Ola at Turtle Bay
Ola at Turtle Bay

Ola at Turtle Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.olaislife.com/
  • Phone: (808) 293-0801
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar: Daily: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Hawaiian
  • Executive Chef: Fred DeAngelo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Fred DeAngelo, has been catering off property for many years and, has multiple site locations for his off property parties.
  • Entertainment: Friday Nights: Live Music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Turtle Bay Resort
  • Public Transit: The bus comes every 30 minutes.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is in a secured area on the Turtle Bay Resort property.
A word from Ola at Turtle Bay
Chef Fred DeAngelo delights guests with his innovative “Contemporary Hawaiian Cuisine” and partners with local farmers to offer the freshest island products in his dishes. Hau’ula Vine-Ripe Tomatoes and North Shore Cattle Company Beef are just a few of the items that are incorporated daily. Fresh fish and other seafood are readily available and offered throughout the menu, along with vegetarian selections to appease all palates
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Ola at Turtle Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (51)great for outdoor dining (47)romantic (35)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (18)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (7)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I eat here often. Wine list is limited and sometimes it is out of stock. Corkage is reasonable so I normally bring a bottle. We have strong food likes and dislikes. The servers and kitchen will work with you to satisfy. Best place on North Shore.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu
    Gracie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Enjoyed the N. Shore Bowl with avocado, but missed some of the old dishes like fresh fish entree at lunch. Also the Kalua pig quesadilla were great and not there now either. The bread pudding dessert with bananas was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    It was a great night, beautiful view, good service and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great scenery...
    gtkyl72VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We make the drive out to Turtle Bay periodically to bask in the sunshine and partake of the delights at Ola ... this time it was for lunch ... the selection is somewhat limited but the food is well-prepared and delicious. Add the soft breezes coming off the ocean and the beauty of the beach and you have a wonderful experience ...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It was out first time there and we really enjoyed it. The braised short rib was top notch. Good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SailorBlue
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I had the ahi poke, Kailua pork nachos, rib eye steaks and Molokai bread pudding. The ahi was very fresh and I would have sworn it was caught that afternoon. The nachos were not your usual nachos. Instead they took rectangles of toasted flat bread, loaded them with pig and topped the with 3-4 different toppings. So unique and absolutely delicious. The steak was perfectly cooked over a fire vice a commercial steak grill. But the best was the Molokai sweet bread pudding. NOt overly sweet despite using sweet bread, light where so many bread puddings are very dense but still firm. Served ala mode with vanilla bean ince cream and drizzled with caramel. So ONO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Icing on the cake
    1AZFoodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Cannot say enough about the staff we had the pleasure of meeting. All were very friendly, courteous and knew their jobs. Brenda, Hostess; Piper, bar service; Kristin, food service. Other staff members were johnny on the spot to fill water glasses, remove empty plates & reset tables. The food was beyond what we had expected. Tasty, cooked to perfection and presentation was beautiful. This was icing on the cake of an absolutely marvelous stay on North Shore, Oahu. Thank you Chef DeAngelo for selecting an excellent staff, great food and preparing great meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    One of the best dinners I have had. Have their poke and avocado starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a cute restaurant. It was a stormy evening but the tables were dry and each spot has a great view of the beach. Loved the kahlua pork nachos (which are a favorite). At the end of the night, it was raining so hard that they hostess ordered a shuttle ride back to the resort....excellent service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Sarah
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Cannot get a better location, right on the sands of Turtle Bay. Food was delicious and generous serving sizes. I had the chicken and my friend had the seafood plate, only negative is that we were too full for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was good but thought it would be better. Not a lot of appetizer and entree options. Servers were nice though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • started on wrong note
    perplexedVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    With such a narrow range,of wine choices, I was really annoyed that they were out of the Turley Zin I ordered off the menu. Bad start. Menu options were also very narrow. I had mushroom soup...Ok taste but very thin. My short ribs were just ok. In fact, had a weird taste that I couldn't figure out. Wife had quinoa with opah. She thought it was tasteless. Very noisy, a ton of small kids with clueless parents that give them silverware to bang on the table with. Overall, staff was friendly and tried hard. My biggest problem was the menu....Just not my type of place. Strongly recommend you go to Leilei's, also on the property. It's not on Open Table but, sometimes you just have to step out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ola was ok.
    tkk55
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The wait staff was ok. Our server (Kristine) was pleasant but seemed disinterested. Service was kind of slow. Our dishes sat for a while once we were done. I had a nice view of the windows, bushes, and resident feral cat. At least my wife had a nice view of the beach. The food was ok. Kalua pork nachos had good flavor but you could tell it had sat on the line for a while. My braised short ribs had good flavor but once again it was lukewarm, like the nachos. Wife had the opah, which she enjoyed. The creme brûlée was pretty tasty. The drinks were good and well made. Kind of disappointed overall. No one even thanked or acknowledged us as we left. I thought it was overpriced for what we got. Probably not going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We are staying at Turtle Bay and wanted to try one of their restaurants on-site for dinner. Ola was such a good choice. Our table was initially on the beach by one of the lights. We were getting dived-bombed by some bugs. They moved us as soon as we all realized the bugs were not going away. The dinner super delicious...they deserve an ONO! The service was excellent. We are going back again this week to try a luncheon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Atmosphere Great Food
    fudluvr
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Ola is my favorite restaurant on the North Shore. It has a beautiful atmosphere and wonderful view. You can go their for a romantic date night, a fun evening with friends or as a family and enjoy your dinner while the kids play in front of you on the beach. My favorite appetizer is the Kalua Pork Nachos (Yum!), main dish Misoyaki Butterfish (Fabulous) and dessert Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee (simply to die for).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Atmosphere and View
    Wingding
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Nice place to dinning. The food was great and tasteful. When delivering food, the waitress' body was turned to walk away when the food plate just barely touching the table. Table service need to be improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for dining
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Really cute place right on the beach. That's the best part. Forget the rest. Our octopus was rubbery. Our steaks were over seasoned and extremely fatty. Our server was polite but not welcoming. The restaurant shares public washrooms so they are sandy and wet. We were not swimming so this was a problem for us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    ptlytch07
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went to Ola's on our last night and it was a great way to end our trip. The service was outstanding and the views were gorgeous. The food was unbelievable without the usual foo foo tiny portions. The butter fish was the best fish I've ever eaten. Pricey but to be expected in Hawaii and
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North shore resident
    Northshorediner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've never had a good dining experience at Olas. The food is bad & overpriced & the service is the worst. We try again once a year or so & we are always disappointed. It's a great place for the kids to play on the beach while the adults can relax while having lunch or dinner. One time the service was so bad that the manager called us & invited to have a full family dinner with wine for free. We accepted the offer & were very appreciative for the effort they made to satisfy us. That was a couple of years ago & I always hope that Olas will change but it never does. There is very limited dining out here & Olas needs to step it up in order to provide better food & better service for locals & tourist as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food, Even Better Setting
    KailuaKween
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The chef does a nice job of using locally-sourced produce and other ingredients. Service can be slow, but this visit our waitress was on top of it and kept the plantation tea coming. Kalua pork sandwich was a big hit, as was lomi salmon salad and grilled fish (opah) sandwich. Grilled shrimp sandwich came in flatbread, which made it hard to eat as a sandwich. Love the lilikoi vinaigrette house salad dressing. We ate lunch just inside off the sand, with a killer view of Kuilima Cove. Perfect place for a nice lunch when showing visitors around the North Shore. Before you get on the road, use the restroom in the hotel or golf course club house; Ola's bathrooms can be wet, sandy and packed with beach-goers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this is why you come to Hawaii
    olais4life
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Of all the dining options at turtle bay ola is the most hawaiian. Excellent choices of seafood. Beautiful food presentation .it's so pretty you don't even want to dig in. Your table can be in the sand and under a palm tree and at night for dinner with the torches lit and under stars with the sound of waves your dining experience goes from excellent to exuberant!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    surfer808
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I can't say enough good things about Ola at Turtle Bay! We had dinner at Ola's, Saturday evening, to celebrate my wife's birthday -- we like to celebrate all of our special occasions at Ola's because of their outstanding service, absolutely AMAZING food and awesome views (toes in the sand)! This particular evening our server was Chris and his assistant was Judy -- they were incredible! Not only was their service the best we had ever received at Ola's, it was the best service we've ever received at any restaurant we've ever been to! We will definitely continue to celebrate special occasions here (and normal ones). Special thanks to the Chef, Chris and Judy for making my wife's birthday so memorable!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New staff
    V123VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was odd that we had reservations yet were seated after some of our friends who arrived after us and got better tables. We were seated later near the bar. A bit noisy but it eventually quieted down. My Salmon was great and we enjoyed the evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great server
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We asked our waiter to take the role of Cupid and he did!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal, gorgeous setting
    Lillian1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A great place for a special occasion on the North Shore of Oahu. Went for my birthday dinner. Staff friendly, waiter was great. Farm salad and hummus appetizers delicious. My ribeye perfectly cooked, husband's short ribs so good he ate every bit. Sat outside on the beach and I remarked it felt like a movie setting. Sure enough I learned Ola's as (well as Turtle Bay Resort) was the setting for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". Very cool! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great experience
    David
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food, service, and location are great. A little bit pricey but worth if for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night
    acdc
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It took us 2 hours to reach Ola's on a Friday night the food was good but not a large variety, the restaurant is on the beach but we were seated at a table in the middle so our view was obstructed. It will not be worth the drive for us to visit again however if we are on the North Shore we would consider going back. The kabochi bisque and the macadamia torte were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice oceanfront dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We drove to the resort largely on the recommendation of Fodor's. The scenery was magnificent however the food was okay but not memorable. On arriving, the reception was okay but not as inviting as I would have expected. While the food was okay, it was unoriginal. Great initial welcome by our waiter but less than attentive during our meal. The highlight for our daughters was that the cast of Hunger Games stayed here and that some of the filming took place on the property. The guys at the entrance of the hotel were most gracious and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some glitches
    Barry
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    They did not offer the alternative gluten free or vegan menu which has some great options in it. Also ordered a medium rare burger. Came out wrong and they corrected it. Also the Greek salad lacked feta cheese. Was not really Greek. Greek salad dressing does not make a Greek salad. Food was tasty though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 339 reviews are from the Ola at Turtle Bay reviews archive.
  • Lovely
    LilikoiLilikoi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great view & very good food. We'd specified an accessible table; and when we were caught in traffic and called, the staff assured us that our table would be held. We were very grateful--this alone set up the experience as a memorable one, one we could truly enjoy. The human touch is paramount.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two Words: SIMPLY AMZAZING!!!
    MeaAiLover
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I enjoyed a simple dinner with an amazing staff from start to finish (Kalani, Kalei and Andrew). The food was delicious and service truly one of a kind. A MUST TRY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lilliana
    Lilikoi
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great food and service! Made sure we had good seating and table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlotte
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We didnt expect great food to come out of that kitchen considering that the place looked like a seaside bar/grill but boy, what a pleasant surprise . I ordered the butterfish and i have to say that it was the best fishdish I ever tasted cooked and seasoned perfectly . This place is on my top 3.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North Shore Beauty
    NandoVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great dinner on Turtle Bay. Go for the ribeye and lobster....delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sooo love Ola's at Turtle Bay
    PrincessJoy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Every trip to the north shore of O'ahu includes a trip to Ola's. Their burgers are delicious and the view is spectacular. On my recent visit, I had a server named Kalei who was most knowledgeable regarding the menu and considerate of my needs. I am so looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Granted we didn't have a full course dinner. I found my risotto to be too far out of reach for a traditional tasting dish. Cherry tomatoes do not belong in the dish. It was suppose to be a mushroom risotto and was a cherry tomatoes and random greens instead?? The risotto was aldente as expected but the fusion aspect was very disconnected.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very beautiful location
    Beautifulview
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had the miso butterfish which was delicious. Highly recommend though don't expect to watch sun set bc the hotel blocks the sun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelbees
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were so excited for the on-sand dining experience and while the views were spectacular, our food was something you would expect out of Applebee's or the equivalent - the $66 steak and lobster tail main was particularly disappointing - a thin rump steak and powdery overlooked lobster. My advice: if you are lured in by the beauty of dining directly on the beach, keep it simple and don't order anything remotely fancy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Request a table on the sand...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We spent 4 nights of our honeymoon at Turtle Bay and decided to try Ola's on our first night. They had a table reserved for us on the sand and we really enjoyed being so close to the water. We had a very helpful waiter who suggested the butterfish which was absolutely delicious. It was a very romantic location and we had great service! We ended up eating their again on our last night as it was our favorite restaurant at Turtle Bay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual setting and dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is a good spot for casual beach-front dining. Hamburgers were a big over-cooked, but fish salad was refreshing. Location on the beach was spectacular. Certainly worth a try.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate