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“Called in on a rainy day but left happy!”

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
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Ranked #198 of 2,350 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $22 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
“Called in on a rainy day but left happy!”
Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Il Lupino is situated in a shopping mall, having passed it on a number of occasions we called in to avoid a rain storm. The food and service were very good, the house meatball is excellent value at 10$, the pasta dishes were also good as was the braised short rib special! the only let down was serving it with polenta! creamy mashed potato and some asparagus would have been perfect. House made desserts are also good.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Epic Fail”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

A trifecta of failure: 1. Snotty inefficient hostess stand-walked us by three tables to sit us next to kitchen door; 2. Rushed and incompetent service-asked us to order immediately before offering drinks; brought out wrong food, forgot salad, served simultaneously with dinner, snotty attitude as well; and 3. Food was so -so. I do need to go beyond Trifecta- ask to sit outside, as din in main dining room is deafening; condescending " How was your meal? " from tall, Blonde Hostess, who tried to pass this all off as lack of a reservation.

  • Visited February 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Waiting and wanting”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went to Il Lupino to celebrate my wife's birthday. We are from the Island and were looking for a "new" restaurant. We had walked by Il Lupino on several occasions and thought it looked cute. After being seated it took nearly ten minutes before a server greeted took our drink orders. After nearly 15 minutes he returned with our drinks and took our appetizer and dinner orders. Long story short, the service was horrible the entire night. It took nearly 2 hours. As for the food...we had roasted peppers as an appetizer and asked for balsamic vinegar to give it some taste. My wife had the arugula/pear salad and she described it as "uneventful". I had the braised short ribs with creamy polenta and it was very good. I would like to blame the server for our wait, but I think it was the kitchen. Everyone around us was complaining about the wait. Still, our server could have apologized for the extreme delay or management could have comped a drink or dessert or something. But nothing, not even recognition that the service was poor. My advice - stay away until you read about improved service.

  • Visited February 2014
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Windsor, California
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“A Wonderful Surprise!”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

I was visiting Waikiki for 5 nights and wanted to find a good Italian place before my vacation ended. It was, after all, National Eat Italian Food Day February 13, 2014! Il Lupino and David our server and his service were spot on. The entire staff was gracious and always there to help. From the cocktail made perfect to the food recommendations and wine advice, David did not disappoint. Dine at this restaurant and you will enjoy a memorable evening.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Very ordinary”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We were seated at a pleasant table without a reservation. The service was prompt to begin with however it lacked afterwards. Attentiveness was not a chief characteristic of the waiters - asked for another drink and did not receive, asked a second time and received 10 minutes later. We were offered pepper and extra cheese with our meal and accepted but never received any. The salad was nice but awkward to eat. We both had the special which was spaghetti in a white sauce with chicken - the spaghetti was not cooked properly at all which is quite disappointing for an Italian restaurant with prices like that. The restaurant looked great from the outside but was very ordinary and overpriced.

  • Visited January 2014
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