Formaggio Grill Kailua

4.6
518 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • 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
What 518 people are saying
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vipcsalapatas
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

great food… Extensive menu… Would go back again

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vipDonnaG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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CherylB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Attentive staff. Awesome live entertainment!

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DanielP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with date night atmosphere. Went there for our anniversary .. will go again!

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LESLIEJ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dave the live music guy was awesome!! Great food and solid wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Mainz
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun night out!

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CurtB
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had a nice night sitting and listening to live music during dinner!

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vipladieswholunch
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very quaint restaurant with nice music and diverse menu.

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vipdand
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

GREAT LOW KEY PLACE WIT GREAET PEOPLE GOOD WINE AND GOOD FOOD

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vipShelleyK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is outstanding. I thoroughly love coming to hear the live music especially Scott Carey and friends.

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Hunter
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Our first experience was 10/10 for sure. Our waitress was very sweet and accommodating!

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IsabellaA
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the calamari was great also the Caesar salad and French onion soup I recommend

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KalebM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MelissaR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last time I was there the food wasn’t all that good BUT this time it was great

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this place last minute and I think it’s our new favourite date night spot !!

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kelleyk
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, and great food. Perfect atmosphere!

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LesSea
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipLikestoRelax
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful meal. Sprouts, salad, paired wine, and salmon were all delicious!

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DanielW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRaul
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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SeattleDiner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a dependable dining experience. Excellent specials, wines and service.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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vipsmwchris
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

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.

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PhilipH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Terrible waiter.

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ReneeF
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Now our favorite restaurant in Kailua.

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vipPatdines
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Two employees didn’t show up for their Christmas Day shift so the manager was on overload

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

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.

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Kahala
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the stew, servers were very pleasant even though very busy during Christmas

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SeattleDiner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SheilaM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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EnaR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Would be better if server was better. Lots of waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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StephanieD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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.

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Hulagirl79
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

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.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

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.

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vipAquaRedRaider
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.