'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge

4.7
1010 reviews
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Among the finest venues for dining in Hawai'i, 'ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is a breathtaking oceanfront fish and seafood restaurant on Hawai'i Island's Kona-Kohala Coast. The culinary team keeps the focus on local cuisine with a Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal philosophy. Located within Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, 'ULU is a favorite as one of the best restaurants in Hawai'i.

'ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge has been named one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America and 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2016 by OpenTable.

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Daily 5:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 8:30PM

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

One of the best dinners I’ve had anywhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Good food, but our Table was really awful... In a small hallway, with no lighting, between two large noisy rooms and close to kitchen. It felt like we were being pranked! We had reserved well in advance and arrived on time, but they were full up and I guess we drew the short straw. No acknowledgement whatsoever of the obvious problem. A top tier restaurant with top tier pricing can’t do this. Good food but not worth the risk of a frustrating experience.

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BU
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oceanfront venue. Recommend reviewing the menu online in advance, the selections may not be for everyone.

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

Excellent with food, service and ambiance!

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JS
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, very congenial service,
Reservation process painful until i reached restaurant staff directly - they quickly agreed to my original request. There were plenty of tables available when we got there

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t
124 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. The view was incredible. Chad is always the best server. We have never had a bad experience here. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere; definitely a most go if you’re looking for a special evening. Make no mistake, you will be paying for what you get, but if the big bill does not scare you off I would highly recommend.
My girlfriend and I went for Valentine’s Day dinner and loved our meals, especially the dessert! Our waiter was amazing and very thoughtful. Overall an amazing night. Can’t give enough praise!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drank and ate everything!!! Lee and Arturo took great care of us. The tomahawk steak and mashed potatoes were amazing!

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B
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere.

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W
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The greeting at the front desk was very unfriendly. The rest of the service was great!. Given the caliber of the resort, they need to up their game in training their staff to be more courteous.

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GW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience as expected. Let me first say, the food was wonderful. I do not typically leave anything but positive reviews when warranted. However, I feel it is necessary to leave this review due to the prices charged at this restaurant for others on a budget. Price is not necessarily a decision for us, however it is for others. This was our first time on the island and were only there for the day. I booked an Anniversary dinner with a 5:30 reservation (first reservations available from the restaurant) to get good seating of the sunset for the occasion. We arrived 15 minutes early to make sure of the seating. The 2 hostesses greeted us with a friendly "Happy Anniversary" which was nice. They stated that they were not seating yet and invited us to go to the bar for a pre-meal drink and they would come get us when they are ready to begin seating. I asked them to be sure to come get us ASAP as the seating was most important to us and also requested a nice seat for sunset. They acknowledged our request and led us to the bar. Once "sitting" at the bar, it took some time for the bartender to not only acknowledge us but to take our drink order. As we sat at the bar I noticed that patrons coming into the restaurant were being seated. We were still waiting for our drinks, an we assumed that a nice table was reserved for us due to their acknowledgement and the length in time to get our drinks. At this point, I went to the Hostess station and asked if our table was ready, they said yes. They began to seat us inside the restaurant with no direct view to the sunset. Disappointed, I asked to see other seating options and she stated she could not as we are now assigned that seat and would need approval. We looked for better seating, however all sunset view seating was now taken. We went back to the bar and ate there instead with a limited view to the sunset. For the money, I would expect better customer attention to detail and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting at the four seasons

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Very mediocre meal. This is considered to be the finest restaurant on the Big Island and yet disappointing
taste. Nothing special.

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MC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the environment in this restaurant are world-class wonderful.
It ain't cheap, but it's worth it. The food has delectable flavors I have not found anywhere else.
The drinks do a dance on your tongue.

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GG
155 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enchanting setting, very good food, professional and friendly service. We’ve eaten here many times and have never had a bad or mediocre experience. Can be very noisy under the eaves or indoors. Ask for outdoor seating, weather permitting. We usually receive a little sweet treat at the end of the meal. Not so this time. Perhaps a change or just an oversight?

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HD
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Incredible food, service and view! Well do e

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DE
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was beyond perfect. The service, the food, and the view is spectacular!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great!! Great dinner

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BL
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view and great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best on island

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with unforgettable on the water ambience.

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FS
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The meal was not prepared well. Most items overcooked. Fish was dry and beef was overcooked. To pay only for the the great Ambience is not enough to recommend this to friends

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r
45 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The magical setting, the creative and delicious menu and the outstanding service made for a memorable experience. Actually it made for three memorable evenings in our case. Each fish dish we tried was so unique, fresh and yummy. Definitely make this restaurant a priority if you are visiting the Big Island!
Mahalo for three wonderful dinners!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful beachfront restaurant. Definitely worth it! A reservation is a must.

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M
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall the food was good, but I didn’t think it was really worth the exorbitant prices. Went to several other expensive dinners on the island that were $75-100 less and overall were better. Not to say it’s a bad dinner, it’s just that overall I want to be wowed when I’m spending $250 for 2 people.

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o
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Almost everything was amazing. My mom got the crab pasta and said their was only about a tablespoon of crab in the whole thing. Other than that, no complaints. The appetizers were to die for. Pricey, but worth going to at least once. The ocean is right there and we saw the sun go down as we ate our calamari.

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d
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal with great service. Sashimi was some of the freshest I’ve had, and the Hapu’upu’u was amazing. Get the soufflé. Service was worthy of a Michelin Star, thanks Floyd and team!!

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t
19 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely view of the ocean with great service. They Picked one of the elderly members of our party up in a golf cart and brought them to the table.

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W
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience very much. Our server was fantastic. The view unforgettable.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Expensive. Worth it!

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RG
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our last night on the Big Island and I was given the task of scheduling the romantic dinner. It was perfect. We had a beachside table with waves nicely crashing in the background. Wine list is pretty extensive for those who love their wine. Food is very good to outstanding. I had the Hawaiian sea bass and my fiancé had the snapper and both were excellent. We started out with the medium fatty tuna and the freshwater unagi. The tuna was awesome but the unagi was very mild and the cucumber was cut too coarse and overpowered the freshwater eel. I scored high points from my fiancé for our “romantic dinner” but we lucked out with such an wonderful location of our table. Staff was very attentive.

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T
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Quite expensive.

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JK
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale restaurant with ocean front outdoor seating. Ambience and service near perfect. Food and presentation worth the $$.

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C
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Seated at a dark table......unable to read the menu easily or see the food without using an iPhone light. Service good. Food overpriced and good, not great.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I truly enjoyed the dinner with my husband. The ocean view was so great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!! We were late and accommodated exquisitely as usual! Our favorite dining even though 30 minutes away!

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T
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome seating, where we could wait the sunset and hear the waves. Food seemed expensive for the serving size. Otherwise absolutely fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I had previously advised the restaurant that I would be proposing to my girlfriend just before dinner and had asked for a romantic table. I was disappointed that we weren’t seated at a beach side table given the special occasion. Also, my fish was undercooked and had to be sent back. By the time I got my fish back my fiancée was finished her meal. Overall it wasn’t a big deal but these two things did take away from the experience.

All things considered, our waiter was amazing and made our night memorable. Thank you.

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J
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Very high quality food with an incredible ocean view. Highly recommended.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal in an incredibly beautiful setting!

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