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Hula's Island Grill

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American, Hawaiian, Gluten Free, Caribbean
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622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1008
831-655-4852
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 518
    Excellent
  • 257
    Very good
  • 75
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Food was quick, service good, drinks on point

Me and my husband stop by on our way through to Napa Valley. Very good food, great Hawaiian atmosphere, no complaints from us... Both got different types of pork plates, thumbs up.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
SHam808
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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my husband stop by on our way through to Napa Valley. Very good food, great Hawaiian atmosphere, no complaints from us... Both got different types of pork plates, thumbs up.

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San Francisco, California
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137 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Known for it hamburgers which are a step up from McDonalds but nothing to rave about by any stretch. Better food at the British pub at Wharf I and a better beer selection.

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Thank elkhornsun
Concord, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were a little worried about coming here on a Saturday night with no reservation. Other reviewers indicated it was crowded with a long wait. We were told there would be a 20-30 minute wait, but there were seats at the bar immediately, and we were called after just 10 minutes, as was another group that arrived at the same... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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182 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So anyone who rates this place less than 4 stars either hit a bad day or are simply food snobs. As stated in a previous rating the mai tai is wonderful. We had 3 different pupu's. The shrimp egg rolls were delish, the calamari was average, the sweet potato fries were great and the blackened whitefish Sammie with their homemade... More 

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Thank Skibby1
London
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our dinner. The cocktails were well made, and lots of good choice on the menu. Definitely worth booking as its clearly popular. Pleasing to see an affordable restaurant offering such a wide range of seafood, be on the Monterey Seawatch list for sustainable sourcing.

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Thank nellpapa
Riverside
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had great service and the food was good too. I had the shrimp tacos ( they subscribe to the MBA safe seafood list) which were great. Skip the black beans (taste like they were out of the can with a bit of cheese on top) and the plain rice. Partner had the flat iron steak special- had a bite... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there as the restaurant had very good reviews but we were really disappointed. The food is good but nothing exceptional. The service is not on point at all. The waitress waited until we finished our last frie to take our plates away. And for the dessert she brought the bill with her while she dropped the plate. So... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously. Forget the carb-heavy pub grub. Instead, sip the best Mai Tai on the Monterey Peninsula with perfectly seared Ahi, Hawaiian Ceviche, and Abalone style Calamari. My happy-hour bliss was eclipsed by an exceptional fresh Baramundi fillet cooked in a lemon grass cream sauce that I will remember, along with our waitress, Alice, who added more spice than wasabi.

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McKinney, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bahn Mi Bao Sliders are heaven on a bun!!! Hubby and I trued a lot of appetizers and everything was so YUMMO! If we had time, we probably would have gone back again! Great place!!!

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Thank Debbie A
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've lived in Monterey 2yrs now and have visited Hulas many a times. We love the happy hour. You don't just get fried junk, they actually have other semi healthy items like ceviche. And super good drinks. We run an airbnb and recommend this place to all guests and they love coming,too.

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Thank kristin m

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-655-4852

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 21
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian, Gluten Free, Caribbean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?