I had the pleasure of dining recently at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, located street level of the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. It’s the flagship Italian restaurant of Wolfgang Zwiener – a restaurateur who also has seven steakhouses in the U.S. bearing his name, including Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
A beautiful restaurant with indoor and alfresco seating, Il Lupino is casual and sophisticated at the same time. With our great year-round weather, visitors especially love dining outdoors under umbrellas and tranquil views of the lush Royal Grove where palm trees and native flora are cultivated in a Hawaiian ethno-botanical garden.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Il Lupino offers delicious Italian cuisine, fine wines and a happy hour with good selection of appetizers. I was there for lunch and opted for the Insalate (salad) with shrimp and Linguine alla Vongole (fresh clams). I also sampled a slice of their Funghi e Spinanci (Hamakua Mushrooms with fresh Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese) pizza. If that wasn’t enough, I tasted the Tiramisu and Panna Cotta with mixed berries … service was excellent and everything was delish.
One thing I missed checking out was Il Lupino’s Salumeria Formaggi of cured meats and artisan cheeses … so I’ve made a note to return and see / taste what I missed.
Il Lupino is an excellent Italian restaurant in Waikīkī and a great choice for dinner,. There’s plenty of validated parking and lots of shops to browse before and after. Of course, when you’re available earlier in the day, stop by for breakfast, lunch or happy hour too.
Hours of operation:
Breakfast 7am-11am Saturday/Sunday 7am-12pm
Happy hour 4pm-6:30pm every day
Dinner 5pm-10:30pm Saturday/Sunday 5pm-11:30pm
Late Night Happy Hour Thursday- Sunday 10:30pm-12:30am
Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg. B, Level 1
2233 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 110