Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

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$31 to $50
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Inspired by authentic Sicilian recipes from the kitchens of Southern Italy's seaside town of Taormina, Chef Hiroyuki Mimura 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 fresh local fish, and lamb seasoned with herbs offer diners a healthy range of options.Featured dishes include fresh Fettucine Carbonara finished with tableside Truffle service, 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 selections of house made desserts (Dolci).
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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo delicious! Enjoyed the food and the ambience.

N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taormina is our favorite place to go to for a fancy night on the town. We come here every year for our anniversary and it's always been a special visit every time! They never disappoint, our favorites are always consistent and we've never had a new course we didn't like. To top off, a visit from the head chef is always a great treat.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

当日の日曜日お昼12時頃に予約で席確保出来ました。来店時は日本語の出来るアジア系の店員さんが席を案内、その後の対応は別の店員さんでした。しかし、終始優しい英語で話しかけて下さり、こちらが(^^)??となってもずっと笑顔で接して下さって、困る事はありませんでした。クチコミで人気だったウニのパスタの入ったコース料理に、メインは牛フィレステーキのフォアグラ乗せ。飲み物にシャンパン、選んで頂いた赤白グラス一杯ずつと食後のコーヒー。前菜から美味しい!と言えるものばかり。ウニのパスタはクチコミ通り濃厚絶品です。ハワイに来てはじめて予約したレストラン、とても良いお店で大満足。味付けも良くお酒がとても進みました。お代は二人分で320ドルで、そこにチップ代として20%以上が(3段回)でつきます。価格帯としては決して安くはありませんが、お料理もお酒も全て美味しく、テラス席も広くて気分良く過ごせました。はじめてハワイの方も安心して楽しめ、美味しいお料理を出してもらえるお店だと思いました。また行きたいです。

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MT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was VERY impressed with he service. The waitress was very attentive.
The food was wonderful and portions were filling.

VZ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great Bistro. We sat outside and it was surprisingly pleasant..you can choose to watch people or be watched by people! The food was yummy and service excellent! Plus, free four hour parking in Waikiki with Validation is a bonus.

A
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were here for the Restaurant Week Hawaii for lunch. All the 4 course dishes were excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The chef takes great care in his/her dishes. Loved it!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, one of my favorites on the island.

JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was amazing and elevated the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and atmosphere.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here to Waikiki for our honeymoon trip and reserved here for a special dinner. We had rucola salad, sea urchin pasta, and truffle carbonara. All of them were very good, especially the truffle carbonara which they shave fresh truffles at the table. We were surprised that they served us a desert plate saying "Happy Honeymoon".
Their kindness made our day so special. Thank you so much!

l
Nashville
37 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a food paradise. From the excellent, attentive service from Joe to each scrumptious bite served, this is a fine dining experience. Honolulu is full of expensive restaurants, we’ve tried a lot, frequently disappointed but this is a stand out. Please go with an attitude to relax, enjoy, and savor. The Ricci di Marr is perfection in a bowl. My only regret is that I didn’t book a second meal before leaving for stateside.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

お昼はアラカルトと思ってお邪魔しましたが、店員さんの説明でカルパッチョも食べたくなりコースにしました。カンパチのカルパッチョは、柑橘系のソースがとても爽やかでした。パスタは評判のウニパスタと明太子にしましたが、想像したほど濃厚ではなく、日本人の口に合う味付けで、こちらも美味しくいただきました。デザートのパンナコッタも、レモンを揚げたスライスや、ブルーベリーの酸味のアクセントが絶妙で、締めに相応しい一品でした。ハワイにまた来たら、再訪決定です。御馳走さまでした。

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S
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I found the food to be very good but very overpriced. Nice atmosphere and excellent service but cold Focaccia Bread and only 1 piece, and a turn and burn table strategy - get the food to you quick and get out. Waited a few days to get a 6:30 reservation but won’t be did I feel there again

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. The kitchen was running a little behind, but we were enjoying our drinks. The chef sent out a delicious side of Prosciutto and papaya while we waited. It was unnecessary, but much appreciated. We will definitely come back and recommend Taormina to friends who visit.

VS
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and were greeted & wished Happy Anniversary at the door and by our server. The service and the food were both exceptional . We were treated to a beautiful anniversary Tiramisu dessert at the end of our dinner which was a very nice surprise

JW
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant.

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GL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent however the noise level was extremely high. We have been coming here for many years and it seems that the dress code is getting more lax every year. Tank tops, sweatpants, flip flops common at 7:30 pm even though website says otherwise. Noisy children, etc. with the high prices for the food you would expect a more subdued atmosphere. I’m afraid a once romantic dining experience has been turned into a Hardee’s play area experience.

OT
Osaka
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

また利用したいです。

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h
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will recommend Taormina Sicillian Cuisine to all of my friends!! Very clean and quiet atmosphere even in busy Honolulu, Bolognese and Lasagna were the best!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful, as always. So much fun to sit at the front windows and people watch on Halloween. Amazing food, great wine and incredible service (thanks Hannah!). We’ll see y’all in December!

MD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We have been to taormina’s many times over the last several years. We went there this year to celebrate our anniversary. It used to be a great restaurant— service, food, value and ambiance. But it has changed significantly and this will be our last time there.
We were sat upstairs and told we’d enjoy it because it was cooler and had a nice view.
We were 1 of 5 tables being waited on by one server. Two of the tables were large parties. Once they were sat, the other parties including us were ignored. The smaller parties ate very quickly and cleared out.
Unfortunate that an upscale restaurant restaurant has chosen to have such a limited staff and frankly one that doesn’t have the time or patience to wait on its clientele.
We asked Jenna? Our server if there were any specials and how some of the dishes were prepared.. her response was— “it’s all written down there on the menu.” She was rushed throughout our time there and clearly did not believe it of value to spend time on us. We can see the restaurant is no longer the same restaurant we once loved.

We unfortunately won’t be returning.

We appreciate the past great service and attention we were fortunate to have received over the years.

TP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Gabe made our evening and dining experience very enjoyable.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant. Never disappoints!! I usually choose the uni pasta for lunch course menu but I tried a different pasta - tomato cream sauce with crab claw! So delicious!! Wine pairing is great too!

OT
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Only one lunch special I haven't tried yet and they've all been absolutely fantastic! Crab meat pasta is my personal fav as well as the lasagna!

EO
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy dining at Taormina, once again great food and wine and as always the best service!

W
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything outstanding. Lasagna with touch of Roquefort cheese more than enough for two.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, most, attentive staff and outstanding food! Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection! We’ll definitely be back!

J
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Taormina is a must stop for my husband and I whenever we come to Oahu. And it did not disappoint last eve. This trip was to celebrate both my husband and my birthday. And we brought my daughter and her husband and they were both really impressed with this fav restaurant of ours.
Tank you, keep cooking up great food Taormina!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

とても美味しかったです。結婚式の方達と同じフロアだったので賑やかでした。もう少し落ち着いた感じでしたら、星5でしたが、次回に期待し、4としました。

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We weren't impressed with the bread served, either the rosemary focaccia or the bruschetta. Both seemed stale. Pastas were good and service was nice though.

AA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food and the atmosphere was wonderful! My favorite is the "Uni Pasta",and also the homemade bread was delicious, and I cannot miss the dessert! It was elegant, and my husband and I had a great time!

a
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

雰囲気も良く、食事もとっても美味しかった。二人でシェアするのに量の加減がわからず迷っていると、的確にアドバイスしていただいた。また行きたいと思いました。

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

明太子パスタがお気に入りでハワイにくると必ず食べます。

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MS
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice choices richly done. Excellent service. Quiet atmosphere. Not what I think of as traditional Italian. Not rustic. The bread was more like cake. The lasagna was very rich. The spaghetti pomodoro was small but delicious. Nice warm chocolate dessert.

OT
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

今回で5回目くらいの訪問です。
今までサーバーで日本人の方についてもらったことはなかったのですが、今回はアカネさんという素敵な方がサーブしてくださり、本当に良い時間を過ごすことが出来ました。

最初に頼んだスミイカのグリル、これはもう素晴らしいの一言です。
今までなぜ頼んだことがなかったのか…と悔やまれるくらい美味でした。
パスタはウニが定番人気ですが、それが美味しいのは承知しているので、今回はあえてラザニアを。
牛肉のラグー、ブルーチーズとベシャメルソースだそうで、ブルーチーズは珍しいですがとても良く合う!
そしていつも頼まないものを、とメインに選んだのが骨つき子牛のカツレツ。ものすごくボリューミーですが、お肉は柔らかくあっさりしていてとても美味しかったです。

飲み物はシャンパンをボトルで1本、お肉の時に赤ワインをグラス一杯ずつ。
2階からビーチウォークの景色を眺めながらゆっくり食事とワインを楽しみました。

ここでやはり大切なのが従業員の方たちとのコミュニケーションだと思います。
いくら美味しい料理を出されても、サーバーの方の態度がイマイチだと、それは味気ないものに変わってしまいます。
その点こちらはいつでも気持ちよく食事を楽しめるように気遣いをしてくれるスタッフが揃っていて、安心です。

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, beautiful simple preparation. Attentive Wait Staff.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taormina is a quiet little gem of a restaurant in the busy streets of Waikiki. Everything about it will make you want to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

お料理はどれも美味しく、スタッフは皆さんフレンドリーでとっても親切です。子連れも大丈夫です。

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

アラカルトでいただきましたが、全ての料理が美味しいです。ポルチーニとフォアグラのリゾットは一推しです。魚介の炭火焼も、とても香ばしくて良かったです。
店員の方々のサービスもとても良いと思います。
予約は必須です。

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

相変わらず美味しかったです!

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