About Il Lupino

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 pastas.

2233 B-180a Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 8:00am - 11:30am Brunch 8:00am - 02:30pm
Lunch: 11:30pm - 4:45pm
Happy Hour Bar: 12:00pm - 6:30pm Happy Hour Patio: Every Day 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm,
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
Seaside Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 922-3400

Website:
http://www.illupino.com/index.php

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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please feel free to inquire about special events via email.

Private Dining

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.

Il Lupino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
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Notable Wine List (7)
Special Occasion (7)
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Romantic (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 2 days ago

We were a party of four. There was a major language barrier with our waiters even though we’ve lived in Hawaii for 30 yrs. This was our 5th time dining here. Last night was a total disappointment. We were entertaining good friends from the mainland, their first visit to Hawaii. The waiters were not only incompetent, we had to flag them down, and there was a complete language barrier. Our second bottle of wine was put down onto our table but never opened. I was ready to search out a corkscrew to open it myself. When pouring our wine the wait help did not finish pouring out our two well priced bottles of wine, leaving wine in the bottles. The waiter completely missed portions of our order. We were never offered salt or pepper, for our salads nor were we asked if we would like to order anything else. We had to ask twice for our check.
This is unfortunate as the food is tasty and overall good, but we will most likely not be back again.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

We sometimes seen our waiter, not as often as we would like. I knw it was a little busy. The tables were to close together, bathroom (mens) a little dirty, missing hooks, toilet too small. Waited a little long for the entrees, but seating was pretty quick.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant’s outdoor dining area in the courtyard of the Royal Hawaiian hotel is a calm oasis in Waikiki. A favorite dining spot of ours. Our service was great. Good Italian food.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Use to be a great spot with close to authentic Italian food. Went back two years later and the service was absolutely terrible. The server was trying his best, but he was unorganized, flustered, and very awkward. He appeared to be in training. The food had also declined over the years. We felt unattended too.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was beautifully decorated for Valentine’s Day. A good crowd, very festive. Food and service were very good. We would go to Il Lupino again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We arrived 10 minutes late for our reservation due to traffic. Our reservation was deleted from their system and we were nearly turned away. Thankfully the hostess worked us back into our table. It was frustrating because we could see there were many open tables. The food was okay but was overpriced and not memorable. Our waiter must have been relatively new and at times the service was slow, but he was congenial and made a good wine recommendation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Overall a very good meal. Service was good but not great.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great restaurant with great food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The ambience and location is great. They have a hard time accommodating changes to food items - like adding vegetables to a dish. I added veggies to my pasta and it made it taste like an Asian stir fry instead of an Italian pasta dish.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The atmosphere here is lovely especially if the weather is good (which it is almost always) choose to sit on the patio. They have a phenomenal extensive wine list. Our waiter was great and really made up for the lack of flavor in the dinner course. Garlic bread appetizer was subpar esp for this restaurants outward and inward style. The manager was delightful and walked the floor a couple times during our dining experience. The host bright and friendly. Basically was I thrilled with the quality of food, no I’ve had much better. Would I go back and give it another try, yes.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The best meal we had on Oahu this week. We will be back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We love this restaurant and visit at least once when we are in Waikiki. Unfortunately last night the timing was off due to the wine that I ordered. After 2 people trying to locate it we were told they were out if it. By then we had finished our appetizer and the main was being served (ahead of our salad). To compensate they brought us a very nice assortment of meats and cheeses but we were so full we had to bag it up and bring it home. Nice gesture on their part and overall the food was still very good and we will be back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2018

IL Lupino is one of our favorite restaurants in Waikiki and always the first one we visit when we arrive. We are so happy that gnocchi is back on the menu!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Thank you so much yesterday. We was very fun and delicious !! We had a nice time. When I come back to Hawaii, I'll be back here!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Average food. They were out of 3 wines on the wild list, but didn’t tell us until we ordered them. Pricey for the quality of food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food and the ambience was wonderful. However the bar staff and the waitstaff have no clue as to what they were doing. Had to get the manager involved personally took care of our table. This was our second visit and the first visit was exactly the same.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was efficient and personal.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was ok not, service was just ok.
This I was last time to go there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Normally a great place for us to dine. Our last visit was not as good. We asked that our food not come out all at once bacause we ordered five different items to be shared. The second dish came out too soon. We weren’t even half way through the first dish. Teice we asked the server for silver ware and it was obvious she was not going to get some for us since her job was to just serve the food. That was strictly our waiters job. So we sat there with our food until the waiter noticed we had no silver ware. He did bring some and piled it in a bunch all on our left side. We dine out most nights and know silverware is normally put out before dishes come out.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good: Margherita pizza, Octopus appetizer
Bad: Uni Pasta,Caesar salad, Red Snapper Piccata

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

the food and service were excellent ! appetizers were great and original .... :)

Tags: Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Slow service. Ordered 2 tagliatelle dishes. They substituted linguini without telling us that they were out of tagliatelle. Totally wrong! Will never go there again and will not recommend to friends.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was my daughters 21st for which she got no recognition food was delicious service apauling 35 minute wait for a glass of wine😩

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Extremely poor service and extremely disappointing tasteless food. The only good thing was the Cesar Salad and the Prosecco.
Avoid the pastas - even my 9 year old can make better sauces. Actually, avoid this restaurant if possible at all.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

While the food was good, the dinner had an almost comical number of glitches that made for an unsatisfying dining experience. These included: being told immediately by the waiter that virtually half the menu items were out of stock; being served a warm bottle of water and needing to wait until it cooled off; the gnocchi we ordered did not come with any chicken as requested; it took 20 minutes to receive the correct silverware for seafood; it took a long time for the waiter and even one of the hostesses to clarify allergens.

We were the lucky ones. There was a family at the table next to us that had been seated before us whose food had not yet arrived by the time we were leaving.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic food and service. We must have had the best waiter ever because we so enjoyed everything about Lupinos as we remembered it from 5 years ago. So thank you Royce!!! Thanks also to all your peers (and manager) who combined to make this a memorable experience again. Wine selections are incredibly deep and some do not have the normal 50-100% markup. Outside seating looked nice too but it was a little humid despite the January date. Mahalo!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was amazing, and the food was incredible

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is delicious but the customer service was seriously lacking. We had to wait 40 mins past our reservation time to get seated, over an hour to get our food and when brought up to management not a care was given. Beware when going here.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had been to this restaurant numerous times on dates. The food is excellent. I wanted a romantic date for New Year's Eve. You can either be seated in house or outside on their terrace, with a beautiful view of the grounds in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the beautiful Christmas tree, there. I asked for outside, under an umbrella for two, away from children. They had already changed our table once.
However, we found our selves seated near a table with two children. To be fair, they were pretty well behaved. However, as the meal progressed we found ourselves surrounded with 4 tables of children. The adult next to us thought it was a brilliant idea to give the little fellow a truck. Needless to say, he used the table for his race track. He also thought it was a fun idea to keep poking the waitress in the rear whenever she went passed, to get her attention. He wasn't corrected by the adult and the poor waitress was professional enough to smile and take it in stride.
It was anything but a romantic ambiance. I have children of my own. It would have been nice if the parents had taken the time and gotten baby sitters, in advance, in consideration of the rest of us, who were willing to pay for a special night, together.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Another lovely meal at our favorite fine food eatery. Delicious bruchetta, caeser salad, veal chop, gnocchi with scallops and a delightful flight of cannolis! Great service, great wine suggestions by the server, and great food. Highly recommended.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

雰囲気やサービスは大変良かったが、肝心の食事は良くなかったです。
予約の時間より早く入れてもらって大変良かったです。
早く入れてもらったためなのか、忙しそうでした。
オーダーでは、ペペロンチーニがなかったので似たようなガーリック味のシーフードを頼みましたが、前菜で頼んでいたタコと重なり、シーフードとはタコでした。最悪。どうして教えてくれないのか。
パスタは麺が美味しく無く、量だけが多い感じで、味も良くなかったです。大半を残してしまいました。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

家族旅行で伺いました。

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Utterly overpriced mediocre food. Rancid macadamia nuts on our cheese board, salty gnocchi and mushy risotto.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food great service ... a little pricey but still nice night out

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Vibe was horrible -staff were stressed and hostess was not nice

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good food. We go there at lest two times each trip.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Waiter was not as attentive as expected since drinks took a long time. Food came out almost an hour after ordering. food arrived for only two of the four guests. The other two were served 30 minutes later and one of the dishes was not as ordered. Nor did the waiter check to see if our dishes were correct. This was Christmas day and I had brought two guests from out of state. The entire meal and service was embarrassing to say the least.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed Xmas Day brunch here but the service was very slow and our food almost cold. Which is a shame as we think they were just understaffed for the holiday. If the food had been warm/hot and service faster, it would have been perfect!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Locals dining for Xmas eve. Our usual Sarentos has closed down so we tried here. Food was great but it was crowded and loud, tables very close together. Prix fixe menu with wine pairing- food was great but wine pairing was poor and no dessert course. Only received 3, 2 oz tastings for an upcharge of $53 a person. Was expecting full glasses of wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband and I were visiting the island from Atlanta and had passed by the restaurant on a walk. The ambiance appeared to be very nice. So, I checked out the reviews and they were pretty good, so we decided to give it a try. It was the best meal that we had during our stay. The waiter was cheerful and attentive, the food was amazing and there is a nice wine selection. We would certainly go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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