I have always loved the food here!!
It was a windy night and the wait staff thought it would be a good idea to open all the windows (floor to ceiling wall-windows) and that made for a cold, but neat experience - bringing the outdoors in. The servers were polite and prompt although i feel their training new staff while servering got the best of a few of them as they forgot multiple items. As always, this place is LOUD! It has to be something about the architecture of the building because even at a slower happy hour service it is loud. But those are all little this compared to their food and wine!! I will yell over other people, shiver through my meal and keep my patience with inexperienced wait staff just to eat and drink at Formaggio's!
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
The Kale salad was outstanding--a
The Kale salad was outstanding--a truly unexpected combination of flavors that was truly delicious. The Margharita Pizza was very good, as well. The ambiance was very nice (inside), but our table was near a large, open window facing the parking lot, which happened to be fairly busy and loud. Our service was excellent. Overall we enjoyed our meal an will certainly be back.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Let's go again
It was our first time at Formaggio & I'd return to try other things on the menu. My cousins loved the ribs. I liked the onion soup. I'd like to try the escargot & lamb chops next time.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Late night = about 10p in
Late night = about 10p in Kailua, one of the few places available. food is always good and service is attentive. I always leave though feeling like a I spent a little too much. They have a great 2-oz pour of list wines, which is nice if you just want a bit of wine with dinner and not a whole glass. Good selections. Check out "What Wes is Drinking" -- this week a Justin Cab which was excellent.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Terrific service & incredible
Terrific service & incredible food satisfying the toughest foodies :). Mahalos for a wonderful experience
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good for lunch - but limited menu
Lunch is only on the weekends. Overall everything was very good, but we wished the menu was a little larger, with more choices.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bustling wine bar with great
Bustling wine bar with great food and a wonderful wine list to boot.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was great... service
The service was great... service was quick and the wait-staff was friendly. The food was pretty good... the pasta was cooked perfectly, house salads were very nice. The fillet was cooked perfectly, but it was way over seasoned with pepper (which ruined an otherwise great steak). Prices were a bit on the high-side for the quality. No kids menu (kids must order expensive adult portions)
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood dining
Great neighborhood dining experience. The wine list is not long, but contains some nice selections and the food is as creative as it is delicious. We sampled appetizers and salads as well as the special of the evening and some regular main course selections. Everything sounded great on the menu and tasted every bit as good when it arrived. The service was friendly and casual and we left stuffed and satisfied. Mahalo for another great evening!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
music choices were good, but
music choices were good, but a little to loud. had to shout across tables at times. not child friendly....some booster seats would make it a little friendlier to those who have small kids.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than last time...
Everything was great about Formaggio's... again! My only personal complaint was that the waiter did not tend to our table as often as we would like. Two tables were sat after us and they recieved their drinks and appitizers before our drink order was put in. The same servicer then took some time for simple request like a straw or lemon for water, also delaying on refills. None the less, tonight was not crowded and the window/wall was open for a perfect breeze and my meal was delicious!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still the best in Kailua
I have been going to Formaggio Grill for 5 years and never in that time have a had a bad meal. This most recent experience was nothing short of excellent. The staff was on their game and the kitchen was too. We were greeted professionally, thanked for our repeat patronage and generally made to feel special. The mix of dishes on the menu combined with the lively atmosphere and well-chosen wine list make this the best restaurant in Kailua despite increasing competition.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, my last trip to Formaggio's impressed and delighted me with excellent food. I can never get enough Formaggio's. from the homely Beef Bourgainoin to their Lamb Chops with Kale, Formaggio's always has great food and a unique ambiance.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Hidden Secret
We ate here for the first time, although we were familiar with the restaurant.
Started with Happy Hour & than into dinner.
Noel was very good at guiding us thru the experience.
Next time we will sit in" The Hidden Secret" room that is very romantic & quiet.
Overall worth a trip to Kailua
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ask for Grant
We found Formaggio through Open Table and could not have been more pleased. Not much to look at from the outside, super cool on the inside. Grant was a fantastic waiter (one of the best I've ever had) and made spot on recommendations about the salad, entree and dessert. garlic Ahi Tina was excellent, lobster Mac was tasty and lots of it! GREAT find on Open Table! And Kailua is a cute town, reasonable drive from Waikiki through beautiful country! Go to this restaurant and ask for Grant!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best off the Beaten Path
This was visit number two for my husband and I and I must say first impressions were correct! The wait staff are very attentive-glasses always full, courses promptly brought and empty plates removed quickly as well. Good knowledge of the wine list and able to make superb recommendations. The food is our favorite part though! Meats cooked to perfection- we've both ordered the Prime Rib here before and its fall apart tender, as well as the Lamb Chops with the delicious glaze! - and all food seasoned well to not overpower-the Steamed Muscles are my favorite starter, not fishy and the lemon white wine sauce is perfect . Relaxed, upscale dining experience at mid-range prices with a welcoming staff overall a real (repeat) visit-worthy restaurant.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I have been dining at Formaggio's for the past year and the service has always been outstanding. From the hostesses to the waiters and the owners, the staff is amazing. The food is incredible; we haven't found anything on the menu that we don't like. The filet and lobster is great, as well as the BBQ ribs, burgers, calamari, fresh fish of the day and the fondutta appetizer!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great hot spot!
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.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Living in Kaneohe, we ususally find our way to some restaurant there, but looking at OPEN TABLE brought this little restaurant to our attention and what a great find it was. Food was great and different and the wine list was just perfect. We will go back soon with friends.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fresh and Flavorful Food
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.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wine and steaks
I loved this place and will be back again and again!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rib-eye steaks were Amazing!!!!
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.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great way to treat yourself
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.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM