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“Great food! Terrible service” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine
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Ranked #38 of 2,326 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Don Ho
Colleyville Tx
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food! Terrible service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

First and foremost....this is excellent food. But our dining experience is not just about the food. I know it's a first world problem, but when you pay this much for food, the service needs to be on par as well. Our waiter couldn't even bring out the basics like water, bread or the vinegar for the oil. Anything we needed, we had to ask for. Maybe it's hard to find good wait staff here in Waikiki.

Visited July 2014
6 Thank Lgar88
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English first
Gaithersburg, MD
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Delightful dinner and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited Taormina while visiting Waikiki and were quite impressed with the service and food. We arrived and were seated immediately. Our requested wine was out of stock and our server suggested an adequate substitute. She also recommended a couple of the daily specials, one was a grilled Onaga and the other a pasta carbonara with truffles. Both were delightful. The kitchen missed our ticket and there was a delay in getting our food but to be honest we really didn't notice. The server and manager "comp'd" us two glasses of wine and a desert. And while that didn't hurt it wasn't necessary. My review also takes in to account that everyone around us seemed to be enjoying themselves and were being treated with the same attentiveness as we were. It's fine to make mistakes if you make up for then quickly and deliver quality food.

1 Thank MD4now
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Quality Italian dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

During our 9 days in Waikiki, we ate here 3 times. We couldn't get enough. We are a family with two 7 year olds. They were very accommodating and not concerned about our children dining here. There wasn't a kids menu, but there was enough variety for them to choose from. The pastas with lobster and clams were amazing. On our second visit, the manager gave us a dessert which was on the house - as an appreciation for our return. Then on the third visit they didn't charge us for the desserts we ordered. I would definitely recommend dining here.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank 2poppets
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Little Sicilian Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is a great place for couples, probably would not bring kids here. Menu is true Sicilian. They have nightly specials and the Service was wonderful. We have the Tuna is was amazing. A bit on the pricy side, but it is well worth it! After all you are in Hawaii.

Visited October 2013
Thank Kelly H
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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Quality Italian fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

This was a good opportunity to escape the American and Japanese cuisine that dominates Honolulu. The food was good and the atmosphere was comfortable and low key. We both had pasta and the lasagne in particular was well prepared ad freshly cooked. The wait staff were a little distracted and I am amazed how quickly I have become accustomed to excellent service. The service here was much more like Sydney (my home town) and not up to the usual high standard I have come to expect. Aussies have a lot to learn about customer service.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Bruce G
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