Hula Grill - Kaanapali
Hula Grill - Kaanapali

Hula Grill - Kaanapali

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hulagrillkaanapali.com/
  • Phone: 8086676636x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room, open for Dinner, 4:45pm - 9:30pm
    reservations available

    Barefoot Bar, open for lunch and dinner, 10:45am - 10:00pm
    seated on a walk-in basis only
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Charlie Owen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do not cater, but we have special event menus for your large party or special event. Special events need to be planned at least two weeks in advance so contact us early for best experience.
  • Entertainment: We offer one of the best entertainment line ups on Maui. With three sets daily, Hula Grill is THE place to enjoy live island music. Experience artists such as Ernest Pua'a aka "The Barefoot Warrior", Kawika Lum Ho, & our own Grammy award winners Peter DeAquino, Derick Sebastian & Josh Kahula, just to name a few.
    Live music sets: 11:00-2:00, 2:30-5:30, 6:00-9:15
    Hula Dancers nightly from roughly 7:15-8:00
  • Special Events: We host special events throughout the year. Our Facebook page is the best way to stay informed.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 30
  • Public Transit: Maui bus stops right in front Whalers Village every hour!
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Park at the lot adjacent to Whalers Village (north side). We will provide you with 3 hour validation with purchase.
A word from Hula Grill - Kaanapali
On the water's edge on Kaanapali Beach, Hula Grill offers a stunning view of the Pacific and of the islands of Lanai and Molokai. From this distinctly Hawaiian vantage point, you are invited to join us as we celebrate the hospitality, culture and cuisine of the islands. Dinner is served in our open-air dining room where you can relax in the ambiance of a plantation era beach house while enjoying renown chef Peter Merriman's Hawaii Regional Seafood, that isn't only a favorite of vacationers, but locals too. Hawaiian fresh fish and locally grown produce are combined to create amazing menu offerings that are as colorful as they are flavorful. Fiery sunsets are served up daily along with live Hawaiian entertainment.

Our Barefoot Bar offers a more casual menu serving both lunch and dinner under authentic thatch roof umbrellas and a sand floor where you can sink your toes in. The Barefoot Bar is seated on a walk-in basis only.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHawaii Regional Cuisine
Hula Grill - Kaanapali reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (104)scenic view (94)special occasion (44)romantic (42)fit for foodies (39)kid-friendly (35)good for groups (31)vibrant bar scene (25)hot spot (24)great for lunch (20)neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (10)late-night find (10)great for brunch (9)Show More
  • disappointed
    rlernVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our third time to this restaurant and probably our last. Our waiter was like a robot with no personality. The food was okay at best. My $42 rib eye was tough and my husband had the fish and was not thrilled. It will be a long time until we go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love HULA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We go the Hula every time we are in Maui or Oahu. I love the seafood chowder AND YOU WILL TOO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TomFan
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food is always very good and the service was as well. The popularity and location make Hula Grill a madhouse. It is so loud you cannot have a conversation. We go only for the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good food, weak drinks
    CaliFoodGirl
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was amazing. Drinks were incredibly weak. Could only get a reservation for a party of 6 @ 8:30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Ocean View
    MartyR
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very nice beach side restaurant. Inspired by the same chef as the Merriman's so the food is will crafted, well seasoned and very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dinner
    ILikeFood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food and great service. Needed to make a reservation in advance or else It would have been way too busy. Pretty expensive though. Great dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner of my holiday so far!
    Helenhawaii
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Baked Hawaii was epic! As was the tandoori opa. Not forgetting the warm bread and chilli oil dip <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRY THE CHOWDER!!
    Tammy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The first thing we loved here was how the bread was presented at the table... in a silver lunchbox. How cute. And the bread was amazing but so is the dipping sauces they give you for it. Pace yourself... it really is addicting. But if you have nothing else, try the Coconut Seafood Chowder. Oh my... it has a coconut, cilantro based broth that will make you want to drink straight from the bowl. AMAZING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced.
    SamWellerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not worth the money. The food was blah... The waiter was too pushy trying to sell more and more dishes.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Food, Nice service, Nice View
    OhgeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very good Ahi Taco and other Hawaiian specialities to satisfy anyone. Our server, a woman from Utah, was great. Just go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere, good service and good food. Always enjoy coming here when visiting Maui.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food.
    Amarildo1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Beautiful view. They had a 3 piece band that made our experience far more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Checkout menu carefully
    readthemenus
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Rebecca our waitress was very poor. There are two menus: restaurant menu is limited and expensive. Barefoot bar area menu has a wide variety but you cannot order in restaurant area only a few feet away,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful sunset viewing
    Sunsetheaven
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We ate at here a couple of nights ago. The food, service and ambiance were great! The sunset was superb!! We are always looking for the "green flash" and You have the right conditions here to see it on a clear evening! Great Place!! Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tasting local food
    LarryandLindsayVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was flavorful and mostly locally sourced. Had the macadamia nut crusted fish of the day which was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to dine
    JessNLolo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant, it was kid friendly, the staff was so nice, our server was always keeping our drinks refreshed. The fish was very good. We definately will be visiting here again. The view was so nice from the dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor seating, so-so food
    HappyGirl16
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed the setting on the beach, but for the price of the food, I expected a whole lot more. My husband's fish was dry and bland and my seafood chowder "with shrimp, lobster, scallops, and fish" had exactly 1 shrimp, 1 scallop, a small piece of over cooked lobster and a lot of mystery fish. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not excellent
    Hare1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Finally succeeded in booking at a restaurant always full. We were seated in a very good position. Good cocktails ups and downs in the food: great fish, good tomato soup, mediocre chowder, disappointing ceviche. Thumbs up for the dessert.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early bird gets rewarded
    Out4LunchVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Yes, this place gets packed at night and some of the more negative reviews are perhaps true. However, we reserved an early table (5pm) and were seated front-row to the water, were not rushed in the slightest, and experienced great service. The Chef's Tasting menu was a treat - half sized portions (and they do tell you it's half sized) of an app, entree and dessert. With that plus the warm homemade bread, we were stuffed and satisfied. The passion fruit mojito was good, though a bit weak. For the price in Maui, we were quite happy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner.
    ChasM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Rib eye and macademia-crusted fish were both great, as were the poke tacos appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, wine, and service
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The service, atmosphere, and spectacular setting made this a very enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend and plan to visit next time we are in Kaanapali.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best in Maui!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had Roy as our waiter and he was amazing! The food was out of this world. Be sure to try the Cerviche. We went twice in one week. It was a great value and simply fabulous food. Pineapple upside down cake is the best in Maui. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed. I wish it was closer to home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Sunset
    AKsunburn
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    You can't beat the view of the Maui sunset around 7PM, sitting outside enjoying great food and select wines.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    we had a good time and had a nice meal with attentive service
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    Vick
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The place was worth visiting, we had a lovely family meal and the service was excellent! Not cheap but everything was fresh and tasty - special of the day was great fresh fish, the waiter was very helpful explaining everything!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great beachside joint with a view!!
    hodgy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Very nice beachside restaurant. Had reservations though that didn't seem to matter....was seated from the list that everyone else was on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    GM82
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Surprised by the quality of the food, the good wine list and the romantic atmosphere! Staff was super friendly and the focaccia just like in Italy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service and food was amazing.
    alohapammy
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Yearly we visit Hula Grill for lunch and dinner. We always have a fabulous experience. Services is always great and food is magnicient. Love the location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious snapper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great service! The snapper was delicious and the view fantastic! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lot of hot air
    DallasFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dont know why restaurant this is so highly acclaimed. Their speciality is supposed to be fresh fish. Well, the fish was fresh, but where was the rest of it? The portions are super small- one can easily finish the entire $35 fish entree in about four bites. Two pieces of fish, each no bigger than a single piece of fried fish in a typical fish and chips serving. On top of that, they grilled it dry and chewy. I didnt think there was any flavor left in the fish after the grilling to compensate for the charred taste. Super high priced (figure $200 for 2 for dinner with drinks) for not good food. The drinks are watered down with too much ice. Not recommended.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love that Place
    PaulandMarcella
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    For us itś a must to go to Hula Grill on the first evening we arrive on Maui. We already made a reservertion for a table when we were waiting at LAX for our flight. Confirmation was sent immediately after.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beach-Side Restaurant
    Mikey
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had eaten lunch there in the barefoot area and loved the fish taco's. We came back for a romantic intimate dinner and both had the nightly special which was very good! They have an awesome chili pepper water that we bought to take home with us. I drowned the bread they gave us in it and couldn't have had enough! Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • beach dinner
    luvNYC
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fabulous meal in a great setting on Kaanapali Beach.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the price
    Savannahf00die
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife and I went here while on vacation in Maui. The experience was amazing. Our waiter was top notch. He knew the menu, and was a good conversationalist. We had a perfect view of a sunset on Ka'anapali Beach, and the weather/temp was also perfect. Then there was the food. I ordered the pan seared snapper. I have never had snapper that was prepared better than this. It was perfectly pan-seared, lightly golden brown on the outside and white and buttery on the inside. It melted in my mouth. My wife got the ceviche. I only had a bite, but it had great flavor, she really enjoyed it as well. We both got the house mojito. This was one of the best cocktails I've ever had. Perfect balance of acid and sweet, with a hint of tropical fruit and mint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food on in Kanapali
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Hula Grill has good food and service in Whaler's shopping center of Kanapali. Fish dishes can be prepared several ways, and salads are excellent. Very busy and crowded, so make a reservation. Nice Hawaiian guitar music as well
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapointed
    twocandine
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Been here in 2008, and 2010, both times were delicious, and the menu was terrific. This time (2014) the menu seemed limited. I ordered the special, which had two different fish. One was VERY over cooked, and the other, slightly. The restaurant used to feel gourmet, now it feels like any other chain. Nice view though.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service in Kaanapali
    DGCK
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    While on vacation, me, my husband and our 6 and 9 year old kids ate at Hula Grill and really enjoyed it. The service was helpful and attentive. The Keiki menu wasn't just everything fried - my kids both got ribs. Definitely recommended if you want great, fresh food and a terrific view!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding seafood
    Maltvater
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I had a late reservation, we were not able to be seated early, but the bar was fun. The staff made the place fun. Great views of the water and sunset. Seafood was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Party
    llaupola
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It was our first time here and the service was excellent, the food was AMAZING!! Appetizer, poke taco's, brilliant!! Everything was on point and the atmosphere was perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Jerry, our waiter, did a great job. His recommendations for food was spot on .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.