Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

4.5
1415 reviews
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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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New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We split an order of calamari, which was well prepared, a little crusty and tender within. I had mushroom risotto with grilled fois gras, excellent! Very rich with complimentary flavors. My wife had pasta with sardines, also quite nice. For dessert we had tiramisu, prettily presented. We are moderate eaters and these dishes were sufficient.

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r
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

パスタがとても美味しかったです。
明太子とパスタが絶妙に絡み合いいっきに食べてしまいました。
料理を運んでくださるタイミングもぴったりで良かったです。

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t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food and delightful service. Wonderful dessert!

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Très bon restaurant mais plutôt cher. Les plats s'enchaînaient trop rapidement même si nous avons demandé au serveur d'espacer les services.

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FG
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tastes good and good service. A little pricey but then what in Honolulu isn’t. Will dine there again when next in town

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CD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the 5 Course with the drink accompaniments and it was fabulous.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

味はまったく悪くないのですが、残念ながら行くたびにサービス品質の低下を感じますね。
やたらと味はどうか?と聞きにきてくれますが、飲み物に何かのゴミが浮いていて指摘しても「わからない」と返され何の対応もありませんでしたし、(私自身別に英語でも日本語でも話せるのでどちらでもかまわない)日本語ができるスタッフさんもいましたが、声をかけても返事はするものの後回し(というか忘れて来ない)ような状況で、せっかくの記念の食事もなんだかなぁという後味でした。
そんなこんなで、これ見よがしにチップ20%に大きくマルをつけて会計伝票をテーブルに持ってこられても、気持ちよく払うことはできませんでした。大人げないですけど私もサービス業に携わってますので。
ご参考まで。

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Very fast, dark, and over priced dinner. Not like Taormina at all. Wanted an upscale dinner on our last night of vacation and left very disappointed.

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabriel made the celebration of our 27th anniversary very special. Thank you all! The surprise was as great as everything you all do.

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P
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, fantastic service a little noisy with street traffic when dining on patio

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P
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very limited menu not offering enough salad choices or pasta choices. Everything has bacon on it.

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C
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual. On our yearly trip here we go here at
Least twice.

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m
Hawaii
42 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taorminas is a gem for a quick, delightful business lunch. Excellent food (the lasagna was exceptional, unique with a touch of blue cheese & perfectly breaded parmesan crust) My guests enjoyed the fresh fish and the special pasta (squid ink?) Excellent service, pikite, prompt yet not rushed, unobtrusive. Definitely a great spot for real italian lunch.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always order the uni pasta but decided to try something different this time and ordered the squid ink linguine. I was just totally overwhelmed by its flavor, texture, presentation...everything. Service was great and flowed so smoothly. Perfect ambience for a nice quiet dinner for two!

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MS
Frankfurt Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taormina continues to be one of the best dining spots in Honolulu. Filetto di manzo was excellent. Must try!

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MM
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was very good it has a very Italian feel to the restaurant. We both had the 5 course prefix meal.

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P
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, fresh and tasty lunch and dinner were amazing. Highly recommend

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our favorite restaurant on Waikiki! The pasta was excellent, the wait staff very courteous and prompt. If we ever travel to Hawaii again, we would dine here again! The dining room was also quite intimate and cozy. I do recommend eating here and it’s very conveniently located to where we were staying at the Sheraton Waikiki!

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CD
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the beer salad, pasta with mussels and local fish. All delicious.
Ari, our server , was a charmer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

やはり、とても日本人の味覚に合っていました!
スモールポーションでひとつひとつの味が繊細。
イカのグリルの焼き加減は、最高の味わい。パンナコッタに添えられたライチーの甘さとオレンジの相性には感動しました。
フォカッチャが温められカリッとしていれば更に私の好み。
ただ、しっとりした味わいも珍しくてよかったです。
子供連れでしたが快く対応してくださり、好きな席を選ばせてくださいました。今度は主人とデートに行きたいお店です。

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Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had superb service great food that was great value
Good wine list that was also great value
Fresh ingredients and authentic cuisine
We went back the next night it was so good
Best meal we have had in Hawaii

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. I will definitely eat there again when back in Hawaii.

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RP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent authentic food. Well managed staff and facility. Terrific server.

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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
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 on March 18, 2019
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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n
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
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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JA
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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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Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared and presented seafood options.

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j
Los Angeles
68 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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