About 'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
Kaupulehu, HI 96740
Among the finest venues for dining in Hawai'i, 'ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is a breathtaking oceanfront fish and seafood restaurant on Hawai'i Island's Kona-Kohala Coast. The culinary team keeps the focus on local cuisine with a Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal philosophy. Located within Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, 'ULU is a favorite as one of the best restaurants in Hawai'i.
'ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge has been named one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America and 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2016 by OpenTable.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We offer complimentary self and valet parking nightly.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
OCEANFRONT HARVEST DINNER
On Saturday evenings, the Oceanfront Harvest Dinner is an interactive culinary journey. Enjoy a sake and sushi reception while you watch the sun set over the water, before joining your dinner companions at the communal harvest tables. There, our chefs and the Resort’s wine and cocktail experts will guide you through a spectacular five-course dinner celebrating the bounty of the islands.
'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge Ratings and Reviews
The wait of over 90 minutes for a burnt piece of fish turned me off. I should have returned the dish to the kitchen. Not worth the expense. The sauce for the special of the day was uninspired and bland. The basic green salad was refreshing and the highlight of an otherwise sad meal at an over-priced restaurant. Not going back.
We were looking forward to a meal at a restaurant some had called he best on the Big Island. All the more so, as I had dined at the Four Seasons as part of a group event and was very impressed.
Unfortunately, the experience at Ulu fell way short. The ambience is wonderful; great lighting and the Hawaiian surf pounding just 50 feet away. But the cuisine was, at best, mixed. On the plus side: the sushi, fresh and tasty as possible. But the grilled octopus was as tough as jerky and we sent it back.
The $40 Pad Thai did have plenty of lobster, but some of it was, again, overlooked to the point it was an unrecognizable leathery protein.
Even the helping of caramel corn delivered with the check was sub-par.
Our waiter was great, but he seemed over-worked and thus could not be quite as attentive as I think he'd have liked.
For those who want the ultimate in romantic scenes and great sushi, Ulu delivers. We did not try enough of the apps and mains to say whether the two fails we experienced were just a fluke or a broader problem. But, for a place of Ulu's standing, never mind its price, we should expect it to hit 100% consistently.
Stunning location. Great service with very friendly staff. Eighty percent of ingredients were
from the Big Island. Interesting menu. Perfect for a special occasion, birthday, girls night out.
Or just a foodie splurge. Very best eatery on the water - on the Big Island.
Great table with perfect view of the ocean. Great service. Great food. We make it a point to come here every year when we are on vacation. Followed another reviewer's suggestion of having a cocktail at the beach tree bar first to watch the sunset before moving down to the Ulu for dinner. We will definitely do that again. Can't wait to come back next year!
We've eaten at ULU before and have always enjoyed the creative and tasty dishes the chef prepares as well as the wonderful service. This time was our favorite by far, though. It was my husbands 50th birthday and the evening was magical from beginning to end. The food was delicious as always, and the pastry chef made my husband a German chocolate cake that was out of this world delicious. We had a lovely table right along the beach, but almost all the tables in the restaurant have great beach views. If you're thinking about trying Ulu out, you really can't go wrong. It is pricey, but I can assure you that you'll get what you pay for. The food, wine, exceptional service and views all come together to create a wonderful dining experience.
After reading the reviews several months before my trip to Hawaii I decided that we would make a reservation in advance and kind of spend more than usual as a pretty expensiveThrValentines dinner. The service was great the view wonderful but the food was Terrible! My fish was overcooked could hardly cut it with a knife and my husband couldn't find the abalone in his expensive noodle dish!!
You can't beat the spot...we had a lovely table as close to the water as you can get. It was very windy, but we opted to sit outside anyway, and were happy we did. The wind died down and it was beautiful. We had a wonderful server, Bronson, who was very helpful and took great care of us. My husband said his sashimi was very good (small) and his fish dinner was good. I am a vegetarian and had pretty limited options. I chose a vegetable curry, which was very bland, but our server brought me some hot sauce that livened it up a bit. Not fabulous. Dessert was so-so, not impressed. Overall, our food at the Beach Tree was better than at 'Ulu. It's still a very lovely place to dine, but I would not rate the food 5 Star...and two nights later, we were dining in Kona and my husband ordered the same bottle of wine he had at 'Ulu, only 1/2 the price. That seems pretty ridiculous.
This is a classy restaurant right next to the ocean where you can enjoy the sunset and the waves crashing into the rocks. The food was well prepared, and the cocktails were refreshing, a nice break from the sugary tropical drinks at other places. Staff was attentive.
This is an amazing restaurant! Our Service was outstanding! This restaurant was a little over our normal budget. Our server was exstreamly kind and was able to get a little creative with the drink menu when she intuitivly discovered we were in over our heads with the price point. She never once made us feel unwelcome even though she knew our tab was not going to be what she typically sees. We had such a nice meal! We loved it!
Once again, Ulu Ocean Grill delivered a lovely birthday dinner. Overall, it was a great dining experience with the exception of the Chesapeake Bay Oysters, which were small and dry; the trip to Hawaii did them in. The rest of the dinners were excellent; the beet salad and heirloom tomato salad were delicious. The sushi orders were great. And as usual, the chocolate and grand marnier souffles for dessert were beyond delicious! Of course we highly recommend Ulu Ocean Grill for a lovely dinner on the ocean.
If you are looking for upscale seaside dining on the Big island Ulu Ocean Grill is pretty hard to beat although Browns Beach House remains my personal favorite. Brian, our waiter was just what you would expect at an upscale restaurant. He was attentive, friendly, had great knowledge of the menu and provided a truly pleasurable dining experience. The quality of the food coming out of the kitchen was excellent and for 95% of their diners they would give them 5 stars. Ok, so I'm a bit of a snob :) but for me, the food lacked the Wow! Factor. Excellently prepared but perhaps lacking originality. Again, that's just me. Bottom line, I would gladly recommend them to anyone looking for a pricey but competent upscale meal while on Big Island.
The food was quite good- both the fish and meat dishes. Service, however, was abysmal. After 15 minutes of waiting after being seated I had to go find a server. After ordering drinks, it was close to a half hour before they arrived. Same with the food order- starters took over a half hour to arrive and then main courses another half hour after finishing our starters. Our server rarely checked to see how things were going at our table. Keeping the water glasses full was a struggle. We dine out quite often and this was some of the worse service. We couldn't believe we were at a Four Seasons, which presumably prides itself on service.
Incredible ambiance with the sound and sight of Kohala coast surf even after dark. This dinner was a capstone outing for our trip. It also turned out to be a perfect spot to be before a short drive to the airport for a late flight home. A lovely final memory.
Literally you pay for the view. The restaurant had high beam lights into the ocean so you can see the waves crashing. I had the tomato salad and coconut soup - - pretty tasty. My husband had the special fish which didn't wow us given the price. We ordered the soufflé based on the waiter's suggestion. The soufflé didn't rise and so they gave it to us for free. Honestly it's an exclusive restaurant with quality service and ambience. Go there for special occasions but save up!
It is very expensive but the best restaurant on the Big Island. The food is so creative and amazing. The service is attentive and helpful. We go to this restaurant every time we are here because it is exceptional. Sitting outside by the water and watching the waves during dinner is wonderful. The live music was also great. Can't wait to return!
We always come away from Ulu so impressed with all aspects of this wonderful experience. Carola is a treasure (and a friend) and other members of the service team are also VERY attentive without being at all intrusive. The chef is creative and makes lovely, tasty dishes.
We spent a wonderful evening at 'Ulu with my daughter and her husband. We took an early reservation so we could enjoy the beautiful sunset along the beach. The sushi and the Hawaiian Sea Bass were incredible!
We walked the grounds and were very impressed by the layout and architecture of the resort. Similar to the food offerings, 'Ulu Ocean Grille is simple, but elegant.
Food was ok but I was quite underwhelmed. For what we paid I was expecting a bit more of a specialty restauraunt. Instead it was a fairly run of the mill mainland type restaurant. It was overpriced for the quality of the food and boring menu.
Our octopus appy was VERY tough and tasted mostly like deep fry oil. Two fish entrees were okay but no imagination. I've made similar quality food myself.
I'd suggest to spend your money elsewhere. Read the reviews carefully. Many people say the view is lovely but the food is so-so. When you're paying $200+ on dinner you expect the food to be outstanding.
If you're looking for a view, Lava lava beach club is also on the beach and has excellent live music every night and sometimes hula with good food and drinks. Beautiful sunset view from Lava. If you're going to Maui, go to Mama's fish house. Much more inspired menus and beautiful views.
We enjoyed a leisurely late evening meal and left more than satisfied. This is another Big Island restaurant that is leading the charge with respect to its efforts to focus on locally sourced and produced food and it shows. The fish dishes are superb and all the more so for efforts to creatively incorporate spices and sauces that compliment the fish dishes. The local wild boar on steamed buns was lovingly prepared and packed punch. We did not try any of the sushi but it was in much abundance on the tables of diners all around us. Ulu does a great job with its wine pairings and is not shy about permitting small wine tastings of what might work with your appetizers and entrees. The service was extremely knowledgeable, although slow and erratic, and we attributed that to the fact that the restaurant was extremely busy. Ulu would benefit from more of a "team" approach to service and seems to cling to insisting that one waiter, the same waiter, serve you throughout the evening. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but the price is worth you if you are looking for that all around Hawaiian high end dining experience.
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