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/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 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 The once outstanding purple sourdough bread has been replaced by lavosh.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!
Romantic beachfront setting at sunset. W ...
Romantic beachfront setting at sunset. We were here a month ago, and returned again from Maui.
Bronson was the consummate server, giving excellent suggestions and knowledgable in detail. We also enjoyed his sense of humor. We felt very well cared for and attended to by Bronson and Dace in a low-key way, without a feeling of intrusiveness.
Had a great virgin mojito with coconut water, mulled ginger, mint, cucumber; and a homemade ginger beer. Chicken coconut lemongrass soup. Slow-grilled octopus. Steamed buns with lilikoi wild boar. Hawaii sushi roll and Ginger Hamachi. Pineapple upside down cake with Puna goat cheese and Thai basil gelato. Didn't feel rushed. Very relaxing at our seaside table.
Beautiful restaurant, situated right on ...
Beautiful restaurant, situated right on the beach, but most items are extremely overpriced for the quality. Started out with the tuna tartare/poke, that was absolutely delicious and fairly priced. Moved on to the $40 shrimp and lobster pad thai that was mostly oversauced noodles. Few vegetables, with far too few shrimp and lobster pieces to justify the $40 price tag. Definitely a disappointment in every way. My husband's filet mignon was very tiny and overcooked. I think it was about $60. The highlight of the evening was a nice glass of sancerre that was $24, overpriced for that particular winery and vintage, but perfectly chilled and really enjoyable in that setting. The scenery is spectacular, though, so we'd go back just to enjoy the ocean breezes and lovely setting! But will order different entrees.....
We went here for the view and because on ...
We went here for the view and because one of our party, the guest of honor, had been before and requested it. *I* would not go back. My two guests loved it. The food was excellent, but very expensive - over $40 per entree. Wines are quadruple retail. There was live music but the crowd was attempting to talk louder than the performer, so the noise level was extremely high at our oceanside table. We finally asked our server to move us to a quieter corner and she cheerfully obliged. Service was somewhat slower than I expected, but my guests were not bothered in the slightest. To be fair to the server, I had my wife sign the bill and add the tip.
The restaurant is part of the Four Seasons Hotel, which itself part of a gated resort community. The security guard at the gate was *extremely* rude, telling my wife 'I can't let you drive freely around the resort. You must go directly to the hotel.' as if there was anything he could do about it! We drove where we pleased, since we were an hour early for our dinner reservation, and walked along the beautiful shoreline. There were two endangered green sea turtles hauled up on the beach so we took photos of them while maintaining a respectful distance.
Very memorable experience dining at 'Ulu ...
Very memorable experience dining at 'Ulu. Impeccable service, delicious food, but the best thing for us was the ambiance/decor of the restaurant and outdoor dining. We had an early reservation and were seated at the perimeter of the outdoor tables, just a few steps away from the sand, with a beautiful view of the sunset. Couldn't ask for a better dining environment. The food was up to par with the environment, and while we did enjoy what we ordered (local oysters, grilled octopus, local snapper and another fish dish), we would definitely come back for the outdoor dining experience alone. Our server, Steve, was really friendly, genuine and down-to-earth (e.g. not snooty). Overall a great experience!
Food was delicious. Service impeccable. ...
Food was delicious. Service impeccable. Our server, Bronson, was superb. His knowledge about the menu, the food preparation, was exceptional. He was friendly and the ultimate professional. On top of all this, the setting is second to none. Beautiful. Can't wait to come back.
There probably is no better restaurant a ...
There probably is no better restaurant atmosphere here than anywhere I have ever been. The only two negatives were the food portion/preparation and music selection this time.
We have been here(2nd restaurant name) almost every year since 2003 and this year was the least impressive on the food.
Also the "club" music played instead of a live slack guitarist greatly reduced the amazing ambience normally associated with this restaurant.
I still recommend it, but I am not sure my wife and I will be back at least for a while.
Friends recommended this restaurant to u ...
Friends recommended this restaurant to us and we were not disappointed. The setting right on the ocean is beautiful even at night, the service was impeccable (our server was Dan), food excellent. We enjoyed the Charred local Octopus, Corn and Coconut Chicken Soup, one of us had the wood oven roasted snapper and the other 2 of us had the Charred Hawaiian Hapu'upu'u, chocolate Souffle and Nuts for Bananas were shared. Walking through the Four Seasons grounds to get to the hotel was lovely as well; a beautiful hotel as one would expect. We had a memorable evening.
Perfect choice for celebrating our anniv ...
Perfect choice for celebrating our anniversary. Brian, our server, was excellent--top notch. Brian himself made the evening more enjoyable with his humor and knowledge about the menu. They were very accommodating and subbed in a fish for my entire that was not the original choice. Everything was delicious, cooked perfectly--especially the chocolate soufflé at the end (which they covered for our anniversary). Five star dining experience for sure!
Beautiful restaurant, mediocre food
First off, the restaurant is beautiful. The setting is incredible, right on the beach, and every seat seems to either be outdoors or have a view outdoors. I was surprised at how open-air the place was. Our table was closest to the beach and it couldn't have been better.
The service was also great. Exactly the high level of attention and care you'd expect a high end restaurant such as this.
While some of the food was great (like the oysters) and the pork buns, the entrees were highly disappointing. Both fish entrees we ordered were criminally overcooked. Being that the restaurant menu appears so specialized in seafood, we were shocked at how dry and bland the actual dishes were.
Our only other complain were the prices, but that is, I suppose, to be expected. For example, wines on the wine list were well chosen, but often 3x retail prices--higher than most restaurant markups.
All in all, it's a special occasion type of place where you should expect great service and a great setting, but don't hold your breath on the actual food.
Sushi in spectacular oceanfront setting
Great service from Steve and Junior, with friendly warm aloha. Great oysters from their farm on property with Chef's eye dropper bottle of hot sauce. Very good sushi rolls and hamachi nigiri. Pineapple upside down cake with goat cheese, and Thai basil gelato. Stunning sunset views literally on the beach/ocean. Torch lighting and conch shell blowing ritual inches from our table.
We were completely underwhelmed by Ulu. ...
We were completely underwhelmed by Ulu. The service was great, but that's where it ended. We had sashimi as a first course, which was good. After that everything went downhill. I had the snapper in coconut curry. I never tasted any coconut or curry. It was so bland it was bordering on tasteless. More like coconut water with undercooked vegetables and fish. My husband had the fish of the day, opa in lemongrass. That was even more bland. No taste at all. We had the soufflés. They also were practically tasteless. I have never had such a bland and tasteless restaurant meal in my life. The view was great, but not worth $300.00. Never again.
A great meal/experience, but brace for the check.
Love Ulu, just wish it didn't cost an arm and a leg. For a cocktail/apps/dinner/desert our party of four shelled out $600+. That being said, the meal was really fantastic. The Ali Poke app was done tableside and was terrific. Our entree's were all very good -- I think I'd pass on the Shrimp/Lobster Pad Thai. It was good, just not memorable. The soufflé's were top-notch. The service -- really none better. Our waiter took our picture at sunset and was very willing to help us get it right. Definitely a Four Seasons quality venue.
Awesome views, great service
This is truly a great restaurant. Views and ambiance are top notch. Service is excellent. They truly make you feel special at the Four Seasons. Poke and lavash were great. Awesome presentation and flavor was spot on. We ordered the Shrimp crunch roll and the Mongolian beef which were ok but quite frankly PF Changs does both better. Banana Chocolate dessert was ok as well. Spiced Caramel Corn at the end was a nice touch. Wouldn't hesitate to go back and try some other dishes. Truly a wonderful setting with great service.
We have been making annual treks to the ...
We have been making annual treks to the Ulu Grill as we were married at the Hualalai several years ago. This experience was really disappointing, however. I ordered the grilled octopus appetizer which was so tough it was literally not chewable. It also hadn't been trimmed properly and so had sort of fatty edges that were quite unappetizing. I had then ordered the fish special, which I think was Ono. It was so overdone that I didn't eat it, though I did bring it home thinking maybe I could make fish tacos out of it. Later I just threw it out as it was so over cooked. Our waiter was quite nice, and I didn't complain, though I would have thought he might have asked why we didn't eat our dinners. My husband had a lobster Phad Thai which was good. I can't remember which appetizer he ordered, but I think it was also fine. I had also asked for a glass of Sancerre and it was quite tart (I wondered if the bottle had been open awhile), but I just had a taste, so asked for the Sav Blanc instead, which was good. I think this is such a special location and I've had many great experiences there. Unfortunately, this was not one of them!! I'm hoping it was just poor choices on my part, as I've had many great meals there.
Waited 8 to 10 minutes before anyone gre ...
Waited 8 to 10 minutes before anyone greeted us. The calamari was awesome but we were less than impressed with the sushi and the lobster tails. We also ordered the steak, and though it was good, it wasn't anything compared to Ruth's Chris. The bartender was very personable. If you go, go for the atmosphere for sure.
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