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Il Lupino

3.8
1314 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar. Created by famed restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener, serving delicious, authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxing, yet sophisticated, environment, featuring indoor and lanai bar and dining, an open kitchen, and a Salumeria, or Italian deli.
Our menu features authentic creations; farm to table produce; incorporating the fresh local seasonal produce, imported Italian cheeses, hand-cut meats and a variety of seafood accented with hand-made pasta.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1314 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Every time when we needed to ask or order took over 20 min. We ask for medium rare but came out rare so I couldn’t eat..

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LM2021
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Just OK. It’s a beautiful spot with a lovely patio. I generally don’t like when I need to flag down servers for things. I understand that Covid has dramatically impacted the service industry, but it’s not hard for servers that are there to be attentive and notice when you need another glass of wine or anything else with your meal. Not all our meals came out at the same time so it was frustrating. Our server was honest about the kitchen being busy, but I got the feeling it’s always this way. Lots of wonderful choices in the area with excellent service.

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vipyath
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited 2 hours for dinner. My legs went numb sitting there waiting. Food arrived after 2 hours and wasn’t good, we didn’t eat the proteins, they were bad and drenched in butter and oil.

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robin
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The Caesar salad was overdressed. The bolognese was flavorless.

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PhoeniciaZ
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The seafood in the pasta dish was like eating rubber. We were not charged for this part of the order. My husband's dinner was good not fabulous. Our server was wonderful. The online menu was not up to date with what is available. The lovely looking desserts were just not there except for the tiramisu which every place would have. The chocolate sauce used tasted like Hershey's syrup.

Il Lupino
Responded 3 days ago

Aloha and thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry everything did not go perfectly. Like many places during this time we too are struggling to obtain good quality staffing. However, it appears that all of this will be over soon so that we may return to normal. I would love to invite you back to and give us a try again. Please email me at christopherlord@illupino dot c o m . Thank you Christopher Lord, GM

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davidd
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Firstly main course was served while we were still eating appetizer. Wrong main course for my husband & long wait while correct was being made while myself & my sin had ours. I asked for dressing on the side & of course came super dressed & soggy. Then for dessert, only 1, a long wait for a slice or tirimisu!!! So by the time it came we asked for it to go. Manager did not do a good job of any sort of customer service. Not happy, would not recommend or return

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vipShellshell
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Goat cheese appetizer was out of this world. Great friendly service also. Will definitely go back next time we’re in town.

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RicardoZ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious authentic-tasting Italian cuisine. Excellent friendly service. Nice atmosphere indoors and outdoors.

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TeenaS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for happy hour. Eggplant, calamari, meatball and $8 cocktails. Good food and great service by our waiter, Trevor. Hawaiian music under the palm trees. Doesn’t get any better.

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Edmundo
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The atmosphere is lovely here. Romantic & peaceful. We sat outside along the railing. Notably, during the meal, the Canadian couple next to us unfortunately had their purse stolen by a passing group of teenagers. It had her money and Passport in it. So, be very mindful where you put your valuables when sitting outside on the patio. The service was good, albeit, slow. The pasta carbonara was very disappointing & the swordfish was cooked poorly. I hate giving poor reviews, yet, I cannot in good faith recommend this establishment. The meal was not pleasant.

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Ajay
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food quality needs to be improved as does service. This place has clearly yet to recover from the pandemic. The hostess appeared somewhat grumpy. The waiter while very polite and professional clearly had a lot of tables to deal with. However the food really does need to improve and this is the main issue which would likely stop us from coming back.

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vipandyw
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Lupino is a must go restaurant for us when in Hawaii. The food is very flavorful, the service impeccable, great wine list and it's probably the nicest outdoor seating you can find in Waikiki. You know when pasta dish is prepared by original Italians when the pasta is cooked "al dente" to perfection. Why this place only has a 3-star rating is beyond me. 10 out of 10 for me.

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DanW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Was it the chef’s night off? I have never written a review but I need to caution other diners to avoid this restaurant. We made a last minute booking as a lot of places had a long wait and it was getting late. They did follow Covid protocol which is why I gave them two stars. First off, the wine is ridiculously overpriced. The food is expensive but we wouldn’t mind paying that if the quality and taste were high. Unfortunately this was not so. Our pasta arrived and I had ordered Gamberi and my husband ordered pescatore. The seafood in the dish was ok but the pasta was supposed to be capellini for mine and linguine for my husband. The dishes were both gummy spaghetti. We brought this to the waiters attention and his reply was the chef used spaghetti tonight? Maybe we would have been ok with gummy thick spaghetti if the sauce was delicious but both our sauces tasted like watered down tomato juice. I didn’t eat mine and they did not charge me for my dish which was appreciated but as I was still hungry after leaving the restaurant and there was no apology or effort to remedy the situation it was overall a very disappointing experience.

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vipVanFoodie73
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Kitchen was under staffed which made the wait long. No fault of the kitchen.

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PamelaH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice evening at an outdoor table. We had carpaccio, margarita pizza, wine, chocolate cake, coffee and Frangellica. Our waiter did an awesome job! We come here every time we are in Honolulu.

Excellent!

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Chels
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The staff was friendly but not set up well to excel. We arrived early in the dinner crowd and after taking our order our server returned to advise they were out of lasagna, why wasn’t this addressed in the shift chat? We requested additional bread which was never delivered. The calamari was lackluster. The gnocchi was pretty good as was the tiramisu. Tiramisu came very nicely plated! For $120 when we shared the meal I would expect much better, disappointing experience. I do not recommend eating here.

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vipNickC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 👍 food

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viper14
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Sean as he had great suggestions and provided awesome service. Veal chop grilled to perfection and vino and after dinner drinks were fantastic. We will be back!

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vipiLo823
Central Coast
257 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wanted a light dinner so ended up with a salad and added shrimp to it. Sat outside, which was vet nice with all of the torches lit. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very slow service and wine is VERY overpriced.

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vipWilliamH
El Paso
34 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A very pretty place but very average food. Honestly as far as Italian goes I’d say Olive Garden is better in terms of food. We had the carbonara and the bolognese and both were just so so. The charcuterie board was quite nice, the waiter was pleasant. A lovely looking place with table cloths and the first impression appearance of a 5 star restaurant. Restroom dirty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was so good and we sat outside and it was just a great environment.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked by a few times as we stayed nearby and made a reservation on open table. We had a nice, relaxing meal on the outdoor patio. Mauro, our waiter was great and recommended the appetizer (goat cheese dip) special so we had that and split a pizza. They also have home made pasta so definitely would try that next time!!

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JaneM
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

One of the best experiences in Waikiki

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vipFourthsis
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has been a great find. The food is always good, great value, and every time we have been here, the service has been very good. (For those with food sensitivities you may have to be careful to ask for preparation changes - I do, and they always accommodate = need low salt, low sauce, no truffle oil options; they seem to like their truffle oil.)

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hostesses were very nice. Chris the waiter and the mafioso looking guys in the black suits were all great!
We enjoyed it all very much.

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Trish
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! We went twice on our stay. Food was delicious! The service was great and professional. I would highly recommend! Definitely will come back when we are in Honolulu again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daniel was an extremely attentive waiter. He was always ready to ensure our experience was perfect. My wife and I had a wonderful time, and we would absolutely recommend this restaurant for anyone traveling to Honolulu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Drinks took 20 min to come out

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Rtrm
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. The fish was a bit dry and slightly over cooked. Otherwise amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Just okay. Not authentic Italian and in an outdoor mall setting. Not what you would expect for the price. Looked great online in theory but overall a tourist level experience.

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MsMaggie
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Marco (?) was knowledgeable, passionate and attentive. The Goat Cheese butter was divine as a starter. The Caprese salad disappointed and was not worth the $. Underripe tomatoes and mediocre mozzarella should be upgraded. My son said the Pepperoni Pizza was the best he’s ever had. My daughter enjoyed her Bolognese and my Gambari was good enough as well but could have been slightly more balanced. The wine was way over priced (didn’t even realize I had ordered a $50 glass of wine until the tab came - I just asked for a good Cab and was presented with some choices but didn’t get pricing; my bad). Overall, Lupino is lovely and we would return but some things are grossly over priced. I want to highlight the amazing service however; old school Hospitality that made us feel incredibly welcomed. Great for date night (sit on the patio!).

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MadisonS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Would come again, lovely atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience.

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BillW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was delicious, very authentic Italian cuisine. Goat cheese appetizer was a special and should be added to menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. We are going to go back again this trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Friendly staff. Delicious food. Had a gnocchi and husband had a pizza. Both delicious. Nice drinks too. Good price.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

My wife had spaghetti with meatballs and it was awful. No flavor to either the sauce or meatball. I had the NY strip and again no seasoning. Could have been a great meal with a little spice in both meals.

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NancyA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza salad and affordable happy hour drinks. The service was exceptional too.

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viprtunity
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff and even better food!

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You can order delivery directly from Il Lupino using the Order Online button. Il Lupino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 922-3400.

Il Lupino is rated 3.8 stars by 1314 OpenTable diners.

Il Lupino does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://illupino.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.