I love Restaurant Week in Hawaii. I get to try different restaurants for a good cause. One of the restaurants that my SO and I went to was Vino. Vino is the sister restaurant of Hirsohi which is right next door. However, the atmosphere is quite different. The paintings on the wall give you the impression that you are in the middle of a winery.

I ordered the Restaurant Week menu ($39) a five-course meal starting with a seared ahi bruschetta. The following courses were seafood ravioli, grilled romaine salad, braised short rib, and chocolate panda cotta. My SO ordered the calamari appetizer ($7.95) and the sea bass ($22.95).

Warm bread was served first. The bread crust was crunchy and the inside soft. The calamari was quite good with the aioli, a bit chewy but still tender.

The sea bass was a whole fish which was a surprise. My SO said the taste was okay but the preparation had a lot of olives. He would have preferred a fish fillet instead.

I was happy with my choice. The last three courses were the best. The sauce for the ravioli was bland. It needed more spices. The braised short rib was tender and the sauce divine. The short rib was served with the house made linguini which absorbed the yummy sauce. The chocolate panna cotta was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

I’ll be back to Vino but may sit at the bar during Hapoy Hour when the food is 50% off. Vino is open Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. It is located at Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard. Parking is free with validation.

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