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Anybody try Formaggio Grill in Kailua?

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Jazzaloha Oct 16, 2010 06:08 PM

I just got a 50% coupon for Formaggio, and I didn't realize that the Kailua restaurant had such a big menu. The items looked good, so I'm interested if any of the other chowhounds have tried this place.

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Formaggio Grill
305 Hahani St, Kailua, HI 96734

  1. russkar Oct 16, 2010 06:37 PM

    We were there (Kailua) a couple of months ago and the food was great!
    Only thing I really dislike is their corkage policy (they don't allow outside bottles) which sucks if your a wine collector. The good news is that many Restaurants are flexible in Honolulu which is where we are most of the time.

    1. j
      Jazzaloha Nov 13, 2010 11:04 AM

      We went there several weeks ago.

      I got the salmon with crab meat as it was a popular item. My wife ordered the filet mignon, which came with a potato au gratin arranged like a napoleon (I believe). Both items were OK.

      My general impression is that it is similar in price and cooking style to Le Bistro, but the quality is not as good.

      Russkar, what did you get when you went there?

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      Le Bistro
      5730 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821

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      1. re: Jazzaloha
        russkar Nov 14, 2010 08:05 AM

        We went to a special Wine Dinner which was several courses not on the regular menu so I'm not sure it's comparable. Formaggio is capable of great things from the kitchen just not sure they can execute on a regular basis. Still it's pretty good.
        Have you tried Le Guignol ? We like it as well as Le Bistro and it's BYOB

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        Le Guignol Restaurant
        1010 S King St Ste 108, Honolulu, HI 96814

        Le Bistro
        5730 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821

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          Jazzaloha Nov 16, 2010 09:23 AM

          The last time I was at Le Guignol was when it was on Kalakaua.

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          Le Guignol Restaurant
          1010 S King St Ste 108, Honolulu, HI 96814

          1. re: Jazzaloha
            russkar Nov 16, 2010 09:24 AM

            That must have been a longtime ago?

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              Jazzaloha Nov 17, 2010 10:54 AM

              Yeah, it was over ten years ago.

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              KaimukiMan Nov 16, 2010 10:48 PM

              wow that had to be over 15 years ago. i'd almost forgotten that location.

              1. re: KaimukiMan
                manomin Nov 17, 2010 08:49 AM

                At least 1987, my assistant ate there all the time and loved it. I've never been but have certainly thought about it.

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          MRMoggie Jan 20, 2011 03:55 PM

          Only experience there last year was an unhappy one. We wound up walking out after enduring an aburdly long wait for a table and then more waiting -- and attitude. Even though it's almost around the corner, we haven't been back and won't bother.

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