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“Good food, great wine”

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
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Ranked #197 of 2,494 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $22 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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!
Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped here on one of our bar hopping tours, and ended up staying for dinner and a bottle of wine. The restaurant is run by the famed Wolfgang Zwiener (not Wolfgang Puck as another recent reviewer stated), the former head waiter at Peter Luger's Steakhouse in NYC. While he's normally known for his own steakhouse fame, his Italian food was quite good as well.

The outdoor seating is a nice touch and definitely recommended if you're eating here. Great wine list which is expected at a place calling itself a wine bar. The highlight was the 2011 Opus One by the glass. You read that right. It's the only place I've ever seen such a great bottle of wine sold by the glass.

Definitely worth a stop on a bar crawl through Waikiki.

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

The month of July special Palatino Burger with Truffle Fries was a satisfying lunch date. The validated parking encourages locals to make the trek into Waikiki and the maze-like Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center structures helps with the daily walking exercise quota.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

So u hear that a resto has a Wolfgang Puck name attached to it. Got to be great.. no? ok well perhaps decent. nope. garbage. As a reviewer u will notice most of my reviews are in the 4-5 star category as I generally know where to go.

Giving 2 stars here is actually a complement. Service was average but the food was dreadful. My pear salad was so salty I ended up drinking a bottle of water to hold it down. Mum ordered the seafood dish and the plate was full of sand. What monkey serves unwashed clams in a plate with sea food, salad and pasta. U ask? I tell. Il Stupido. correction Lupino.

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1  Thank karlhaddad78
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great food, service and ambiance. Ask for a table outside, everything is perfect about this restaurant.

2  Thank emmiem1234
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

My Girlfriend and i went to this restaurant for dinner whilst on holiday from Australia. We were greeted by a nice enough hostess and were seated at a lovely table and that was it. We were given a wine list menu but no food menu's. We waited for a server to give us a menu and just any kind of acknowledgement, had several staff members walk past us and ignore us. There was a table of 6 that sat down next to us after we were seated, they were given food menu's, and served drinks while we were still waiting to be seen to even just see a food menu! Eventually we got annoyed and got up and walked out and none of the staff even battered an eye lid that we were leaving the table. We felt as though we were almost ignored because we are both young (21) and just didn't receive the respect we deserved. I'm not normally one to make bad reviews but was so disappointed it was very necessary.

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4  Thank Todd H
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