Formaggio Grill Kailua
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
great food… Extensive menu… Would go back again
Our Canadian house/dog sitters had not been to Formaggio before. We all enjoyed our shared bruschetta, the braised short ribs, moderately priced CA Cab and lovely desserts.
Great food and atmosphere. Attentive staff. Awesome live entertainment!
Great venue with date night atmosphere. Went there for our anniversary .. will go again!
This was our 2nd time dining here. We absolutely love this place. The bartender Beth was very sweet and made great drinks. The food was amazing. I highly recommend the dining experience at Formaggio’s.
Dave the live music guy was awesome!! Great food and solid wine list.
Fun night out!
Had a nice night sitting and listening to live music during dinner!
Very quaint restaurant with nice music and diverse menu.
GREAT LOW KEY PLACE WIT GREAET PEOPLE GOOD WINE AND GOOD FOOD
The food and service is outstanding. I thoroughly love coming to hear the live music especially Scott Carey and friends.
Everything was wonderful! Our first experience was 10/10 for sure. Our waitress was very sweet and accommodating!
the calamari was great also the Caesar salad and French onion soup I recommend
Truly an amazing restaurant with a great ambiance to it food was amazing the lamb was cooked to perfection and paired with a nice balsamic red wine sauce
Last time I was there the food wasn’t all that good BUT this time it was great
Found this place last minute and I think it’s our new favourite date night spot !!
Awesome service, and great food. Perfect atmosphere!
We have had several consistently good experiences at Formaggio in Kailua and definitely recommend as a great options for Italian dinner out. Great wine selection and house made sangria too!
Wonderful meal. Sprouts, salad, paired wine, and salmon were all delicious!
Everything was good then it was wonderful and the service was great only thing I would mention they had fish on the special menu but when I tried to order it it wasn’t available they had run out of the fish the day before seems I should’ve taken off the special menu.
They require you to download an app in order to read their menu. It was frustrating and inconvenient so we asked for paper menus.
The live music was terrific.
Always a dependable dining experience. Excellent specials, wines and service.
It’s a wine bar yet they were out of our first few choices of overpriced wine and our reservation was at 6 pm! The “special” was already concluded as well leaving only the regular menu of overpriced items. Most of our table opted for the filet mignon which was ok though one got a rib eye that he enjoyed. It was a quiet atmosphere which was nice but mainly because there were few other patrons on a Tuesday.
Seated promptly, but it took:
1. 20 mins to be acknowledged by server
2. 30 mins for glass of water
3. 45 mins to place order
Boyfriend ordered signature dish: Beef Bourguignon, but was told they don’t make it anymore. I ordered the “Fresh Catch” which she described, but was told they ran out. Meal was decent, but I wish I listened to my instinct and left before they served us water.
We made a reservation and arrived on time but a couple that walked in before us without a reservation was seated first and we then waited 20 minutes to be seated. Restaurant is very poorly managed. No hostess and an inadequate number of servers on Valenntines Day. Skip this restaurant. There are plenty of better options in Kailua.
over priced and a fixed menu for Valentine's Day that was not advertised in Open Table ad; mgr had trouble finding our reservation even though we were the second ones in the restaurant, one waiter apologized for the service but the other forgot to bring silverware, NOT worth the $65 per person, no options for substitutes and NO dessert. Will not be going back to this restaurant.
All of us enjoyed the experience. Steaks were perfectly cooked. Loved the salmon piccata and the sauce was perfect. Pasta was also soooo good. Desserts could use a little upgrade but were still good. We went there for the entrees and they were great
Food was fantastic. Now our favorite restaurant in Kailua.
Two employees didn’t show up for their Christmas Day shift so the manager was on overload
Menu was boring and disappointing. No cheese platter or charcuterie for a wine-centric restaurant. No Christmas dishes either on Christmas Day. Wine was also average, nothing special. At least the food we ordered was good. Again, not anything noteworthy, but good. Oh well, didn’t spend long or much $ there. Just did apps and wine and left.
Enjoyed the stew, servers were very pleasant even though very busy during Christmas
Always enjoy Formaggio Grill. Our little secret is to sit at the counter by the kitchen and chat with the Chef’s, enjoy a nice bottle of wine and one of their specials.
I come here often and have a great time. I bring different people each time and they have returned with others. Great service, amazing food, and bomb Sangria. Every time.
Would be better if server was better. Lots of waiting.
We were there on a Friday night when there was live music, which started out a bit too loud while we were still trying to eat and talk...but it was also the live music that we really enjoyed and this is what kept us at the place until they closed.
This was our first AND LAST experience at Formaggio grill. The inexperienced staff did nothing to improve the missteps of the night .
- they ran out of the marlin fish special right after I ordered;
- they ran out of the white wine I ordered (reisling). Our server apologized and said a shipment of that wine was coming in tomorrow!?!
- my friend ordered the burger, with avocado ($2 extra for the avo); which was undercooked, almost raw (I swear I heard that burger moo). When they brought the burger back, there was no avocado except they didn’t forget to add the $2 to our bill!
- I ordered the salmon since they ran out of the marlin and asked the waitress if it came with pasta (like the marlin special that they ran out of), she assured me it did but it didn’t (it came with potatoes). They brought me a side of pasta to make up for the error but then added a charge to our bill!
To make matters worse, both the server and floor manager kept trying to explain that they had a large (unexpected) group that ate all the fish and drank all the reisling - our reservation was at 730pm only a couple hours after they opened for dinner. Seriously, this was the worst dinner experience ever! We suspect that we witnessed a sinking ship that won’t be afloat for much longer.
Formaggio's has gone downhill from when it first opened and that is disappointing and sad. The tables, chairs and interior need a major renovation with a focus on an inviting atmosphere with color and accents. We need a high end restaurant for special occasions and times when we just want to go someplace other than casual dining. The food was great and it was so nice to find a place in Kailua that serves lobster. The bartender made sure we had the special drink we requested just the way we wanted it. The wait staff were welcoming and pleasant but for our special occasion it didn't quite meet our expectations.
The food was ok but not near worth the price they charged. Also, it was super hot inside. We noticed that the thermostat was set at 85! The only bright spot was the service was fantastic.
The house salad is a personal favorite to which I added grilled salmon, which was outstanding. They have a really good bar. They opened all the folding walls so it was quite nice and open.
Formaggio Grill Kailua offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 263-2633.
Formaggio Grill Kailua is rated 4.6 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.