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Hula Grill - Kaanapali
Hula Grill - Kaanapali
  • Address:
    2435 Kaanapali Parkway
    Bldg P
    Lahaina, HI 96761
  • Cuisine:
    Hawaii Regional Cuisine
    Price: $30 and under

Hula Grill - Kaanapali Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hulagrillkaanapali.com/
  • Phone: (808) 667-6636
  • Hours of Operation: The Main Dining Room, open for Dinner, 4:45pm - 9:30pm
    The Barefoot Bar, open for lunch and dinner, 10:45am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Peter Merriman
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "we had a good time and had a nice meal with attentive service"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great service! The snapper was delicious and the view fantastic! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Fabulous meal in a great setting on Kaanapali Beach."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Jerry, our waiter, did a great job. His recommendations for food was spot on ."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I go every time I'm in Maui, fabulous food....try the tomato soup and Mac nut ice cream sandwich! Great service and atmosphere as well."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants ever. We both ordered the macadamia nut Mahi Mahi. I knew I wouldn't get any from my wife. Awesome view and great service. Our first stop in Maui. Thanks for everything."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Hula Grill probably is the restaurant with the best view on Ka'anapali Beach! Food was very good but a little overpriced. Overall, first experience was great."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is our second time eating at Hula Grill on Maui. Both times we selected this restaurant because it has great seafood menu and a great view of the ocean. There is also live entertainment. The food is very good especially the fish entrees."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our dining experience was by far the best we've had on Maui to date and we live here. Great service, very attentive! Ahi taco appetizer is amazing!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Beautiful scenic food with outstanding food and service. Its a must visit for Kaanapali Beach! If possible, take advantage of the Chef's tasting at 5:30, then walk down to black rock to view the cliff divers!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The reviews for this restaurant aren't positive enough. Hula Grill was our choice for last dinner in Maui on a recent vacation. Couldn't have been a better punctuation mark on a great vacation. Reservations aren't needed, but certainly helped us get a table as soon as we showed up (even though we were 30 minutes early). The Hula Grill is located within the Whaler's Village in Kaanapali, and sits right on the beach boardwalk - a great location for a meal after being on the beach, or shopping. Food was fresh and unique - not to mention completely delicious. Our server got busy after we arrived, but drink service never slowed, and the overall service was top notch as there were many others to step in and help. Overall, great experience!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner at the Hula Grill. With an early reservation we had our choice of all menu items. (Our very experienced and knowledgeable waiter told us they sometimes sell out later in the evening.) The setting right on Kaanapali Beach is just beautiful; the live Hawaiian music was heavenly as we sat at our oceanside table. The service was impeccable, the dishes beautifully presented and the food fresh and delicious. The chef's two fish special was glorious. My husband who doesn't love fish really enjoyed his monchongo in Tandoori style. The poke tacos were a splendid appetizer. For dessert we had the Baked Hawaii which is the Hula Grill's pineapple version of baked Alaska. Scrumptious! I HIGHLY recommend the Hula Grill."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Service was horrible! All I am going to say. Older man and he treated us like we were beneath him"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was awesome! My wife ordered the Poke Ceviche (highly recommend) and it came with tortilla chips rather than taro as the menu stated. Not really a big deal, but we inquired with our server and she went to check on it. When she came back, she apologized that they were out of taro chips and substituted the tortilla chips as a result. Again not a big deal to us, but here was the great service part...she apologized and insisted that dessert would be complimentary. Even when we told her it was okay, she wouldn't take no for an answer. It just made a great dining experience even better!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We visited the Hula Grill on a Friday evening for an early dinner in the open air beachfront dining area. They had an early dinner special that included an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for about the price of one dinner entrée - although it did limit the selections a little. We both ordered the special, with differing selections, and truly enjoyed everything we tasted. The portions were perfect for the 3-course meal (at least for normal to light eaters) - we were completely satisfied, but not uncomfortably full. I would recommend this option for a reasonably priced meal in Maui."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Hula Grill is one of multiple Merriman restaurants throughout Hawaii, which are generally good. This one is right on the beach so ambience can't be beat. Service was very good/excellent and food very good, although not outstanding. Price was comparable to other restaurants in the area. We ordered the short rib appetizer which turned out to be slow smoked fat. They took it back immediately and were apologetic, returning with a more appropriate piece of meat. Overall I'd recommend this place"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was very good beyond my expectation. specially grilled beef. but, staff missed my order. :-("
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This being our first visit to Hawaii, Hula Grill typified the Hawaiian atmosphere we've always thought a restaurant would have."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We've been coming here every time we have visited Maui since our honeymoon 17 years ago. Now our 10 yr old son comes along too and enjoys it just as much as we so. Hawaiian Chili Water that we bring back home in our suitcase always reminds of a wonderful meal and beautiful view from the Hula Grill!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at the Hula Grill. We sat in the sand and were able to kick our shoes off and eat with our toes buried. We we near the stage where a great band was playing and a hula dancer was performing. We were lucky enough to get to see the sun set on Maui, as well. The food was amazing. We had fish tacos, ribs and the fish plate. All of it was extremely good. I really enjoyed the mac slaw. The restaurant was extremely busy so service was a bit slow. As expected with the band so close, it was a bit too noisy to talk while they were performing. After dinner, it was also nice to be able to shop around Whalers Village. Overall, it was a great experience for my entire family."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food is amazing at this restaurant. The staff superb. Kat was our server and she was outstanding. Actually I would never order Ahi Tuna anywhere else!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great experience...I actually lost expensive sunglasses there and they helped me find them They were very helpful. Thanks guys!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had our last dinner in maui at the Hula Grill Restaurant. Like everything in maui it was on the expensive side but we knew that before hand. Our food was very good, our waitress was great and the view was awesome. We have eaten in both the restaurant and the beachside grill and enjoy both."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner here for our honeymoon, head and sholders better than Lahina Grill! We made another reservation for tonight, must try."
    Dined on 6/6/2014