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“Snobby chefs”
Review of Formaggio Grill

Formaggio Grill
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Ranked #60 of 145 Restaurants in Kailua
Price range: $30 - $59
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kailua Road
Transit: Da Bus stops across the street on Kailua Road with service to 10:00 pm.
Description: Good Food Fine Wine Great Friends at 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, Delectable Seafood And Casual Gourmet Fare.
Kailua, Hawaii
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Snobby chefs”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place is open air, has a great bar, and always has talented live music on the weekends. Their appetizer bruschetta is to die for!! So good!! I also really enjoyed the Sangria. However, I have a dairy allergy and do not eat meat, and I have eaten there a few times. Depending on which chef is working that night, I am sometimes able to modify my entree. But you would think at a higher end restaurant I would be able to order a simple pasta or gnochhi with just a plain marinara instead of a sauce with meat or dairy in it. We do not go here very often anymore, just because of the chef's attitude of not wanting to "change the flavor of the dish per the chef's request" and not accommodate my food allergies/diet. My husband always enjoys his food though, and he does not have any dietary restrictions.

  • Visited February 2014
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Monmouth, ME
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Tasty but overpriced.”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

We grabbed an early dinner here on the basis of other reviews, but we were disappointed. Portions were small (for what you are paying), Service could have been better - we were never told what the specials were, for example. She had a salad and an appetizer - shrimp with hummus, an odd combination but good. He had salmon with a sort of crabmeat stuffing. Both quite tasty but overpriced for the small portions.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Chris H
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Just happened by.”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We just happened by this place while on vacation and loved it. Meals were excellent and service was also. Will go back if we come back to islands.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“overpriced but tasty”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

the service was good, and we enjoyed our food (i had the garlic ahi, which was delicious and a good sized portion, although the pasta was a bit oily)... i liked the fact we could order 2 oz. glasses of wine with a nice range of wine options. however, the prices are a bit too high. my ahi dish was $28, and a small french onion soup cost about $10. you aren't paying for view, so you are better off stopping at Buzz's down the road.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Nancy R
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
316 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“So so”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Stopped by on a night ride and sat at the bar. Ordered a white wine and mussels appetizer. Bartender was very friendly. Food and wine were so so, especially considering the price. Not sure if I'd return.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank sheiksan
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