About Formaggio Grill Kailua
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.
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wine O' Clock w/ Special Tapas from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm daily
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on Friday and Saturday from 9:30pm - 11:30pm.
Catering: 1. CARRY-OUT Catering: Drop by Formaggio Grill and pick up the food. It will be boxed up and ready to go. 2. DROP-OFF Catering: 3. SET UP & SERVE Catering: We will set up, service, take-down and clean so you can relax and enjoy. * 4. NEED A PLACE TO PARTY?: The Gallery at Formaggio Grill is our beautiful private room with comfortable seating for up to 36 guests. * *Additional fees or minimums may apply.
From PARTY PLATTERS to BENTO BOXES we offer affordable catering to fit all your needs.
Let us bring the food out to you. Enjoy the convenience of home or office delivery. *
1. CARRY-OUT Catering: Drop by Formaggio Grill and pick up the food. It will be boxed up and ready to go.
2. DROP-OFF Catering:
3. SET UP & SERVE Catering: We will set up, service, take-down and clean so you can relax and enjoy. *
4. NEED A PLACE TO PARTY?: The Gallery at Formaggio Grill is our beautiful private room with comfortable seating for up to 36 guests. *
*Additional fees or minimums may apply.
FREE PARKING at the front and rear of Hahani Plaza. Additional free parking at adjacent shopping center lots across the street. Adjacent post office parking lot requires small $2.00 fee after 5:00 pm
Da Bus stops across the street on Kailua Road with service to 10:00 pm.
Private Party Facilities:
Celebrate life in The Gallery at Formaggio Grill. Our beautiful new room offers intimate private dining in an elegant yet remarkably relaxed setting. It features a double vaulted arched ceiling with Italian blown glass chandeliers. Commissioned pieces of 'wine art' by eclectic artist Ron Genta grace the gallery walls. It's the perfect place to gather with business associates or family and friends. There is comfortable seating for up to 36 guests all at one table. Our big screen monitor and Bose stereo complements your audio / visual needs.
Private Party Contact:
Wes Zane: 8082632633x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Formaggio Grill Kailua Ratings and Reviews
Quality food at fair prices. A bit loud ...
Quality food at fair prices. A bit loud for me, but not too loud. Nice energy about the restaraunt. Super friendly staff. Will for sure go back.
Fondue was awesome, as was the kale and ...
Fondue was awesome, as was the kale and beet salad (I added salmon which was perfectly cooked). Worth the drive from Ewa Beach--we'll be back!
Had been awhile since I had been here. Glad I came back. Excellent food. Had the fish special and Paella. Great drinks. All around nice evening.
Went to their weekend lunch. The shrimp ...
Went to their weekend lunch. The shrimp humus was mixed with oil and spices and served with bread. The sangria was full of fresh fruit. A unique and enjoyable meal for much less than other places on the island.
Good food and family friendly. You have ...
Good food and family friendly. You have to try the lobster mac n cheese!
A solid go-to for a nice dinner
My husband and I like to bring people here because there's something for everyone, and the ambiance is good for couples night or going out with a group. We've been here on New Years Eve and various holidays, and it never disappoints. Good food, friendly staff, nice ambiance.
Service & drinks great, ambience & food lacking.
This was my third visit to Formaggio Grill Kailua and feel confident in my decision to avoid visiting this location any further. My last visit was on Valentine's Day 2016. Although the service and drinks were great, the ambience and food were sub par. Our meal consisted of the Calamari Fritti ($11.25) and Escargo Bleu ($14.25) appetizers, Steak Neptune ($4o) and Lobster Risotto ($47) entrees, and Gelato with Aged Balsamic Vinegar ($5.95). The Escargo and Gelato were the only items that were decent. The Calamari was oily, Steak Neptune was under sauced, and the Lobster was extremely salty and difficult to separate from the shell slices. In addition on previous visits live music was present though on Valentine's day nothing was scheduled. The mood was moderate to loud, and the tables were a little too close together.
Thank you for seating us on time.
Thank you for seating us on time.
So disappointed in the fare at Formaggio Kailua. The food was entirely forgettable and, in my case, nearly inedible. I ordered the paella, but the sauce tasted like it had sat on the stove for too long, and the seafood tasted far from fresh. It was a congealed mess. I've had wonderful, delicately cooked paella before but this dish wasn't even close. With the restaurant's overpriced menu and underwhelming fare, we won't be returning anytime soon.
Best Premium Burger in Kailua
Formaggio's continues to be our "go to" spot when we have a hankering for a great burger. Their wagyu beef burger continues to be the best premium burger in our beach community, bar none. We've tried others but we continue to return here. And the bartender makes a killer rye manhattan. Burger, fries and manhattan...it's all good ;)
Good restaurant in Kailua
One of the better restaurants for dinner in Kailua.
A family favorite in Kailua
Good location, great service and consistently good food. Very family friendly and accommodating for special requests. Would always recommend to friends, especially the fantastic wine selection.
Great place, hidden gem! Excellent food!
Great place, hidden gem! Excellent food!
Took at least 5 minutes before anyone no ...
Took at least 5 minutes before anyone noticed we were even there waiting for someone to greet us even though the servers passed us a few times to type in their orders in the machine right in front of us. No smile or warm feeling from the waiter. The appetizer we ordered was the delicious Fonduta that came with 6 pieces of crostini and costing $15.50. We asked for a little more bread to finish off the fondou. If I'd know we'd be charged for it, I would have portioned the crostini, and not asked for more bread, it wasn't even more crostini. I thought they gave complimentary bread like most restaurants do or at least make up for the long wait to be greeted and served. I used to love coming here and thought it was worth the drive from Kapolei to come out for a long overdue date night without the kids.
Overpriced, below average service and when making a reservation we were seated in the 'family room' where kids were allowed to run around, spin and scream at the top of their lungs without notice from the staff. My 12 ounce prime rib was 6 ounces of fat, green beans were uncooked and my wife's lobster macaroni was bland. The one good thing was the wine since they only had to uncork it rather than prepare it. My holiday was very happy because of my date, not because of anything the restaurant did. I will never return.
the food, service and ambiance were all rather mediocre. If you're into that kind of an experience this is the place for you
We enjoyed the Live entertainment very m ...
We enjoyed the Live entertainment very much. It's too bad it's only late on the weekends. I always see more people during that time. Great night : )
Brought in Mrs. Wong. They were very helpful with her condition. The food was very enjoyable as well. The noise level unfortunately was very loud. The high ceilings and open kitchen causes the noises to bounce off the walls. If you go try and not to sit facing the parking lot. All the cars come and park and leave their lights on so the blind you. :( OVer all a great place to eat. Thank you for caring for Mrs. Wong.
some good and some bad
My guest said it was the best Mac and Cheese she's ever had and the calamari was also good. The lobster bisque was so salty it was inedible and confirmed by everyone at the table. The return of the dish was not handled as well as hoped by the server but it was removed from the bill. A simple confirmation from the chef would have been appreciated .
Appetizer & Main Dish
The calamari & escargot was very good. Prime Rib was Bomb. So soft you could cut it with a butter knife. Only thing is I wish it came out much warmer. I am not one for room temp food. I like my food more on the hot side. Other than that I will definitely eat there again and of course will order the Prime Rib.
It was just .... ok
Wasn't so impressed this second time around. Come to think of it I wasn't impressed the first time around. But I went here out of desperation since I was last minute eating. The food was actually decent wasn't amazing, but decent. They were packed and did their best to make sure we were taken cared of. The staff is very nice and restaurant was very clean. Just not my place I guess
Great Dining Experience...
Taking our mom for her 80th birthday celebration was nothing short of fabulous! The ten of us enjoyed an array of entrees and appetizers in which we were able to share a taste of. Everything was wonderful including the succulent ribeye steak and scampi, a marvelous rack of ribs, splendid paella, moist fresh salmon, crunchy bruschetta, amazing French onion soup, terrific prime rib and scampi paired with signature mashed potatoes, tasty calamari, fabulous pasta and shrimp, and even a juicy burger just to name a few. The presentations of the dishes were awesome and the temperatures for each item was right on. We also enjoyed a few bottles of some fine wine which were exquisite to our palates. The service was excellent as there was virtually little wait time and everyone smiled! The lighting was a little dim but the ambiance suited the occasion. The location was perfect being that most of us are from the windward side and parking wasn't a problem. Management was great as they made it a point to check on us periodically to see if everything was going well. They even came by to make conversation and say happy birthday to our mom topped off with a complimentary dessert for her. We highly recommend paying a visit to Formaggios in Kailua for any occasion; you won't regret it. Though the prices may seem a bit on the higher side for some of the entrees, overall it's a fair range. This wonderful evening was well worth it. We will definitely return in the near future.
Wonderful Experience, Great food, great service
Went to Formaggio for our wedding anniversary and we sat at the bar and had a full menu and the choices were extensive and elaborate. We really enjoyed the food and the service was very attentive and on point. They even surprised us with a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. We loved it and will definitely return and recommend to family and friends. It was our third time at Formaggio.
This place is amazing for winos. Great wine list and has wine on tap!
Had high hopes of this restaurant from h ...
Had high hopes of this restaurant from hearing that's it's one of the nicer ones in Kailua , unfortunately I left disappointed . My favorite part and only reason why I'm giving it 2 stars is the sangria , but my ribs were very dry and my husbands Chicago style sandwich had no flavor. Very unhappy with my meal and paying $85 and not even wanting to eat what I ordered is a huge let down .
Not a Fan.
We were told that the lobster was Maine Lobster...which it wasn't. The lobster was overcooked as was the prime rib (even though we had asked for medium). Waiter was not as attentive for a restaurant that only had a total of six guests in it.
Classy Neighborhood Gem
This restaurant was sophisticated with a creative menu and great wine list. Much more romantic than family oriented. They were accommodating to the child that was part of our party, though.
Always wonderful food! The warm beet & ...
Always wonderful food! The warm beet & kale salad, French onion soup, zucchini & squid, shrimp with pesto won't disappoint!
Great food, good service, & hip crowd...the owner/manager recognized that my husband & I were wine lovers (probably based on the bottle that we brought to the restaurant) and was very friendly and welcoming...he even had a special dessert made for us to compliment our wine. We will definitely be returning to dine there again...not just for the service, but also for the great food :)
Greatly Improved from last Visit
Although still quite noisy, the food has kicked up a few notches and now matches the wine list. Red wines are served at room temperature which was about 78 degrees. Ask for a cooler to get it down to 63 degrees where it is much more enjoyable. Nice evening.
burger is awesome
we eat at Formaggio often. their wagyu beef burger is outstanding. But even better is their take on a sliced steak sandwich. Thin sliced prime rib served with the au jus. Its delicious.
The food was outstanding and the service ...
The food was outstanding and the service exceptional. Nothing else much to say on that.
Lunch on Sunday
Had lunch around noon on Sunday. Restaurant was very quiet. Service was casual but good. Menue is somewhat limited. Kobe beef burger was one of the best hamburgers I've had. Decorations in restaurant are odd, with an eclectic collection of art. Overall the experience was good for lunch, but probably wouldn't go back.
Love this place!
This was our second time here and we love it. The wine was great. We got the calamari for an appetizer both times! It's so good. Also for dinner I got the crab crusted salmon, which is amazing and my husband gets the steak. Also amazing! We love this place so much, so we go here on all of our date nights!
Spent the evening enjoying wine and a delicious Ribeye. Nice wine list, great ambiance, and the food was outstanding! Will definitely visit again! Wine bar, and seats available for watching the chefs at work! Great night!
Horrible service, food mediocre-
What is the point of making a reservation if the restaurant is going to make you wait an hr before being seated? My reservation was at 7, but was seated at 8 despite showing up early. We ended up being seating in their back room with no ambiance... So much for having a romantic date. Ended up getting food a full hour and a half later even though we ordered appetizers, soup, and entrées. I don't know why I bothered making the drive into Kailua for mediocre steak. Save yourself the trouble and stick with any steakhouse in town.
We went there for Mother's Day dinner. Made a reservation via open table however checked in 20 min early and the person who checked in at the same time was seated before me...as I had to wait 15 after my res to be seated. It was pretty crazy that night. But when we did get seated the service was pretty good, being at such a high capacity. I also enjoyed the food. escargot was yummy. I think I need to try it on a non busy day to appreciate it a little more. A MUST TRY IS: warm beet salad and crab crusted salmon... WINNER!!!!
Fromaggio Grill Kailua is a winner!
I took my mother and kids to Fromaggio on Saturday night before the chaos of Mother's Day. We had early reservations so we were one of 5 other tables seated for early-bird dinner. The service was fantastic (Rose) - she was kind and attentive and made the experience a nice one for my out of town family. If you have issues with loud restaurants- go early and you'll be fine. The energy in the later hours of dining is fun- but with hearing impaired guests, it can be overwhelming. I love that they have a "verbal" kids meal option. We had several pupus- including the bruschetta, calamari & sashimi- ALL were fantastic! Our ribeye with arugula was really well flavored and you can't get anything better than their brussel sprouts. Overall it was a lovely celebration and I would go back in a hot minute!
Great food and even better wine
The wine list never disappoints! The Malbec choices were amazing. Lots of relish food options too!
First time at Formaggio and we had a great experience. Menu has lots of choices and well prepared with local Hawaiian flavor. Decent wine list. Service was excellent. We will be going back again for sure.
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