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“Laudable Lupino”

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
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Ranked #218 of 2,405 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $22 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Seaside Avenue
Description: Welcome to Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar, created by famed New York restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener, serving delicious, authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxing, yet sophisticated atmosphere, featuring indoor and outdoor bar and dining and a Salumeria featuring imported Italian cheeses, hand-cut meats that pair superbly with our wines by the glass list. While growing up in Europe, Wolfgang Zwiener discovered his passion for true Italian cuisine. In Italy, the locals would affectionately call him "Il Lupino", meaning "Little Wolf". It became his dream to open an Italian restaurant that would offer all his favorite dishes from Italy. That dream came to fruition in December 24th, 2010, when Wolfgang and his son, Peter, proudly opened their flagship Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Center, in the heart of Waikiki. They hope you will enjoy the delicious Italian food created with love, dedication and passion. You might even meet Wolfgang himself in the restaurant while you are visiting. Pasta is prepared daily fresh and all our product comes directly from the Island. Lustful creations incorporating the fresh local seasonal produce, imported Italian cheeses, hand-cut meats and a variety of seafood accented with hand-made pastas. Our team is committed to exceeding expectations as they delight and satisfy while creating a memorable dining experience. Featuring wines from around the world our award winning selections enhance our cuisine and your experience. Focused primarily on Italian and Domestic selections we have something for every wine enthusiast!
Newcastle, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
423 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Laudable Lupino”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

What an unexpected treat. Stumbled across it as walking through the Royal Hawaiian Gardens on the way to Sheraton Waikiki.
This was the most expensive place eaten at on recent Hawaii trip. Having said that, it was still cheaper than a lot of Australian restaurants. Wine prices were def dearer than Australian wine with a huge mark up compared to buying alcohol outside a restaurant. i.e. ABC store, K Mart, Food Pantry.
Great variety of choice re: meals. All choices were very good - bruschetta, calamari, pasta, gnocchi. The gnocchi with truffle cream sauce was sublime. Only wish there had been room for dessert.
Sat outside. Good size eating area without being over crowded.
Service was very good. All staff were attentive without being intrusive. Staff were impeccably dressed with long aprons. Loved their ties. Staff were reasonably knowledgeable but 2 questions asked of 2 different staff couldn't be answered. Couldn't tell me where the oil and balsamic came from; bruschetta question forgotten about. *Ensure you specify 'tap water' otherwise you may be slugged $9 for a bottle of Italian water. Totally our fault for not being clearer.
Each trip we try to find a "good" restaurant to finish off the holiday. This was a gem and one which we will return to again.
TIP: Please don't bring your child/ren to this restaurant. It is a lovely, romantic, adult space. I would like to be able to enjoy it as such.

  • Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian restaurant”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Il Lupino is an up-market Italian restaurant - lovely inside dining space as well as a very pleasant outdoor seating area. Six of us sat inside for genuinely enjoyable evening.
We shared pizzas to start - margarita was very good but then mushroom pizza was rather bland and in need of seasoning or spicing up.
The mains were very good, however. My wife had the ahi - parfectly cooked and well presented; a well-cooked steak; veal; lobster rissotto (a sensational looking dish but the taste didn't quite match the wonderful appearance).
Sides/contorni were fine (spinach and brocolinni); desserts were really enjoyable (gelati and berries and tiramisu).
Wine was reasonably priced with the great Opolo Zinfandel at USD44 being really wonderful.
Service was excellent and the evening was enjoyed enormously by us all.
No hesistation recommendimng Il Lupino for a great night dining.

Visited May 2013
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honolulu
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85 reviews
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“PIZZA is Amazing”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

I ordered the 12 inch (one size) Spinach and Mushroom Pizza!!! It is a thin crispy crust pizza. It is like being in Naples Italy!!! Also what's amazing with this restaurant is it has a Salumeria, where they actually slice Salami right in the premises of the restaurant, sliced to order, so everything tastes fresh!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Lincoln, California
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“Lovely setting but disappointing”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Food was mediocre and bland. The caesar salad was excellent but overpriced at $11. The waiter's attire was filthy which made us question the overall cleanliness. The manager had him change his tie but not the dirty apron. All the other wait staff were clean and appropriate and we were given a female waiter who was excellent.

  • Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“MOVE OVER, MARIO'S.”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

For all of you out there that likes Mario's Rest, @ B'Beach, IL LUPINO is by far the best Italian Rest, we have ever been to, from the moment you walk in, you are waited on immediately, the service is impeccable, the menu great, & the wine was great also, but it is also the atmosphere that get's you in.9.5 out of 10

  • Visited April 2013
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