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“The food in all four meals was over salted and excessive pepper” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Romano's Macaroni Grill

Romano's Macaroni Grill
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Ste 4240, Ala Moana Center, Ho'okipa Terrace,Upper Level, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
(808) 356-8300
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Ranked #545 of 1,945 Restaurants in Honolulu
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
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176 reviews 176 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
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“The food in all four meals was over salted and excessive pepper”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This was probably the worst meal I have ever eaten anywhere in the world
All four meals had excessive amounts of salt and pepper

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Anchorage, AK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“OK for Ala Moana, but nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Had lunch here while shopping at Ala Moana. We were told there would be a 10 minute wait for a table for two even though the restaurant was only 1/4 full. So we took a table in the bar. Server was excellent. Very pleasant and attentive. Pasta d'mere (mussels, scallops & shrimp) was great. Very tasty sauce. Spaghetti & meatballs filling but meatballs very dry. Ok place for Italian in Ala Moana, but Honolulu has better options than this.

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Berlin, Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Not so sure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The service was awesome--Our waiter had alot of energy--The food was great---The temperature was TOO cold, and the restaurant had a interesting "odor"----

Visited August 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Oops”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Lots of little small items added up until I felt like I was in an episode of mystery diner gone bad.
Pros: Seated quickly at 1:00 on Friday for lunch. Restaurant 1/4 full. Food tasty. Hot food was hot and cold food cold. Waiters were friendly and courteous. Waiter was new and I felt a little sorry for him, but he knew the specials.
Cons: Hostess tried to place us in a bad table by the server station, but we asked for and got a window booth instead. Bad start, trying to place us at the yucky table. Then it started...no water offered, balsamic vinegar top was leaking badly and starting to puddle on the table...We had to ask for a new one, waiter didn't notice. Waiter didn't ask how we wanted our food presented, we ordered a split large salad and appetizers each. We wanted it all at once, salad came first without our appetizers. The large salad was brought out whole, not split and plopped in the middle of our table. We said, "We asked for a split." "uhhhh."...the server removed it. Okay, good so far, guess they will bring it back correctly. Nope! server returns and plops same whole salad in the middle of the table again and said, "THE CHEF DOES NOT SPLIT SALADS." Really? Really? My bad, I mimicked the server and said, "The Chef doesn't split salads!". The server and waiters were honestly befuddled. Why weren't we told that upfront? Why didn't we receive two empty salad plates? Why didn't the waiter split it at out table for us, like the real Italian restaurant waiters do? Were we just supposed to graze on the salad with our own forks? Finally two small plates were given to us to sort out the situation ourself. I had to flag down the waiter for fresh ground pepper. After that, we were virtually ignored, but got sly looks from the other waiters as the word spread, and the chef came out by the serving station to talk story and kept glancing our way. In my opinion. The chef sets the tone for the whole restaurant. given that it was 3/4 empty at 1:00 on a Friday, why did serving the customer become such a hardship? We are locals, and there are a lot of other choices, so we will not return.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Aust
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Try this place, you will love it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We've been here a number of times and it never disappoints. Located upstairs in the Ala Moana Shopping Centre, it's a homely style Italian Restaurant with a separate bar and good food is the order of the day.
You can make it a big night or a quick meal if you wish, the choice is yours. And you can bring the family and it won't break the bank. From the freshly baked bread with tasty olive oil to fresh food from the wood fired oven, the menu is comprehensive traditional Italian fare with a few memorable dishes on offer. The Chicken Under a Brick is absolutely divine. We've never tried the desserts as the entrees are very filling but next time I'm hoping. Be sure to make a reservation as it fills quickly.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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