Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca
Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca

Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.luporestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 569-2535
  • Hours of Operation:
    Reservations Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Julio Gonzalez Perini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: seated private room for up to 30
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Mameli 604 569 2535

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Robson & Smithe
  • Public Transit: Near Skytrain and bus routes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Undergroung public parking available across from the restaurant. Street parking available.
A word from Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca
Modern Italian cooking emphasizing quality and value. Lupo Restaurant located at the entrance to Vancouver’s famous Yaletown area. Theatres, Concert and sporting venues all within a short walk.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (131)special occasion (128)neighborhood gem (101)romantic (100)notable wine list (73)good for groups (31)late-night find (12)hot spot (11)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The truffle cream pasta was to die for! And the meatballs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Pleased to see Lupo high up on the rated restaurants, returned after many years. The food was excellent. The atmosphere extremely loud. Parking difficult. The service staff were clearly very good and plentiful yet inattentive all at the same time. A full forty five minutes between starter and main, with no visit let alone any explanation. Looking around, it wasn't like the other tables were faring any better. After placing our dessert on the table, which like the main course also seemed to take forever, the maitre d' said "we can get you drinks" as he was quickly (!) walking away. He wasn't even fully facing us as he said that. Nobody returned - except after we finally cornered someone and asked for the bill. Nobody ever asked us about coffee, tea, or after-dinner drinks. Nothing. We had thought of going somewhere else for dessert. We should have. Perhaps for dinner as well. Why would he even say that when he clearly had absolutely no intention of pausing for even a split second? Oh, and our wine? Stored around a corner where we couldn't see it. Three glasses poured, one topped up, at least 1/4 left in a bottle that was never seen again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Jokers
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I have been to this restaurant before when it was Villa de Lupo. Surprising they have done some really nice renovations and the place looks cool. Our waiter was very attentive and our Buratta was really creamy and delicious yumm.... My top pick for the night is the fettucini with truffles it was so good I inhaled it. We also had the sable fish which was fresh tasting and thick and it was nicely marinated. The waiter was attentive and knows the menu well and his recommendations were perfect. Definitely a nice place for a special occasion, as it is not so noisy and you can have a decent conversations. Ambiance is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience
    JMCrevi3ws
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    As I walked into what literally once was a home, the simple yet tasteful decor was visually pleasing. I was promptly attended to and my reserved table was ready right away with no wait time required. I was taken to our table upstairs (special request downstairs if a taller flight of stairs is a challenge for you) and seated a nice table looking out on to Hamilton st. Our server came over right away, water was served, new the meal specials inside out, made suggestions after asking a few questions and it got better from there. Our antipasti was quite delicious (my friend had the special and I had the meatballs and polenta), both the primi secondi's came out and were exactly as described on the menu. Prices were definitely more on the $$$ side as opposed to the $$ as posted on Open Table, but it was worth it. I believe our servers name was Nathan and he alone made the experience quite great. I will definitely be going back for more soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter was great, food delicious, lovely setting
    Joyous
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was my first time. staff was welcoming and could not do enough for us. Food was delicious, Dinner was delivered in a timely manner as they knew we were going to QE Theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a real gem
    frequenttraveler330VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We stumbled upon this restaurant in passing, and I am really glad we returned to dine here. It just happened to be very close to our hotel. It is a small place that is upstairs so not terribly eyecatching from the street, but oh, what a meal! I loved the ambience...small adjoining rooms nicely decorated, like something from a magazine, and not a trendy, boisterous open space. The service was outstanding, and the food was the best I had in three days in the city. Very authentic Italian fare...we started with a delicious caprese salad, then followed that with the veal chop for my husband and veal ravioli for me...perfectly done. I am glad I saved room for the dessert as the tiramisu was one of the best I have ever had...very delicate with perfectly balanced flavors. I also loved that the service was attentive, but relaxed. I know most people want dishes cleared immediately, but I was raised to leave the plates until all diners are finished so no one feels rushed, and that is exactly what they did, and then promptly removed them once we were both finished. Great experience, and would definitely return! Don't miss it if you love great Italian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    antique
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent food, friendly and attentive staff, comfortable seats and atmosphere; wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JBA
    Otisbuckaroo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fairly early Saturday night start, two couples--experienced diners--out for good Italian and a good experience. They got it partly right. Server was clearly over her head and just wasn't up to the techniques or quality standards of fine dining and who put a big damper on the whole experience. The food was very good; we shared two starters, two pastas and the ladies shared an entrée while the guys had their own. Felt like you were asking for a big favor to have the kitchen share the plates--they did once and did not with three other chances. Had they, they would have created a much nicer experience for their "guests," and it is done without asking down the street and around the corner at their primary competition--always without asking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    mike
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was fantastic, and so was the service. It's a little on the pricey side, which is just fine for special occasions. I took my wife there for her birthday and she loved every bit of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RoostVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Fabulous wine list.outstanding staff. Loved the rack of lamb with eggplant parm and octopus carpaccio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lupo's- simply superb
    LostinShanghai
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The service was welcoming and impeccable. Food was superb, a ménage of complex flavours. Recommend the sablefish to be sure. A bit noisy when full, but it's the chatter of people enjoying themselves. The chef and the staff outdo themselves. Five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Gluten Freindly!!
    localpatron
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife is a Celiac. When I called to make the reservation I was told there were several gulten free options available for her. My waiter was unaware of any. It took a manager and several failed attempts to find a disappointing combination of acceptable food options. Everyone else did enjoy their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience!
    wineanddineme
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had an amazing night at Lupo, will visit again for sure, and will highly recommend to family and friends. This was one of those fantastic dining experiences where all the boxes were checked: amazing ambiance, food and wine, and our server was one of the best we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nadia
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for years, finally...what gem. Best Ossu Buco was the best I have had. I will be eating there again soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cyjhVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Absolutely charming, impeccable service. Knowledgeable and warm team of hosts/hostesses and manager. EXTRAORDINARY food. Alba shaved truffle on perfect al dente tagliatelle! So fragrant and heavenly! Octopus carpaccio was tender and refreshing. Veal tenderloin carpaccio with tuna emulsification for dressing - very creative, labor intensive and therefore challenging to try at home even if you're a gourmet chef! Florentian steak was grilled to perfection. Dover sole was delicious. A selection of Italian wines ranging from quality regular occasion prices to those fit for connoisseurs with discerning taste. Honestly couldn't imagine a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and romantic atomsphere
    Steven
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very good food and lots of selections. Wine list is impressive and affordable. Not much of a view but atomsphere is both romantic and hommy. Good for family dining out or special occasion. Waitress who helped us was very friendly and knowledgable about the food/wine selection. Though the waiter who helped us while the waitress was busy was less knowledgable and gave me the feeling that he didn't care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy if a big group is celebrating
    AliceH
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Everything is wonderful about this restaurant with one exception. We were seated next to a large party who were celebrating a birthday and the noise level overpowered our conversation. Next time I will ask if there are reservations for a large group and ask to sit somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as a romantic meal
    Mikeyox
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was good but not great. The service was great. The noise level was quite loud and it is not a place for a romantic dinner. The prices were expensive for the food but expected due to the location.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really superb Italian restaurant
    BearwifeVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant delivers a four star experience for a very moderate price. We were wowed by the beautiful decor, the attentive, knowledgeable service, and above all by the really incredible food. My wild mushroom taglione was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Appetizers and entrees were particularly wonderful, as was my memorable Rosso de Montalcino wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Meal
    mmmmm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Each of our courses was wonderful, most notably the Lobster Risotto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic - the very best!!
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had such a great time- wonderful service, great food- beautiful location!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    Rowly
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've walked by this unassuming restaurant frequently but only recently went for dinner. The service was very welcoming, friendly and efficient without being intrusive. Each plate was beautifully presented with creative flavour combinations - it can be touch to make Italian fare surprising and new. But the imported truffle pasta, the burrata/tomato/beet salad and fish options were nothing short of spectacular. The atmosphere in a rebuilt heritage low Victorian early 1900s house was rare and delightful. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Price unfit for quality of service
    foodievan
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food is more homely than most other restaurant of similar price range, which i don't mind, as long as the ingredients are high quality and dishes are hard to find at restaurants and you can only have it at home. Service was extremely slow for all dishes, about 45 minutes per course. And we sat through 4 course meals...... Typically, a good restaurant offers either 1. more food/drinks on the house, or 2. take off the dish that's taking a long, long, long time. You don't have to go to an expensive restaurant to get this kind of service, I waited 40 minutes for an entree at Olive Garden and the manager personally came by to apologize and took care of the bill. Also, the window seats were very cold. They def. need to reseal the windows.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnifico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    1st time at Lupo...it was soooooo goooood! Really really great food! It's a nice setting in an old character home gives it a nice ambience. The food was impressive. Only thing I have to say is that it was a bit slow between courses but when the food arrived it was worth the wait. Fantastic! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was not as exceptional as I was expecting, and service was average. Very noisy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    BeenThere
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Having read recent reviews, we were looking forward to a great meal, great service and a great setting. Only the food met our expectations. Servers need more training on wine selections.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant experience
    Stkluvr
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Not a big fan of Italian food but there are only two Italian restaurants I love in this city...Lupo and Cioppino's. This time it was another great experience at Lupo. Great food. Had the buffalo mozzarella salad as appetizer and Lamb osobucco as main dish. Good and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We brought my wife's parents here for their belated anniversary dinner. They were very impressed by the food and the service. We all had a fabulous night. Thank you Lupo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wineandineVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Really wonderful meal, but the only reason why I'd give it four starts and not five is because the pasta bolognese was not on fresh penne, and very overpriced. The sausage was absolutely delicious and some of the best I ever had. Amazing service!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food - Be more transparent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was good, ambience fine but I was disappointed with the service. We had our 3 year old with us - he only wants Pasta and Butter. So when his food arrived it was an item from the menu - no effort to meet our childs request and full price charge for the course. Be transparent - not likely we'll go back - Vancouver has far too much to offer that's better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Joski
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really enjoyed our first dinner at Lupo. The food and service were very good but the noise level was high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good choice in each course, and each item was well prepared and presented. Wine list quite tilted towards pricey end, so not a great choice under $70
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre event dining
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Loop is a good restaurant to go to for a meal before an event at the QE. Great Italian food in a charming house & very friendly service! Their house made pastas are worth trying.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy!!
    LindaBVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My husband and I, after a cruise dined in Vancouver on Sunday and Monday. Although Sunday's dining was great, we wish we knew about Lupo beforehand. The restaurant was like dining at my Italian grandmothers!!! Old classics done with an inventive twist. The antipasto, meatballs fonduta, beet salad, hand made pastas and chicken cacciatore were so good, I could have kissed the chef!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find for 2 Californians
    fromSF
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    After retiring and moving from San Francisco where I have lived for 35 years, my wife and I were starved for fine food. We stumbled upon Lupo which is just across the street from where we are staying in Vancouver. The food was so good that it can only be experienced and the service was excellent. I only wish we could be in Vancouver more often so that we could eat at Lupo more often. We plan to eat there one more time before we go home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    jenjenVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our 3rd time at Lupo and we were very disappointed. The food was good, but not as stellar as it's been in the past. The service was terrible. It took 15 minutes for the waiter to take our drink order, and that level of service continued for the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretheatre Dining
    fridaydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and service was fantastic. The timing was perfect so that we had ample time to walk to the QET.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent if you can handle stairs
    finetush
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food, good wine and attentive service. Two problems: you must climb 12 steps to get into the restaurant and another flight to the rest rooms. Impossible for mobility challenged people; second, staff is frenetic. I have rarely seen such a level of activity in a restaurant. Does not lend itself to calm dining. Aside from those issues it is a great place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Its in a converted old house, which not everyone likes, with interesting art on the walls. The service is friendly and prompt but not rushed. The food is drop dead delicious. I recommend the burrata, the meatballs, any of the pastas or the lamb shank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    ccshawvancouver
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Delicious food, friendly service, lovely romantic atmosphere. We will definitely be back! Looked for a nice place to celebrate our anniversary, and it didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.