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Formaggio Grill Kailua

4.3
4.3
568 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
CALL US DIRECT FOR LARGE PARTIES 808-263-2633 Savor an eclectic mix of wines from around the world to pair with our Mediterranean inspired and locally sourced cuisine. Indulge yourself with an array of succulent steaks, chops, prime rib and fresh Hawaiian fish. Enjoy delectable seafood, vegan friendly options, savory pasta, and casual gourmet fare. Our world famous 'Kobe Burger Deluxe' on homemade ciabatta, 'Garlic Ahi' and the 'French Onion Soup Gratinee' gets rave reviews nightly.
The interior is a warm and comfortable environment with welcoming tones of Tuscan reds and golds. 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 meet great friends at Formaggio Grill in Kailua.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 263-2633

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rodhel Ibay

  • Catering

    From PARTY PLATTERS to BENTO BOXES we offer affordable catering to fit all your needs.<p>1. CARRY-OUT Catering: Drop by Formaggio Grill and pick up the food. It will be boxed up and ready to go.<p>2. DROP-OFF Catering:<br />Let us bring the food out to you. Enjoy the convenience of home or office delivery. *<p>3. SET UP & SERVE Catering: We will set up, service, take-down and clean so you can relax and enjoy. *<p>4. NEED A PLACE TO PARTY?: The Gallery at Formaggio Grill is our beautiful private room with comfortable seating for up to 36 guests. *<p>*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

    Wes Zane: (808) 263-2633

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua

  • Cross street

    Kailua Road

  • 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

  • Public transit

    Da Bus stops across the street on Kailua Road with service to 10:00 pm.

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Friday and Saturday from 9:30pm - 11:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 568 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Great for fine wines

  • Oahu

    Neighborhood gem

  • Oahu

    Great for fine wines

  • Oahu

    Seafood

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  1. BT

    BetsyT

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was a nice experience overall. We started with a delicious bruschetta. My husband loved his impossible pasta bolognese. (Lots of options for vegetarians here!) I was not as happy with my ahi risotto. It was 5 small pieces of ahi on top of a just ok risotto. The service was great. We will go back but I will order something else. :) Nice wine list too!
  2. JA

    JohnAg

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The restaurant advertised tender steaks. I ordered a rib steak medium rare. The steak was served in a tasty sauce but was very difficult to cut and was, in fact, probably 1/4 gristle. Plus the cook did not know the difference between medium rare and medium raw. I should have sent it back within the first two minutes, but I struggled through it. When I complained to the waiter and pointed to all the gristle left on my plate, he tried to tell me that all rib steaks have a lot of gristle. We’ll, not the ones I cook at home at least 4 times a month and certainly it should not be at a restaurant that advertises tender steaks and charges $61 for them. I was not taken aback by the menu price, but was certainly expecting a high quality, perfectly cooked steak for the price. But the steak was an embarrassment at any price and should not have been served. Other members of my party commented that the French onion soup was very good, but that the shrimp dishes were acceptable but mediocre. I was not pleased by the lack of concern by our waiter, but still left a standard 20% tip.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My food was cold, the steak had a lot of gristle, the dessert was still frozen, and there were delays in getting drinks and our order. I was disappointed. It’s not a cheap restaurant and normally the food is amazing. We will go again but we will be wary.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beth is such a great bar tender and has a wonderful personality. Very knowledgeable about the menu and always makes great wine selections. Food was delicious and it served hot. Great experience, highly recommend it. Ribs and Ahi are my favorites.
  5. P

    Pony

    Hawaii

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very good. Food was delicious.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    210 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent home town restaurant! Food and service excellent as usual‼️ Short ribs to die for‼️❤️🌺
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good. Two servers called in sick so bartender had to do everything but cook. He did quite well for all the stress. Except for the loud music, it was enjoyable.
  8. LL

    LettyL

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food. Great writer. Music was awesome.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    210 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything incredible! The short ribs and Brussel sprouts were to die for! Service was great‼️❤️ Highly recommend Formaggio‼️❤️🇺🇸
  10. R

    Recommend

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience! The service was good, food delicious, and there was live music!
  11. DM

    DeanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Marshel did a great job serving us and the food was great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to visit with an old friend while listening to live music from the 1970’s. Enjoyed the atmosphere, food, service and especially the musician. Highly recommend an evening here when you have visitors!
  13. MR

    MarielaR

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Aloha, It was my first time at Formaggio Grill. It was easy to get a reservation through Open Table. We went on a Friday night at 7:00. As soon as I got to the restaurant I liked the ambiance. There was live music and it was big and decorated very pretty. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. I ordered an onion soup (which I never got it but it was ok because the servings were big and I wasn’t going to be able to eat all my food if I had had it) and the burger with fries. My husband ordered a chicken masala but he mentioned that it needed more sauce. They have a great variety of alcoholic beverages. I will come back.
  14. RH

    RyanH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    The food was average, but very overpriced. There are just too many options in Kailua with better food and better prices to recommend this one.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Live music was a lovely unexpected addition to our dining experience. Food was hit and miss. The Neptune was delicious. My husband thought his seafood dish was just ok. Wait staff was lovely but food output was not well timed. We were a party of 5 and are understanding and didn’t say anything but I would have liked my food to be a little hotter. Would probably go back with just 2 of us for date night.
  16. JC

    JodyC

    Anchorage

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service was outstanding! Live music was played and the artist was very good!
  17. DE

    DeniseE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Would definitely go there again.
  18. MH

    MichelleH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I want to love this cool neighborhood wine bar because the food is good and the live music is nice, but man oh man it just seems odd that me and my two kids aged 11 and 10 can't eat two entrees and a salad there without spending $125!!! Outrageous. I didn't even order a drink- just water, because all the wine is like $16+ per glass. I live in the neighborhood and I want to go here because there are rarely seats at the other restaurants if you don't plan ahead, but I can't afford to spend $20 on a glass of wine and $70 on a steak. When you can get the prices down out of the stratosphere and maybe offer a few lower end reds for more like $6-7 a glass, and keiki menu items that maybe don't cost $40 a plate, we will be back.

    Formaggio Grill KailuaResponded on August 7, 2022Aloha Michelle, Mahalo for joining us for dinner! Yes, the costs for all our products have gone up substantially in the past two years. But rather than serve an inferior product, we have decided to maintain the quality that our guests have come to expect and appreciate for the past 12 years. Incidentally, we currently have sixteen wines by the glass that are under $16. We hope you will be able to join us again soon!

  19. JS

    JamesS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bruschetta was the best we have ever had! Staff was super friendly and helpful. I got the Ahi Tuna dish, I ordered it seared on the outside and raw on the inside and it was probably the best meal I have had on this trip so far. All the food was super fresh and flavorful. Higher prices are worth it for the quality of food, plus we are on our honeymoon so it was an excellent place to treat ourselves. :)
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Cibo non un gran che Hamburger male assemblato e duro Servizio cordiale Zuppa di cipolle scadente
  21. DM

    DaveMac

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great local restaurant. High quality food and drink. Hope they bring back happy hour soon!
  22. KK

    KellyK

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal at Formaggio Grill. The wine was great and so was the food. Our server was wonderful and very helpful. We will be back!!
  23. SL

    SherryL

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are visiting from out of town and it was our first time to this establishment. We thought the food was excellent though a bit pricey. My husband had the salmon piccata and loved it. I had a butter fish, an evening special, and it was delicious. There was a guitar player who stood outside and played through the open window/wall who played well and a good variety. Our server was attentive.
  24. k

    keithy

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    the room was a little too warm, could use more cooling, food was outstanding and the wine selection is great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a comfortable spot and yummy meal. Great meal. Would go back again and again.
  26. a

    aquahonu

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 3 of us celebrating a friend's birthday. There was wonderful music, all staff were friendly & attentive. Food outstanding! The person who waited on us was great positive energy & professional.
  27. B

    Brunch

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were here with a visitor from Canada. Great food and service from Mike was outstanding. I had parked right outside though and after dinner realized my car’s catalytic converter had been stolen while we ate. It’s a busy street and lot so it was a surprise, just be aware of your surroundings and the area if you go here.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful, food was amazing and so was the wine. Very thankful to have them on the Windward side.
  29. ML

    MindyL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and starters are large. Live music was a great addition to dinner. Steaks were superb!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I don’t know why we had not visited sooner. Every mouthful was delicious. As we were seated in a corner far away from the windows, I would have appreciated a little more light to see my wonderful food better.
  31. D

    Dino

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was okay. Probably ordered the wrong thing. Wine was great. Service was great. Tiramisu was great.
  32. TB

    TomB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT to see Formaggios's with lots of customers. MOST are visitors and it's too bad we'll see all that business lost because of the new STR laws here as of 10/1/22.
  33. A

    Anna

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniel was a great server! We loved what we ordered, with the exception of the calamari fritti. It was barely fried. However, the mushroom risotto and bruschetta were outstanding. And the wine and cocktails were faultless.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    The waiter was very distracted and the food was just ok. Not the best expertise
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Service was good. Bruschetta was very good. Drinks and entree food was not very good for the cost. Short ribs were flavorful but very fatty. Seafood stew had good broth but seafood wasn’t good.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The waiter was nice, but the food was so bad we ended up not finishing any dish. $60 for bland steak. Very disappointed. They used to be so good…
  37. N

    Nic0074

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our to go place for date night or night out with friends 10 years ago when we lived here. We are finally back visiting and omg everything is the exact same as far as how delicious the food is, the chef is incredible, the staff is incredible, the ambiance, the location is prime. Do yourself a favor and get the filet minon, but honestly everything was absolutely delicious. This was such a fun new memory with our boys and wonderful nostalgia. Thank you to the staff!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    We really wanted to like it. The ambiance is nice (casual). The servers are nice. There was live music which was the best part of the evening. However, all 4 of us were disappointed with the food. It just wasn’t that good. We ordered appetizers, dinner and dessert. There wasn’t a single dish any of us would reorder. The food was definitely overpriced with regards to the quality, preparation and presentation. We didn’t order any alcohol and our bill was a little over $250 with tax and tip. Hopefully they find a little magic in the kitchen and pull up.
  39. KL

    KandL

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    At 5:30 the restaurant was quite a bit warm. They did open the sliding window up front and it helped. Portions are large. All the meals were great. We had crab crusted salmon, chicken Marsala and lobster pasta.
  40. JR

    JohnR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great service’. Absolutely loved it!!

FAQs

Formaggio Grill Kailua offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 263-2633.

Formaggio Grill Kailua is rated 4.3 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Formaggio Grill Kailua

305 Hahani St, Kailua, HI 96734

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kailua Road

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Public transit

    Da Bus stops across the street on Kailua Road with service to 10:00 pm.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rodhel Ibay

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Friday and Saturday from 9:30pm - 11:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 263-2633

  • Catering

    From PARTY PLATTERS to BENTO BOXES we offer affordable catering to fit all your needs.<p>1. CARRY-OUT Catering: Drop by Formaggio Grill and pick up the food. It will be boxed up and ready to go.<p>2. DROP-OFF Catering:<br />Let us bring the food out to you. Enjoy the convenience of home or office delivery. *<p>3. SET UP & SERVE Catering: We will set up, service, take-down and clean so you can relax and enjoy. *<p>4. NEED A PLACE TO PARTY?: The Gallery at Formaggio Grill is our beautiful private room with comfortable seating for up to 36 guests. *<p>*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

    Wes Zane: (808) 263-2633

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