Formaggio Wine Bar - Honolulu

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Voted Hawaii's Best Wine Bar five years in a row, this intimate hideaway is sure to please your palate with its casual gourmet fare and over 50 wines by the glass.

Just minutes from Waikiki, join us for fantastic food and wine pairings. Daily pau hana appetizer specials and vegetarian entrees good enough to cover any meat lover!
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4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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WallaceK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly service. Recommended wine went well with the cheese and fruit platter we had.

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klkrause
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A disappointment given the generally positive reviews. The menu was limited with an odd selection. My burger was very overcooked, and none of the meals really came with side dishes.

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ClorissaG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday celebration here and it was amazing! The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and the live music was awesome. Such a cozy atmosphere with a huge selection of wine. They also have a late night happy hour which was great!

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LouisS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent. Live music by Frank Tabata Trio was a nice plus.

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vipMurie
Las Vegas
53 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great wine list, happy hour specials, music. Very enjoyable Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & live entertainment on Saturday night was great! I’m not a wine drinker but if you are there’s lots to choose from.

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vipSleas
Hawaii
84 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The vibe is relaxing. Service is pleasant but food is delivered oddly not at the same time. Everything was very salty.

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Skuds
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How such wonderful food can emerge from such a tiny kitchen is beyond logic. Always good, Formaggio never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This has always been one of our favorites in Honolulu so we were doubly disappointed with our last and final meal. As always the escargot was great so we anticipated the pizza would be as well. Not the case, it tasted like frozen pizza from the grocery store. Crust like cardboard, no taste red sauce. Wine list choices were limited and overpriced. There were only about 6 other diners and our waiter said that was because they had no live music. We think it was the quality of the food

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AbdulS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely by all means

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HNLTravels
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Recently dined since our last visit was more than 5 years ago. We found the restaurant a bit warm, the ac could have been turned up a bit even my lady felt the same. Nice selection of wine, high price point. Ordered an appetizer and dinner at the same time. Dinner arrived first and the appetizer came several minutes later. They asked is we want them to hold our dinners in the kitchen after they arrived to the table, but I can only imagine that would be under the heat light. The portions for the Boneless Short Ribs was very small, with the small sliced pieces covered in a brown gravy. Getting into the meal I noticed every other piece was not a short rib, but a pice of bread that was cut the same as the short ribs. Really made me feel like I was a victim of "bait and switch." The Chicken Curry was good but uneventful. Desert was Creme Brûlée which was very sub par. The caramelized top was not a crispy as it should be, the custard interior was not very tasty. The restaurant does not have coffee for after dinner. Our waiter was really nice and that is the only positive I can come up with. I will not be returning.

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NancyM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, food, and good selection of wines! I would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ピザがめっちゃ美味しかった。

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vipLaura
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the service here with all the staff. They always make you feel at home and genuinely want to get to know all their restaurants guests. I always suggest going here with friends.

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vipMurie
Las Vegas
54 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff, delicious food, extensive wine lit, live music.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was good. Staff were very welcoming. Food was delicious. Very tasty. Just the restaurant was a little too dark to see - lucky they have a menu with a built in light. 😉

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vipgolf4grant
Hawaii
102 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service by everyone was fantastic...

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine flight is a great way to experience new wines and I always LOVE the curry!
BEST salads in town - very fresh ingredients, hearty portions.

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JamieT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

While the room is very dark, the staff & service was great! Everyone was very upbeat and courteous. Food was very tasty. Thanks guys for a nice evening.

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RachelleM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A yummy "hole in the wall" we had friendly service, a yummy cheese board, and a great bottle of wine.

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KryssyS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing venue. Great food and amazing ambience. The servers are so friendly and helpful. It was my birthday and they treated my friends and I like Kings and queens. One of my favorite places, period.

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Maile
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It's been such a long time since I've been here, partly because I don't live in town anymore and they got rid of their amazing bread pudding years ago. Looking to change up our meal and have some wine. The Kobe Burger never fails here, with a light breading, lettuce, tomatoes, cheeses, medium rare you get heaven. What I like about the Kobe burger is the side salad it comes with, I opt for ceasar salad verses the mixed greens.
Also hard braised short ribs which I was not a fan of. When I hear braised short ribs, I'm used to extremely soft meat, which takes little to no effort to chew. This was not the case and the gravy had a heavy flavor of possibly flour giving a semi chalky taste.
A cool deal they have is when you check in with Yelp you can get the house choice dessert. That was amazing and a great way to end our meal.
Their wine menu lights up which helps with the din lighting which is really neat.
Some menu allows for shorter wait times on your food.
Service this time around could gave been better as our server needed to be flagged down a few times to order, but she was quick to ask about refilling wine. Observed her tending to those at the bar despite a slew night of 3 small tables and 1 table of 9.
Still love this place and feel prices fit the quality of food, and HR is 5-7pm with wine bu the glass at 20% off.

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CaryN33
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Read about this place on open table. Pics looked entirely different than what we found when we arrived. Online it looked like it was more of a casual family place but it was better for couples.
Had a very hard time finding the location. Signage not good. There were only 2 other couples inside and we had our two kids 11 and 14 with us.
Server was very accommodating. Great food specials. Excellent garlic bread. Short rib pizza was good. Kids ate everything. I was the only one that did wine tasting and then had two glasses.

Would recommend for a couples date or friends gathering. Glad it was empty when we went.
Server said they’ve been there for years...hopefully business will pickup. Quiet out of the way location in a strip mall. Location or new signage may be key.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Live music was great. Boneless short ribs were lukewarm. Other than that the food was great. Servers were attentive, lighting was nice.

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vipDonna
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was nice. Portion for the Nepalese chicken was perfect. My friend & boyfriend felt there could've been more fried rice in the hamburger steak dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love this place. I love that you would never guess behind these inconspicuous outside facade of nothing would hold inside such a treasure!!
Best hamburger on the island!!!!

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IikoTamako
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not impressive. I was disappointed with their food. The ambience was good, but the food was like a local diner.

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SKalei
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff Sunday evening was low key. Always a nice place to come to!

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CarlosN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Some option to eat some Italian food off the busy Waikiki tourist area. I tried the Lobster Bisque and it was average in flavor. Then tried their special which is a Pesto Shrimp Linguini and it was awful. The pasta was cold like done before hand, 4 or 5 shrimps with OK flavor, and the sauce was so flat with no flavor at all. Ended paying similar to other places in Waikiki or other areas but it was not worth.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Niraj and his staff. As always the food was first class, the wine was outstanding and readily available. All 17 participants at our meeting/social event were highly impressed. We have a meeting at Formaggio every year (last 8-9 years) and will never go elsewhere. We look forward to our meting every year.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!!!!

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tiffanys
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Surprise birthday
It was perfect
Every one had a great time

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DeniseP
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

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vipMurie
Las Vegas
54 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great live music, outstanding wine list, friendly servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

When we walked in the female said sit anywhere you want. I said we have a reservation but she ignored that. Bday celebration, we noted in reservation but not recognized by person that greeted us. Place was pretty empty so we asked if we could sit on a 4 top. She hesitantly said ok if we sat by the entrance instead of where we asked near the back where it's brighter. She reluctantly gave in when I mentioned if having a reservation made a difference.

We had two girls serving us, the one who sat us & the bartendress, Cammy. Cammy was fabulous, caring, catered to us like we were the only ones there!😊we will be back because of her & the food was very good so we want to try other items.

Love love love the lighted menus, what an ingenious idea👍 it's amazing your cooks can cook in such a small space.

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NancyM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food and wine, friendly helpful servers- but quite dark - no windows.
Music genre didn’t quite fit with the atmosphere. Tasty though!

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VeraY
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entertainer Brian Keith was the highlight of our evening! Really enjoyed his music. Would definitely go back to see him!
Food was good...wine pricey. Ambiance awesome

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vippmrthird
Philadelphia
796 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When we first arrived we were taken back by location at first. Howeve, the servers were so gracious and we enjoyed the food very much! The wild mushroom pizza was outstanding! I enjoyed the escargot! We all enjoyed our meals including the shrimp linguini! Server was outstanding too! Thank you for treating the two birthday girls special!!!! Great unpretentious place with fantastic food!

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sidneyk
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Salad and Escargots !!!!!
Brought friends from Japan

They loved it

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