Stage

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Service: The service was fantastic at Stage restaurant in Hawaii. The waiters were extremely attentive and we didn’t have to wait for water, bread, wine or any of our needs during the dinner. Our waiter was also very knowledgeable about wine and the menu and really helped us narrow down our decisions during our meal.

Food: Yummy! the food has fenise, creativity and is delicious. Its so rare in Honolulu to be surprised by the food and you are while dinning at Stage at the Design Center. The menu is Scandinavian-m0dern with a touch of Fusion. In addition to a prefix menu  they also have a terrific happy hour Monday-Friday from 5pm-7pm. All the menu items are only $5 each and they also have various drink specials starting at $8. PLUS on Tuesday all bottles of wine are 50% OFF which is hard to beat. They also start you off with an Amuse Bouche which is always lovely and surprising!

Favorite Dishes: Stage Hamachi Sashimi (inspiring dish!), Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Braised Short Ribs, Chicken, King Salmon, 4 course tasting menu (with entree’s of Miso Butterfish & Filet Mignon pictures of menu below), and of course the wine & bread!

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Stage is nice. The restaurant has high ceilings and interesting artwork. One of the most unique pieces of the restaurant are that they have different tables and chairs which is kind of artistic and trendy. The restaurant has wall to wall windows which overlook Kapiolani blvd which isn’t the best view but does give the atmosphere a spacious feeling.

Consistency: Both times we have gone were delicious but the menu had changed pretty dramatically so we promise to update this section again when we go again to keep you posted.

Parking: Parking is easy at the Honolulu Design Center. Its free which is always nice and has a full floor of parking available. If you go for a busy event night you might have more problems but during times like this they typically add a valet services. No need to get a validation at the restaurant as you dont need to take a ticket upon entry.

Price: ($23-$32) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Recommend
Take Out 
Available
Happy Hour!
Special Events & Entertainment 

Address:
1250 Kapiolani BlvdHonolulu,
HI 96814
2nd Floor Honolulu Design Center
Tel: (808) 237-5429
Website: http://www.stagerestauranthawaii.com/

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Dinner
Monday to Saturday
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sundays
Closed

Amuse Bouche at Stage Hawaii

Truffel Amuse Bouche

Stage honolulu restaurant Amuse Bouche

Ahi Amuse Bouche

Stage Hamachi Sashimi picture

Stage Hamachi Sashimi

Beet & Goat cheese Salad from Stage Honolulu restaurant

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Miso Butterfish from Stage menu

Miso Butterfish

Stage Honolulu Filet Mignon Picture

Filet Mignon

 

Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

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Service: The service at Salt is typically very good. Every once and a while you will get slow service upstairs but most of the time its excellent. The staff is very knowledgeable (especially the bartenders!) and very nice overall.

Food: The food is very good at Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar on Waialae avenue. The menu consists of tapas, a few burger/ sandwiches and seasonal entree items. The tapas are not spanish in theme but more like a mixture of fusion and italian with items like cheese & meat plates, ahi bites, stuffed tuna peppers, fried egg, fresh beet and arugula salads, squid ink pasta (a favorite of ours), Taco, Butter Gnocchi and some other interesting and unique items like the pork stuffed calamari. It’s the type of place you go with a group and share so you can try a little of this, and a little of that. They also have a large wine list (but where out of a few key choices) – keep in mind the corkage fee is a whopping $50 per a bottle! the highest so far in Hawaii we have encountered so you are better off drinking what the restaurant has to offer which is a lovely assortment of drinks including Whiskey Business, and the Chilango which is a tequila drink with grape fruit juice, oranges and mexican chili flakes for a kick. They are soooo good and on Happy hour they are only $6 per drink.  Also we noticed that sometimes it was cheaper to drink the wines by the glass than to order a bottle which was pretty strange so watch out for that as well. 

Favorite Dishes: Beet Salad, Cheese & Fig plate, Butter Gnocchi, Taco, Squid Ink Pasta (when they have it), Fried Egg, Daily Crudo, Chevre cheesecake with Caramel Popcorn and the drinks of course!

Atmosphere: The ambiance is nice at Salt. THe downstairs i like a big sushi bar which seats facing the kitchen and the only table seating is upstairs and is very limited, only about 6-8 tables. The artwork is black and white photographs that where cool a few years ago (trendy) but a little out of touch now… they also have some interesting colored pig paintings which give the room a pop of color and really work with the black and white decor.

Consistency: Since it opened Salt has become a regular bar for us and our friends. They are open late and consistently the food, drinks and service are wonderful! The seasonal menus are very exciting and we love trying new things and bringing new people to experience Salt.

Parking: You can park in the Kaimuki shopping center for a pretty minor fee of about $1 per an hour (or on the side closest to Big City Dinner they have metered parking which is more expensive but also close by). If you are lucky you can find some street parking on Waialae but its not easy!

Price Range: Medium ($5 – $21) per Tapa
Corkage Fee $50 per Bottle!
Reservations Accepted Upstairs & Recommended (bar is open seating)
Take Out Available

Address:
3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 744-7567‎

Hours of Operation:
Dinner & Tapas – Monday-Sunday: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Salt Kitchen restaurant review meats

Assorted Meats

salt kitchen in hawaii cheese plate

Assorted Cheese’s

Salt Kitchen mixed appetizers beat salad and tuna

Daily Crudo & Beat Salad

Salt Kitchen calamari stuffed with pork

Pork Stuffed Calamari

Salt Kitchen in Hawaii popcorn goat cheese cake

Popcorn Goat Cheese Cake

Salt Kitchen Tapa Bar bread pudding

Bread Pudding

Squid Ink Pasta at Salt

Squid Ink Pasta

Formaggio’s Wine Bar

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Service: The service was good at Formaggio’s and they had plenty of staff on hand. The waiters however, where not very good listeners and they brought us the wrong pizza not once, but twice during our dinner! Also on a previous time they brought us the wrong wine which was double the cost of the bottle we had asked for.

Food: The food is pretty darn tasty. They have good size portions for sharing with the table and the food is Italian-American-French. Typical items you can find on the menu are Pizzas, Salads, Panini’s, Fondue, Lobster bisque, Escargot, Foie Gras Crostini’s, Onion Soup and other good food to eat along with wine. The restaurant has over 50 wines by the glass and its fun to sample a few instead of committing to a full bottle. (TIP: double, triple check the wine you order. On more than one occasion they brought us the wrong bottle or the price was misleading on the menu!)

Favorite Dishes: Salmon Carpaccio (yum!) , Boneless Short Ribs in Red Wine (falls right off the bone!), Mixed Green Salad, Cheese Sample Plat, Pancetta & Pesto Pizza.

Atmosphere: Love the atmosphere at Fomaggio’s. It’s very cozy with intimate lighting, low ceilings, and the flicker of candle light on each persons table. The restaurant feels like a wine cellar or somewhere exclusive and is small in size. You could dress up, or dress down for Formaggio’s depending on who you are going with.

Consistency: Both times we have been to the Honolulu location have been pretty consistent. The bill was wrong on both occasions also but the wine and food where better than average and the overall experience was positive.

Parking: Formaggio’s has free parking which is extremely convenient and directly in front of the restaurant. They have plenty of spaces and the easy accessibility from all the highway, Kapiolani blvd, and Kapahulu makes this a great place to meet friends after work.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($8-$22) per Entree
Wine: Medium-High ($27.97-$95) – Average Bottle $50
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Music Friday & Saturday Night!

Address:
2919 kapiolani blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 739-7719
Website: formaggio808.com/ /

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu: 5:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Fri* 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sat* 6:00 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday: Closed for Private Parties
* Live Music 9:30pm

Du Vin

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Service: The overall service is so so at Du Vin. The staff is very friendly but not fast by any means and historically we have had better service for dinner than lunch.

Food: The food is pretty good. It’s Italian french inspired and they use a lot of yummy ingredients such as Arugula, Prosciutto,  Assorted Meats, Cheese and Fresh Fish so its hard to go wrong. For lunch and dinner they always have great specials and a Prix Fixe menu for only $25 a person. The deal comes complete with the daily appetizer, entree and dessert. (FYI: Du Vin doesnt allow any substitutes on these items)

Favorite Dishes: Moules frites, Escargot, Roasted Beet Salad, Crostini of warm Gorgonzola Dolce and Prosciutto, Pork Chop, Fresh Fish of the day

Atmosphere: Du Vin is absolutely one of the most wonderful restaurants in all of Hawaii when it comes to its Atmosphere. The restaurant screams Italy or Spain with its series of small connecting rooms all with intimate lighting and indoor/outdoor seating options. The Salon is the place you want to sit after work with your mates and have a glass of wine, cheese selection, and unwind. The Patio is the romantic place to sit with a date or close friend under the stars. The Cask Room you may find yourself in for a wine tasting or a family reunion. This room can be rented out for large functions and has a beautiful old bar at its center.

Consistency: The restaurant is pretty consistent. Sometimes the bread is a bit old but they heat it up which helps it taste fresher. On first Friday Du Vin gets extremely busy so for better food and better service come sometime during the week.

Parking: Du Vin is located in the heart of Honolulu so there are numerous public parking garages or if you have parkma (parking karma) that day you may snag a street spot. If not its recommend parking at the China Town lot of Beretania and walking to the restaurant but remember to check because some lots close up after 12am!

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Free $25 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1115 Bethel Street
(Across from Hawaii Theatre)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tel: (808) 545-1115
Website: www.brasserieduvin.com/

Hours of Operation:
Lunch served 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday
Dinner served 4:00 pm to late, Monday – Saturday

Du Vin Restaurant review

Daily Special

Du Vin review by hawaii private chef

Shrimp Salad