Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

4.5
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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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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sicilian style food, and great service, too. We particularly enjoyed 2 pasta dishes with seafood, and the tiramisu for dessert.

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LS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here a few times. Always enjoy the friendly staff/servers and food. Everything is amazing. The trio of desserts is not on the menu, however you can ask for it. It’s amazing!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taormina is my go-to lunch spot in Waikiki. Service is always excellent, food is always amazing, and drinks are always refreshing and tasty. Definitely will be back soon!

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JR
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband's favorite restaurant. His all time favorite is the balsamic spaghetti. Roxy was an awesome server. The manager came to check up on us so we were confident that we had the best service. Thanks for a great dining experience! Will definitely return.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pasta. Best in Hawaii. Very good. Jist. Loy of money for small portions.

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1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I went to this restaurant on the 11th March.
It was supposed to be our special dinner because we had a wedding ceremony,but it was just a terrible dinner..
Especially the man who served us was terrible.The coure was too late and we were about to die.And the paring wine was also bad...
I won't go again.

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j
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A real sleeper to dine as some unusal and tasty dishes. Do not miss the eggplant appetizer.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4年ぶり2度目の訪問でしたが、変わらない美味しさに感動・大満足でした!特に雲丹のパスタが絶品です!!
2度、どちらの訪問時もコース料理をいただきましたが、パスタはもちろん、オリーブとバルサミコ酢をつけていただくフォカッチャ、前菜、メイン、デザートも全てトータルで素晴らしかったです。
またハワイへ行く機会がありましたら、絶対に伺おうと思っています。

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Wine expensive but a beer or two and wine by the glass is ok. Great food but the lasagna a little rich

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all round. Highly recommended

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal and excellent service!! Our server Jenn was attentive, friendly, and had great suggestions. Dani at the bar was awesome!! The food was fantastic - we ordered both salads on the menu, the kampachi carpaccio, frutti di mar, and another pasta and grilled seafood dish. All of them were delicious!! I would highly recommend dining at Taormina!!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed sitting on the lanai

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were both outstanding. Different type of Italian, things you can’t get everywhere. We really enjoyed our meal and the service was top notch.

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SL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taormina never disappoints. It is my favorite restaurant in Honolulu. The service, cuisine quality, presentation, and ambiance all combine for a wonderful dining experience! Management and staff are to be congratulated on maintaining such excellence.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time to have dinner and the food is very delicious and the service was also good.

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Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Among the three or four Italian themed restaurants in Waikiki Taormina stands very tall. I was particularly impressed with the outstanding take on Bolognese. That was the best, most authentic Bolognese I've had since our ventures in northern Italy.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, especially the spaghetti with clams.
It was our wedding anniversary and they spoiled us.
Staff were professional.
We had a lovely evening

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Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

旦那さんとのハワイ旅行の食事でうかがいました
軽く飲んでから伺ったので最初からボトルでシャンパンを、オーダーして食事スタート

量は2人ともそんなに食べれないので
カプレーゼ
生雲丹のパスタ
骨付きチキンと季節野菜の炭火焼き

こちらの3品をシェアでオーダーしました。

どれも美味しかったです
雲丹のパスタは臭みもまったくなくクリーミーででもしつこくもなく美味しくいただきました
チキンも柔らかくってソースが抜群に美味しかったです

数名でいかれたり、ボリュームまだまだ行ける方はこれにプラスで何品か行けると思います

最後にデザートでティラミスも美味しかったです
また伺いたいです

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CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined here 5 times on our vacation. The food and service are perfection! Everyone is very attentive and personable. A great restaurant!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uni amuse Bouche was amazing. Abalone was cooked perfectly. Chewy but not rubbery. Squid ink pasta was delish! Definitely go back.

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Seattle
47 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good pasta. Great location

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating mom’s 70th birthday. Great food and great service, and was the perfect birthday dinner.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There were elements of the service that were superb ie the waitress got our order completely wrong for main course and we were served 2 risottos instead of 2 lasagnes. Mistakes happen but this waitress obviously can’t have listened to us at all. However, we are not the types to make a fuss and the restaurant handled it well. We had quite a long wait for the correct meals having already been waiting for our main course before this. Whilst we waited, we were given a small entree to nibble on. This was raw salmon and mango which is a bizarre thing to give without checking that the customers would actually like it (we had not ordered any fish and my husband actually hates mango). As the wait became even longer, we were given a complimentary glass of wine each but were consulted over what type of wine we would like! The lasagne was a disappointment to us both. It was so very rich neither of us could eat it. The amount of blue cheese (which I normally really like) was overpowering. This is an expensive restaurant and I would have expected that, when our dishes were removed half eaten, enquiries would have been made as to whether we had enjoyed the dish. No questions were asked

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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exceeded expectations. Delicious birthday surprise was much appreciated.

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Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to taormina for day after Valentine's Day and they still offered special meal. As always the food was outstanding, service five star and the staff made us feel welcome.
This has become one of my favorite restaurants.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

去年、家族で初めて行った店なのですが、今年も行きたいとみんなの意見が一致したので行きました!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was great! Definitely will be back!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance, we did prix fixe (4 course and 5 course), most was excellent, but fish (chosen in the 5 course meal) was not as tasty as we have had at other restaurants in Hawaii. Pastas were superb and the filet mignon delicious. We wished that tiramisu was one of the choices for dessert but the ones we got (liliko'i sherbet and pistacio mousse) were very good.

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m
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

美味しくて、サービスもいい。雰囲気がお洒落なのに気取った感じなく、出てくる時間もそれほどかからなく子連れでもささっと食べれる。とにかくウニパスタが美味しくて、滞在中2回は行ってしまうレストランです。

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Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time at taormina and it was great! Customer service abounds throughout the entire meal. Sicilian food was good and no comparison to american sicilian food. Kudos to the chef and homemade tiramisu was delish!!
Will be coming back.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

店員さんのホスピタリティが素晴らしかった。
お料理はハワイの中ではきっとかなり美味しいと思います。
日本人の

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

今度はランチで利用してみたいです

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

料理も想像以上の美味しさで大満足です。接客も大変良く、また訪問したいと思いました。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food is perfect but 不味い水道水と切れないナイフにはがっかり。フィレ肉が悪いのかナイフが悪いのか悩んでいたら、アスパラガスでさえ、すーって切れないほどの切れ味。でも、メインの料理もサービスも良かったので気にならないです。

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LC
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined this last week and we truly enjoyed the 5 course meal with drink pairing. Thanks for the delicious experience in Hawaii!

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CZ
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taormina is a family favorite for special nights out whenever we are in Waikiki. The management and staff provide a personal and exceptionally high level of service each and every time we walk through the door. We are never disappointed with the delicious and inventive dishes on the menu and the entire team never fails to make us feel special. We always get an order of the lasagne to share, which is a particularly rich and decadent take on what is normally not a noteworthy selection on most Italian menus. There’s usually a one of a kind item we can’t resist, which was a sumptuous abalone on the half shell this trip-amazing! We can’t wait for our next visit~

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1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

予約時間の変更も柔軟に対応してくださいました。
サービス、お味ともに文句なし。
バースデープレートをお願いしていましたが、ちょうど良いタイミングで用意してくれました。
気取らず、でもちょっとお洒落に利用できるホノルルのお気に入りのレストランです。

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e
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not impressed with the taste of their food. My wife has clams & spaghetti and I has Spaghetti Bolognese. wife's meal was tasteless, could tell they did not use fresh garlic. I can't ever remember have a Bolognese that was brown versus red. Taste was so-so.

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DU
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe our waiter was very professional and courteous. Food presentation was excellent.

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Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and consistent restaurant that we visit every time we are in Honolulu. My caprese was very good so was the snapper like fish. Jenn our server was nice and courteous. Great Italian place.

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