Arancino at The Kahala

4.8
597 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 597 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Would come back again.

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Kinikia
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, outstanding service, food and atmosphere!

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NancyM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was slow, they appeared short staffed. But otherwise, an outstanding evening of great food and wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional and the food was excellent! We brought our two little kids and it was a great setting as a family. We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and the experience was memorable. We will definitely be coming back in the future.

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vipTedG
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Just a fairly average Italian meal. The salad was beautiful, the Bolognese was dry and not very good. I did ask for it without cheese, would would have added the salt it needed but would not have helped with the dryness. I wouldn’t drive back for this experience. There are better restaurants closer to Waikiki Beach.

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vipBrandonC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow and food was good but in my opinion overrated. Restaurant was also very humid as the location has no cross breeze and they only have 3 fans from what I saw. Prices are also over priced for the amount of food you receive. Ordered a dirty grey goose martini and they charged $14 for the grey goose plus an additional $6 to make it dirty aka just to add olive juice! Overall experience was good but probably won’t be returning.

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vipPaul
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent pasta and seafood, with gracious service. Wine selection is pricey, indoor space is loud compred to out, but truly delicous and worth it overall

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

It wasn’t the servers fault, but being rushed to chug our wine at 9:55 pm was upsetting, and stained the evening.

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vipTerri
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Arancino's. The setting us terrific and the food is fabulous. Last time I had the spaghetti carbonara - it was incredible!

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vipMichaelC
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Date Night location.

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vipFoodservicePro808
Hawaii
67 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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Miki
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most comfortable and safe dining experience with amazing food as always!

JY
JessYng
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner! Everything was so delicious and we truly enjoyed our time. Will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always.

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JasmineC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food was great!

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MaryellenM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both magnificent. I am a chef, and yet this is one of the best meals I have enjoyed in years! The cost was not insignificant, but the meal and service were both truly amazing!

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vipwkmc
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant staff followed Covid safety guidelines. Mostly outdoor seating.
Minimal wait time for service and food. Staff very courteous and knowledgable about the menu and wine. Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare and Tagliatelle ai Frutti di Mare were excellent. Shared the Owner's Favorite Pizza as an appetizer and took the leftovers home. Overall, our dinner was a very pleasant experience.

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vipAnonymous
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding meal. The lamb was spectacular. The branzino was fresh snd mildly seasoned but wonderful with the herb sauce and red pepper flakes added. The rosemary potatoes were the best I’ve tasted. The salad was beautiful and not overdressed. Pizza was very simple but solid margherita. My spouse said his pasta was light and good, not as flavorful as it could have been. Our waitress was fantastic - warm, friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable about the menu.

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Tricia
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
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 on September 23, 2021
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 on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JD
vipJDarvey
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Very nice surprise!

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vipDYoung0517
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
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
8 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
127 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

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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!

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 597 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.