About 'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
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
Fantastic view and wonderful food. It's ...
Fantastic view and wonderful food. It's located on the beach, within the Four Seasons Resort which is beautiful to walk through. The gardens and architecture are truly unique. Great service as well. Be prepared to spend a lot but so worth it!
Dinner right by the Pacific. We were sta ...
Dinner right by the Pacific. We were staying 15 miles up to coast in Waikoloa - wanted to check out the Four Seasons and Ulu. Great experience - large outdoor dining area - right on the beach, with floodlit breaking surf. Food was outstanding - lots of local ingredients. Had the Hapu fish special. Our waiter - carlos - was awesome - lots of great conversation about the location, the winds, the volcanos. Would definitely go back.
We visited this evening for dinner as it ...
We visited this evening for dinner as it is the last night of our honeymoon. The restaurant was quite aware that we were celebrating our honeymoon however opted to do nothing about it. They did however bring champagne to the couple next to us celebrating an anniversary and desert to another couple celebrating a birthday. Seeing as though we were the youngest couple there, being treated in such a way even after all the $$$ we spent was disgusting. The food was good, but unfortunately cannot give a better review. There are better choices on the island!
Outstanding - except for irritating tech ...
Outstanding - except for irritating techno-beat recorded music. Ulu is always a must for our visits to the Big Island - and is dependably the dining-out highlight of our trip. The oceanfront tables are romantic and quiet. The menu features perfectly prepared local seafood. Desserts are delicious - including creative sorbets. They impressively remembered my wife's birthday when we were first greeted by the server. The servers are always the most professional, knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff we have encountered anywhere. The only thing missing is music that fits the ambiance. You do not expect to hear a techno-beat rhythm piped through speakers amid this backdrop of crashing waves and stunning sunsets, it is jarring and incongruent. Some live jazz or Hawaiiana would more befit the visually stunning setting and the $300 check.
One of the more romantic overall setting ...
One of the more romantic overall settings I have ever experienced. Amazing location, nice ambiance and beautiful views. Very good service. Tight menu - outstanding seafood - but enough variety for most anyone. Better sushi than I have had most anywhere. Would consider a "must do" for that special dinner when on the Big Island. Will absolutely most definitively go back.
We were seated with a great view of the ...
We were seated with a great view of the sunset. The menu isn't very big and the food was mostly good but the service was excellent!
We took note of the other reviewers who said the fish was a bit overcooked, so we asked for it a little undercooked and it was perfect! Had the following:
2 appetizers: the octopus - a little tough and salty but overall good, and the hamachi sashimi - delicious!,
Entrees - the Bershire Pork Duo - porky goodness! The pork chop was cooked to perfection (slightly pink) and the pork belly was crunchy and melting in the mouth... a contradiction but pork lovers will understand.
Also had the Charred Hawaiian Hapu'upu'u - cooked beautifully after we asked that it be slightly undercooked. We also had the side of the mushroom fried rice. It was good, but not great.
For dessert, we had the coconut raspberry souffle. It was our anniversary and they wrote on the plate "Happy Anniversary" in Hawaiian... beautiful and delicious at the same time! They also gave complimentary caramel toffee popcorn! What a treat! The prices were a bit high for us but why not for a special occasion!
Overall, great service, good food and an awesome view!
Dinner was excellent but have to say th ...
Dinner was excellent but have to say that when mentioning dinner specials, and describing tomahawk steak for two which we bought and was awesome, but not mentioning the price of $185 in retrospect was bad form. Most expensive entres were less than $50 so we had no idea that it would cost us that much. We had other choices we would taken knowing the actual cost. Otherwise evenning was awesome and will return again but will now ask cost of any specials.
Beautiful setting as close to the beach ...
Beautiful setting as close to the beach as you can get. Food was wonderful, great presentation, lovely service.
They have some unique cocktails - my husband had the Pear Sakatini and I had a Hibiscus Martini and both were very good
We loved everything about experience at Ulu.
Our anniversary dinner was at Ulu Ocean ...
Our anniversary dinner was at Ulu Ocean Grill at four seasons on recommendation of trip advisor destination experts. Wow, what a phenomenal view we had, right on the water and right at sunset. It was breath taking. The food was exceptional. I had snapper and Dave had a steak. We had a wild boar appetizer. The service was excellent. Loved the experience. It made for the best pictures of our vacation and what a great anniversary meal.
Overall a fantastic restaurant in a fant ...
Overall a fantastic restaurant in a fantastic resort. There is simply nothing on a par with 'Ulu.
BUT my wife is allergic to any seafood which limits the selection dramatically; the best part of the menu is seafood! BUT add to that the fact that almost everything on the menu whether beef, pork, chicken or even vegetarian has fish sauce in it. Almost every dish including the Caprese Salad had to be modified, which they willingly did but only certain dishes could take the modification. It was wonderful but with 4 restaurants we would have thought a resort where you probably spend 6 nights would have had more than 4 selections.
That said we would absolutely go back! The servers and management were aware of the issue and made EVERY effort to accommodate us.
Our anniversary dinner at Ulu Ocean Gril ...
Our anniversary dinner at Ulu Ocean Grill was lovely. The food is consistently very good with fresh local ingredients. We always have a chocolate and Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. As usual, both souffles were perfect. Our server, Dan, was excellent. Ulu is certainly a lovely locale to have dinner and is well worth the drive from Kona.
Beautiful views, waves crashing right be ...
Beautiful views, waves crashing right before you. Elegant grounds and restaurant. Might have been an off night, but service extremely slow...waiting almost an hour for entree. Food was ok, but not worth the price.
Not only the best restaurant on the big ...
Not only the best restaurant on the big island but one of the best I've eaten at period! Even the basic dishes, like the calamari, seemed to have been re engineered to taste as delicious as possible. Highly, recommend.
The most important and most relevant par ...
The most important and most relevant part of the dining experience at Ulu is that this is the very best ocean front fancy restaurant in Hawaii, other than Mama's Fish House on Maui. If you are on this island, Hawaii, and are looking for the most romantic ocean front dining experience short of paying for a private table at a resort, perched on a grassy knoll or on the sand, this is it. The ocean is across the walkway. The weather tends to perfection.
There have been some changes since we last ate here. The once outstanding purple sourdough bread has been replaced by lavosh. If you are a fan of crispy crackers, that is great. I like them, but miss the purple bread.
The menu choices are simply not on the same level they were when we last ate here in 2015. The Asian flare is still the pronounced sensibility, with many sushi selections and the rest of the menu tending toward a Thai/Chinese fusion that does not always make sense. We were steered away from the Pad thai as being too salty a rendition. My husband had the Mongolian beef. it arrived in a sauce reminiscent of Indonesian kecap manis sedang, a sweet thick brown sauce that tended to drown the beef. The beef was cut thick, so was very chewy and not particularly appealing.
We shared a shrimp sushi roll. It was good but not outstanding. Nothing to elevate it. The mushroom rice had thick chunks of mushroom. As we ate it, I could not remember if the waiter had described it as a fried rice or a risotto. Not fried, but risotto and again, not nuanced or subtle. Sticky without the flavors you would associate with a great risotto, and yet it ought to have been a fried rice to go with the rest of the menu.
My fire roasted lobster tails were very good. They were simply prepared, and the serving was generous. Plenty to share with my husband. They came on a bed of wilted spinach that was similarly unadorned, and as such, was good but again, not special.
Our dessert was one of the souffles - very nice.
Celebrated our 33rd anniversary! Got sea ...
Celebrated our 33rd anniversary! Got seated oceanside with a beautiful view of the evening sunset. Our waiter Justin was the best we ever had! He was very knowledgeable in the various dishes prepared and wine parings that it went well with it. We started off with a delicious New Zealand salmon bruschetta (chef's special) which was very unique. Our second dish we tried was there Waimea green salad that was very refreshing and plentiful. Our main course that we shared was the local snapper prepared with coconut curry that went well with the fish on top of thin rice noodles...delish!!! Will make a point to return to this AWESOME restaurant on our next visit to the Big Island. MAHALO!!!!!
Went here for my Mother's Birthday on va ...
Went here for my Mother's Birthday on vacation. An amazing view of the ocean and fantastic outdoor and "porch" style seating areas allow for a once in a lifetime dining experience. Recommend booking days in advance if you want a time during sunset. Food was good, but didn't live up to the rest of the dining experience. Service was top notch and very attentive. They also brought out a small cake with fresh fruit for my Mother as well.
Highly recommend if you are staying on the Kona side of the island.
Have been coming to the island annually ...
Have been coming to the island annually for the last five years although this was our first time to the hotel/restaurant but it won't be the last. We came to celebrate my husbands birthday and were treated to a table on the edge of the patio with front row seats to the ocean and fabulous sunset. Our waiter was professional, knowledgeable, and provided quality customer service. The food was outstanding! We shared the calamari and beet salad and then each enjoyed a lovely fish dinner. We would have licked our plates but it would have been bad form. If you want great food, professional servers, and a view that you can't get enough of then this is the place for you. We will be going back!
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