Vintage Cave Café

4.1
175 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Vintage Cave Café was developed as the casual sister restaurant to the exclusive Vintage Cave Club (formerly known as Vintage Cave Honolulu). Secured in the natural embrace of the cathedral-like environment, guests are encouraged to relax, ‘hit reset’, and escape the ordinary. This 9,000 square-foot dining venue seats 150 and includes three private rooms. Enjoy our Italian cuisine, the finest wines, art, and live entertainment nightly.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(808) 441-1745
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Taiki Oda
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Private party facilities
VCCafé can accommodate parties up to 150, with flexible menu options and our in-house professional sound system and lighting. From company parties to family gatherings, our service team will attend to every detail so that you may enjoy your special event with your guests.
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Private party contact
Vintage Cave Concierge: (808) 441-1745
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Catering
Please email cafe@vintagecave.com or call us at (808)441-1745 for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ala Moana Center (adjacent to Bloomingdales & Old Navy)
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Parking details
Ala Moana Center, Ewa Wing, Street Level 1 (Adjacent to Bloomingdales & Old Navy)
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Ala Moana Center
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Entertainment
Live Jazz, Soul, & R&B Music
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Two of our party of 3 were satisfied with our meal. The 3rd person was not impressed with the pizza. At first servers were attentive but later tended to ignore us. All servers were pleasant.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food dishes!

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YA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal. The fish (snapper) was well prepared with a nice sauce and vegetables perfectly cooked. The beef carpaccio was delicious, melt in your mouth.
My friend's meal was great also. Would go back.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Not impressed by anything besides the bathrooms. Food is mediocre. Service not great. Expensive but doesn’t deliver anything fantastically orgasmic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the ambiance and interior of this place. We had the 65$ course and it was actually really filling. Beautiful and tasty!! The staff were nice and accommodating as well. It was our 7 year anniversary dinner and it was perfect. We will definitely come back!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service superb

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WC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had told there is birthday and no one there remember to say happy birthday or did anything special for the birthday person . A bit too formal on decoration inside but still quite nice .

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I was excited to treat my best friend for her bday lunch and was disappointed at the level of service.

First, our server informed us that the bottle of wine we ordered was not available. She did not offer a substitute and was not willing to speak with her manager when we requested for a substitute. We finally settled on another more expensive bottle and she struggled opening it so we offered to open it for her or suggested her bartender do it for us. When she poured out the bottle, she did not offer a taste either! We were appalled!

Second, as I went to the restroom I almost bumped into who looked like the MOD as he rushed out of a back room and whom did not acknowledge the run in. I thought that was quite rude.

With the stellar reputation of the Vintage Cave, I was very disappointed with our experience.

I hope this serves as a training opportunity.

Mahalo!
Valerie

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BN
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was okay for the price that we paid. We got a 50% discount because we were the first 30 people between 11-12. If it were for the discount it definitely would not have been worth it. Not sure why but our lunch service took 2 1/2 hours. They were very pleasant about it but still it took 2 1/2 hours.

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MW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pizzas, best in town probably! All the food was great.

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VB
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and his girlfriend were back from California for a short visit so we decided to try Vintage Cave Cafe. The food was delicious, the servers were very nice and helpful in food selection and the ambiance was great. We loved the spaciousness. Although there was live piano music, we could still converse easily. The prix fixe menus offer a great variety of choices and the value of the meals was outstanding.

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h
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and the friendly hospitality continued throughout the meal. There are several complete 3-course menu choices, and every dish was appealing to the eye and delicious. The restaurant is very quiet at lunch, and that's unusual in this city. We enjoyed the conversation without having to raise our voices to be heard. We will definitely return.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll be back. Best experience I’ve had in a restaurant in a long while. As a Hotelier, I’ve ‘invested’ a lot of time and money going to many high end restaurants here in Honolulu so I can bring back to my guests raw knowledge of my experiences. I recommend this restaurant to anyone celebrating anything. The ambiance is high class and very clean. The staff all had warmth. Management made us feel like family. The food was excellent! Price is very reasonable for the great food you get.

Again, I’ll be back! A hui hou to Grant and everyone there who helped me celebrate Mother’s Day with my wife!!

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a
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was attentive and we were able to stay as long as we wanted. It was quiet and we had a nice time with each other catching up without any other chatter or being bothered!

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WF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I like the restaurant for a casual, high quality food sit down meal. The food did not disappoint in my recent visit, though the restaurant was clearly short staffed. The manager and bartender were the servers and the bill took foreeeeeevvveeeer to arrive. I usually prefer prompter service, especially for business lunches. With that said, I would still return to the restaurant, though I'll wait a bit until they can properly staff it.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods, ambience, music and service. we enjoyed everything.

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EC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for a special occasion! Lovely atmosphere, great service and delicious foods!

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great place to enjoy lunch, especially for a special occasion. Will definitely return.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

素敵な空間でした。また行きます‼︎

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DC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Admin Day, there were understaffed

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RT
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for lunch. They have 3 different set menus: Soup/Salad/Dessert, Soup/Salad/Pizza or Pasta, or Soup/Salad/Meat or Fish fish, which you can pay a little extra for upgrades.
The Cesar salad was nice with the dressing a little on the thicker-tangy side which comes on the side. Minestrone Soup (+$2) was flavorful with cute carrots and celery. Loved the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (+$4), noodles cooked perfect and sauce on the lighter side and not too heavy.
Unfortunately, I guess because it was Administrative Day, they were a bit busy so it was slow and because we were sitting window side, it was like we were forgotten, although the bread server did bring us more focaccia bread. No offer on dessert which was bummers as I wanted to try the Affogato or Tiramisu, or even see the cake cart.

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GY
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a very special place.....ideal for showers, birthday party, small office party. We were given a small room - it felt like we had our own dining room.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Enjoyed the live music while dining. Setting is unusually different for Hawaii in a nice way.
A bit expensive for what you get but the appetizers and entrees we had were excellent

Waitstaff should be more professional for the atmosphere and price. Waiters and water boys were a little too casual.

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AF
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Interesting menu choices
Great place to talk

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CA
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Isaiah was AMAZING

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C
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant , tucked away in Ala Moana mall. Food and service were fantastic . We’ll definitely be back .

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, wine and desserts were very good. Our server, Abraham, was very attentive and patient. Just a note to check your bill to make sure you are not being overcharged.

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DN
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time to catch up with friends. Food service and attention to details were wonderful. Will go again.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was good. Staff are friendly.

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PS
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A belated birthday lunch and we happened upon the anniversary special. What a treat. This is the best example of a pricey menu that is worth every penny. The restaurant is huge and the spacing of the tables is something you don’t see much these days. Room to breathe and space to not have to overhear your neighbor. The staff is always so nice and attentive. Today we had Abraham and Tina, who went above and beyond to make the dining experience the best it could be. Save room for desert. Every single course will leave you satisfied. Very, very satisfied.

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

diningroom host grant was nice to come by. food took alittle longer after salad and soup to come. all staff was friendly and attentive. nice place to eat.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Dined here for a weekday lunch with a party of 3.

Ambiance:
warm and cozy, quiet, beautiful chandeliers and artwork. Feels like you are in an underground wine cellar.

Service:
Our server spoke pidgin and chewed gum our entire stay. We had to correct him both times when he repeated our lunch and dessert orders.

We shared 4 entrees between 3 adults. 20 minutes for our first pizza to arrive. 15 minutes wait between each entree served. The restaurant is less than 50% full, there’s ample staff, and wait time is ridiculous.

The salad in our lamb entree had hair in it - we were fine with keeping the lamb and simply requested an extra side of salad to another server (very reasonable request). Response was “oh......ok”. No immediate apologies.

Our final check total was incorrect, charged us $25 more. Our server transferred this issue to the management staff to print another receipt. 15 minutes later, i personally walked up to the front to question the status. “We are still working on it”. 5 minutes later, they apologized they do not know how to fix the system so removed some items off our check to alleviate the $25 difference. The check ended up being less than expected, and they gave us 3 coupons for complimentary wine on a future visit.

Food:
Ordered Chefs truffle pizza, Siciliana pizza, prosciutto aglio oglio pasta, and lamb entree. Presentation and taste is good. Highly recommend the lamb entree.

Desserts ordered were Lilikoi panna cotta, tiramisu, tiramisu parfait. The panna cotta is not Lilikoi - but has a drizzle of Lilikoi syrup. Generous gelato in the parfait.

Verdict:
The food is delicious. The service is poor. Our lunch took 2.5 hours (1 hour eating & 1.5 hour waiting). I recommend the food, but cannot recommend “dining” at vintage cave cafe.

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g
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were graciously welcomed at the front and the wait staff was attentive. When the food arrived, it was better than expected. The French onion soup was delicious and even the simple salad of baby romaine lettuce was exceptional. The leaves were tender and the lettuce was so fresh and sweet. The fish was cooked perfectly and presentation was beautiful.
Special thanks to manager Grant Hamura. He made all guests at the restaurant feel welcomed and also entertained us with his charming personality. We would definitely make another visit in the near future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Extremely my long wait for food!!! Probably because of 50% special that week but they should be more prepared. Nice service and good food.

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j
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CJ and Grant are the BEST!!!! Grant was able to order us a the Truffle pasta for lunch!!! Thank you so very much!!!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Service in the beginning of our dining experience started off with much attention and perfection.
The chicken pate was delicious but questioned the pairing of berries relish. The onion soup was delicious and both rack of lamb offered were succulent and so tasty.

And then, everything went downhill. We waited over 15 minutes for the dessert cart. Seems the server was too engrossed in conversation with another table. Then he and the cart disappeared. We looked for our waiter and found him engrossed at a machine. 10 minutes later my date walked up to him asking for our bill. We wanted dessert but decided it was getting late and preferred to leave. Our waiter did not give us our bill but decided to go to another table for their order. ‘WHAT’? We could not understand what was going on. We flagged down someone in a mismatched suit and voiced our complaints. He assured us he would inform the manager and got us our bill. Needless to say, our tip voiced our dismay, loud and clesr!

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

i had reservation and was greeted with a smile, seated promptly. we ordered from prix fixe menu with upgrades. soup was on the small size-warm temperature,tasted good; salad was sufficient-tasted ok; rack of lamb 3ribs-tasted good, needed a little more small potatoes; wagyu with mushroom marsala sauce-tasted wonderful, also could have had a few more potatoes. we both had affogato dessert which was good. my waiter was attentive and staff was good. it was nice the manager came by to say hello. we had great meal. thank you.

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BC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Roast Lamb was excellent - very tender. Service was excellent all around.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They took great care of us. The food was amazing.

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FW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Nice and quiet atmosphere. Food was good.

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