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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C
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I ordered the pasta with no spicy since my child wanted to eat, but came with spicy a lot.
Focaccia supposed to be served warm but came frozen cold and hard.
Overall taste of the food was poor.
Server seemed no care.
Disappointed.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Very pleasant. Food was excellent , service as well. My new favorite in Waikiki.

PV
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was amazing starting with the seafood bruschetta then monching and finishing with the chocolate lava type cake. Our waitress, Jackie, was so knowledgeable, professional and fun!!This was one of our best meals on our vacation. Fantastic restaurant. 💕

RG
Houston
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal at Taormina. Have been coming here for years. The Bolognese "Moderna" is to die for.

LN
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will return to try the 5 course option with wine pairings as it looked enticing.

We had outside seating and the staff provided us with a table for two, which turned out to be a cozy little setting for us. I had requested for a quiet table and the occasion was a “date” with my wife. I understand the restaurant cannot control the noise level for outside seating arrangements but did find myself leaning over during our conversations.

We had the risotto and the seafood pasta dishes...both were delicious. Accompanying our main courses were white and red wines, admittedly requiring seconds because they both paired well.

We used the Wyndham hotel valet parking in the back of the restaurant and found it convenient ($6 for 3 hours).

Looking forward to our next visit for lunch!

CC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always eat there when on vacation. Friendly staff, great food! I'm Siciliano...trust me, you'll love it too!

AK
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always have a great time here!
Food is great. Service was wonderful.
We sat by the kitchen. It was fun!

e
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was very good. Service was very poor. We had to wait a long time for our entree to be delivered. Very upsetting

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good for Japanese

OT
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

雨のハワイの夜。
かなりの雨でしたがテラス席しか空いていなかったのが残念でした。
もちろん屋根はありましたが、中の雰囲気が素敵だったので尚更そう思いました。
私達はコース料理を頼みましたが
どれもとても美味しかったです。
ウニのスパゲッティも絶品でした。
メイン料理は三人がお魚。一人が羊だったのですが、ウェイターが羊を牛に間違えて、チェンジするのに無駄な時間を過ごさせられたのが🆖でした。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

とても美味しかったです。
特に、雲丹のパスタは、最高でした。
また、来店します。
今度は、ランチもいきたい。

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience and food!

e
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service good
Food good, but not spectacular- especially for the price
One of the few places open after 8:30 in Waikiki

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great highly recommended been here on several occasions

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was terrible, very ordinary pasta for a high price. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone

TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good place to taste sicilian, but rather italian cuisine in Waikiki !
Top welcome and service, as usual in USA, you're gonna tell me...
Very relaxing and tasty experience, a bit expensive but it worth.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

自分達だけ明らかに出てくるのが遅かった
子供がぐずりだして向こうが忘れたことに
気付いたがランチに1時間半はかかりすぎ

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

12月31日に予約しましたが、ディナーコースは素晴らしく、いい思い出になりました。
店員さんもニコニコしていて、写真撮影にも快く応じて頂けて嬉しかったですね。また来年も行きたいです。

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

大晦日のディナーでしたが、大変美味しかった

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

安定のおいしさ。リーズナブルな価格。
室内でよかった。

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OT
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside for our meal and it was GREAT!! The manager was very generous giving us 2 free desserts at the end of our meal and giving us a free glass of wine!! The waiter was very nice and very educated with the food that they offered!! Overall the experience definitely earns 5 stars in our opinions!! We will definitely go back! We recommend this place!!

BD
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service here is outstanding as is the food. The uni (sea urchin) pasta is the best on the island for our tastes. The anchovy pasta is a delight in simple straight forward taste. It was neither oily nor salty but well balanced with a mild anchovy taste. The salad with pears and beets was full of flavor. The greens themselves, seemed perfect and flavorful as if they were picked just before serving.
We’ll be back again to enjoy this fine Italian cuisine.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The experience was mediocre

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

食事がとても美味しく感動しました!子連れでしたが店員さんも親切で助かりました。強いて言えば子供用の食器類があればよかったなと思いました。

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B
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding!!! The food and service was excellent. Special acknowledgement to our waiter Gabe who was beyond incredible. Made a fabulous evening even more fabulous.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a very elegant on certainly non-traditional Italian dining experience. The only complaint I have is that at the time I made the reservation, there was no indication that the menu was a fixed-price menu with very limited options. I understand that being on Christmas night, it was a special night, but having no option other than the fixed-price menu was a little disappointing. And the price ($120 per person not including beverages) seemed - to me anyway - to be very very high.

N
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

クリスマス🎄で利用
とても暑く赤ちゃんがいたので中の席を希望したけれど、予約で無理と言われ、外の右に暑いガスメーター左にビルの駐車場の出口で常に駐車場と車の騒音の中での食事でした。
そして外は子連れと日本人だけだったので
そういう風に振り分けられているのだと思います。
店内はカップルと日本人は見受けられなかった。
お料理はとても美味しくサービスも良かったのですが。
少し残念なクリスマスになってしまいました。
行かれる時は店内の指定をした方がいいかもしれません。

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas lunch with my 95 year old mother. Liked our server Gabe -he was very patient with my demanding mother. He was very busy. Also liked that manager acknowledged our presents at the restaurant

A
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve menu was beautiful. Staff excellent. Had a great table. Will be back soon.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

期待はずれでした…
値段の割に量が少なく、特別メニューと謳いながら、過去に食べたメニューもありました。
しばらくはもういいかな!

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k
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Salad, uni pasta, and frito mixto. Set outside. Reasonable wine list. We really liked it.

RJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great Italian reataurant. We enjoy our visit everyone we are in Waikiki.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service were very good and the food was very delicious.

AF
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have been going to Taormina for many years each time we are in Honolulu. Our expectations are always high because of the many wonderful meals we have had here. Unfortunately this time was not exceptional . The food was lacking the “something special “ that they have always had. The Bolognese moderna was very average made with ground beef rather than the thinly sliced high grade steak of the past and similarly the fruiti de mare lacked the special quality that Taormina has always had. Hopefully this is a short term glitch as we have always loved this place.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

フォアグラがのったリゾットがとても美味しかった。
日本でも食べたことが無いような良い味で、サービスも良く、また行きたいと思った。

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D
Hawaii
65 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the chicken with brown butter and it was delicious and I ordered the eggplant appetizer and that too was delicious. My issue with this restaurant is that the menu has very little options for people that don’t like a lot of fancy stuff like goat cheese and squid ink and everything. I did find things to eat and I enjoyed it very much but I felt the menu was a little too persnickety for me. I do recommend that you look at the full menu before you go but I think if you go you will enjoy it very much.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

日本語のメニューもあり、ロケーションもよく、
料理も美味しかった!

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OT
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

今回は結婚記念日にて利用させて頂きました。
お店からデザートをプレゼントして頂き、
大変テンション上がりました‼︎
これは嬉しくなりますね。

コナカンパチのカルパッチョは
いつも取り合いになるくらい、
美味しいですね。

また今回初めて注文したラム肉も美味しかったです。

うにパスタと、
明太子パスタも外せません。

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g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great meal, great service, but I prefer sitting in air conditioning resto rather than humid conditions. Their uni pasta is to die for!

ST
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Best dinner we’ve had during our week in Honolulu. Restaurant provided comp anniversary dessert. This easily was the best dining decision of our trip!