Formaggio Grill Kailua

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490 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The burger was a bit too salty.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food!!
Employees were very friendly and attentive.
I will definitely dine here again.

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Phoenix
106 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great ‼️
Muscles are incredible! Beef bourguignon was incredible ‼️

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went on a weeknight. Pretty empty. Ordered French onion soup, it was warm, not hot. Cheese was Melted on the outside of the bowl. No oowy gooey cheese. Which is the whole point. Burger was just ok. Fish with mashed potatoes was also served lukewarm.

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BA
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The fries were so so salted but the other food vere very good.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service on a busy night such as Valentines! Food was great and so is the wine!!

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TH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

About average compared to other places in the area. Disappointing that they were out of their fish special at 7pm and the restaurant was practically empty on a Monday.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Celebrated a birthday and the server provided excellent service. Food was pretty good but the lobster was over cooked. A little disappointed with that but spending time with the family in a comfortable atmosphere made up for it.

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service! Definitely worth going back to!

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R
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that this restaurant focuses on quality of food/wine and there are no TVs.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They were out of the first three bottles of wine we ordered. They must have been wiped out from the holidays and ill prepared for a 6:00 pm seating on New Years Eve. my uncle ordered their signature beef dish, which they also ran out of by 6:30 pm. The dishes we had were fine, nothing special. We really wanted to like this place, but had a bizarre experience with them not having items available. We expect better service and management for a dinner out on New Years Eve.

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BS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I ordered the Garlic Ahi dish. So did my mother in law. We both ordered ours medium rare, and when they came out mine was cooked all the way through and hers was cooked about medium. It was also overly salted and the server didn’t provide our dishes at the same time as half the table (10 min delay).

Other food was okay. My husband had the spare ribs and he liked the sauce, my father in law had the steak but said it was served cold.

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DG
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server, Cheryl, was great. Food was yummy but not hot when it arrived. Great wine selection. So happy you were open for Christmas dinner - thank you!

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Our server was very rude and she gave us attitude all night with a smile on her face. Ruined our Christmas Eve Dinner. Every time we asked her for something it seemed as it made her irritated. Finally she came up to us and told her she has a 10 year old son waiting for her at hone and she will be leaving. Understood you have a kid at home, but it’s to be expected if ur working on Christmas Eve that it’s busy. We were in no rush, just trying to enjoy our time together as a family, but she made the night really not enjoyable. Finally we asked for the manager and as it is a small restaurant there is no manager. There was only the owner. Now, let me explain we were not asking for free food. But after his poor excuse of him making the server work because they were short one server was nothing we needed to hear. She was rude, she was not friendly, she ruined our night, didn’t come to get us refills for about 12 minutes or check on us and all her had to say was sorry it was his fault for making her work and all he did for our bill was take off one bread and the kids spaghetti! Big deal, we still ended up paying $200 for crappy service and a poor excuse for why. Sorry this restaurant is a no go for me anytime in the future.

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DK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go there often. It’s a Great hangout, simple menu and good service even though it was Xmas eve.

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RD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate here on Christmas Eve and had reservations. We were sat at the bar top which we didn’t like but was understandable because there were a lot of larger party’s tables set which occupied most of the tables.
Food was amazing, a little expensive but really good food.
Drinks were really good too. Try the white sangria.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service excellent but live music needs turned down 40% because the noise prohibits conversation. My teen (in the industry and is a food runner at another local restaurant with live music) agreed it is too loud

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and drinks

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KM
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive. Limited menu. Wine menu was bigger than food. Don’t recommend taking kids.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Evan is a great cook. Should be paid more to insure he's not taken by another owner.

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KT
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliably very good food, pleasant service,excellent coffee. A very nice meal.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress and kitchen were very accommodating for my dietary allergies. The sauces were amazing!

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Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great simple food and really well cooked
Nice small restaurant and ambiance, not too packed

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. An overall pleasant experience- great service, friendly waiter, yummy food!

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CP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding experience. Wonderful wine selection, both by the glass and by the bottle. Service was friendly and gracious, and the food was terrific.

Would absolutely return. If we lived here, this would be a regular stop.

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RH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dine there a few times each month. Food is really good, service is always excellent.

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Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice lighting, very friendly staff, food is good but could have added more choices, e.g. more side and pasta etc. No baby high chair which is a huge inconvenience. Steak is a bit pricy.

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MJ
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly quiet for a Sunday evening. Loved it.

Service was fantastic. Had five servers taking care of us. Felt like royalty.

Food was fantastic. Best seared pork chop I’ve ever had. I’m going to try to figure our how the magician in the kitchen cooked this so I can replicate at home.

Mahalo for a great evening and experience.

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MP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was very good, service was excellent however the restaurant was uncomfortably hot which really ruined the experience. This was our first time dining at this restaurant so I don’t know if it’s always that hot or maybe their AC was down?
We wanted to enjoy our meal but it was so hot that we ended up rushing through the meal so we could get outside where it was cooler.
The table next to us mentioned the uncomfortable heat to the waiter and eventually someone opened the windows which helped however by then we had finished our dinner and were waiting for check. Not sure that we will be going back after that experience.

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d
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, casual atmosphere, nice for group gatherings!

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SM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best places to eat on the Windward side of Oahu. Their Beef bourguignon is truly delicious and is enough for 2 to share.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful food, perfect ambience, super service, you all do a beautiful job!

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience! A wonderful wine list and well priced food!

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LM
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

First time dining there. Large selection of wines and food was good. The restaurant temperature was too warm. I would have ordered another glass of wine if it was cooler. The timing of starter to entree was way too close.

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n
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fathers Day

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TB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband always orders the beef bourguignon and it’s delicious! Every time. I tried the rib eye with red wine sauce and it too was delicious. Service was prompt and friendly. I would definitely recommend!

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DC
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Noise level unacceptable.(Lowering the ceiling with sound panels would help). Food fair. Would not go again.

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was not very busy, thus pretty quiet. The waitress was fantastic and explained the specials and they came out exactly as described. Food was great.

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GD
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Mother’s Day. Many people had to wait despite having reservations. They were ill-prepared to handle a larger crowd. They ran out of one of the specials by 6:45 on that night. The waitstaff was disinterested at best. Would not recommend for a special night.

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