Arancino at The Kahala

4.8
579 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
1st Place 'Best Italian Restaurant' winner of the 2018 2019 2020 & 2021 Honolulu Magazine Hale 'Aina Awards - we invite you to enjoy our award-winning Italian cuisine in our beautiful ‘al-fresco’ setting and experience a culinary journey of Italy through Executive Chef Daisuke Hamamoto thoughtfully crafted menu – featuring fresh locally sourced products and fine ingredients imported from Italy. An after dinner menu also featuring dessert creations by our patissier and after dinner drinks are also available for your enjoyment.
In addition, an extensive wine list designed by Shinya Tasaki, winner of the World's Best Sommelier Award, features 50 premium wines from Italy and Pacific Rim countries.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 579 people are saying
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Tricia
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal here. Maria is so friendly. We also had great service. The food was delicious. My favorite place on the island.

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Stellabird
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The entrees seemed almost fairly priced for upscale Italian, but the portions should’ve been a bit more generous (this is Italian after all). This same applies to the salads and appetizers, though this same is far more pronounced here. Ultimately though; everything was delicious and our waiter was excellent. The executive chef even paid a visit to our table so how about that!!!

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vipkaukaudiva
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great treat - it for every day.

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vipJDarvey
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Very nice surprise!

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vipDYoung0517
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extremely enjoyable evening! The most excellent food and service! Probably the best Italian restaurant on the island! A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion!

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vipLarryG
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding. Food excellent, service under Josh’s leadership second to none.

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Lorena
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server convinced me to try the uni spaghetti despite not caring for uni and I was so glad I took her advice. The chef made an appearance to present his special dessert and congratulate us on our anniversary which I thought was a nice touch. Really the only minor thing was water splashing down on the awning above us every 5-10 minutes that sometimes would leave a drop or two on my plate (which was cleared away). The manager apologized and it stopped after a few times. I would definitely like to come back here but maybe a little later in the evening.

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birdman93
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have this place back open again. A family fav...

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vipLauHalaLana
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always excellent food and service (thank you Alissa). Fritto de Calamari was the best ever, not over fried, marinara sauce accompanying was lovely. Kona Kampachi carpaccio was delicious, great complementary flavors. We always like to take one of their delicious pizzas home for the next day.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd Anniversary and was lucky to get Keola a

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening celebration for our anniversary! Excellent food and service.

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Katsu
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant very much!
One of the best.
Great food and very friendly service and they try very hard to accommodate us.

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taka
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious and nicely presented! Service was great. They celebrated my birthday with a beautiful desert, which was stunning and impressive! I’ll definitely come back : )

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was surprisingly good. Our server, Tim, was quite attentive. Very nice for our anniversary dinner.

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AnnaA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! The food was delicious, service is excellent and the ambiance of the resort is to die for.

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vipSergioCapanna
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best authentic Italian food outside of Italy in a very, very long time…

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vipgtkyl72
Hawaii
125 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fellow world food traveler and I continued our journey; this time in Italia, a la Giappone, at Arancino at The Kahala. We anxiously awaited its reopening and it took a while before we could obtain a reservation, and even then it was a later time than we like. Anticipation, anticipation (to steal a line from Carly Simon).

The menu hasn’t changed much (thankfully) and the wine list offers reasonably priced and more expensive options. We chose a 2016 Borgogno Barolo after learning they were out of the 2014 Oddero Barolo Brunate. Keola, our server, decanted the wine into a beautiful decanter (I want one or two for my home) and we savored the delicate floral undertones of this wine from Piemonte.

We selected two appetizers, the Carpaccio di Pesce, thin slices of Kona Kampachi with rounds of hearts of palm and a delicate yuzu dressing, and the Affetato Misto, an Italian take on a charcuterie board. The bresaola, salamino picante, coppa and prosciutto crudo were delicious. We didn’t care for the prosciutto cotto .. it was basically sliced ham.

Our entrees were the Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Parmigiano Reggiano, cream, Pancetta and a poached egg atop nicely cooked pasta, and the Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare, a white wine, tomato cream sauce with Uni atop spaghetti. This latter dish is why I come to Arancino at The Kahala. Other restaurants offer Ricci di Mare but only Arancino moves away from the traditional recipe with the tomato-cream sauce. The Carbonara looked so decadent after my tablemate mixed the luscious yolk with her pasta.

Dessert, oh desserts! We ordered the Tiramisu, Arancino’s deconstructed version of the classic dessert, and Gelato Affogato, hot espresso atop two scoops of vanilla gelato. I gave a scoop of the oh-so-delicious gelato to my tablemate because I’m lactose intolerant and I pushed my luck with the Ricci di Mare.

Final thoughts … Arancino’s at The Kahala remains (to me) one of the best Italian restaurants in Honolulu. Highly recommended!

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surfer
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner. Got married this morning. Our server was awesome! Great food and presentation!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

お誕生日にお伺いしました。素敵なケーキを頂きました、ありがとうございました😊

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LizaC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful service

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LeonardS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Mahalo!
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ChiaraG
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally able to dine here, I have loved everything!! The food made me feel at home, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere so magic. I particularly loved the music, 60’s italian songs that brought me back to my childhood. We were celebrating a new job and they gave us a beautifully decorated dessert plate. I would give 10 stars if I could!
Mahalo nui for this amazing experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was awesome! Food and service exceptional! Only bummer, which I feel funny sharing is we missed out on a really nice added touch Arancino offers… a live accordion player who comes to your table when the birthday persons desert comes out 🥴. We didn’t even know it was a thing there! But after watching it happen a few times, you start thinking “well this is really cool!” Then when my wife’s desert came out, the accordion gentleman went to a table who recently sat down and asked “is there a birthday person on this table”… and there was so he played them the happy birthday song 🤪. Then he went back to his normal playing spot. A bit of a sad letdown 😬… but, it’s just an added feature so nothing to complain about! Just sharing! 😆. I was actually excited for my wife for the nice unique added touch! Ha ha… We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely magical evening of our anniversary celebration. great setting on the romantically lit patio with lovely knowledgeable staff. food was incredible: caprese and carpaccio for appetizers, bolognese and carbonara for entree and special treat table-side-dressed parmigiano reggiano risotto! Executive Chef Daisuke Hamamoto made an appearance and presented a surprise celebratory dessert that was truly a piece of art. we are definitely coming back.

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NCHI
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, the food wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The dessert for Birthdays was awesome and stunning.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service, lovely ambiance, and in an intimate, quiet location. Best Italian place on Oahu by far. I do feel bad about being one of the last parties in the restaurant but we received top notch service till the very end of our visit. One of the best experiences I’ve had at a restaurant overall. 10/10 would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every experience at Arancino is exquisite but this location has such an ambiance and the preset course was delicious. There was nothing missing from the experience, definitely coming again.

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Gr8life
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I just wanted to really thank our server, Tim. Tim truly made our first visit to the Kahala Arancino a very special & memorable dining experience. & Our only regret we not being able to meet the manager. All we can say is that she's a very elegant & beautiful woman who connects with people so well. The atmosphere, people, & food are simply unmatched. There's no place fiber than Arancino's Kahala. Thank you Tim.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had the 5 course along with the wine pairing, and it did not disappoint! Every dish was prepared immaculately and paired very nicely with the wine selection. Our server (Buster) was so knowledgeable and attentive, we will definitely be back for more soon! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent. He answered all of our questions and checked in regularly to see if we needed anything. We enjoyed the food and the ambiance. It was a really relaxing and pleasant evening.

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NicoleG
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late dinner reservation and were seated immediately. The staff was very attentive and provided terrific recommendations for each course. The caprese salad was delicious with the creamy burratta. The tagliatelle frutti de mare was outstanding! We will add this to our list of great restaurants to revisit!

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MaryP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for celebrating a birthday and having good Italian food. I’d highly recommend eating here!

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Goods
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During our stay at Kahala resort and we had dinner in Arancino.
Excellent service!!

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vipCarolyn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alyssa was an outstanding server, helpful, honest, and respectful. Mahalo, Alyssa
The birthday surprise was gorgeous.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The staff are so sincere and gracious. Dinner was delicious and beautifully presented. The Arancino is always on our go to list when we are fortunate enough to visit Oahu.

JM
vipJoyM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2 wedding anniversaries!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’re big fans of Arancino and glad they are open after a long, COVID induced hiatus. Food is fantastic, service is always top notch…we really enjoy coming here.

If I have one critique, it’s the outdoor experience. If there are no trades, it can start to get warm. It’s not a huge deal, but I can’t say it’s perfect or we (the staff, the restaurant, and the diners) don’t get better. Great job guys 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Everything we ate were perfectly done.

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vipTerri
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fabulous and so is the setting. We just got back from SF and Napa and we agreed Arancino was on par with Italian in those cities.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was amazing and so was the staff. Food and drinks great

FAQs

Arancino at The Kahala offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 380-4400.

Arancino at The Kahala is rated 4.8 stars by 579 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.