Spectacular view.food.ambiance.archetecture open air in a beach. Truffle popcorn is my new love! Who has it for happy hour? Im there!! Chef DiAngelo may have at least stopped by for a hello to an old friend. As I worked at the same hotel prior to his famous positions now. Mahalo! JuliaO:-)
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I visited both
My wife and I visited both Aohu and Maui over the last twelve days and Ola was by far the best restaurant we visited. The food was unbelievable along with the view of the bay from the open dining area. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation. Ola's is excellent!
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ola is beautiful...and they care!
Absolutely amazing time at this beachfront restaurant.. The setting is beautiful, after all, the restaurant is facing a beach. Torches are lit and you are ready for romance...but you must add amazing service and food. Our waiter, Christopher, was full of life, selling each item as it was the greatest thing ever...and they were. our table was next to a large party...so we asked if we could move our seating. Christopher literally lifted the table and carried it to the front of the beach for us! We were in shock at the care we received from him. And the food? Outstanding. The nachos with pork and the hummus were amazing.. My lobster tail was cooked to perfection. Desserts were fresh and flavorful. Fresh food..amazing service...A++++
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely setting, not for foodies.
Very lovely view right on the beach. Four of us were dining and three of us had the fresh island fish special. The fish was similar in texture to sword fish. I found mine dry. I did not provide feedback because I never trust the kitchen to respond without recrimination. The two other diners who are not as difficult to please were perfectly happy. Our fourth who only eats meat and potatoes said his chicken was "good." The view is stunning and you can actually sit at a table on the sand. The restaurant is quite expensive and I was expecting a higher quality based on reviews and the lovely setting. A local person warned me off. Service was attentive and the wine list was nice.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic evening in the beach
Wow! What can I say?! Table for 2, in the sand, uobstructed view of the ocean, fabulous waiter named Spencer. Good wine and incredible food. Cannot wait to return.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ola's at Turtle Bay
I took my wife and son to dinner at Ola's on Mother's day 2012. The nachos were very good, but the smoked salmon was way too salty. For dinner my son and I ordered the Delmonico steaks. I ordered a rare and my son ordered a medium rare, both were cooked perfectly and were nicely seasoned. My wife ordered the Misoyaki Butterfish and she loved it. She said next time she will ask for a little more of the sauce that comes with this dish. A dessert of chocolate cake, fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream was complimentary with our meal. Good food, not unreasonably expensive, and great location. The appetizer that was too salty was the first dish that was not up to our standards in over six visits. We will be back.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
GREAT SERVICE, FRIENDLY
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
MIMOSA WAS GREAT
DRINKS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE THO
MAI TAI WASN'T THE GREATEST FOR THAT PRICE RANGE...
NORTH SHORE BURGER WAS THE BEST BURGER ON THE ISLAND EVER TASTED
FOOD PRICES ARE REASONABLE FOR SUCH GREAT FOOD, THANKS!!!
WE ENJOYED IT AND WOULD COME BACK OVER AND OVER AGAIN
BUT YAH, PRICE OF DRINKS ARE A BIT TOO HIGH
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner on the Beach
It's hard to not enjoy a good meal while dining within yards of the Pacific. The ambience of the place is great although I was a little disappointed they didn't have their torches burning after dark which always creates a special mood. Good food and excellent service. The only "demerit" was the presence of a family with your children that were allowed to run around the tables on the sand unrestrained for a period of time.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Addicted to Ola?
We spent last week on vacation at Turtle Bay and ate at Ola 3 of our 7 night stay! Your staff is excellent and food is so fresh and tasty! I would recommend the Kalua Pork and Goat Cheese Nachos as an appetizer and the Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee for a dessert...so yummy! Thank you so much for providing us with this experience. We look forward to our next visit to Turtle Bay so that we can experience what the chef comes up with next!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Daughters Wedding Luncheon
I reserved through open table instead of reserving through the hotel because we just wanted a nice lunch, and when the hotel heard the word wedding they wanted a $750 deposit. Here i just reserved and experienced no deposit and a great lunch!
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our daughter was being difficult
Our daughter was being difficult and the hostess went out of her way to interact with her, cooling her off, and preventing me from having a total meltdown!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something For Everyone
I took a family of 6 to Ola for lunch. They were tour clients, so I didn't know all of their food preferences. Curried chicken salad served w/wild rice and apple pear salad, grilled fish sandwich, and smoked pork belly w/Maui onions - all delicious, and you can't go wrong w/Angus beef burgers.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beach Dining at its Best
We chose Ola for the location--on the water, lovely for sunset--, but we were very pleased to find the food and service were also excellent. We sat at a white-clothed table on-the-sand and loved the combination of elegance and beach. Our waiter was knowledgeable, upbeat, and attentive without being intrusive. A fine experience all around.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
our waiter Chris was excellent for our party of 10.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining on the beach!
We had dined on Ola before and on this trip returned. Previous times were dinner while we were staying a Turtle Bay; this time we drove all the way from Waikik for lunch. We requested a seat on the beach and were delighted to be under a shade tree right on the beach. Food was excellent-both lunch and a few dinner type choices available. Food ordered was the Kailua pork sandwich, shrimp burger, and 2 dinner type entrees of local (ono or opah?) fish, rice, and sauteed spinach. Everything was well prepared and the service was very good. Our server was easily able to answer questions about the menu. Suggestion coming from Waikiki is to plan for your own sightseeing tour along the way (starting at 8-830 am) and plan for a 2:00 lunch.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful and gorgeous!
I have been coming to Ola since they first opened in 2004. They have consistently provided outstanding service and attention to our needs - such as gluten-free, food allergies, special occasions like birthdays
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dine with turtles
You can have lunch and dinner with an amazing view of wild sea turtles!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A couple of mistakes in our order and billing, but promptly and politely corrected by the staff. Overall it was a great dining experience and wouldn't hesitate to return.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Toes in the sand
Ola is a great spot to have dinner while on the North shore. Sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand and the water only feet away makes for a special evening. The food is good, but a little confused. Not all island, not quite Italian a somewhat misguided menu but the portions are generous. Catch of the day is a good bet, and a must try are the Island nachos with pulled pork. Better to eat a little later when the keiki are in bed, and reservations are a must!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elizabeth our server and her helper made everything great for all of us. She did an outstanding job with describing the menu to us and talking to our 2 daughters and 2 nieces. Very patient and none of the 10 of us ever felt rushed as we sat on the beach and enjoyed dinner and the sunset.
Thanks for a great and momorable night.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and atmosphere!
The food was amazing! I highly recommend the ribs. Very romantic and relaxing atmosphere.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place for lunch, nice scienery and great food.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ola is a beautiful location...
During our stay at Turtle Bay we had dinner and lunch at Ola. Both were great. Our dinner Server was very friendly and accommodating. Try the butterfish - incredible. The view and open air atmosphere at Ola cannot be matched. Right on the beach on the North Shore - just stunning!!!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in the area and hadn't had a chance to get dinner. It was late and there really is no place to eat out in the area. I opened up Open Table and found that there was an open time slot. Booked it on my phone and showed up within 10 minutes of booking. We actually were a bit early for the reservation that we booked, but we were taken right in and had a great (late) dinner! Would definetely go there again!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice anniversary dinner
I would have booked a table later, but wanted to experience the sunset. The beach crowd was still there, including kids. Otherwise the service staff was awesome.... much Mahalo to everyone for the anniversary wishes.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server Chris
Hands down best server of anywhere I have ever been. Chris has an indescribable passion for food. Every question my fiance and I had about the menu was met with a salivation inducing description. He spoke of childhood memories, moms cooking and grandmas cooking. Despite being stuffed after dinner, which was delicious, we wanted dessert. More so we wanted to hear how he would describe dessert....SOLD!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice restaurant - beautiful views
Requested a table right by the beach which was accommodated. Our waitress was working too many tables to be able to give her guests the level of attention you'd expect at a restaurant in this price range. I, for example, had to get up and go request a knife from a busboy because she forgot to bring one (after she noticed and acknowledged I didn't have one).
Food and drinks were tasty. My portion was a little cold when it was brought to the table (I guess it had been standing there a while before it was brought out). My wife's food was hot when she got hers.
All in all a nice experience, unless you want to go people watch and don't mind a little noise, I would recommend going for a dinner after the beach has quieted down.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nachos with pork & goat cheese!
You must try their nachos with a goat cheese sauce, fabulous. We came back to have them the next day for lunch but discovered they are only on the dinner menu. Kai was a great waiter, service made the meal!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Turtle Bay Feast
Excellent location and excellent food. Well informed and excellent server made the experience even better. Wonderful appitizers, great fresh seafood and chef who is willing to make changes to the menu by changing protein or style of cooking with sides. Not inexpensive but well worth the price. Totally satisfied and will have to return.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great experience
My bride of seven days and I had dinner there tonight. Our waiter, Spencer could not have been better. He was attentive without being intrusive. He was knowledgeable about everything on the menu including the wines. I ordered the butterfish which was wonderful and my bride had the mahi. Both dishes were fantastic. I started the meal with the pulled pork nachos. I liked them but they were not what my woman expected and she wasn't thrilled. After dinner I ordered their crème brulee. Needless to say, it was gone in seconds. After dinner, we had a drink in the lobby bar. Young Martin was the bartender. He proved himself a very nice young man. All in all, the experience was five star. We had a great time.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ola Restaurant - Turtle Bay Resort
Great indoor and outdoor restaurant. Casual with a flair of fine dining. The food is fresh and does farm to table concept very well. Definitely try the salmon with sweet mashed potatoes and a medley of vegetables (edamame, corn, carrots and sea asparagus) this is the restaurant favorite. Great atmosphere and staff really attentive and friendly.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had fifth year anniversary
Had fifth year anniversary dinner here. Everything about olas was great. The view is amazing. Highly recommended if you want a cool outdoor beachy dining experience.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We appreciated the waiter
We appreciated the waiter and the food was very good
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open Air Oceanside Dining
The view is great - the restaurant is literally on the beach. In fact, our table was on the sand. The tables are spaced far enough apart that one can carry on a conversation without others eavesdropping. The chairs are wooden, so although not terrible, they are not the most comfortable. There is no air-conditioning, so luckily we were there on a relatively cool evening and did not miss it. The waitress was great. She was there whenever we needed anything, and she was very friendly without being overly chatty. The food was not spectacular, but it was quite good and served in large quantities. The food is relatively expensive; the drinks are a relative bargain. We shall return.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and service. Kanoi a
Fantastic food and service. Kanoi was our special waitress and the other two waiters and bus boys were equally special. We ate there once for drinks and a snack and 3 times for dinner.Our 38th aniv. dinner is now a lifetime memory. We were only there for 4 nights if that tells you anything. We were there last year as well and they have not changed a bit. We will be back and we can't wait
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, good food, substantial portions! Love this place
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It really doesn't get any better than having your toes in the sand and a delicious cocktail in hand and great food at your fingertips! Chef Casey's food is delicious! Had the sampler with grilled octopus and ahi nachos and edamame, OUTSTANDING! The grilled octopus, especially. Followed by the grilled shrimp with purple potato gnochi. Delicious! Did lunch, going back for dinner to really take in the tiki torches by night. It's romantic by day.... :) Service gets 3 * due to slightly unattentive server. Had to ask for a straw for drink and napkins. Never came.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful service and food.
Morgan our waitress was incredibly helpful and had great insight on drinks and dinner. She made the experience easy for me (i have celiacs). The food and drinks were excellent. We had the humus, lava flow with dark rum float, rib eye, and shortribs.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Toes in the Sand at Dinner
There aren't many places where you can dine on delicious freshly caught fish from the pacific at a table in the sand just yards from the surf. The food, the atmosphere, and the view are delectable. Servers work hard to keep up the good service. And of course you can never beat the weather in Hawaii.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly Staff Good Food
A" last night in Hawaii" dinner for my visiting relatives was pretty much perfect at Ola's. The nachos pupus were delish with the little hidden splash of plum sauce for that hint of sweetness! The miso butterfish is my favorite! The atmosphere was high energy and noisy.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before we even got to the restaurant itself, everyone we asked talked about how the views were amazing. We walked down to the restaurant and saw the open atmosphere and sat right on the beach. The server was so amazing he actually described the food so well that you could almost taste it before you ordered. I had the grilled fish of the day which was the opah with some macadamia nut chutney, which was so good. My boyfriend had the braised beef and the meat was so tender you could eat it with a fork. The food was good and you got a pretty decent sized plate. Creme brulee was probably the best I ever had. Would come back in a heartbeat.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fish is always divine
The butterfish is the best. Everything on the menu is fantastic......
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved This Restaurant!
Breathtaking view, slight breeze, ocean waves are the backdrop to the beautifully prepared and delicious food. It was my husband's birthday and turned out to be the perfect spot to celebrate...very romantic, great service.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Booked dinner at Ola to celebrate a special birthday and it did not disappoint. Each dish was simply AMAZING! Highly recommend the butterfish and short ribs. The service was spot on. Lovely to dine with the sand between your toes!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent anniversary dinner!
This restaurant was amazing! We had been dreaming of the Kalua pork and goat cheese nachos since February and they did not dissapoint! I cannot remember our server'a name but he did an excellent job and was very knowledgable of all the foods and drinks on the menu! A+ to him! Also we ended up waiting a whole 7 minutes for our dessert...which was nothing we thought but the manager comp'd it for us as they felt it took too long! So thank you again for that Ola staff! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the resort! Looking forward to those nachos again before we leave!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday beach table for two
After days and nights of food trucks and roadside stands, we wanted a special spot for a romantic birthday meal. Opentable.com quickly confirmed availability and reservations were made. First visit to the restaurant located within the Turtle Bay resort...while directions were unclear, we were quickly assisted by a staff member who led us to parking and drove us on cart to the restaurant (he also picked us up afterwards). Our hostess had a lovely table for us on the torch lit beach. Our server was very helpful,attentive and not put off when we realized sharing an appetizer sampler would be plenty of food for both of us. Some of the best Poki we've had.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time at Ola
This beach side restaurant did not disappoint. The food was excellent and so was the ambience. The Edamame is a must. I had the pork belly, delicious.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
After we eloped on the North Shore, Ola was an obvious choice for dinner with the groom's mom, to tell her about our day! The food was excellent, well-portioned and thoughtfully cooked; the menu varied and with strong emphasis on local ingredients and flavor. Our server was pleasant, well-versed in specials and preparation information, but still able to make comfortable casual conversation. We greatly enjoyed it!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food experience
Great location, my husband and I had a table literally on the beach. Very romantic. Service was great our waitress was helpful, friendly and always on hand to top our wine glasses and to make sure everything was ok with our dining experience . Could not fault the food at all. For starters we had the hummus trio, dips and pita bread, this was sensational! I then had the New Zealand salmon which was cooked to perfection and it just melted in your mouth and my husband had the pork chop, he was over joyed at the size and the tenderness of the meat... The meal portions were big, only down fall was I didn't have any room for dessert !!! Great experience would recommend this restaurant to everyone!!!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Toes in the sand
Toes in the sand, umbrella drinks, and great food! I had the north shore burger. Surf and turf in a bun! Loved it with Gorgonzola cheese. Friends got grilled shrimp. The shrimp were huge but just ok. The fern salad and purple gnocchi made up for it. Gourmet Hawaiian food! Server was great.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM