14 Hands – Hot To Trot

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Varietal: Red Blend

Vintages: 2010

Country:  Columbia Valley, Washington State

Essence of: Easy drinking red wine with dark fruit flavors & rich aromas of berries, cherries and currants. The wine has light tannins and subtle notes of spice and cocoa which give it a smooth finish.

Best Served With: Enjoy with grilled meats, Pizza, Pasta

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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Bernini

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Service: The service is excellent at Bernini. Every time we have been there from the hostess to the bar back they don’t miss a beat. They are always very knowledgeable on the menu and daily specials and quick to meet your needs (fill water, new plates, red peppers, etc).

Food: Bernini’s logo slogan is “Make Your Life Tasty” and boy is that statement true. The food is lip smacking delicious!! its so nice to finally have a good Italian restaurant in Oahu. The menu has items including Antipasti, Roma Style Pizza, Pasta, and Secondo entrees like Chicken “Al Forno”, Angus Beef, Fresh fish. Each dish is full of flavor and very memorable.  One highlight was the half roasted chicken which they cook “Bernini Style” its so popular that if you don’t preorder one they will most likely be out by the time you order!! All the ingredients are fresh and they also have interesting seasonal items to keep the menu fresh making this a lovely place to go for a nice, elegant dinner.

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Favorite Dishes: “Al Forno” Roasted Chicken, “Norcia” which is bianca without tomato sauce it has Mozzarella, Italian Sausage, Mushroom, Walnut and Truffle Oil, “Ricci di Mare” – Fresh Sea Urchin Spaghetti, “Amatriciana” – Spicy Tomato Sauce Pasta with Homemade Pancetta and Onion, and finally the Roasted Mushroom Salad with Parmigiano. Ummmm makes me hungry even writing these dishes down!

Atmosphere: The ambiance is absolutely lovely at Bernini. Its warm and inviting with wall to wall windows and warm wood furnishings. They have beautiful artwork and dividers made from wine stands which really brings a unique feel to Bernini. We recommend asking to sit in the front room because its more exciting than the back which doesn’t have as much charm. You can also see the pizza oven and part of the kitchen which is always exciting and fun for kids.

Consistency: Bernini is consistently delicious each time we go. One of the best restaurants in Oahu at the current moment. We try to order new things each time we go but its aways hard to move away from the old favorites!

Parking: Parking is not so easy at Bernini. If you have “parkma” you can grab one of the coveted 8 spots out front. If you are not as lucky you can find spots on the street or of course across the street at Ala Moana which is only a block away (good to walk a bit after eating all those carbs anyway!)

Price: Medium ($16-$34) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Strongly Recommend
Take Out 
Available

Address:
Bernini Honolulu
1218 Waimanu St. Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 591-8400
Email: info@berninihonolulu.com
Website:http://berninihonolulu.com/ 

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only
Open 5:30pm~11:00pm (Tue~Sun)
Last Order: 10:30pm
Closed on Monday

Bernini mushroom salad

Mushroom Salad

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Norcia Pizza

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza at Bernini Hawaii

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza

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Amatriciana Pasta

Kahuku Corn Pizza from Bernini Honolulu Restaurant

Kahuku Corn Pizza

 

Gordon Biersch

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Service: The service is usually  good at Gordon Biersh but it can be slow when it gets really busy you just have to hope you get a good waiter. The appetizers come out pretty quickly so order some for the table when you site down so you don’t get fussy (Oh and a few drinks!).

Food: The food is pretty good at Gordon Bierch in Honolulu. It’s nothing fancy or really exciting but its classic American food and it delivers on its promise. The ingredients are fresh and prepared with care. It’s a great place to go with kids and their is truly something on the menu for everyone.  They also have a great Happy Hour Mon-Wed (4-6:30pm) with discounted appetizers only $5-$11 range and $1-$2 OFF Lagers, Ales and Wines by the glass. To top it off you can get a premium cocktail for only $5 making this a local favorite hangout.

Favorite Dishes: Southwest Egg Rolls, Gorgonzola Pear Salad, Southwest Chicken Sandwhich, Fresh Fish, Cajun Pasta, New York Strip (with Gorgonzola!), Burgers, Garlic Fries, Beers of course!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Gordon Biersch is awesome AND it was the first brewery in Hawaii. They are located right on the water and the view is both pristine and amazing. They have live music most evenings and its always a happening place to go with friends for dinner or pupus after work. Even lunch is nice and relaxing… it’s the perfect place to go for a stay-cation and enjoy Hawaii like you where on holiday.

Consistency: It’s pretty consistently fun and good. Whenever you go you get what you are expecting and our nieces and nephews love it.

Parking: The offer validated parking at Gordon Beirsch for 3 hours. If you valet you still have to pay a percentage of the total even WITH a validation so keep that in mind.

Price Range: Medium ($10:50-$28:50) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour
Live Music Entertainment

Address:
1 Aloha Tower Dr # 1123
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 599-4877
Website:
http://www.gordonbiersch.com/default.aspx
Check website for detailed live entertainment schedule each week.

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Happy Hour:
Monday-Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cob Salad

Crab & Artichoke

Chicken Sandwich

Sockeye

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: Columbia Valley, Washington

Essence of: Notes of black cherries, plum, currant, cocoa and leather with lingering cedar notes. This full structured wine is supported by ripe tannins, providing a long and smooth finish.

Best Served With: Pepper Steak, Grilled Meat, Pasta and Pizza

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

Sockeye Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Zarpado

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Varietal: Melbec

Vintages: 2009

Country: Mendoza, Argentina

Essence of: Bold and ripe juicy flavors of plum and blackberry/Vivid purple color/ High alcohol and slightly spicy nose/Medium tannins with a long finish/ Its recommended for a better drinking experience let this wine breath for 30 minutes to mellow it out before enjoying.

Best Served With: Enjoy with Grilled Meat, BBQ, Grilled Vegetables, or Pizza & Pasta.

Price Range: Under $10 per bottle

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Frontier Red Lot 92

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Varietal: Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mouvedre

Vintages: 2008

Country: California

Essence of: Lush red & black fruit flavors / Hints of enticing spice, vanilla, chocolate and oak notes / Easy drinking wine

Best Served With: Chicken or pork dishes, grilled meats, pasta & pizza

Price Range: Under $12 per bottle

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Wine Guerrilla – Russian River Valley

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Varietal: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah

Vintages: 2008

Country: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Essence of: Raspberry & Blueberry/ Easy drinking wine and easy to open  (screw cap!) / Vibrant acidity, with Peppery undertones and nuances of Vanilla, Oak & Spice, well balanced / Mild Tannins.

Best Served With: Grilled Meats, Pasta and Pizza

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle 

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