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Il Lupino
Il Lupino

Il Lupino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.illupino.com/index.php
  • Phone: (808) 922-3400
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 6:00am - 11:30am
    Brunch Saturday/Sunday 6:00am - 12:00pm
    Lunch: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday/Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Happy Hour: Every Day 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Happy Hour Saturday/Sunday 12pm-6:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:30am,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:30am
    Late Night Happy Hour: Thursday - Sunday 10:30pm - 12:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: James Donahue
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seaside Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Il Lupino offers one hour of free validated parking at The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, and a discounted rate of one dollar per hour for up to a total of three additional hours.
A word from Il Lupino
Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar is the perfect place to experience the wonderful flavors of Italy. Whether it is in our beautifully appointed dining room or al fresco in the courtyard, you will be surrounded by handcrafted Italian appointments while you enjoy our fresh selection of Italian classics.<p>If you would prefer small plates and socializing, enjoy hand-carved Italian meats, cheeses, and stone-oven baked thin crust pizza in our elegant wine bar, complete with a full selection of authentic Italian spirits and wines.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "This is one of the nicest and well priced restaurants in the Waikiki area. It is very convenient, right in the heart of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. You can sometimes hear Hawaiian chants because the courtyard is directly adjacent. My wife started with a ginger shot that looked like it was very strong...her eyes rolled back into her head...My eggs benedict was very good, my wife ate the loco moco, and the patty was one of the best I have had the opportunity to taste. We shared a waffle too, which was the highlight. This place is easy to recommend and the service was very good too."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, great cocktails. Very good suggestions by the waiter. We are Italians and very rarely visit Italian restaurants abroad. This time we did following our daughter's request and it was well worth! Just one remark: a spoon was provided for spaghetti. In Italy we do not use spoon with spaghetti. Anyway, great dinner."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My worst dining experience on Oahu.The table was smack in the middle of the aisle.The air conditioner leaked the entire evening on my daughter.My wife could not sit properly at the table for fear of being run over.Service was slow and when the food arrived they did not place one plate with the person who ordered it.Food was so-so.If you are going to charge Il Mulino prices ($48 for a veal chop)you had better produce Il Mulino quality.I complained to the waiter and they sent the maitre 'de over but she basically told me they were busy. Busy? Really? On a Friday night in a tourist trap? How unusual.I guess being located in a mall in Waikiki guarantees a steady customer base of tourists;otherwise I don't understand how they get away with this."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Wait staff was excellent, but table was small for a party of 5 adults. One guest was staring at a mirror all dinner. Half moon table was poor."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I had the gnocchi with bolognese. Il Lupino has THE best gnocchi on the planet. Yes, better than NYC and Boston's North End. They are the lightest little pillows of freshness I've ever had. The sauce was delicious and I was pleased that it was not over salted like so many places do. I had a wonderful glass of chardonnay (it was just too hot to have a red!) The wine list was exhaustive, exotic, and reasonably priced. My waiter and assistant servers were all pleasant and attentive."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Location is very nice, easy to access from waikiki, shopping center and Shearaton hotel. Nice environment, exotic atmosphere... If you sit outside is somewhat romantic. Eventhough they advertize that they are a wine bar and they have nice wine list, I don't think so. So so wines are listed then wine price goes to $500 or $600. Not much wine from $100~$300. Service is extremely slow and food are not much impressive."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner at this casual trattoria. We started with the Caprese. Then on to the Griled Salmon and the Pasta with meat sauce. Everything was good. Would return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Salmon Benedict was very good. Our server was also very attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Very good food. Lots of traditional Italian favourites but some had a Hawaiin touch. A very good wine list, extensive but not overwhelming."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Wait staff unorganized and slow. Entree needs attention, bland, no character. Dining room inside and out both tightly packed, may have exceeded max capacity. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Should have heeded the reviews from yelp."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We loved the location and ambience in the restaurant. Our table on the patio was just lovely. The waitstaff was very attentive and the Bolognese pasta was delicious. We did not,however, enjoy our salads. The caprice salad tomatoes were crunchy and tasteless. The Caesar salad had far too much dressing with a very strong anchovy taste. They could do better in that regard. But, hey, give it a try. Maybe things will be better for you!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food and service were exceptional! Loved it and would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The pizzas were excellent. The Tagliatelle Bolognese my husband had was also very good. We also enjoyed the Brussels Sprout side dish. Delicious. Being in Waikiki, one should not expect bargain prices. The Prosciutto pizza, while delicious, was $24; it was enough to serve 2-3, though. The wine was good, but also expensive!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We stopped in for Happy Hour and were very pleased. The bartender, Zack, was great...very personable. We returned later for a dinner reservation, and were very disappointed with the service. They were very slow and we observed the manager go around to some, but not all tables checking to see if things were ok. It seemed as if he only wanted to talk to tables with a lot of people at them. The hostess at the door was very uptight and didn't smile at all. The place (with the exception of the bartender) needs some serious customer service training, especially the manager."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We found this place by chance and we are so glad we did ! Amazing service and equally amazing food and wine. I would defiantly recommend it to anyone! 5 stars"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We arrived a few minutes past our 7:30pm reservation and were told by the hostess that they were "taking a break from seating at the moment." When we were finally taken to our table we were told that the kitchen was "backed up" and to please be patient. While we waited for our food we proceeded to watch as a table complained to the manager that they wanted a charge taken off of their bill and the manager refused. Then a Japanese couple left shortly after ordering and were frustrated when there was no effort to understand what they were saying or try to find someone who could translate. Finally at 9:30 - 2 hours after our reservation we received our entrees. Its too bad that the service is so terrible because the food is half decent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our waiter was quite emphatic that ordering the steak would be a good idea since the restaurant is associated to Wolfgang's Steak house restaurant. Unfortunately one of our steaks ordered medium was cooked very un-evenly at first... We sent the steak back and it came back rare. Already this was after everyone else had finished their meal.. so the person who ordered this cut around the rarest parts. When we sent the plate back partly eaten and the manager which we had to ask for came by.. she refused to do anything but offer a limoncello for the troubles. This is not acceptable of any restaurant and certainly not one that puts forward a skilled steak kitchen. The unapologetic treatment from the manager is inexcusable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I am so happy that I came across Ilupino when I was researching places to go for dinner while visiting Waikiki. I was a little worried when I found out they did not have a specific kids menu but the spaghetti bolognese was a huge hit with all four of my children. The bruschetta was one of the best I have ever had as well. Everything that we ordered was amazing and the service was top notch. Excellent place to try for a high quality, wonderful dining experience different from the typical hawaiian food elsewhere. I would highly recommend il lupino!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It was purely by accident that I stumbled into this place, but a very happy accident! Outstanding, fresh Italian cuisine with a contemporary accent. I especially appreciated the server's offer to make something "off the menu" to suit my vegetarian, no-mushroom palate."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Ate at this restaurant 3 days ago- we were seated promptly and our order was taken about 5 minutes later- after another 5 minutes the waitress returned to tell us that 3 of the items that we had ordered were not available- we placed our orders again- this time we waited about 30 minutes for our food to arrive- received several very apologetic comments from the wait staff about the long wait, but no explanation- food was reasonable, but not great- not sure we would return to this restaurant if we were in Honolulu again"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was really fresh and the service was out of this world."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great food, especially seafood. Nice ambience, especially outdoor"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This restaurant is a find, a totally unexpected oasis of Europe located in mid Waikiki. Weather permitting, eat outdoors and enjoy the calm parade of strollers through the gardens and pathways between the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. There is no view of the ocean here...this is not a "Hawaiian" restaurant. It is a delightful break from the Hawaii norm! It is easy to overeat at this restaurant because the portion sizes are good, particularly if you enjoy charcuterie and choose it as an appetizer. Trust your server, they are knowledgeable. This is not haut cuisine - it doesn't strive to be - but all in all it is a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We love going to Il Lupino for breakfast / brunch on Sunday's ... if you go around 10:45 to 11:15, the place is quite peaceful as the changeover from breakfast to lunch is taking place. A flute of Champagne and a great breakfast; the sun and wafting breezes; what more do you want?"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Wife and I had our evening dinner here and it went so well we returned the next day for lunch. I had the local catch for the day and wife enjoyed a salad. Food and service is why we will again patronize this restaurant. Thanks! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Despite the fact that we reserved our table was not found. We were not able to sit outside as requested, but ended up close to the kitchen (hectic, busy). The service was excellent, the food was good. Beverages very high price."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Our first time. We live here and my mom and I decided here for our Mother's day celebration. Efficient service and very upbeat. The food was amazing and prices were very reasonable."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wow, Il Lupino wins for its location next to the Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton, but calling this Italian? No way. I cook better than their chefs, and I'm only a part-time family chef. So we ordered the scallops which was very salty, not having been rinsed, and then having the tops covered in capers. It was beyond "salty", more like, preserved for later consumption. Guess the first clue the restaurant relies on location to survive is the bread that lacked flavor, substance and a "made here" from our ovens origin. Go if you're desperate, but not for the food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Kirk was awesome and so nice to talk with. I wish we had an il lupino in NYC. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "From the small portions of wine, to the very small amounts of caprese salad & the meat & cheese platter; all very overpriced for what was received. Wine bars should also give a fresh glass for each additional glass of wine requested, even if its the same wine. For the price alone, each request for another glass of wine should have a new glass brought to the table, not the small decanter the server brings to pour into the existing glass. Due to the beautiful setting and terrific wait staff, we will stop in again, however probably only for 1 glass of wine and no lunch or appetizers; just simply not worth the money for the marginal food."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Went for happy hour, but were disappointed that you can only enjoy the specials at the bar-and the bar was packed (Its sort of small). But they have classic italian food and a great wine list. Sort of noisy outside, because the restaurant sits on the courtyard of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping complex, but cozy and quiet inside."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The Il Lupino was the "highlight" dinner for our visit to Waikiki. Great food and service and just the right intimacy."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The two outstanding features of Il Lupinos are the location and service. Yes, the food is good... Very yummy bread too! But the service of the waitstaff was EXCELLENT!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Loved the meat and cheese to start. Service was great, friendly and always around when you need them."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "It was my son's 11th birthday and they definitely made him feel special! 4 different servers approached our table to tell him happy birthday. They had written HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the menu, sprinkled stars on the table, and provided a free dessert with a candle. The service was amazing, food was delicious and quick. Would definitely recommend. Caesar salad was enough for 3-4 of us, warm bread, definitely get the meatball and great value with family size portions..we had custom ordered penne with alfredo sauce..delicious! And gnocchi was unbelievable. Worth the money..definitely pricey but perfect for a nice dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We returned to Il Lupino for dinner the last night of our vacation, despite having been turned away a few days earlier by a rude hostess who said they couldn't accommodate us for happy hour even though several tables outside were empty. Actually, the salads (caesar and beet) were decent and large enough to share. The amily size portion of the pasta wasn't bad either. What ruined the evening was the poor service. Our waiter rarely came by, even though it was later and the restaurant was fairly empty. As a result, what could have been an enjoyable experience was marred by this lack of attention. With so many eating choices in Waikiki, it's a shame management doesn't step up and make sure that their staff is more attentive and welcoming."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great restaurant, excellent service and atmosphere. We started off with a meat and cheese plate, then salads and finished with braised short ribs entree. We had mineral water and no alcohol, but our bill was still $170 for 2. Great place, but not for the overall cost. Maybe one of those special occasions only."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went to this place twice over the past few weeks. On both occasions we had exceptional service. Tyoni was our first server and Dave was our second server. The manager on both occasions visited our table. Nothing but fantastic. Great place to go"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Il Lupino is a great spot to sit back & enjoy a romantic dining experience !!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We choose this restaurant as my son was hanging out for a steak. Unfortunately we picked another meal on the menu as $108 for a steak was ridiculous. The calamari entree was nothing much - however our main meal (the veal chop) was delicious and more reasonable price! The service was ok - they tend to give their time to the larger groups. The bill for 2 people with 2 entree, 2 mains, 2 beers & 2 wines & tip was over $200. I found Ocean House at Outrigger Reef a nicer setting & much better pricing."
    Dined on 3/19/2014