Hualalai Grille

4.5
252 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The Hualālai Grille, overlooking Hualalai Golf Course, boasts an open-air wrap-around patio and spectacular views of the sunset. This American Steakhouse with island-infused flavors is open for dinner and offers Prime steaks with hand crafted traditional sides, local fresh fish, Hawaii Island’s Hāmākua Mushrooms, Big Island WOW Tomatoes, and Macadamia Nut Toffee Ice Cream Pie. The culinary philosophy at the Hualalai Grille is to start with ingredients from the island, and then beyond – ensuring incorporation of the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available. Working with over 160 local farms, approximately 75% of the food served at the Resort is sourced from the Island of Hawaii.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 252 people are saying
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annb
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great location, filet was perfectly cooked as was the chop. The fried rice was way too salty and poor white wine selection by the glass. We had to flag down one of the people clearing tables to get our check ring through after waiting 30 minutes for our waiter.
We understand things are a little stacked up with Covid effecting the workforce but 30 min. Was too long to wait.

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KatrinaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. They got a little busy towards the end.

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Alanna
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat steak we’ve ever had! Outstanding service! Jason was our server, he went above and beyond to make our experience there amazing.

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ChristopherL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but beautiful. Amazing view. It is the 4 seasons in Hawaii. What do you expect?

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Amazing food, excellent service. Get the hot rock appetizer, it’s a fun start to the meal.

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Abbyj
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Mediocre food for exorbitant price. Very slow service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress Rachael was awesome. She is the meaning of good service. Food was good, setting was great. Celebrating my birthday . Will recommend your restaurant to friends

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Venue and food 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as always!! Chef James, Chef Des and The whole kitchen crew did an amazing job! Our food was so delicious!!

JJ
JohnJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saved this for our last night on the Big Island. It did not disappoint. Jason was an amazing host and pointed us in the right direction every time. The Wagyu steak and filet were amazing, as was their toffee ice cream pie. It’s pricey, but worth this special experience.

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vipMaeLin
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Restaurant, highly recommend it. Love the Oysters.

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vipWino
Denver
99 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No doubt, this is a Four Season's experience. From the moment we gave our car to the valet until the moment he returned it, everything was "over the top". The hostess greeted us and seated us immediately, our server, Jason, was back with our cocktails quickly. We enjoyed both the Wedge Salad and the Tomato Salad. After enjoying all the fresh fish on the Island, we both had filet's that were prepared exactly as ordered. The Brussel Sprouts were prepared with a bit of Sriracha, giving them a nice spicy flavor. To help us celebrate my birthday, they brought a German Chocolate Macadamia Cake which was delicious. Can't say enough good things about our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good island steakhouse experience.

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vipcentralcoasters
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

It was a very good, very expensive dinner out. The food was expertly prepared and service was good. But honestly not the most gourmet meal or best service I have had, even in the last month, but by far the most expensive. Some of the pricing was pretty ridiculous as well. Everything was ala carte, so for example a baked potato (maybe $2 in the grocery store) was $13, a drink $30, small looking steak $75 etc. The staff knew we were there for a 75th birthday. But in the end, did nothing for the person celebrating the birthday. Seems like after spending $645.00 on dinner for four, they could have brought him a scoop of ice cream at the end. Felt like we paid for the best but did not get it.

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JaneM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect location for an anniversary dinner. Service was outstanding, beautiful sunset view across the golf course, dinner was delicious and the Chateaubriand was cooked to perfection. We will be back again to try some of the other dishes, can't wait!

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vipPatrick
Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the closure of Ruth Chris, the Hualalai Grille is now without doubt the best steak house and also one of the very best restaurants on the island. The food, beverages, service and ambiance are all outstanding. The prices are expensive but appropriate for the fine dining experience delivered.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The capped ribeye was burned to a c

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience and quality food

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food incredible. Service fantastic. Our server Tonya, was super helpful throughout. Even helped me in proposing to my (then) girlfriend after our meal. Could not have been a better night.

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NotHappy
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

For a $400 50th birthday for two, Our experience for my wife I, we expected more. Though the hostess was nice in wishing her a happy birthday the food for the price was very sub par. $85-95 steaks should be mind blowing at best. Sadly small and not juicy, little flavor, it seems as if the kitchen gave up on quality at end of service. Crab Stack tasted like tuna fish with heavy miracle whip infused. Beet salad was ok but not for $20. We have had much more amazing food experiences elsewhere and do not plan on returning. Spicy fried rice was greasy and meat in oysters were small. Why 5 oysters and 5 shrimp for two people? Why not 6? From a couple that loves spectacular food we expected to be blown away in a good way not the way we were blown away. Oh well I made my wife a meal the next day that easily surpassed our experience for $400 plus tip. BTW when dessert is offered and we decline its not polite to say it was going to be for free after the fact. Its in bad taste not to offer before we decline. Tacky.

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Kamustrong
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff food

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vipDruT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, Beautiful view and top notch service!

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vipLynne
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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DuaneB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak on the Big Island, and not over priced.

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Cindylou
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet was the best we have ever had! The smashed potatoes and mushrooms were fantastic sides. Our drinks were perfectly made and the ice cream was out or this world.

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MichaelS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It as quite windy that evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Hualalai! My husband left saying the filet mignon was one of the best steaks he’d ever had even compared to most steak restaurants. The brussel sprouts and macaroni and cheese are amazing too! What a wonderful night on our vacation. We can’t wait to go back one day 😋

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konakitty
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!! Liked it better than Beachtree or Ulu!

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Sharuns
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaitlyn was a fabulous server. She was friendly and engaging and really knew the menu well. She was a pleasure. You have great employees! The food was excellent and you cannot beat the atmosphere and gorgeous sunset views. Aloha!

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vipAntionette2018
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary service and culinary experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most outstanding dining experiences my husband and I have had! Everything was top notch...absolutely no complaints. An outstanding dinner to an outstanding day😎

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

WAY overpriced for the level of service and caliber of food - mediocre at best.

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George
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of the island! Food was fantastic and the service was spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The amount of time it took to get served after we sat down was to long. My son ordered off the kids meal, no appetizer that came with his meal ever came which is just carrots and celery I think, and they never asked him if he wanted the desert that came with his meal. It’s expensive there, I remember when Alan Wong’s was there a long time ago and it’s just never has been as good since it changed.

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a perfect ambiance. Service was excellent as well. Definitely worth eating if you enjoy fine dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our anniversary and we were not disappointed!

Everything we ate was delicious and cooked perfectly.


Since the restaurant is at a resort, there may be families with children (we sat next to some not very well behaved ones last night). That can detract from a date experience but the food and the service more than makes up for it

TM
vipTomM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent experience for us. The quality of our meal was extraordinary and the service was stellar. We can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The food, the drinks, and the service.

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vipDavidA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and the service was amazing! Great views and had a very fun time!

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Josh
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service = great. Staff was friendly and attentive. Vegetarian selection surprisingly good! Filet Mignon was perfectly cooked and very nice. Only ordered 1 side, the brocoli, that was undercooked and fairly tasteless. Had some panko crumbs on it and menu description said cheese but seemed like it was devoid of seasoning and flavor. German chocolate cake for desert was outstanding!

FAQs

Hualalai Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 325-8525.

Hualalai Grille is rated 4.5 stars by 252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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