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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (122)fit for foodies (113)neighborhood gem (96)romantic (94)notable wine list (70)good for groups (25)late-night find (11)hot spot (11)scenic view (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
  • A cozy evening overall
    Kabita
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I'd requested a cozy corner table for my husband and I to celebrate his birthday. We were received with a warm welcome & seated at the side of the room and were very happily surprised when the hostess offered to move us to an actual 'corner table' after it opened up soon after our arrival; excellent service. The food was delicious & the server friendly, approachable & knowledgeable about the menu/wine list. Downside: we were offered a bread basket (very common in Vancouver restaurants) & were surprised to find a charge for it on our bill (especially since we hardly touched it). For a high end & high-priced restaurant, this seemed a bit petty - we mentioned this to our server. There's also poor sound absorption and it can get really loud.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a night out
    mamabear77
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Food was good, fresh. It really is like eating in an old character home. Quaint. If you want a happening, loud place this is not the place to be. Good for a quiet meal out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tjmp
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    An excellent experience as always. Chris and Julie were attentive and friendly. The food was excellent as always. Their focaccia bread is the best I've ever had and I always order the stuffed quail entree. The setting in an old heritage house is a great setting for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fine Dining
    FoodArtLover
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was of outstanding quality. Having eaten in many Michelin-starred restaurants before, I would definitely rate the quality one star. The service was also excellent. Overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    Vancouver
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The chef uses local, fresh ingredients and combines fantastic flavors from this region. Friendly staff and just a great place for dinner. The penne pasta that I had was fabulous as was the cheese salad. Great place for couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Focus on Food and Service -
    BeenHereSince72
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I was going to title this "old school focus on food and service' and then thought that people might take that as a criticism. What I mean is that here is a restaurant that still understands and operates on the baisis that eating out is ABOUT the food and service! It's such a treat to be served well and unobrtrusively. It's also a treat to have fine Italian food with an emphasis on freshnes, flavour and creative presentation. One leaves feeling fed in body and soul.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    FoodieForLife
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is my 3rd time here. This was my first time bringing my in laws and sister in law with her boyfriend. You know when you talk something up to someone so much you ate afraid when it finally happens that it won't be like the last time? Well Lupo had continued to make all of my senses come alive yet again and head yet to disappoint me. We head concert tickets for 8 pm and made reservations for 530. It was the first time we were seated upstairs. It felt like we were in our own private room worth our own bar. The service from Shawn was impeccable. Always there worth my wine bottle in hand, chilled to perfection, or with water for the non wino's. Everyone's dish was amazing and we all shared each others bites. My guests were awestruck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favourite Restaurant
    AmuseBoucheVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Lupo is a tucked away gem in Yaletown. A converted two-storey house and veranda, it instantly feels welcoming and homey, but still upscale, like an elegant dinner party. The staff are friendly, observant and attentive, and one went out of his way to entertain a diner's young child. Our first visit here was for my birthday, but it will certainly not be our last. I had the special - a truly revelational sablefish - and nearly cried when it was over. It was a real lesson in perfectly prepared fish: flavourful, tender, meaty flakes, balanced with sweet summer vegetables. My partner had the most flavourful wild mushroom taglierini, which emanated the mouthwatering aroma of earthy, buttery truffles and featured the most succulent chanterelles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Made an Impression
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I took some guests from out of town into Lupo last week and assured them that the food was great and service even better. It was a huge hit! Nathan was awesome; friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Started with a shared Fresh cheese and tomato salad which was melt in your mouth. The homemade ravioli was so good, one of our guests wished that he had had that as his primary dish...until he got his Sablefish. It was marinated overnight, giving it a delicious flavor but light and not overpowering. Lemon tart with 3 forks turned into a tyne fight as we all tried to maintain some dignity but get our 'fair share'. All in all, a wonderful night - again. Business is bringing them back into town soon and it is already on their 'must return' list.Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as I remember It Being
    PSvisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I lived in Vancouver in the early part of this century, and Lupo (along with the dearly departed Cocco Pazzo) were my two favorite Italian restaurants in this fair city. I wanted to see if my memory still held true, and so I made a reservation recently. I'm happy to say that it is as good, if not better, than I remember it. The pasta was cooked correctly--truly al dente, as it is served in Bologna--and the wine recommendation (from the extensive and expensive list) was perfectly matched to our food. This restaurant is different than most in that it is situated in a converted home on Hamilton. And the ambience is similar--homey, and yet romantic and elegant. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Bill: $90 each, including wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Italian food
    Jonathan
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food, great service and always a fantastic dinner. Either as a couple or with our older kids, Lupo is always a favourite of ours. Consistently great food, and always superior service. I true gem in Yaletown, I highly recommend going.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Pre-Event Dining
    infromtheburbs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I were attending a downtown show at the Orpheum. We were able park easily on Hamilton in front of the restaurant. The metered parking was valid through to 10pm so for $10 we had parking for the evening. The dinner was elegant and the atmosphere was very refined. The food and menu selection were very good as well. The restaurant had an extensive wine list. We dined leisurely for an hour and a half then walked the 2 or so blocks straight up Smythe to the Orpheum. After the event, we walked down Robson past the Library and back to our car for an easy exit back over the Cambie Bridge and on our way home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly
    Fahim
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of our favourite restraunts around, the staff is really friendly and provide great service. Menu is always good, great place for couples enjoying a dinner or celebrating an occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and slow service
    Girlz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was ok.. We had purchased the costco voucher for $95. We are thinking our service was poor bc of it. They limit you to 2 appetizer options, and dinner is limited too. Our appetizers were not good, dinner was ok, dessert was excellent. Overall we were left sitting between courses for a long time. Total 3hr dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    SuziinTNVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We chose the restaurant on a whim and boy were we happy. This neighborhood restaurant is set in an old home that has been beautifully preserved. The food was outstanding - we had specials and off the menu items - and the service was very good. When we go back to Vancouver, this will be on the list to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • domo arigato
    gourmetxgourmand
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    food good and fresh; presentation: clean ,not fency rather "matter of fact"; service: friendly but somewhat slow "response time" which is probably due to the high frequency of customers over lunch time; overall good value for money ,suitable for business lunch as well as entertaining friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong with a good Italian
    somekindofcharacter
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food, friendly service. Chose this place based on online reviews and it lived up to its reputation. The interior was a little dark and the room had a bit of a weird smell at first, but the food quality was totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent Dining
    SteveM
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Recently had the chance to dine at Lupos with friends while we were visiting vancouver. Great find - food was excellent as was the wine - both made even better as our choices were expertly guided by Morico, Trusted to his recommendations and the four of us were not disappointed. Atmosphere, decor and service were all excellent and added to the night. This was by far the best restaurant we found in four weeks traveling Alaska, Alberta and BC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Misleading as to price
    Expensivebutgood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great reviews which are accurate with one important exception. this is not just a 2 star cost. More like a 5 star cost. Cost of a bottle of Italian wine was a minimum of $50.00 going upward to $300. When showing some discomfort the recommended wine was $80.00
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Lupo has the best service and the best food in Vancouver. We always enjoy our time at Lupo. Looking at the other tables, it looks like everyone else is happy too. The staff is friendly and helpful to all the customers. The sable fish, when it is available, is a must try. Tonight, they had a roasted pear for dessert. I hope they bring that back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Happytourist
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and service were amazing. Though we came in dressed extremely casually, the staff was still polite and the service was great. Just the right amount of attention at our table. We also both had food allergies but the restaurant was able to help us choose the best options and work with our allergies (nuts for one of us and gluten for the other). Be warned, they will not serve you dessert if you have a nut allergy but this is for your own safety so it's not too big an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Appy of fresh motzarella (special) fantastic! Special entrée sable fish - fish was excellent, vegetables soggy and was over salted. Both of us had swollen up fingers later in the evening from all the salt! No special tweaks allowed to the menu other than to order gluten free pasta if you wished. Waitress told us 'they didn't have whipped cream' when we asked for simply a bowl of fresh berries with cream on the side for dessert. Yet they have berries on other desserts and there was definitely whipping cream on the monte cristos....so just say 'we don't do substitutions and leave it at that. Overall, good meal but I wouldn't go back. It wasn't that special. Dinner for 2 - $235.00 plus tip.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Truly enjoying our meal, along with friendly staff make this restaurant a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.