II Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

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Service: The service was average at ll Lupino in Waikiki. Both times we went to this restaurant the staff was friendly but very slow to respond to our needs. For example the first time we went the waiter never came back to fill up our wine glasses and we also asked for another menu to order additional items and he forgot twice (was missing in action for most of the meal). The other time we requested Parmesan cheese and peppers for our pizza and waited for over 10 minutes for the items to arrive (by the time we had eaten half our entrees) and the excuse was “we had to grade fresh Parmesan for you” well if its an Italian restaurant we would recommend doing that each day since its pretty probable someone will want it! Overall don’t go to this establishment if you are in a rush or not willing to wait for food, drinks and everything else you may want.

Food: The food was good at II Lupino and is the new Italian restaurant from the chef / creator of  Wolfgang Steakhouse. The food was good but not each dish knocked our socks off by any means. The pasta was the most memorable of all the food and we can’t wait to go back and try some different ones from the menu. The salad was extremely boring and the first time we went we ordered the white pizza (with spinach and mushrooms)  which wasn’t our favorite, however, the last time we went our friend ordered one for the table and asked for them to drizzle some truffle oil over the top and it was 100% better. (NOTE: if you love prosciutto for $8 they will add fresh slices to any pizza).  They also have Happy Hour specials – Pizza’s for $10, Wine by the glass for $5, Beer $4 and snazzy cocktails for $7 between 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm daily so try it out after work for some Pau Hana with your friends.

Favorite Dishes: Prosciutto Panini (for lunch), White Pizza (ask for truffle oil!) Linguine alle Vongole with(Linguine with Clams) served with White Wine, Ravioli all’Anatra (Slow-cooked Duck Ravioli with a Duck Ragu and Parmesan cheese) Yummy! Our recommendation just stick to the Pastas and you can’t go wrong.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very nice at II Lupino Italian Restaurant. They have both ample indoor and outdoor seating both are extremely nice and have a causal yet elegant decor. The outdoor seating is lovely because it overlooks the Royal Hawaiian Gardens which are beautiful. The color scheme of the restaurant is a stunning yellow and black with rock walls creating a truly memorable dinning experience.

Consistency: We have been twice so far and both times the pasta was delicious and the rest of the items where OK but certainly nothing to write home about. We haven’t been for breakfast or dinner thus far so will update this section after we experience it first hand.

Parking: The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center has a parking lot (for cars under 6.2 feet tall) and II Lupino validates  so the parking is free for 3 hours after you eat which is nice if you wish to do a little shopping or take a stroll in Waikiki while in town.

Price Range: Medium ($12-$38) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended For Dinner
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
Royal Hawaiian Ctr
2233 Kalakaua Ave
Ste 110, Bldg B, Level 1
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 922-3400
Website:
http://www.illupino.com

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Every Day, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lunch: Every Day, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Happy Hour: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily

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Bella Mia

Overall: CorkCork

Service: The service is ok at Bella Mia. The staff is friendly and its a family owned business which is always nice. Both times we have been the service staff was welcoming and full of smiles. I wouldn’t say the service is fast but the food comes out quickly and the overall its pleasant.

Food: The dishes are huge at Bella Mia and absolutely large enough to share or for you to bring home for a second meal. They have everything you would imaging a from a NY-Italian restaurant including pasta, pizza, and a few salads. The marinara sauce and hot bread they serve you is delicious! its hot and the sauce is so good you could drink it. I would recommend going for lunch and having a salad and the bread as an appetizer it would be a perfect meal. The pasta was pretty good as well but was a bit overcooked.

Favorite Dishes: Greek Salad, Free Bread and Marinara Sauce

Atmosphere: The motif of Bella Mia is that of a casual, family style NY Italian restaurant. The table clothes are the traditional checkers of red and white. They have a pizza window and fun pictures and nick knacks around to give the ambiance that of a comfortable family-dive restaurant. Its the type of place you can bring kids and they can spill marinara sauce all over the floor without a second thought. The tables and chairs are miss matched which adds to the charm of this Italian family business.

Consistency: Both times we have been the food was consistently OK.

Parking: Parking is easy at Bella Mia because the restaurant is in the Kaimuki Shopping Center. You can find ample parking (most of the time) for only $1 for the first hour.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1137 11th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-1937
Website: /

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Du Vin

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Service: The overall service is so so at Du Vin. The staff is very friendly but not fast by any means and historically we have had better service for dinner than lunch.

Food: The food is pretty good. It’s Italian french inspired and they use a lot of yummy ingredients such as Arugula, Prosciutto,  Assorted Meats, Cheese and Fresh Fish so its hard to go wrong. For lunch and dinner they always have great specials and a Prix Fixe menu for only $25 a person. The deal comes complete with the daily appetizer, entree and dessert. (FYI: Du Vin doesnt allow any substitutes on these items)

Favorite Dishes: Moules frites, Escargot, Roasted Beet Salad, Crostini of warm Gorgonzola Dolce and Prosciutto, Pork Chop, Fresh Fish of the day

Atmosphere: Du Vin is absolutely one of the most wonderful restaurants in all of Hawaii when it comes to its Atmosphere. The restaurant screams Italy or Spain with its series of small connecting rooms all with intimate lighting and indoor/outdoor seating options. The Salon is the place you want to sit after work with your mates and have a glass of wine, cheese selection, and unwind. The Patio is the romantic place to sit with a date or close friend under the stars. The Cask Room you may find yourself in for a wine tasting or a family reunion. This room can be rented out for large functions and has a beautiful old bar at its center.

Consistency: The restaurant is pretty consistent. Sometimes the bread is a bit old but they heat it up which helps it taste fresher. On first Friday Du Vin gets extremely busy so for better food and better service come sometime during the week.

Parking: Du Vin is located in the heart of Honolulu so there are numerous public parking garages or if you have parkma (parking karma) that day you may snag a street spot. If not its recommend parking at the China Town lot of Beretania and walking to the restaurant but remember to check because some lots close up after 12am!

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Free $25 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1115 Bethel Street
(Across from Hawaii Theatre)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tel: (808) 545-1115
Website: www.brasserieduvin.com/

Hours of Operation:
Lunch served 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday
Dinner served 4:00 pm to late, Monday – Saturday

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California Pizza Kitchen

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Service: The service at CPK is excellent. They are very attentive, make great recommendations and always make you feel at home. If you are in a rush its recommended to grab a seat at the bar, its fast and you won’t have to wait to be seated!

Food: The food at CPK is always perfect. The food is Californian-Italian-American and has a very good selection of salads, pizza and pasta with international inspiration. They are constantly adding new food to the menu and offer fresh seasonal specials. It’s the type of restaurant where everyone leaves happy and is a good place to go with family or friends!

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Field Green Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad, Tricoloré Salad Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, Thin Crust Pizzas!

Atmosphere: The ambiance at all CPK’s are very contemporary. The ceilings are high and the color scheme is black and yellow. The restaurants are casual and you can feel comfortable wearing anything to one of there establishments. The bars are also very nice and the seats are comfortable.

Consistency: This is one of the most consistent restaurants we have been to. All the ingredients are weighted out and you always get exactly the same size and taste every time you go.

Parking: Depending on which location you visit parking is usually always available. The Kahala and Ala Moana Mall locations have ample parking and for the Waikiki location its best to park at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center parking across the street.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Free $5 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 941-7715
Website: www.cpk.com

Center of Waikiki
2284 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 924-2000

Kahala Mall

4211 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-9449

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 11am-11pm

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Town

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Service: The service is so so – that being said we have had much better service for dinner than for lunch.

Food: The food is contemporary, fun and delicious! The trend is organic and island fresh with an Italian /Mediterranean twist. Town often changes the menu which keeps things entertaining. The entree dishes are not big enough for sharing but it is recommended to order few appetizers for the table to sample for fun if you are not exceptionally hungry. (TIP: If you go for lunch and are craving a salad be warned its the size of a small appetizer! you need to order the “Big” salad or stop at Tamura’s for some Poki on your way home!)

Favorite Dishes: Ahi Cake, Arugula Salad, Fresh Fish, Hand Cut Pastas & Gnocchi are quite good.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is very hip and chic. You can sit both outside (dog friendly) or inside. The acoustics are not so great so if the restaurant is full be ready to yell to your friends to be heard. The restaurant is both casual and classy so you can dress up if you like or go as you are depending on your dinning engagement and company.

Consistency: Dinner is consistently good but we have had a few painfully slow and not very good lunches.

Parking: Town has a 30-car private parking lot in the back but you need to have “parkma” to get a spot as its also shared with another restaurant. You can also find ample free street parking is once the lot is full typically without problems.

Price Range: Medium ($15-$30) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per bottle
Take Out Available
Reservations Recommended

Address:
3435 Waialae Ave
Honululu, HI 96816
Call For Reservations: (808) 735-5900
or Email: info@townkaimuki.com
Website: http://www.townkaimuki.com

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday – Saturday: 6:30am – 11:00am
Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Arancino

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Service: At the Beachwalk location the service was pretty poor. It took 20 min to get the bottle of wine that we ordered and consistently had to ask to refill the waters. It was painfully slow but the waitstaff was very friendly at least and apologetic. The Arancino’s at the Marriott was also not much better but that may be because it was an off time to each and we sat outside.

Food: Arancino’s has a very traditional Italian menu and you shouldn’t have trouble finding something to order with all the options! The food at the Beachwalk location was cooked perfectly and although the pasta portion was rather small it tasted amazing. When we visited the Arancino’s at the Marriott the Prosciutto pizza had more fat than meat and the salad sampler was literally a bite of three types of salad. Def not worth the money so order something else.

Favorite Dishes: Spaghetti all’ arrabbiata (in the menu this is Penne pasta but we substituted with spaghetti and its very tasty), Insalata alla caprese, Tiramisu, and the Prosciuttto e rucola pizza (at the Beachwalk location this was really delicious but not at the Marriott).

Atmosphere: The Beach Walk store is a very small, quaint restaurant and the tables are situated very close together. Not ideal location for an intimate dinner experience. The Marriott location has nice outdoor seating which is great for people watching in Waikele and has great shade for those hot Hawaii days.

Consistency: Well between the two restaurants it wasn’t very consistent at all and the ingredients where definitely not the same quality. However, The pasta excellent good both times and was good enough to warrant a revisit.

Parking: For the Beachwalk location is situated in the heart of Waikiki so parking is tough but you can always park at the Royal Hawaiian Center and walk a few blocks or Arancino validates the Bank of Hawaii parking structure on the weekdays for 2 hours and on the weekends its free to park all day! For the Marriott they have guest parking and validate for 3 hours so you can also enjoy the beach after a meal or walk through Waikiki after dinner. If you wish to valet the car it costs $10 without tip and with validation from Arancino.

Price Range: Medium-High ($15-$35) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per Bottle
Reservations Recommended
Takeout Available

Address:
255 Beachwalk
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone Number: 808-923-5557

2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-3662
(808) 931-6273
Website: www.arancino.com

Hours of Operation
Marriott
Breakfast – 7AM-10:30PM
Lunch – 10:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – 5PM-10:30PM

Beachwalk
Lunch – 11:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – 5PM-10PM