North Shore Kula Grille

3.7
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
The ancient Hawaiians divided their land into three sections: Mauka, kula and makai – or mountains, midland and the sea – known as ahupua ‘a. It is the kula lands, primarily used for agriculture, that now serve as the inspiration for the North Shore Kula Grille.

Welcome to a place where farm-to-table thinking is behind every ingredient on our menu. Where fresh means seasonal produce picked just a few minutes away; where seafood is sourced daily from local waters; and where premium meats and poultry are raised with the utmost care on small-scale Hawaii farms and ranches.

At the North Shore Kula Grille you can explore the flavors of our islands as they have been enjoyed for centuries – naturally, with organic artisan farming and harvesting practices, showcasing the rich agricultural history of Hawaii and the North Shore in every dish.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Organic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30a-10:30a
Dinner: 5:30p - 9:30p
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Phone number
(808) 447-6547
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Conrad Aquino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kuilima Drive
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Parking details
Hotel parking lot as well as valet parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 228 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.7
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Prices were to high for just a casual meal place and for what you got.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Kula Grill was fine. That’s about it. The service was great so no issues there but, for a restaurant that seemed fairly well reviewed, it was kind of “meh”. I started with the grilled octopus and it was missing a lot of the things that make a great plate of grilled octopus so enjoyable; there was no char, I don’t think it was tenderized properly and it was very bland. My wife and I both had the Kobe Beef Burger which, again, was fine but very underwhelming for the price and reputation. In summary, I don’t think you’ll leave this place complaining much but you also won’t be telling your friends about it either.

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PL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Our server never returned after taking our order. Food was mediocre and over priced. Very disappointed.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Awful service—waited almost 15 minutes to be welcomed by our waitress, and she always seemed like she was overwhelmed and too busy to check in with us. My husband ordered a glass of wine which he never actually received. When he reminded our waitress at the end of the meal, she said “I’m sorry” and giggled. Food was underwhelming and lame for the price tag. My “herb Parmesan” fries were dried out frozen fries with barely any seasoning. And my husband’s fish was two pathetic filets. But it still cost us over $70 for two meals and a drink.

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L
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New chef, new and improved menu! Outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family vacation

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went in on Saturday to celebrate my wife's birthday. Poor service from the very beginning. Waiter was nice, but overwhelmed. Food took about 30 mins to come out. My son ordered a pizza from the kids menu. The pizza looked horrible and was also burned. The waiter checked on us maybe a couple of times. Nobody else acknowledged my wife's birthday. Her food was subpar at best and mine was forgettable, just like the service and quality of plates. I understand they have a new menu, but it seems this restaurant, and entire Turtle Bay Resort, are still synonymous with poor customer service and zero value. Pity...

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CR
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Servers were very kind and nice. Food was decent.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Probably worst dinner I’ve ever had at a resort. Chicken with noodles had zero taste. Both were dry with no flavor.

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Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was a good choice for dinning in the hotel, and has some great views of the north shore while you dine. Location in the hotel was a bonus, and easy to get to for hotel guests.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Flat bread is great! I love the vegetable chirashi platter. It’s healthy and colorful. However, recommend ordering more. I wasn’t full afterwards.

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was good and food tasty though portions were large. Location is convenient but actually enjoyed our walk in breakfast better than reserved dinner.

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KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was a quick place that worked for a dinner on the grounds. The view of the bay is of course beautiful;however, I wasn’t super impressed with the ambiance of the place. The hostesses were lovely though and the service was excellent — such nice people all around. Food was good too!

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was horrible and unedible. The service was nice and apologetic. We have been coming here several times a year and it is obviously not the same quality, even breakfast the following morning was terrible? Not sure what has happened but high prices for terrible food will not be profitable.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to celebrate birthday. Wait staff was attentive, friendly, and engaging, especially to my eight-year-old. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice place to celebrate on the North Shore.

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IH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Joshua was very helpful and such a gentlemen .

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Yes, it’s a little more for basic foods like flatbread and burgers...but you get the atmosphere, fancy drinks, good service. If you’re staying at turtle bay then it’s a respectful option.

Shrimps were good although the sauce on bottom of rice was too sweet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good friendly efficient service

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We came here for easter dinner. Food was really good . Our waiter was really nice and awsome. We look forward to coming back next year.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Terrible food. Not farm to table as advertised

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NT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Was seated immediately. Service was excellent. Staff courteous and efficient.

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TG
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Although there were mixed reviews we ate here. Huge mistake. Probably the worst meal ever in Hawaii
The starter a flatbread came after dinner, flatbread no not really . The crust was white dried out bad bread.
We didn’t like anything for a main, so we both ordered a salad. Both poorly presented on a too small plate, overflowing
With overly dress large piece of green, salad dressing oily with no flavor
We asked for fresh ground pepper, they don’t have, huh?...
I asked specifically how the portobello mushrooms were prepared, she said grilled, hardly
Soggy cold small bits of this. The other salad my husband added chicken too, very dried out
The food was awful. We didn’t finish them. The ambience if you want to use that phrase here,
Was coffee shop from the 1970’s.
Don’t go here , walk down the path to Roy’s
YUCK

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the crispy shrimp and they were delicious!!! Then we watched the beautiful sunset. Highly recommend!!

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F
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Although our waiter wasn't great; he lacked personality, wasn't friendly, and took forever to get us our orders, the meal itself was delicious. And, of course the view is unmatched. I will warn you that if you decide to dine outside you will hear kids (other diners) or the pool kids yelling down at the pool area. Inside may be a better choice if you want to relax and have it quieter.

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CV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Dry tastless. Mahe mahe. Chef tried to make it more palatable with to much sauce.
Not good.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was okay, not great value for the cost. We got a mediocre table even though we had said it was a special occasion (one month anniversary). Whole experience was underwhelming.

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VL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was disappointing. The fish was overdone and chewy. We couldn't eat it.
After bringing this to the attention of the manager, there was a price adjustment
with one entree eliminated on the final check. Still, not worth the visit. Would have been better with take out from the lobby. The food is fresh and tasty and a fraction of the cost of the Kula Grille.

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food! Pretty view, they always seated us in the back corner.... and hostess puffed when we asked to sit by the window....

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RF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Aniversary

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining at Turtle Bay for a special occasion or casual dining. The service was impeccable and Kelsea was exceptional at meeting our dining needs. The cocktails were divine and the desserts are a must try. Definitely worth a visit!

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place was great for our young Celiac daughter who is also a picky eater. They had a gluten-free hamburger bun and gluten-free flatbread, among other gf items that she would not eat... because she is a picky eater. Thank you for making our lives a little easier and having gluten-free options!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Slow service. Lamb so salty, we sent it back.
Fish curry was tasteless and was also sent back.
Ahi Tuna was ok, but not great.
Had better Poke from the supermarket.
They should have comped the whole meal, but only did not charge for the fish.
This spoiled our last evening on Oahu

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MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome chef
Should have had white tablecloths on table for Valentines Day Buffett

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The servers were very poorly trained. Otherwise a nice experience. Try to get an outdoor table for dinner. Our Open Table seating request was honored.

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s
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Awful best describes ones dining experience. I have eaten here before but obviously forgot how bad hotel dining can be. I rarely return an item but the baby back ribs were so dry , chewy and overlooked they were inedible. My next attempt chicken pot pie proved a bit better, but would not rank above two stars.
What amazes me is in spite of sub par reviews over the years management had done little to elevate the dining experience. It’s hard to point a finger at staff when so little is demanded by management.
Have accountants taken over everything.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there & immediately sat outside. We got to watch a beautiful sunset and listen to live music from the bar downstairs. The food was incredible, our server was great. We’re about to book our vday date there.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for New Years Eve supper. The regular menu was changed to a very average buffet which was massively overpriced. As a result the published menu was irrelevant which was a huge disappointment. Only about a half of the food offered was gluten free (not a choice but a necessity in my case). We had one plate of very ordinary mass produced food for $95.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Kula Grille has been a place that my husband and I always go to for our buffet breakfasts when we go to Turtle Bay. The buffet is pretty good! We also have had dinner which was also pretty good. The buffet for New Year's Eve was absolutely horrible! The price of $95 per person for substandard food was ridiculous!! The fish was dry, salads bland, roast beef dry, and desserts lackluster! For that price we could have gone to Roy's except it was a fixed price dinner and I'm vegetarian. I heard many people next to us also complaining! They should be ashamed of themselves for charging that amount of money and not providing the value of food for the price! This is coming from people who have been to Turtle Bay 5 times this year alone!!

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CI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Prices were for an high end restaurant but service and food quality were very ordinary.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Very dry fish

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