Hula Grill - Kaanapali

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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.
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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great!

ML
Hawaii
142 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the early bird Tasting menu, with an appetizer or pupu, entree and dessert. The food, is always fresh and not too big a portion, the view is spectacular at the waterfront, and our server, Matty, was delightful, friendly, efficient and helpful as we made our selections.
We always enjoy Hula Grill as West Side residents! Mahalo, Hula Grill for another great evening!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is absolutely wonderful, including dessert. A bit loud and definitely popular with tourists and families.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal from start to finish. I’m having a hard time thinking of a meal I’ve had that was better than the Ahi Steak dinner!

OT
Hawaii
103 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times. This is the first time I had a very substandard meal. The pulled pork sandwich was like something you would expect from a fast food restaurant. It should be changed or removed from the menu.
The texture was like something one would get out of a can. You would expect that with all the Kahlua pork type dishes that exist on the island it would be closer to home made.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Server forgot about sparkling water and we had to ask multiple times for extra silverware.

OT
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Not worth the hype. Food was average, drinks were terrible.

DE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the Hula Grill since our first trip to Maui 15 years ago. It is relaxing, unpretentious and consistently good.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Kat was terrific! Food and ocean view fantastic as well. Thanks.....

LD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kat was a fantastic server. Ribs perfect.

SR
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marty was exceptional. Attentive. Knowledgeable. Nice. Appreciate his service. Thanks

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

If you make a reservation you will be seated in the dining room not the sand area and the menu prices spike considerably. We expected a casual dining experience and left with a very yummy yet high ended one. If you dine before 5pm you will be treated to live music- at least that’s what was happening there while we were frolicking on a portion of Ka’anapali beach literally right in front of the restaurant and whalers village. After 5p (which is the time we had our reservation) the music stopped and we were left with overhead Hawaiian music for sunset, still nice but I was looking forward to the live Hawaiian musicians. Parking at whalers village can be a bit tough but go in even if it says the lot if full. People go in and out all the time. Validation is done at restaurant. After parking, feel free to use the beach too- we did. If you want the casual menu/ sand experience- I would not make a reservation. Go there expecting to wait, put you name in and head to the beach or shopping area to wait. Not a bad wait no matter how long it takes.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hula Grill sits in the perfect location, the food and service were excellent.

JS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious. They even brought us turkey sandwiches to take home after. We will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here is first class. You won’t regret it.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving meal was awesome and then the turkey sandwich to go made it extra special!
For people on vacation, it was so fun to revisit our experience the next day eating our sandwiches on the beach :-)

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ahi! Huge portion. Kids meals were good. Loved my mai tai and Hawaiian music/dancer. And best of all our waitress was so sweet and patient! Thank you!

OT
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful views from the patio. Enjoyed watching the boats. Service was good.
Food was okay

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I made a reservation not knowing they have two menu’s and two sides of the restaurant. They only take reservations for the formal dining, and you can’t order burgers, tacos, etc. the food was mediocre and overpriced. $40.00 for Mahi Mahi and the sides were an extra $8.00. You are better off going to Dukes or Monkey Pod.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First night in Maui! Unfortunately, we got stuck in the back of the dining room. It was actually a bit stuffy. Not many options for our one vegan diner. We were told food from the beach grill kitchen would have different timing than restaurant kitchen...but so different that one person in our party ate solo after everyone else was done eating. Will just pop in to the beach grill from now on...

DH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and beautiful local. Great farm to table food. Prices are high like most places in Maui.

KH
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food Excellent service!!

DS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was excellent. The table location fabulous.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Water was terrible he did not want to be there. Food quality really off for the price

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was fabulous and serve the meal with perfect timing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, our waitress, Carol was lovely.

C
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely & delicious evening. Peter’s special did not disappoint.

d
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Go for the good atmosphere and service. Not for the food. It's not good. You need a magnifying glass to find any crab or macadamia nuts on the nut crusted Mahi.

LL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Very disappointed with the quality of food. Best part of the meal was the bread we dipped in oil and sweet hot sauce. Two drinks were sent back and even the second drinks were poor. When you pay top dollar we expect high quality food. Would not do dinner here again.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the chefs tasting menu

SD
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary at the Hula Grill.

JN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ate in the dining room (vs sand area). Food was very good, although some portions were smaller than expected (macadamia nut-encrusted Mahi Mahi). Service was excellent, from the hostess to the server.

c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Maui every year and always look forward to our dinner at the Hula Grill in Kaanapali. Good food and great service.

GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb as always. I am watching my calorie intake and found it easy to find filling, delicious and healthy choices. We thought our server was superb. Just the right amount of friendliness and knowledge without being overbearing.

LC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was very disappointing in considering the high price point. Small portions and very strange flavour combinations. The service was slow. The ambiance was very loud and echoey which made it difficult to enjoy our company. Will not be returning to eat here again.

KF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Disappointed in the service, our server talked to all his tables except ours. Our dirty dishes sat on our table for 30 minutes. No communication on more wine, just rude service. Did the chefs menu and he forgot to ring our dessert in and asked if we wanted it to go??? It was ice cream...not sure how that would hold up to go in Hawaii heat?? Disappointed

B
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Crowded noisy beachfront restaurant. My fish had been frozen and over cooked (actually hard to cook over frozen fish correctly). Much better fish and value at roadside stops. This was by far the worst meal I had after two weeks in Maui. I would never recommend this place. Not awful but not good , crowded, noisy and mediocre service.

J
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. Food is always superb. Drinks are creative and delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Ask for the wings if you don't see them on the menu, they are superb.