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Permanently Closed - Sarento's Top of the “I”

1280 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Superb, regional Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Specialties include award-winning homemade pastas, fresh Hawaiian seafood, prime steaks, veal, lamb, chicken, pork and signature dishes such as osso buco, as well as decadently delicious Italian desserts from their pastry chef.

Sarento's offers an excellent Happy Hour with signature cocktails and small plates at the bar from 5pm-8pm daily. Happy Hour goes until 10 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

With breathtaking views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and Honolulu's famous skyline, Sarento's brings a bit of Italy to Hawaii with style. Old country warmth and hospitality are part of the atmosphere that makes this fine dining establishment one of Hawaii's most celebrated.

Beautiful private dining rooms are available for groups up to 40.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Friday - Saturday, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

Happy Hour: 5-6:30 pm in the bar and lounge.. 5-10 pm on Wednesdays, with late night Happy Hour from 8-11 pm at the bar and lounge on Saturday nights.
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Phone number
(808) 955-5559
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Feng
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Private party facilities
Sarento's offers a variety of options for party and event planning for groups ranging in size from two to 200. Private lunch and dinner are available in two picturesque private dining rooms with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment for business meetings, presentations, reunions and weddings.
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Private party contact
Adam Miller: (808) 955-5559
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Parking details
Parking is avaiable in the Ilikai Hotel and in the Ilikai Marina above Red Lobster.
Valet Parking also available in the Main Front Entrance of the Ilikai Hotel, $5 for the first four hours for Self and Valet Parking.
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Sarento's offers live jazz every Tuesday evening with a changing line-up of musicians from Hawaii, the mainland, Europe & Japan! Seating for jazz tables is an additional $10 per person.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Offandrunning (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Great last night. Bree our server was very good and a testament to TriStar service levels. Food was Good and was a fitting farewell to Sarento's.

vipXavier (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Always good great view good bar and goog food. Nice wait staff valet parking.

Christine (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

It's a darn shame this restaurant has closed its doors after 25 years. They did not renew their lease with the Ilikai, and many customers are upset and going to miss this place tremendously. It's been my favorite restaurant since first dining there seven years ago. The entire "being" of that establishment was, to me, ideal. The view, the service, the menu, and the people (employees and patrons) couldn't be beat. Hard to replace what was experienced at Sarento's. I hope the Ilikai knows what it's doing by letting this "gem" of a restaurant close!!!! Hopefully, whatever/whoever occupies that space will be as amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Sad to see them closing

Waikele (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

So sad that you're closing. Thank you gor making my night/dinner do special. You will be missed.

seekryts (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

The service was horrible! We had to ask for bread, our menus, butter, etc at least 10 times until someone brought it. Even if you make eye contact with them they will ignore you. The only good this was the view of the beach and fireworks show. Don’t go here.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

By the time anyone reads this review the restaurant will be closed. It’s kind of sad but the only reason I’m writing this is to see if anyone else experienced a similiar situation. I wanted to take my friend out for a nice birthday dinner & like I said...I heard Sarento’s would be going out of business so I decided to make a reservation so as to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. We show up at the designated time & were told our table was being prepared & that it would be a few moments. While waiting, we noticed another couple (who I’ll call couple #1) had arrived before us & were also waiting to be seated. Within a 15 minute timeframe 4 other couples arrived & each were told the same thing. We could see the strain on the hostess’ face as she whispered to her co-worker what seemed like her disdain as to all the guests having to wait so long. 10 minutes later, couple #1 table was ready so they walked to the dining area & five minutes later we were told our table was ready. Soon after being seated our server greeted us but never gave us his name. We thought that was odd but the first thing he said was if we wanted cocktails. We asked for 2 soft drinks & 1 cocktail, they arrived soon after. Since we didn’t order any wine, proper etiquette calls for the wine glasses to be removed but they were left. As for the menu, I noticed that the online version had more selections than the one we had, so I questioned it & was told a lot of items were taken off the menu in preparation of the restaurant closing. It was around this time that we started to get this vibe that the staff was going through the motions of doing their jobs with no form of emotion. We started to feel sorry, after all they were going to lose their jobs within a matter of days. The clincher for me was how my dessert arrived that night (ice cream + a shot of kahlua). In a semi-stealth-like maneuver, the server slides a short clear glass from around my left arm & POOF was gone in a matter of seconds. WOW.

vipsunshine (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Food, service, and view excellent. Sad that it is now closed.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Went to Sarentos for the first time for my 30th birthday. Great food, beautiful and breathtaking views. But service was slow. Arrived at 850 for my 845 reservation and wasn't seated until 910-915. My entree didn't come out until close to 1015. Food was exceptional. I guess since they were closing in a few days service was a little sloppy.

BecksterA (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

They're closing so guess don't need to say anything negative

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Awesome service. Sad that they are closing. The waiter was amazing and the food was good.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was excellent, and the view is outstanding. We have dinner here Everytime we visit. We hate that this was our last meal here due to they are closing:(

Judy (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

As always, Sarento's Top of the "I" was wonderful. It is a real shame that it is closing at the end of this month. Very glad that we had a birthday to celebrate, it was extra special. Mahalo and Aloha to Sarento's Top of the "I"!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

The restaurant was half empty at 8:45pm (our reservation time) and they sat us behind a wall that goes into not the kitchen. There was PLENTY of window tables available. The waiter kept forgetting about us. The filets we had we're grisly. The vegetables were under cooked.

For a restaurant that was supposed to be 5 stars, I'd maybe give it a 1.5. Glad your closing.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

It was great, server Bre was very good very attentive, sweet enjoyed her help on the menu,
It's too bad the restaurant is closing this is the first resturant I was taken in our 1sat dinner date 31 years ago and we're still together

TH123 (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

We love coming to Sarento's on Fridays for the firework show however this time we were not able to get a table where we could see the firework show. This time we sat in the bar area which was very noisy and it was difficult to have a conversation among ourselves. Still, we enjoyed our meal. We are very sad that Sarento's is closing and wish the restaurant staff all the best.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

We always make Sarento's a stop when we are in Honolulu. We love the view. There's not a bad table. The food is always outstanding as is the service.

Customer46 (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

Understanding they are closing at the end of the month, I wanted to go back to my favorite restaurant that has brought me many good memories. Unfortunately, the waiter stunk up the place with a great disappearing act. We waited 30 minutes for a menu while sitting with a 4 year old in tow. My sons' drink didn't come until dessert time. I had 5 minutes to eat my appetizer. Then I had to wait another 20 minutes for the check after asking and leaving my card on the table. The pasta had no meat in it. It's a shame. Plack would lose it if he were there with that treatment. Hope Maui is better but I see why they're closing.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Have not gone for a few years. Had to go now before they close on 9/30/2017. Was a good experience considering that Sorento’s will be closing. They were much better in their glory days. Although our server was attentive, there was long waits between the various stages of dining. The location was perfect to watch the gorgeous sunset. All in all, it was a worthwhile dining experience at a restaurant that will be missed!

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

Sarento's has been a favorite place to dine for many years. The food is always good, the servers are attentive and you can't beat the view!