A perfect way to celebrate
A perfect way to celebrate a birthday in Hawaii. Fabulous service, amazing view, all combined with great food.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Gorgeous atmosphere and really
Gorgeous atmosphere and really good food but service was not great.
3/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never wanted to leave!
We arrived during a pouring rainstorm to find a beautiful restaurant on the shore of an angry sea. The view was spectacular. The food was phenomenal. It was one of those unforgettable experiences where you just wanted to never leave! The service was wonderful. This was our favorite restaurant on the Big Island and we will be back on our next trip. A little pricey but you really get what you pay for! Highly recommend. Can't say enough.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Unbelievable next to beach
Unbelievable next to beach view. Excellent food. Best options ever for gluten free diners
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding dining experience!
This restaurant sits on the sand at the Four Seasons Hotel and is outstanding in everyway - ambiance, service and food. Our waitress was friendly and made us feel very special. The food is delicious.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The ambiance, service and
The ambiance, service and food at Ulu were all outstanding.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a special occasion
This was a special occasion for us: it was our wedding night. We thought the table we were sat at had an incredible view and the food was outstanding.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just wonderful. We were there
Just wonderful. We were there to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Had a lovely table. Service was great. They were willing to accommodate us by seating us early as we arrived after our vow renewal service 1/2 hour before our reservation.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment we walked
From the moment we walked in to the moment we left the service was exceptional, attentive, professional, comfortable, personal but not overdone. Our table was in a beautiful setting, beachfront. My husband had the tasting menu, I had the special (brisket), both delicious, couldn't have been happier with the meal. It was our anniversary and our daughter surprised us by having flowers at our table and paying for our meal, the staff took care of all of her requests. Add to that, whales performed. A perfect evening!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ulu is well worth a visit
Ulu was terrific on every level. Great table right next to the beach. Sara our server was just outstanding. Food was great especially the fresh ahi sashimi. Best I have ever had here in HI or anywhere else for that matter. Generous portions for appetizers and entrees so even thought II is pricey you feel
This restaurant is a cut above the rest on the Big Island. Casual elegance with outstanding food. The breadth of he menu will create return visits as it was hard to decide what to get- everything looked great.
Ambience was great too . Beach front dining at its best.
Mahalo to the staff at Ulu for a wonderful evening.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best restaurants on the big island. The remodel (with name change) has made it better. Still a long walk from parking.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunset at the Ulu's is amazing.
Sunset at the Ulu's is amazing. The food and service were first rate. We will go back!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were fortunate enough to have a beach-side table on a perfect night. Everything about the meal was absolute perfection - great cocktails (including one we suggested ingredients for and the bartender whipped up something great), great service, great food (mahi-mahi and filet were delicious main courses), great wine list. Absolute perfection. Suggestions: book early so you can watch the sunset; ask for a beach-side table. Yes the walkway along the beach is only a few feet away, but so is the beach, and you don't have other patrons in your view.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just feet from the ocean, the "Ulu Ocean Grill is one of the most romantic settings we've ever experienced. A spectacular property. The evening we were there was windy, so it's not a quiet, intimate restaurant, but the setting is dramatic and the restaurant is beautiful. The service was impeccable and the food was the best we've had on this island. We would definitely go back again.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunsets are fabulous!
Sunsets are fabulous!
Excellent food and wonderful evening. Go early and take a walk, see the sea turtles resting on the beach.
We had dinner there twice on our visit to the Kona area, would definitely return to Ulu on a return trip to the Kona area.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again, the four seasons
Once again, the four seasons outdoes themselves with beautiful breathtaking scenery, and unmatchable service by an attentive, friendly staff. Oh, and the food was amazing! Highly recommend the butterfish appetizer!
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We Celebrated our 30th Anniversary the other night. Using Open Table I requested a special table. Boy did Ulu come through. We were seated on the edge of seating area, practically at the waters edge. As we watched the gorgeous sunset our waiter, Steph, brought us a complementary, celebratory glass of California champagne, allowing us time to enjoy the ambience and the wine. We both ordered the tasting menu which was comprised of very local selections fitting of a Hawaiian experience. After sunset a warm rain came down for just a short time. The sprinkles were refreshing but when the drops got intense the staff easily moved us inside to a table just inside for the completion of our meal.
We highly recommend Ulu for a romantic occasion.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful table right
We had a wonderful table right by the ocean with a fantastic view.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for a special dinner.
This place is great. Menu is not really big, but I think there is probably something for everyone, whether it is seafood or beef or vegan. The corn and coconut soup was especially good. My wife and I will both be dreaming of that for a long time. Service was outstanding, and the covered outdoor setting by the beach can't be beat.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
The perfect dinner!
We were seated at a table near the beach overlooking the ocean. The salad was excellent, the opa was cooked perfectly as were the accompanying vegetables, the noodle and shrimp bowl was delicious, and the flaming sorbet and meringue dessert was to die for. The service from the wait staff was impeccable and the managers stopped by to ensure that everything was to our satisfaction. And then tbere was the most gorgeous sunset. Our best dinner ever!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waves of Joy
My husband and I spent a celebratory week on the Big Island in honor of his 65th Birthday, with a nod to our 19th year wedding anniversary. Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge was our dining choice for his Birthday dinner. With a reserved table right next to the beach; the special attention given to us and the scrumptious meal we selected, not only did we delight in viewing the ocean waves against the shore, we experienced wave after wave of pure enjoyment and delight for having chosen ULU.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great view, great service, great facility, nice food presentation......average taste. This is not a one off review for flavor....the food was not bad, as always, but not exceptional either. (Kind of makes one wonder how often the Chef actually tastes what is being sent out + checking food temp on the way to the table.
Anyway, I DO recommend going(--- but here is the underlying question ..."why do most fancy places on the BI always fall that little bit short of expectation on the food end?" The food is not bad, as stated earlier, it was just not exceptional.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a fabulous dinner. Excellent,
What a fabulous dinner. Excellent, food, excellent service and the location was stunning.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
Can't find a better location or food on the big island. It's rare to rate a restaurant as romantic and kid friendly at the same time. It was my 7 year olds birthday and they made it so special for him - and we were not guests at the hotel. The food was spectacular as is the view and service. The location can't be beat!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best on the Big Island
Hard to beat this beachfront restaurant for ambience, and qualify of food and service. Sitting in front of the beach at sunset, sipping a pineapple martini-- it doesn't get much better. Interesting and somewhat daring choices on the menu, wish I had been accompanied by others to try more dishes, but when all is added up, this may be the best combined eating experience on the island. (I really enjoyed Merriman's, too, and its food quality and service were comparable to Ulu, but Merriman's lacked a beach and a sunset!)
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have had the privilege of eating at many fine restaurants in both the U.S. and Europe. The experience we had at Ulu rivaled all of them. Excellent food, impeccable service and, combining the grounds of the Four Seasons and the beach front, incredible ambiance.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing evening with fantastic food, wine and service.......and the ambiance was EXCELLENT!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Appetizers and Ambience
Menu selection was interesting and presentation was beautiful. Our appetiters and sushi were FANTASTIC but I have to say, our meal from then on was a bit disappointing. We all got seafood for entrees and most of us agreed that the flavors did not work (from sauce over fish to the accompanying vegetables/sides). There were 5 of us and 2 of us got the tasting menu, so we got a good sampling of what Ulu had to offer. The sunset (and company) were wonderful, so it was still a memorable evening. For the price, I wish the food left a better impression.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted by name by the hostess Shiori. She was absolutely charming and sat us at the perfect table with incredible ocean views. The menu had a variety of new things to try and love. The barbecued octopus was both different and tasty. And the special sushi Nick made for us is something I'm still thinking about and craving back at home. The short ribs are so tender, and every fish I tried, I loved. We actually ate there 3 times during our stay. Thank you to the staff at Ulu for the excellent service and the most memorable meals we've had in quite some time. Also many thanks to the wonderful manager who seemed to be working everywhere at all times. She made us feel like family. Mahalo.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
End of a perfect day
When I made reservations here, I was a little concerned to read the one where it was recommended to come for a drink and the view and skip the food. I am happy to say the food far exceeded my exepctations, given that review. And even without that review to lower the bar, the food still rates an excellent.
While sushi is featured, the menu spans the tastes of the island. Fresh grilled asparagus, delicate ocean fish served in a plain and yet delicious way. The remarkable thing is it is possible to come and eat lightly and without spending a ton of money, or go all out and taste all over the menu.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food / great ambience
Amazing food / great ambience / waitstaff very service oriented.
This was our favorite restaurant.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grazing at Ulu!!!
The pupus and sashimi are more interesting than the main courses. Everything is expertly prepared And the service was friendly and unobtrusive
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hey, this one of the bests visits and dinner that we have found on da big island. The grounds are no ko oi! Would difinetly recommend for couples that love ocean view dining..Mahalo to Four Seasons Ulu Grill.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful dining experience
We enjoyed the best seat in the house to celebrate our anniversary. The view drew your attention to a fantastic sunset with the delightful sounds of the ocean. Our food selection represented a wide variety of Big Island products. We enjoyed the sampler meal because you had the opportunity to try such a variety. Our service staff was excellent! We definitely will dine again!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful area and great restaurant
Beautiful area and great restaurant. The Staff is excellent - always remembering names at the table and attentive without hovering. Great sunset. Drinks are good. Food is solid with good flavors. Not that impressed with "technology" at the table in the form of an ipad with drink selections. I prefer the more traditional and I'm not as impressed with Apple products as they seem to be about themselves. You don't need to show people pictures of drinks anymore than you should show them pictures of their food selections - leave that to the fast food places.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, beautiful location
Our server was super helpful and very friendly, telling us his favourite dishes and why he liked them. He really made the night special.
We ended up going with the kanpachi sashimi and the poke, both of which were very good, although the truffle-infused dipping sauce that came with the sashimi was weird and unnecessary. We had the grilled lobster, roasted mahi and mushroom-fried rice. The mahi was very good, although a little small. The rice was very delicious and very mushroomy. The lobster was disappointing and overcooked. The table beside us had the braised short ribs and they looked and smelled amazing; I wish I had gotten that instead of the lobster.
Overall we'd go here again but we wouldn't order the lobster again.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ulu Ocean Grill
We visited Ulu Ocean Grill for a special dinner during our Big Island vacation. The 4 Seasons has amazing grounds and Ulu Ocean Grill did not disappoint! The wait and bar staff were amazingly friendly and offered superb suggestions. My husband ordered the wild boar and I had the lobster pad thai. Both were delicious!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful way to spend the night. A+ for service from hostess and waitstaff. Great food and selection. Full ocean view with lighted crashing waves.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have enjoyed this restaurant
We have enjoyed this restaurant at the Four Seasons Hualalai for many years so we were apprehensive about the changes the hotel made last year including the name change to Ulu Grill. Our fears were unfounded as our dining experience was delightful. The restaurant continues to provided an exceptional variety for gluten free options which my husband requires. He was ecstatic at being able to have crispy fried calamari. Our appetizers and entrées were perfectly prepared and delicious, The service was excellent maybe not quite as overly attentive as we remember from previous visits to Pahu'ia. The fresh décor is beautiful and the setting very romantic. All in all we had a wonderful evening and are looking forward to returning.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent once again
'Ulu, what a gem. When Pauhia went away, we feared the worst. We need not have worried. 'Ulu is exquisite in all aspects.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Ulu the last night of our Stay in Hawaii. It could not have been more perfect!. The outdoor table steps from the beach was outstanding! (Inside decor also stunning!) We booked early- so caught the Sunset---sent tingles ! Our party included our two little girls ages 8 and 5. They were treated like young ladies, and not annoyances. Attention to detail was admirable. Menu items were refreshingly innovative and delicious. It was just a perfect night...and expensive night---but well worth every penny!!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Foodie's island dream come true
Ulu has a phenomenal setting on the beach at the Four Seasons. The restaurant tries to use local ingredients. We had the wild boar and the local version of sea bass and both were beyond delicious. We also had the smoked mashed potatoes and loved every bite.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best expensive poke EVER
The poke melted in my mouth. I ham a great fan of sushi, fish and Asian preparation and have never had poke, despite wanting to. This was the best meal ever. The flavors, the freshness, the level of attentive service, as well as the ambience and view. The restaurant boasts local ingredients and hat was a major highlight for us. We will return. The fried rice was incredible!!!!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
An absolutely stunning setting on the sea!! Despite no moon the waves and beaches were well lit and very alluring. The ambience is really wonderful inside the restaurant with lovely views in all directions - clearly well designed and decorated. Our service from the greeting to the end of our meal was impeccable! An appetizer easily overlooked is fantastic - an organic fried egg served on a bed of roasted cauliflower!! Highly recommended. I had a sushi dish that was truly wonderful- others in our group had the small lobster tails with lemongrass dipping sauce , the daily catch and all were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. We did not order dessert but were treated to few lovely freshly made beignets filled with tropical fruit.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh not Fierce
Just finished a wonderful meal at 'Ulu. The venue is unbelievable romantic with burning Tiki torches and softly crashing waves. The fish, mahi mahi and tuna were undeniably fresh and well prepared, but lacked any true risk taking or innovation. The starters, dumpling and a sushi roll, also lacked any wow factor but were each solid presentations. The stars of our evening were desserts. The soufflé was perfect and the dark chocolate shake with passion fruit donuts were outstanding with a magical mix of tart and sweet.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ocean dining heaven
Wonderful food, awesome beachside dining, great for a special occasion.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM