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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.
Kaupulehu, HI 96740
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
If you're thinking that you're going to get a fancy date night type dinner, because you're going to the Four Seasons, you are quite wrong. My fiancé and I are on vacation and wanted a peaceful nice meal. My experience was ruined by the children IN THEIR PAJAMAS running around, yelling and slurping their spaghetti. The food was good, but the atmosphere was terrible. So very disappointing. Children should not be allowed at such an establishment.
Absolutely fabulous meal. The tempura shrimp and spicy ahi roll was AMAZING! The appetizers were great especially the calamari. A friend ordered the octopus and raved about the dish. The lights shining on the waves made for a gorgeous view. All in all a wonderful dining experience.
'Ulu is a wonderful restaurant we come back to every time we are on the big Island. The food is just outstanding, and the whole experience is worth coming. We had all seafood based dishes which were the freshest that we have eaten anywhere. The all seafood (no rice) special sushi roll was outstanding as were the rest of the dishes combined with other fresh seasonal ingredients. The service is friendly, not invasive but just right. Our waiter Brian was very knowledgeable about the menu and steered us in the right direction on all our orders. It was a special anniversary for us and the restaurant took care of us in a way that made it very memorable.
This is obviously a lovely spot, overlooking the ocean. The hostess team and bar help were very attentive. Our waiter was knowledgeable. However, our starter sashimi roll was inferior to one we had at a small cafe in Hawi just the day before. We waited 30 minutes for our entries, and one of them was cold. Both were very tasty, but not exceptional. Check was $300+ with only one $17 glass of wine.
Four Seasons management should take a hard look at this operation. This place is taking its customers for granted, and charging first class prices for a second class effort. We were disappointed, and will not go back.
This is one of the most beautiful settings for a restaurant anywhere. We timed our reservation just right - arrived just before so we could view the sunset from the fire pit lounge area over pre-dinner cocktails. Luckily the sun cooperated as the next days were completely overcast and cloudy. The food is excellent. Although high-priced - it is the sa,eat any restaurant of its caliber in the area. The service was excellent and they made special note of the birthday I told them ahead of time that we were celebrating.
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.
The restaurant was right on the ocean so the view was spectacular - make sure you request a table by the beach. We had outstanding service from our waiter and the wine list was what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. I do feel the food was overrated though my sister absolutely loved her lemon grass chicken. I don't like nori but the restaurant was very accommodating and wrapped by sushi in soy wrapper. For me the meal was good, not memorable and my husband thought the same.
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.
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