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“excellent tacos” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hula's Island Grill

Hula's Island Grill
622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1008
831-655-4852
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Ranked #1 of 225 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $21
Cuisines: Caribbean, Hawaiian
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Fullerton, California
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“excellent tacos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I tried the Ahi tuna taco, and they were seared to perfection, still mostly raw in the center, spiced perfectly. The tacos were also very large, quite generous portions.

So even though the prices were relatively high (I'm from SoCal where I can get much cheaper fish tacos) these were good quality and quantity.

The ambiance of the restaurant is why I take away a star: it was over all crowded, and quite noisy. Not very relaxing, like the rest of Monterey.

Visited December 2013
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Whidbey Island, WA
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“Great food, better service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Recommended by the guy in the dive shop two doors down, this was some of the best ceviche I've ever tasted. We liked it so much we went back a few nights later, and shared a veggie burger that was phenomenal. Plus fun atmosphere, great music, generous drinks, and friendly staff - no wonder people line up to get in. We could drink at the bar while waiting for our table, so what have you got to lose! I'd love to go back, and recommend it to anyone heading that direction.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mississauga, Canada
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“$5 happy hour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Went there yesterday night during happy hour and they have a list of appetizer and tropical drinks for $5 each until 6pm.

I ordered Hawaiian Ceviche, fish was fresh and it has a nice kick. Taste great. My bf ordered butter fish and it was yummy. Food portion was decent.

Service was great and friendly, environment a little dark good for couple and it get really busy so either go early or make a reservation.

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“Love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

Great atmosphere, staff during my three visits here were great. Food was very flavorful and priced very fair. Drinks are generous and great. Have had supper here with three different groups, all enjoyed the food, atmosphere and I plan on making this a must for each trip out to Monterey.

Visited August 2013
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“Best kept secret on Monterey Peninsula”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

This great restaurant in a' New Monterey' is consistently a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Polynesian cuisine, including great 'pupus'
Vegetarian options, fresh fish and amazing tacos.
The service is genuine and always top notch. I usually go for fish tacos and rice bowls... But every item rocks... Love love love Hula's

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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