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Hula's Island Grill

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Caribbean, Hawaiian
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622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1008
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Marty J & Laura L. As good as we get in Hawaii

Excellent atmosphere and food. We live in Hawaii and Hula's is equal or better than most restaurants here

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Martin B
Waimea, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Waimea, Hawaii
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent atmosphere and food. We live in Hawaii and Hula's is equal or better than most restaurants here

Thank Martin B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The staff are friendly, the food is awesome (the fish soup and the cornbread was the bomb and the abalone style calamari was cooked to perfection according to my husband!) and nice atmosphere, especially if you sit in the patio. Ate too much and didn't leave room for dessert! Will come back for that!!!

Thank Harumi H
napa ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting Monterey for weekend we checked Trip Advisor for a dinner suggestion - something different than our usual haunts. Came across the many great reviews for Hulas Island Grill. Off we went. The first big impression was the infectious greeting by staff and especially the charming hostess. We travel a lot and most of our criticisms are about poorly trained... More 

Thank rosie9855
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to try Hula's after reading about it on Tripadvisor and we were not one bit disappointed! We went on a Tuesday which is Tiki Tuesday which means it's happy hour until close. Happy hour is usually 2pm -6pm the rest of the week, I think. The full menu was available but we chose off the happy hour menu... More 

Thank dublingirl08
Secaucus, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really like the appetizers and asian fusion type food. They have a $6 per plate appetizer during happy hour (if you get there before 6 PM) and their selection of fish is good. I like that you can select the different way each of the fish selections is cooked and I give my highest recommendation to the walu walu... More 

Thank Nancy M
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was very friendly and the food was all very tasty. loved our dessert a "Pot Brownie" I will definitely be returning in the future.

Thank Laura P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow!! Found this place via tripadvisor and we set off to find it. We only had two days in Monteray Bay and we couldn't be more pleased that we chose our first night there to try it, as it was the last night it was open before their one week shut down for a refurb. Quite what they had to... More 

Thank andrew44Kent
Gorham, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Hula's a number of times and each time it exceeds expectations. Their servers are top notch and give good recommendations. The food is excellent and not too expensive.

Thank Kim F
Woodstock, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Close to Cannery Row. Easy walk and great location. Food and service were wonderful. Seafood was as fresh as it gets. Portions were large enough to share.

Thank Mike M
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first time we ate at Hula's was in Santa Cruz. Such a fun atmosphere! All about the ambiance. The portion sizes were smaller at the Monterey location. If you are travelling on business, they aren't helpful with splitting up checks. They have a strict policy on multiple checks.

Thank KrisD27

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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: Caribbean, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children


Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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?