I had been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time. I was very pleased that I did! We had agreat time, our server (Gina) was very nice and helpful. The food was excellent and the atmosphere perfect!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It was my birthday and everything was wonderful! We ate outdoors surrounded by greenery. The waitress was knowledgeable and service was prompt. We shared the lamb chops which were cooked perfectly and well seasoned. The birthday treat was a scoop of macadamia ice cream with a generous portion of tiramisu that was better than any we have had before. We highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I took my friend to Taormina's for a special birthday dinner and the staff really delivered. Service was excellent, good was excellent and they added a few special touches to make our meal a really lovely one. I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh pasta with bolognese."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I was satisfied with delicious dishes again, and I was impressed also the kindness of the clerk. Especially grilled vegetables tasted good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very good service, knowledgeable staff. Great suggestions with menu items. Food was very good with reasonable portion size. We dined family style sharing our selections. The pacing of the meal was outstanding, felt comfortable no rushing you out the door here. Enjoy."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We really looked forward to this dinner, made our reservation for 5:30 when they open for dinner, arrived at 5:25, we were asked to wait, for maybe three minutes, then taken to a table maybe 8 feet away. Why we could not be seated right away since the service staff was just standing around I do not know, but it was annoying. Sometimes you just pick up a vib. The food was inventive and very good."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Service was first rate, from our greeting at the reservations desk, and all thru dinner and the wait staff. An over all excellent dining experience! Our waitress Hailey was a true professional and made us feel special and totally at home."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "we had lunch to cerebrate my friend's birthday over there and food we ordered was very tasty it was not only food, service we received from the server was excellent. timing between food was well organized and the server paid attention to our table well. we requested a nice table setting because of special occassion and indeed they listened to us well. our lunch was perfect and we highly reccomend this resutaurant for everyone. I will be sure to come back for many times!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We fell upon Taormina last year and had it top of out list to visit again this year. New appetizer minis were a wonderful addition to menu, pick four from large list for 20.00, Great way to start meal. Drinks were great, pasta dishes outstanding and dessert Was a great way to end dinner. Glory our waiter was knowledgeable and charming And Daniel the manager stopped by three times to check on things and say hello. For a upscale night out in Honolulu we still highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This place is our favorite italian restaurant. Always high level the service and the food is consistently good."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "High quality food at a reasonable price. Nice upstairs area for small groups up to about 20 Nice view of street activity Outside seating also available"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Haley went out of her way to make this a better-than-pleasant experience of us. Great vino. Delicious food. I have ridiculous allergies and the chef did a masterful job of accommodating me and making a splendid sauce for me for my salmon. Most restaurants simply advise to have the salmon plain --defeating the purpose of enjoying restaurant cuisine. We loved it so much we are returning our final night in Hawaii."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The roasted duck was easily one of the best meals I've ever had."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outside sitting was not what we had in mind for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent so it was disappointing that the service did not live up to the same standard. Every morsel was well prepared and delicious. We ordered the risotto with mushrooms and foie gras and it was superb! Also enjoyed the lamb chops with grilled vegetables. Our waitress was sweet but 'spacey'. She was confused about the menu and the specials for the evening. We ordered two hors de oeuvres but she only entered one order to the kitchen. We noticed the table next to ours also had trouble with the service. This is a problem that the restaurant could and SHOULD correct, since the mismatch between food and service is off putting."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Arrived well before the reservation time and ordered drinks while we waited for our table. (Aside from 3 chairs inside the main entrance, there isn't a bar or waiting area.) The appetizer and main course selections were outstanding. Service started a bit slow (I had to ask for another glass of wine long after finishing the first one), but was reliable and very good overall. The chef obviously knows how to prepare Italian dishes and the wine list was more than adequate. Nice décor and ambiance. Will dine there again."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Taormina Sicilian Cuisine was an excellent choice of a restaurant. It was an attractive trendy restaurant. The menu was very good. Many choices of fish, poultry meats, and pastas. The salads were delicious....The service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is a must place for us every time we visit Hawaii. Truly some of the best food we have had anywhere. We love it! Ric"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "For $18 at lunchtime you can get a tiny cup of pea soup, a very small salad, a superb pasta dish, and a yummy scoop of gelato. Of course, if you add the wine, you add the bucks."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I was very disappointed to pay $6 for parking.... Food was excerent but a lady who served us wasn't friendly, we are kind unconfortable to stay there to enjoy conversation after we ate even we orderd dessert and coffee..."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Felt like we were back in Rome. We dined outside and everything was great. Fresh seafood with beautiful fresh herbs."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Having visited Taormina, Sicily in 2013 ... I appreciated the way everything was presented as well as the authenticity of the cuisine and wine. The whole octopus appetizer with the white beans, olive oil and seasoning was spectacular!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Wonderful experience...an intimate, romantic, and tasty meal. From the moment we stepped through the door, we were treated to amazing service and food. We asked for a cozy table for two in the covered patio area to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lewers Street. From start to the finish, we were cared for and felt very welcome. Our waitress, Grace did a wonderful job introducing us to what I would best describe...the Taormina Family. When Grace was busy with other guests, Patrick regularly checked in on us and ensured we were always cared for. My wife had the 'catch of the day - grilled' and I enjoyed a the more traditional sicilian dish of 'Bolognese alla Moderna.' Both meals were amazing! Highly recommend as a romantic get-a-way."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been coming to Honolulu on a yearly basis for some time and found this place nearly right after it opened. The food seems to be getting better every time we dine there. Great ambience and refuge from the craziness of Waikiki. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food is excellent and varied. I tried the pasta with sea urchin, very good. My wife had catch of the day, also good. The appetizers included a smaller sized sampler with four items. Good to share but for two people only. The service was good once the server got engaged with our table. Until then it was only fair. Overall very good dining experience."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "This nice little restaurant is within walking distance from Waikiki. Good food, several menu options, impressive wine list."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I visit first day of my vacation. Thank you very good lunch ,and Happy hour menu. I will back again next time."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Highly recommend this fine dinning experience to any one that travels to hawaii"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The seafood pasta was outstanding. Server could have been a bit more knowledgeable about the menu."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We had steak even though this is not a "steak house". WOW! My husband and I are from Texas and thus love a good steak! This was among the best we've found in Hawaii! It was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and tender enough to cut with a butter knife! Definitely a place we will visit again!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Thanks for excellent food and service. Menu for either lunch or dinner has been a wonderful experience. Would recommend it highly."
    Dined on 1/3/2014