Formaggio Wine Bar - Honolulu
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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!
Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
Norwegian salmon with lemon, extra virgin olive oil, red onions & capers. Served with half bauguette
Escargot baked in a herbed garlic butter and Roquefort cheese. Served with a half baguette
Turkey Pesto Sandwich
Roasted turkey, pesto and vine ripened tomatoes
Excellent and friendly service. Recommended wine went well with the cheese and fruit platter we had.
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.
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!
Service and food were excellent. Live music by Frank Tabata Trio was a nice plus.
Great wine list, happy hour specials, music. Very enjoyable Saturday night.
Food & live entertainment on Saturday night was great! I’m not a wine drinker but if you are there’s lots to choose from.
The vibe is relaxing. Service is pleasant but food is delivered oddly not at the same time. Everything was very salty.
How such wonderful food can emerge from such a tiny kitchen is beyond logic. Always good, Formaggio never disappoints.
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
Lovely by all means
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.
Great service, food, and good selection of wines! I would definitely return!
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.
Great waitstaff, delicious food, extensive wine lit, live music.
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. 😉
Service by everyone was fantastic...
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.
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.
A yummy "hole in the wall" we had friendly service, a yummy cheese board, and a great bottle of wine.
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.
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.
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.
Live music was great. Boneless short ribs were lukewarm. Other than that the food was great. Servers were attentive, lighting was nice.
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.
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!!!!
Not impressive. I was disappointed with their food. The ambience was good, but the food was like a local diner.
Awesome staff Sunday evening was low key. Always a nice place to come to!
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.
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.
I love this place!!!!
It was perfect
Every one had a great time
Excellent as usual
Great live music, outstanding wine list, friendly servers.
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.
Good food and wine, friendly helpful servers- but quite dark - no windows.
Music genre didn’t quite fit with the atmosphere. Tasty though!
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
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!
Great Salad and Escargots !!!!!
Brought friends from Japan
They loved it
Formaggio Wine Bar - Honolulu is rated 4.3 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.