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The Hualalai Grille

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100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 325-8525
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Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Reservations

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  • 48
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
very good but expensive

not excellent but very good. service is excellent. fish was just st the brink of overcooked. a side lobster tail was perfectly cooked and delicious, heirloom tomato salad shared and good but very light on the mozzarella, no dessert tasted (only 3 to choose from) and the bill came to about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
ELLEN L
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Koloa, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
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Koloa, Hawaii
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144 reviews 144 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

not excellent but very good. service is excellent. fish was just st the brink of overcooked. a side lobster tail was perfectly cooked and delicious, heirloom tomato salad shared and good but very light on the mozzarella, no dessert tasted (only 3 to choose from) and the bill came to about $105 with only 1 entrée and no drinks. .... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

At first the service was non existent. It did get better as the evening went on. The porterhouse steak, 24 oz., was shared and it was cooked perfectly and very tasty. All side dishes are separate and I chose the Mac and cheese which is a meal in itself. A little too creamy, rich and sharp but lots of it.... More 

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I had one of the best steaks I've ever eaten. The setting is very nice. The wine list is excellent. We did have a couple of things that weren't awesome: 1. Our waiter had no clue about the wine list. Literally knew nothing more than what was written. 2. We had to ask 3 times to speak with someone who... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Our first meal on the Big Island - and it was hard to beat. I started with the cucumber basil gimlet - totally refreshing and tasty. And then we were onto entrees - I had the fish special, a crab encrusted mahi, which was so delicious. My husband had a perfectly grilled steak with chimichuri sauce that he devoured. We... More 

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New York City, New York
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53 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this dining experience. The food was good but not outstanding. Our waiter was very accommodating and not only made substitutions for us but brought additional sides that we did not order which was a really nice offering. However, as kind as our waiter was the service was painfully slow. The restaurant was severely understaffed and... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Every year our group tries a different restaurant for TG dinner. How could we go wrong with the Four Seasons? Even with the inflated price for turkey dinner how could we go wrong? When we made the reservation a week ago I was told it would be a 3 course meal. Salad, dinner plate and dessert. Drinks were very good... More 

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Oswego, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Great service, great food, great décor, what's not to like. If you don't eat here at least once on your trip, it will be a shame.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I waited 12 minutes for our server to great us with an apology. The food was good, I had a filet with spicy asparagus, there was nothing spicy about it though. My iced tea sat empty for 10 minutes only to be refilled tea only and no ice. I don't mind paying $50+ for a meal but there is an... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Beautiful way to start your morning sitting by the ocean with an amazing fresh breakfast. Every morning staff was so friendly, fresh juice and coffee nothing to complain about here.

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75 reviews 75 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

After the tsunami, this went from a golf clubhouse bar to a formal restaurant. This is now probably the most formal restaurant on the resort. The have less seafood than 'ULU, but more steaks, and even oysters. You do not have an ocean view, but a decent resort view, as well as the sky after sunset. We like 'ULU better,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: (808) 325-8525

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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