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Formaggio Grill Kailua
Formaggio Grill Kailua

Formaggio Grill Kailua Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.formaggio808.com
  • Email: drink@formaggio808.com
  • Phone: (808) 263-2633
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm; Happy Hour w/ Special Tapas from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Kawika Cahill
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: From PARTY PLATTERS to BENTO BOXES we offer affordable catering to fit all your needs.

    1. CARRY-OUT Catering: Drop by Formaggio Grill and pick up the food. It will be boxed up and ready to go.

    2. DROP-OFF Catering: Let us bring the food out to you. Enjoy the convenience of home or office delivery. *

    3. SET UP & SERVE Catering: We will set up, service, take-down and clean so you can relax and enjoy. *

    4. NEED A PLACE TO PARTY?: The Gallery at Formaggio Grill is our beautiful private room with comfortable seating for up to 36 guests. *

    *Additional fees or minimums may apply.

  • Private Party Facilities: Celebrate life in The Gallery at Formaggio Grill. Our beautiful new room offers intimate private dining in an elegant yet remarkably relaxed setting. It features a double vaulted arched ceiling with Italian blown glass chandeliers. Commissioned pieces of 'wine art' by eclectic artist Ron Genta grace the gallery walls. It's the perfect place to gather with business associates or family and friends. There is comfortable seating for up to 36 guests all at one table. Our big screen monitor and Bose stereo complements your audio / visual needs.
  • Private Party Contact: TC Chun (808) 263-2633
  • Entertainment: Live music on Thursday from 7:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 9:30pm - 12:30am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kailua Road
  • Public Transit: Da Bus stops across the street on Kailua Road with service to 10:00 pm.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: FREE PARKING at the front and rear of Hahani Plaza. Additional free parking at adjacent shopping center lots across the street. Adjacent post office parking lot requires small $2.00 fee after 5:00 pm
A word from Formaggio Grill Kailua
Savor over 50 wines by the glass at Kailua's toast of the town. Indulge yourself with an array of succulent steaks, chops, prime rib and fresh Hawaiian fish. Enjoy savory hot pot classics, thin crust pizzas, pasta and Panini. In the mood for a burger? Try our world famous 'Kobe' Panini. Other crowd pleasers include the 'watermelon & rocket salad' and the 'lobster bisque to live for' gets rave reviews nightly. Taste unique wines from around the world to perfectly pair with the casual Mediterranean gourmet fare.

The interior is a warm and comfortable environment with welcoming tones of Tuscan reds and golds, decorated with the art of Ron Genta. Soft lowered lights cast aglow about the restaurant, reflecting off of the plush red stools and wooden friendship bar-style tables.

Achieving that perfect blend of "upscale" yet casual, Formaggio Grill is the "gathering place" for the Windward side. Come enjoy the good food, fine wine, and great friends at Formaggio Grill in Kailua.Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "Three of my group of four were unavoidably 1/2 hour late! I expressed my dismay to the maitre d' and he told me not to worry. I had a very good pinot noir at the bar and we were graciously seated when the late-comers arrived. The menu had a choice to satisfy everyone. The waitress kindly had the crab crusted salmon prepared without the crab and substituted an order of rice for the dish for my 7 year old grandson without any fuss. We've been to Formaggio in the past and hosted a baby shower there several years ago. However, due to our own issues this time, they couldn't have been more accommodating."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Another solid experience at this class establishment. Food was hot, well prepared and presented and of course, tasty. Service was excellent. This is a place to be savored along with the food and wine. It is not inexpensive or quick, so don't expect either."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice place overall with good comfort food and service."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We loved this place and the food was great. We will definitely go back for dinner again. I can't wait."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I requested on open table to be seated in the corner since I will be withy elderly father who uses a wheelchair we were seated smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. servers were switching off.. its fine but dont say that the other server is too busy for us."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is becoming on of our favorite places to go to when we need a fix of good wine and great food. The lamb I had was done just right and the portions so generous I could barely finish it (but I did!). My wife loved the greens on my plate so much I had to practically restrain her from taking all of it right off my plate. We've been here several times and have never been disappointed in the service, wine or food. My only gripe - parking is tough and Kailua rains a lot, so make sure you pack an umbrella in case you need to hike a little from down the street or around back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food was fresh and there was a nice selection of Mediterranean options. I would go back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "If you're not up for a loud acoustic room ask for the back room. My husband and I love it!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We used to feel fortunate Formaggio opened in Kailua but recent experiences have been less than stellar. It was my husband's birthday, which I noted in the Open Table reservation but the staff didn't acknowledge. Not a big deal but would've been nice. Food -- borderline poor. Sent back the Caesar, which clearly had been pre-made and left in a freezer. Browning pieces of iceberg lettuce frozen with ice chips and soggy croutons. Inedible. The replacement "fresh" salad was marginally better. Lobster mac n cheese was watery and bland, though it did contain some nice pieces of lobster meat. Service -- slow, odd. Different servers checked in irregularly, none offered my husband a fresh drink. Not an experience to repeat, wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Good food and the waitress was attentive, upbeat and polite. Unfortunately, it took a long time to get seated despite our dinner reservation. The manager offered my friend and I drinks while we waited. We were both highly disappointed to find the cost for the drinks ( one each) charged to our bill. We assumed that his gesture to offer us a drink was the restaurant's acknowledgment of thanking us for the long wait we had to endure. Despite this disappointment, we enjoyed our dinner selections and provided a 20% tip to the waitress to honor her good work."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been to Formaggio Grill in Kailua twice for dinner. Both times were with family that were visiting us from Washington DC. We live in Hawaii Kai and this restaurant is conveniently located away from busy Waikiki. The food is excellent, the service is professional and friendly. We made a special request to add another guest and to be seated in their back room and both of these requests were very cordially accommodated. We were seated on time with no wait time. It is the best place to take our group of friends and family to have a good meal and enjoy each other's company. We also have 2 children dining with us and although they don't have a children's menu they were very eager to point out special items they make for children."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day. It was our first trip there but not our last. It was on the expensive side but we expected that. The appetizers and main courses were great. (We highly recommend the baked brie with fig and jalapeno spread.) There weren't too many dessert options which was disappointing but their wine list was extensive. We also enjoyed one of their mixed drinks. Not sure its the best place for children. While the atmosphere isn't a problem, the prices for food that a child may balk at would definitely keep me from taking our children."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I would hate to write a review that seemed so full of discontent that it almost seems to be bias but I assure you, the experiences that my wife and I had can be objectively viewed as undesirable. I had made reservations for 9:30pm, my wife and showed out at 9:10 and we were not seated until just before 10:00 (9:57). The food took roughly 45 minutes to be brought out and my burger was so rare, it was dripping blood on the bun and plate (I ordered it medium-well). My wife's filet mignon was cold. Lastly, as we were finishing our meal, the employees began taking down the eating area around us which made us very uncomfortable. Not worth it, regret it, wouldn't recommend it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Husband and I decided to finally try it for our Valentines Dinner. We had reservations for 7:45pm and got seated at 8:00pm. Ok cut them some slack on Valentine's Day. We ordered the Lobster Bisque. It was ok the consistency was nice creamy but it was a little salty and NOT HOT. If it is cold soup I like it cold. If it is hot soup I like it hot. But lukewarm for soup is not awesome. Entreees did not arrive in a timely manner 30 min from the soup Entress were ok but not memorable. Not worth the price in taste or in portion Dessert Tiramisu was the best thing about the whole meal. Waitress was not attentive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went on Valentine's Day. Although we had a reservation it took around 20 minutes to seat us after our reservation time. That was the only downside to our evening. Once we were seated we had a very attentive and charming server. The menu was (unfortunately) sold out of the baked brie that was on special for the day. However, the wine was fantastic and the steaks were amazing. There was an acoustic guitarist playing that night and it created wonderful ambiance. We were seated right next to the musician and we were worried that it might get too loud but it was absolutely perfect. The musician (I don't know his name) was a perfect addition to the evening and overall we had a lovely night! Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We tried it for the first time on Valentine's Day with my parents. It was great food, our server was sweet and attentive. She asked for a special order for us from the chef. The place was slightly noisy for my dad, who is hard of hearing, but not excessively noisy. Our only critique of the food was the cuts we ordered were slightly under done for our taste. The flavor was fantastic though and the broccoli mashed potatoes were unusual but very tasty. We will return!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, waitress forgot the wine after she brought the glasses. Food was great but some chefs cook food very differently that I like medium well. The beet and kale salad was excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was a bit underwhelmed. We thought this was supposed to be a fancy romantic experience. Both My husband and I's entrees were not great. He ordered a veal shank and I had Braised ribs with wasabi Mashed potatoes. My meat was not very tneder for being braised beef, and the flavor of the potatoes was inedible. I love to eat and don't find myself to be too picky, but this was just not good! To top it all off the music that was playing was bad 90's boy bands and played out pop hits! I was anticipating a bit more class from a place recognized for its wine list and visual appeal. We will not be going back here. The $150 we spent on dinner might have been better spent at a chain resturant!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my wife to Formaggio's for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner and we were not disappointed. This was the first time that we had been seated in the back room and although it lacks a little of the atmosphere and energy of the main room, it was perfect for a quiet, romantic dinner. We started with the Baked Brie with Jalepeno Fig Jam; it was a Valentine's special, but ought to be on the regular menu as it was absolutely delicious. For entrees, my wife had the Prime Rib and I had the Delmonico steak; both were really good, although we had to take some home to save room for desert. We finished the evening with the Lilikoi Cheesecake, which was just to die for! All in all, five Shaka's for the Grill!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The two of us ordered an appetizer, a salad, and a main, and informed the server that we would share all three. We were not quite half way through the appetizer (peppers with sausage -very good!) when both the salad and the main arrived. We had to call back the server to ask her to please take the main to keep it warm. A good thing since it was about 20 minutes before we were ready for it. Portion sizes were very generous - we ended up taking half a rack of ribs home with us. Also, the Cabernet that we ordered was served ice cold - can't figure out that one."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Formaggio Kailua is just too noisy for dinner. The acoustics are bad. You can barely hear the person sitting near you. Might be OK for lunch if it's only half full. BBQ baby back ribs are good but not excellent. Mussels are better than the baby back ribs."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was great and the selection of wine was the best in town. A little pricey but definitely worth the money. I certainly will be going again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We chose Fromaggio's for our 25th anniversary dinner on New Year's Eve 2013, as we didn't want to go to Honolulu. For the evening was a three or four course meal (although any menu item could be ordered). It was a delightful and memorable evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It seems that with new ownership Formaggio's is trying to save money on their food. I sent my lobster tail back, yes it was small, but it was dry, stringy, and salty. I tasted a tablemates lobster and it was much better than mine. My husbands lobster tail and scallop special was dry and came with no starch. When he ordered garlic bread, he was brought an order of cheese toast. The service was quite good - lots of apologies for the lobster. We had friends at a nearby table and they said their salad was disappointing. I hope this place buys better food."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food was terrible, orders came out very slow and were either over or under cooked. Don't bother there are much better places."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Nice restaurant, but service and food fails miserably during crowded holiday seasons like around Christmas break. We were begging for at least some bread at 10pm."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We have eaten in most of the restaurants in Kailua - there are many better choices. The food was ok, but the service was absolutely horrible. The waitress spilled one of our drinks on herself. She completely forgot another. We were at the table for an hour and fifteen minutes before any appetizer arrived. We asked for our child's hamburger to come with the appetizers, it did not (and they charged $17 for it). And to add insult to injury, they slapped on an automatic 18% tip to the after tax amount of the bill. Go elsewhere."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Although we came to this restaurant on New Years Day, the experience was not a good one. The service was slow. The food was bland (other than the ribs) and it took over an hour and a half to get our main course. The snails which were described as being served with fresh herbs and blue cheese tasted like they were just cooked in oil and had no other flavors. They had marginally more flavor than very bland tomata and artichoke bruchetta which had zero taste. We were served our main courses at different times over the space of ten minutes meaning that we did not eat together. We were told our food would arrive "In five minutes" on several occassions and this went on for more tha n20 minutes. Not going back there again."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We dined here in July for our anniversary and had such great service and food. We came back and were totally surprised by the experience. The waitress was absent during our meal and the food was ok. Our meal was almost $400 and we were celebrating a very special event."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "They were extremely busy for a Christmas evening. We enjoyed our evening, unfortunately our food was very slow in coming out as a result of their being so busy. Our reservations were for 6 pm, we were seated at about 6:10 and our food came out at approximately 7:20. We were a party of four, two meals came out first and the other two about ten minutes later. By the time the last two meals arrived, the first two had gotten cold before we started eating. We all did enjoy our meal though! Lesson learned, we should have made our reservations for 5pm, so we could have eaten closer to 6. Overall, we will recommend them to our friends as they were friendly and we did enjoy our dining experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "It was a perfect Christmas eve dinner for me and my husband, while kids went to in-laws. His rib eye was cooked perfect, and large portion"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I have enjoyed Fromaggios several times before so I chose it for my family's holiday gathering. I have mixed reviews because this experience was not as good as my former visits. I brought family because I wanted them to try some of my favorite dishes. Three in our party wanted their signature dish Beef Bourguignon, but they were out of that AT 6:30??? Really. I settled for "fall off the bones ribs" which I had to fight with to get any meat off. Though some in my party enjoyed their chosen dishes, lobster and rib steaks. The one child in our party, got his Mac and Cheese last which is poor planning for settling the party dynamics. It was disappointing but have always had good experience in small parties."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Excellent food, great service and a wonderful date night for us both"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Not a great meal overall. Really slow service. Server didn't know the menu. Lobster bisque was an absolute disaster and sold on the menu as "divine" , oh no! It tasted like cream of tomato soup from a can, no kidding!! Shockingly bad. The rest of the food was unimpressive and overpriced. Will not return."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "This restaurant was just what I needed. I was tired of cooking on my holiday but didn't want to dine out just anywhere. This was a great menu, with a ton of choices to match any taste. As someone who dabbles in gourmet cooking, it was a delight to find items such as escargot, filet Mignon (cooked perfectly), gnocchi and other items you'd expect to find on the menu at a "fine dining" experience. Also, plenty of items good for family groups as well."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Rib-eye steaks were Amazing!!!! So soft and tender....worth every bite! The bottled beer was on the room temperature side...but other than that, food was awesome."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I loved this place and will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I had the cirtus-glazed pork chop with the kale side. The pork chop was very tasty and tender and the kale complemented the entree very well. My dining partner had the chicken rollatini which she thoroughly enjoyed. We each had glasses of the "What Wes is drinking" wine selection, Forefront Pinot Noir (2011) which was excellent. Our server was very friendly, efficient and helpful. Wes checked on us to make sure everything was going well. We had a great dining experience at Formaggio Grill and look forward to dining there again soon."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I went for dinner the other night on a first date. Service was great and very descriptive. Food was hot and very delicious. We were completely full and didn't have dessert. Definitely wanna have some dessert next time."
    Dined on 8/23/2013