North Shore Kula Grille

3.9
272 reviews
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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.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was awful

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Very poor food... very greasy and unappetizing for a pretty expensive price too. Would not recommend this restaurant. Feel bad for the wait staff who were pleasant, but a little under-trained.

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive. The boys enjoyed their pizza and burgers while I had a salad. We will return soon!

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KR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went here for dinner on the last night of our vacation. It was very windy and they closed the outside so we sat inside (no big deal). We ordered drinks and an appetizer. The food came before our drinks (2 wines and 2 margaritas..) but with that being said the burrata was wonderful. For dinner, the prime ribs and shrimp and linguini came out warm and delicious. My mom wanted to add a little protein to her salad which the waitress didn’t completely understand, but she did explain that the salmon meal is $29 and she could have it on top of the salad she wanted which she did anyway. I had the fish special which was fine, not the best meal I have had. We sat there for over 20 minutes with no water refills and the waitress didn’t even ask if my mom wanted another drink for awhile after she finished hers. Also, there were kids watching a movie on their iPad very loudly next to us, which really ruined the ambiance.
Overall, we did enjoy the food. The price was on par with the area. The service was pretty awful and hopefully that management makes some changes for the future.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We went there for a date and it was a good choice. We loved the burrata and crab cakes dip

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was so friendly and the food and drinks were wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is always a lovely special-occasion restaurant when we visit Turtle Bay. Can’t beat the view, service, and friendly staff. Menu is not large but varied and everything comes out prepared and presented great. It is, however, a high-end menu and while I did not expect it to be otherwise, the prices just seem to be a tad high. The serving sizes and cocktail sizes are okay but not what I’d call a great value. Maybe they just don’t care about that.

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AD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Honestly it was a small step above cafeteria food, we simply paid more. 1/2 empty restaurant with a boring ambiance was a little let down for our last night out but all the other restaurants were full ...

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Our waitress was a horrible. Second time here. We brought our two young teenagers with us this time. My son didn't like anything on the menu. I asked for the kids menu.. she wouldn't give us one. She told him he should pick something off the regular menu. And they are strict about 12 and under only. Are they carding teenage children for meals? Or is just Kayla or kaylin? She did not look us in the eye and was not personable so ...This is waitress made us feel unwelcome. Ridiculous that He couldn't order something off the kids menu. We were honest and said they were 15 and 13. We could have lied and said one was 12. I wouldn't set an example for my kids like that. Absolutely wrong. They are still picky kids. Every single other restaurant we went to, gave us a kids menu if we asked. Even the other ones on the turtle bay property. I've been places and let me order off the kids menu. Even Disney world doesn't care who orders off the kids menu.

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TC
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Kula Grille. We were seated outside with a wonderful views. Our server, Thomas, was attentive and helpful with the menu choices. Cocktails were very good and the food, crab dip, Caesar salad, and artichoke pizza, was well-prepared and delicious. We would definitely return on our next visit to the North Shore.

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EN
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We stay at Turtle Bay Resort every year and were very happy that the quality of food and service just keeps getting better and better. Both breakfast and dinner was delicious and the service excellent!

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, this time we were hit by stormy weather and could not enjoy full dinner menus, only served with limited menus (like picnic box lunches such as bargers, sandwitches, soup and pasta) on paper dishes due to power outage. We wanted to eat grilled shrimps, steaks etc.

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JC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I just spent a week at turtle bay and ate at the Kula grill every day. The night of 2/10 the power had been out for a few hours and the menu was scant with ridiculous prices; but overall I liked the food and ambiance was great
Unfortunately the hostess turned people away with half the tables empty and didn’t advise anyone that bar seating is open seating...

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the fish of the day, Opah. It was prepared wonderfully. Our server, Thomas was terrific.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and beautiful views.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

My husband and I ate dinner on the turtle bay resort property. Knowing that it’s on the property and there are limited options, we were prepared for a more expensive dinner. However, with that we expected better quality. My husband ordered the strip steak rare. When it came it was well done and had absolutely no flavor. It didn’t taste like it came from a grill, it wasn’t even seasoned with salt and pepper and again it was cooked well done!! My husband, being in the food industry at one point in his life wouldn’t return it or say anything to the waitress because he knew it wasn’t her fault. He was also really hungry and ate it. That being said, it was an extremely disappointing dining experience and it pained me to pay $40 for a steak that tasted terrible and wasn’t even CLOSE to being cooked correctly. We will make plans to eat off the property for the remainder of our visit.

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HD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

My fish was beyond dry. I informed the waiter, and he did not know how to handle the situation and just stared blankly at me. I ended up eating the fish because he refused to do anything about it.

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a
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

the food and drinks were horrible but the service was amazing!

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Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten several times at Kula Grill. This was the most disappointing. Fish was dry and Ribs not good. But our server was excellent. Lauren. We were celebrating a birthday and she was very accommodating

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s okay typical hotel restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, great and great service by Carlos, the manager and Tiger, one of the waiters.

By far the best value at Turtle Bay.

We spent 11 nights at the hotel and we ate 7 times at Kula.

If you are looking for very good food, reasonable prices and excellent service, this is the place to go!

See you next time! Aloha!!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Christmas dinner was a disappointment.

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AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Expected more for a Christmas dinner. Food was only fair - prime rib was chewy - no taste. Would have been willing to pay more but get quality.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food could be much better. But the service and ocean front dining was spectacular.

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SJ
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good setting, food was good, not great, but good. Works great if you’re at the resort.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Thanksgiving dinner was very disappointing. Food was like something from a school cafeteria. Not what I expected from Turtle Bay or the price.

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JN
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving buffet had a good variety to choose from. The server for our table was friendly and attentive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Second time eating dinner here and the food really just isn’t good. Breakfast looks better, and harder to mess up.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great surprise!! My mom and I ate at the bar..THE most spectacular ocean front bar..with the best bartenders..even though I just had a mocktail n coffee. Carrie n Andy made us feel like queens. We had a vegetarian flatbread. Mmmmmm!!! Then, I finally got to try Chef Mike's Kula Bomb chocolate dessert. OMG! Thank you Carlos for a fun night..live music and the sunset was ONO!! And I thought next door was the best. Wow..you guys are really cool! A hui hou!

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KT
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Kyla Grill was good. Food was good. The location was very convenient. It was a nice dinner location with family.

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C
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and Great Food!

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AJ
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was ok but not for this hotel and the cost of the food. The service was deficient. The waitress forgot the bread and then brought it with the appetizer and the main course about 2-3 minutes apart.

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F
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cocktails were not good and expensive. Food was mediocre especially for the price. Service was ok. Don'waste your time or money. I don't have any problem paying a premium price for excellent food and service but this restaurant was a huge disappointment! My husband's tuna was raw ( he requested medium) and my Opa was overcooked and dry.

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My food did not meet my expectations in that, there was no variation of flavor. It was pizza. The crust was doughy, there wasn't any sauce and just wasn't that great.

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KO
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pretty decent meal but a little on the pricey side. You could tell our waiter hadn’t mastered the art of giving service but not TOO MUCH service to the point you feel rushed. Other than that great night.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Being foodies we always assume plodding food from resort fare, but we were highly impressed by the attention and delicious fare. Food came out quickly and we finished every bite.

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AW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. Unless you want to waste your money for bad service and harsh attitudes of the staff in here, I suggest you pick other restaurants in the resort which is thousands of much better food and service. I will NEVER EVER recommend this place to anyone!!! I hope Kulla Grille RAN OUT OF BUSINESS AND CLOSE DOWN SOON!!!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with friends. The menu was great for everyone. The appetizer menu was unique and delicious. We can’t wait to come back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food and service was mediocre. The ocean view is great!

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NT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the currrent menu. We stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort in March, 2018 and dined at the North Shore Kula Grille and liked the extensive menu selection. The service, ambiance and food were very good. During our current visit to the resort, our initial plan was to dine every night at this restaurant, but after looking over the menu, changed our mind.

Sorry, my review was not more positive.

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