Hula Grill - Kaanapali

4.5
3003 reviews
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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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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointed— the quality of food and attention to detail has diminished. Our fish was dry, the green beans were over cooked, and the value was not there. The Prosecco was flat.

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Portland
71 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and different from typical restaurants featuring regional cuisine. Great views. Delicious food.

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Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef's tasting menu was just the right size portions, good choices, excellent tasting. Great location.

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, the atmosphere was energetic and inviting! Our meals were beautifully prepared and the presentations excellent. The chef always offers specially prepared entrees featuring local fish and meats. Our waitress Tayana was attentive, very knowledgeable and quite charming! Thanks for a wonderful dinner experience!

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L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were all taken back when we found out you can't order from the walk up menu. Prices were extreme and dinner was mediocre. Fish dishes were all over cooked and dry and the portions were small.
I won't be back unless we go to the walk up side!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Hula Grill off and on for 20 years and it was always a go-to place for us. Our very average and expensive dinner last night has changed our attitude toward Hula Grill. The 2 fish special served last night was extremely dry and had little special flavoring. The serving was also very small compared to past years. Our local contact told us the Grill quality has been going down and we would agree

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GM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was having a fun and enjoying the food, the waiter was nice (at first) he new the meals and recommendations were made. However, the food portions were to small for the amount of money they cost. The best part of the meal was the dessert. Then, the moment that ruined the experience was when the check came. Our waiter came over (he was older, had round glasses, gray hair, I believe his name was Joey) for payment like normal, he walked away I then noticed he was talking to another waiter a young man black hair, glasses, and Asian background. They started making hand signs that looked liked C's and they kept pointing at our table. I also heard him say that my friends were cheap sls that I paid to come have dinner with me. I looked at him and he looked at me he then came back and it felt like he slammed the check on the table. I wanted to thank him personally for the service and give him a tip, but after that I felt like he owed us the meal for being rude. We thanked him for the food and he stopped and glared at us then said you're welcome. I will never come back here again this was the worst experience I had at a restaurant. I will let everyone I know to avoid this place, unless they want to be called sls when you leave. Worst experience never again.

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M
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, drinks and service. Make reservations fod dinner (inside) or FCFS for outside on the sand.

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KF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montana, our waiter, was amazing. We wanted a long leisurely dinner as I reconnected with a college roommate and he was attentive yet did not rush us one bit. Service was incredible. Food was delicious!

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S
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Our waiter was exceptionally helpful with selections. Great evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful table, service and food. I am gluten free and the server took extra precautions for me.

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DU
Portland
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We really wanted to like the Hula Grill but it was very overpriced for mediocre food. The lobster potstickers were good. Shisito peppers not well seasoned and tasted like too much liquid smoke had been applied - a chemical taste. Snapper with pumpkin risotto was drowning in butter - and risotto was very pasty and thick. Kale salad with beets had very large pieces of curly kale served in an upright bowl which made it difficult to cut - and was overdressed. Focaccia bread was the highlight- light and delicious.

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AF
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't beat the setting. The good is out of this world. Our waitress Carley was sweet and toiled us.

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CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I knew it was a little more touristy which I can't complain about. Our server was very kind and attentive, but overall this was not a highlight of our dining experiences in Maui. I'm sure a lot of people enjoy coming here as the view is great and they do live music. The biggest thing for me was the value of the food - I live in a destination city where I am familiar and comfortable with paying for expensive meals, but for the cost of our dinner here it did not feel worth it. I ordered one of the fish mains and it was $39, the plate that came out did not justify the price (there was also a little crab garnish that did not smell or taste fresh) - I can say during my trip I paid similar prices for dishes that were excellent, in comparison this wasn't. All in all, I wouldn't deter people from going here but I have other places I'd recommend first.

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KK
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montana provided excellent service!

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PB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I had a wonderful dinner. Our waiter was extremely attentive, and the food was delicious. My mother said it was "fantastic and I loved it!"

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TK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife Nd I have always ate at Hula Grill. You can’t ever go wrong having lunch or dinner there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful waitress and our fish entree was delicious.

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Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. Our server, Montana, was great. I recommend going.

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Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered the red snapper with Risotto. Was told by the waiter the snapper was the best on the island. Got the food and the snapper tasted more like a frozen fish stick and the risotto was sticky like sushi rice. My wife actually thought it was mashed potatoes until I told her it was supposed to be risotto. For a $43 fish plate I expected way more than what they served.

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RD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service was great! Best Mai Tai so far on our trip!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

entree was incorrctly prepared; bacon was left out
then waiter tried to just bring bacon for us to add about 10 minutes later to what was then a cold dish
shrimp bisque was pretty much flavorless and initially served cold
jalapeno corn bread was outstanding
really a big disappointment overall

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went twice this week, once for lunch and then back for dinner the next day. It’s a pricey meal but you get great service and high quality delicious food. If we find ourselves again I have no doubt we’ll be back

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RW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food we ordered was very good. We would have liked a larger variety of fish.

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DB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The location and service was spectacular, but don’t expect good food...everything seems to be sweet, including the steamed rice. I know Hawaiian cuisine has some more sweet dishes but this was too much.

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NE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! Service was excellent and the food is terrific. Highly recommend the short rib and jalapeño cornbread!!!

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Not nearly as good as the last visit. I don’t know that I’d go back as there as there are many other choices.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

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CB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Cool location. Good food. Wish the portions were a bit larger for the $40 per entree price. More attention to detail is always appreciated by foodies. The crab topped macadamia fish was a bit messy looking. Tasted OK, just not beautiful. It's good but I was not blown away.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Best service we’ve had all trip.

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T
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

I am not sure if it was an off night for them but we have had better dining experience overall. Their only saving grace was the delicious 28 day aged rib eye steak. Otherwise, we would have left even more disappointed. We have dined here before during the holiday season. This time, due to overcrowding, our party of 5 was seated at a small table meant to fit only 4 people. Service was slow. Given our small space and the amount of food ordered, I would have expected plates to be removed and replaced faster. Our orders were incorrect for dinner and dessert. We waited for over 20 minutes for our dessert. Though they comped one of the desserts, it is not how I prefer to end my meal. Especially on vacation with my family.

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l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I realize it is a busy week in Ka’anapali but would expect more for a restaurant that knows. The food we did order was good (not great). They were out of a couple menu items and no bread as they ran out. We did have a later reservation and the server was as ready for us to leave as picked up everything quickly at the end.

I have been here many times and have had good service /food. This time I disappointed.

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ME
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered salad we have ordered before and it came out half in size. We thought the restaurant changed the portion of the salad. Half way through our dinner table next to us gets served same 4 salads. The portions of their salads are double of what was served to us. We did not bring it up at the restaurant but we left very disappointed.

Thank you

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BH
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a wonderful setting along the beach at the Hula Grill!!!

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San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The scenery was beautiful. The food and drinks were good but not great.

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MG
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch and our waiter, Rick was fabulous.

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S
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,great service,great vibe...one of the best restaurants that we ate in on the island of Maui

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Really bad experience here. We didn’t get any apps or salads for the first hour and 15 mins and then our server came up to our table and acted surprised we hadn’t been served anything. Meanwhile our kids got their dinners and were done before we even got an app. Then finally when our food came my dinner didn’t come out for an additional 15 mins past when the rest of our party got served and the server had put in the wrong order. By the time I got my dinner it was 45 mins past the time everyone else had gotten dinner and they were all finished eating. I was really unhappy and we asked to speak with the manager. He was very apologetic and tried to make it right by taking a large portion of our bill off. I was impressed with his customer service but by that time the experience was just not salvageable. The food was also mediocre at best and very overpriced. Disappointing because we ate here about 8 years ago and it stood out to me as a memorable experience

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got an early dinner seating and watched the sunset. Food and drinks were great.

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had many meals out on this trip to Maui, this meal was fine, but probably not at this price.

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