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$300 - $300
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Sushi, French, Japanese, Bar, Wine Bar
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Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

Friends got together for omakase sushi dinner and it was fantastic! Imported ingredients from japan (best ginger I have had). The chawan mushi was very good and we ordered duck ramen as the final course (not part of the omakase). On a different night we...also tried the French course. Smaller servings but still filling. The strawberry meringue dessert was memorable.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020 via mobile

My clients suggested we try this establishment and I am glad that they did. The entrance is located on the 1st floor parking garage level, in the rear of the Ala Moana Shopping Mall. Call before dining for up to date instructions. We were greeted...warmly at the entrance door by a professional and very friendly young man. Mason escorted us to the elevator and we were then warmly greeted by members of the staff. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed. There is nothing stuffy about dining here. Classical music and donated artworks by Pablo Picasso make the experience special. Our server Devon was fantastic. The food was beyond explanation ! As was the presentation ! Highly recommend !!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2019

Excellent service and attention to detail from start to finish! Alan the General Manager and his team are doing everything right. The food was scrumptious and service was very attentive. We were a party of two for a celebration with my wife. The food did...not disappoint! Chef was on point and the courses came out in perfect harmony and temperature. Mahalo for the great experience!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

Looking for the restaurant was a mission on it's own, who doesn't love a secret entrance? Really delicious degustation and beautiful art work. I loved the decor, very medieval. After dinner we had a private tour. Really awesome experience.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

A friend arranged for us to dine at The Vintage Club on short notice. We had a hard time figuring out where to park. The website refers to coral level parking which we (wrongly) assumed would be denoted by a coral color on the garage...walls or pillars. Nope, it’s a mustard yellow color with an image of coral. We ended up calling in desperation that we would be late, and the receptionist said to park near Assagio then take the moving walkway down to the basement and look for a brick facade at an angle to the left. One problem with the entrance to Vintage Cave: it stinks of garbage etc and Lysol or some cleaner like that. We were seated in the main room which is somewhat cavernous and cold. We were a little worried that this was going to be a less than stellar experience but we were once again, completely wrong! It was an amazing experience with incredible dishes and just the right portion sizes over 11 courses to leave us feeling full but not stuffed. The beef from Japan was fabulous. The fish was also great. Service was impeccable. Probably the best meal we’ve had in years, and the best beef we’ve ever had. At $150 each for our meals (on special) it seemed like a bargain.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Monday evening for Vintage Cave Club’s Sushi Kaiseki Course at the Private Sushi Counter. This is a 20-25 course sushi/sashimi experience at a private sushi counter only seating 6 people. This is regularly priced at $300/person, but we were able to...take advantage of a 50% off offer, though just a heads up that there is also a mandatory 20% gratuity charge added, based on the full price, not the discount price. But you won’t mind this charge after experiencing the level of service offered. The Vintage Cave also has a full bar with cocktails, an extensive saki list, and a very extensive wine list. As expected at this price tag, everything is marked up, but there are some good wine values (for higher end wines) if that’s what you’re looking for. You can also drop $19k on a bottle of wine if you’re feeling really ambitious. We opted for the $65/person, 6-flight saki pairing for the sushi dinner. We had no idea there was such a wide variance of flavors for saki, and ordered another 6-oz pour of our favorite saki for $22. The dinner started with a beautifully plated set of sashimi, that were pretty small helpings. We were concerned we might leave hungry, but after almost 2 1/2 hours we definitely left satisfied. The dinner was a fun mix of sushi and sashimi, including lots of familiar dishes for anyone who is a fan of sushi, as well as a handful of surprises and offerings we’ve never had before. Chef Ben (short for a longer name we never quite caught), did a great job of explaining what each fish was and where it came from. It was fun to watch him prepare each dish right in front of you. Some of the most surprising offerings weren’t even fish. The wasabi offered was truly fresh as Chef Ben continually ground a wasabi root into the paste for each serving. The soy sauce was house made, and most dishes were lightly brushed, and we were encouraged not to dip it further. We didn’t, and thoroughly enjoyed how fresh each cut of fish was. And there was a side of smoked radishes that easily could have passed for a piece of meat if we hadn’t been told it was a vegetable, that had an incredible smoky flavor. Multiple wait staff was on hand at all times to clear plates, refill your water, and generally answer any questions or provide anything you needed over the course of the evening. We got to end the night with a tour of their wine cellar with the sommelier on staff, which included not only the wines available for purchase, but a few bottles from the owner’s private collection. The venue itself is definitely something to behold, with original pieces of art and extensive Baccarat crystal collections throughout. It was a truly fun experience. There was nothing totally out of the ordinary that, in our minds, would have justified a $300/person price tag. But everything was top notch and we definitely left satisfied at half off the regular asking price.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

With its James Bond style entrance, this is a fun place to go for a celebratory dinner ( which is what we were doing). The place has art work— to me looked a tad tacky— especially the jeweled animals, but oh so fun if you...just go with it all! Everything is impeccable — and expensive.I had booked a promotional — a 50%off wagyu beef special. Of the eleven courses, only two were beef— still, okay by me. But it felt a little misleading to call it that. I’d recommend giving a heads up to the serious beef eater ( not the English soldiers!). Of course everything was still fun and impeccable. Yet, a mini shocker at the end when I saw the $143 on the bill for TIP! They added 20 percent (so it was mandatory inimitable) on the original price not the promotional. Which meant a 40% tip on our particular meal! Tip amount should be at diner’s discretion, and while places do add a minimum, it was not at all clear from the start this was going to be on the list price! Okay, so just be warned, promotionals are misleading (duh), lots of room for miscommunication, and the establishment needs to cough up details ahead of time. We were politely told that we could add more — but it was optional. Uh, I chose not to.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

Is it worth going to the exclusive Vintage Cave Club? Not to be mistaken by the Vintage Cave Café. The answer is a resounding “No” unless you have a desire to be looked down by a bunch of poorly dressed, poorly mannered and poorly trained...Millennials. First, you need to locate the club from the most undesirable area of the parking lot. There is a reason why this parking area of Ala Moana is usually empty- No joke if you are told to just follow the stench of the garbage to find this exclusive club. First ominous sign of the stinky treatment expected at this club. You have to ring the doorbell and be buzzed in to a dungeon like area where you enter the elevator to ascend to the restaurant. Here you are greeted by a bunch of young Millennials, dressed in cheap jackets and shirts not even tucked in, who start to open a door into the cave while they very noticeable examine you from top to bottom to check what you are wearing and then suddenly close the door back to tell you that they have a strict dress code. Here is what the restaurant post on their website about dress code: No shorts, t-shirts, and slippers. Nothing else is mentioned. So, does it make sense why some of our party were required to go buy slacks when there is no mention of no jeans on the website. And to top it off, they insisted that one of the ladies in our party had inappropriate shoes because it was opened toe shoes. Who in Hawaii wears closed toe shoes? So, when we clarified if all she needed was to change to closed toe shoes, they said yes, except for sneakers. Again, where does it say in their website, no sneakers. So our dear friend did have some clogs in her car which technically qualifies as closed toe shoes and are not sneakers though technically was not likely what those Millennials expected as they were flabbergasted but couldn’t say anything as they let her in through the door into the cave. So to not beat a dead horse, our last comment about the dress code to the restaurant is please update your website with what is your strict dress code and please train your staff (more below about poorly trained). So what about the food? Here is the eleven (?) course meal we had- 1) an amuse-bouche (not much to describe), 2) head-on shrimp topped with caviar and gold (not clear why you need gold- certainly didn’t add to the looks or the taste of the dish), 3) foie gras (strong flavored almost overpowering), 4) uni (lost in a soup which drenched away the taste), 5) sashimi with foam (fresh slices of sashimi but not understanding the foam which was just a sad spurt), 6) fish topped with tobiko and charcoal crisp (again unclear of the need of a charcoal crisp), 7) wagyu beef slice (how does one overcook wagyu? Did they cook a frozen piece of wagyu?), 8) smoked beef (enjoyed the smokeness to this dish just was a bit put off by the show about lifting the cup from the dish). And 9-11?) dessert was trio of mango- sherbet, cake and then slices of mango? We really wanted to like the food but disappointment was just the overall storyline. The meal was also constantly interrupted by the staff who kept charging between those who are conversing. Did they not learn how to serve properly? Sadly even the setting was not desirable as the cave also lends to a very noisy environment. We couldn’t even really hear our “captain” describe each dish and what we did hear, we weren’t impressed with their knowledge of food. Finally, we are let out of the restaurant and offered a godiva chocolate and here we thought was a final note of redemption but sadly even the chocolate was old. So the only redemption was we were invited and didn’t have to pay. We have been to three star Michelin restaurants all over the globe and never have we felt so underwhelmed and unwelcomed. Was this restaurant really located at Hawaii- where is the Aloha? Not sure this restaurant could win a star though they could be titled the most uninviting place in the Aloha state. Oh and to end the visit, once again, you decend down to the pits of the Ala Moana parking to the stench of the garbage to remind you of the night you had. Tip: Hawaii has many other options to experience fine dining. *** Disclaimer: MakanOhana only rates 5 stars because we believe it is more about the comments and not about the stars. ***More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Yes, hard to find but it does add to the mystery of this restaurant. Surrounded by many artworks, with classical music in the background, the food was beautifully presented with much thought going into the menu - fixed prix, 11 courses.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

Fritz-n-Elody dined a the vintage cave club on a Friday night. First....finding this place is akin to finding Dr. No's lair in a James Bond novel. Our Uber driver dumped us in a parking deck, and after being mis directed by Mall personnel, we found...the restaurants' sister restaurant. A very nice lady In that restaurant walked us the half mile to our planned restaurant. We entered an elevator (which is located in the basement of the mall,s parking garage) and a short trip up on elevator on is placed in a cave like cavern. They were aware of our difficulty in finding them, and greeted us warmly. Offer cool towels and champagne on the house. We did the tasting menu, it was superb. Heavy Japanese influence with a French twist. Innovative, tasty and interesting. Pacing was a bit quick at first, but they adjusted nicely per our request. The wine list was heavily tilted to the US, we has a lovely Beau Frers from Willamette. Elody points that you should probably pick a cab company that knows the location of the restaurant is .One more weird thing ......we live on the East Coast, clearly the restaurant is in Hawaii. They called me one evening at 1:30 AM to ensure that we were going to make a reservation. Key tip: call the restaurant for a advice on a cab.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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