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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice "on the lake" eatery with Hawaiian inspired texmex. Long waits for outdoor tables, but worth it

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Karin was great! Would visit again just to sit on the patio in her section. Food was good and view was great. Chips are serve yourself!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2021

We had been to the Hula Hut previously and was excited about returning, however we were sadly disappointed and a little grossed out. We knew there could be wait, not problem. Put our name on the list for a 30 minute wait. Notice the bar...area was empty but one table. After asking, we were told we could immediately sit in the bar area and were able to order drinks and food. So we did; Cut the 30 minute wait down to zero! The bartender was extremely nice and quick to take our drink orders and deliver them. Very tasty! The salsa was extremely spicy that we couldn't eat it. We order queso; it was good. We didn't eat a meal, but what we saw were plates loaded down with tons of food! Prior to leaving we went to the ladies room. This is where we second guested our visit. The floor was so sticky that our flip flops were sticky to it! The tile had layers of yuck on them! The restroom was a mess! Only one stall had tissue paper. No handtowels or wall dryers for your hands. Trash was overflowing onto the floor. The counter was covered in towels and water. Again the floor was extremely sticky. We paid our check with a healthy tip. Because our bartender was doing a great job! When leaving we notified the hostesses of the condition of the ladies room. They all looked at each other as if just finding out there was a ladies room. I understand it is difficult to keep high traffic areas clean, but I shouldn't loose a shoe over it. Nor should the place where employees are using the restroom and washing their hands be such a mess. Unsanitary. Marking the Hula Hut off my list of places to eat for a while.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021

Great Mexican food with a Polynesian twist. The Hawaiian fajitas are particularly good. During meal time, expect to wait 30-45 minutes. Parking can be a challenge - on street parking is all metered with Austin's quirky metered parking system. There is minimal parking on site,...and part of that area is taken up with valet parking.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

We were told that there was a wait of over a hour. But a wfamily of bigger than mine walked and and was seated immediately . Service was terrible! We ordered a double tequila neat and they put ice in it . When we sent...it back and they gave me a sauce shot smmfh. Food came out 47 mins after. Don’t waste your time ,More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 1, 2021

My family will not be returning to the Hula Hut establishment as I found it not suitable for children and not a family friendly environment. I took my wife, 13 yo stepson and handicapped brother (he walks with a cane) for dinner and placed our...name on the outside guest waiting list. My wife, stepson and I went to wash up in the bathroom and my brother went to see if their was open available seating at the outside bar. The waiter told my brother there was no open seating but insisted my brother sit down anyway at an open table. My brother told the waiter he wanted to wait his turn and not cut in front of other guests but the waiter insisted on seating him. When my wife, stepson and I arrived at the table we found my brother there with four ice waters, and we ordered some margaritas.The waiter had told my brother there was no salsa for the chips (and wouldn't be any until after a long wait) but queso was on sale for 1/2 price, which was an obvious ploy to fatten the bill as I walked 15 feet from our table and got 3 bowls of salsa from the chips and salsa station for our table. I also served my guests tableware and napkins after our waiter disappeared for what felt like eternity, and got up again to serve my guests more chips for the table. My brother had asked the waiter to deliver our salads before the meal, but when that didn't happen my brother had enough and expressed his concerns over our exceedingly poor service. The waiter told us he had seated us before others on the list as a favor, although I don't understand how that had anything to do with his lackluster service. The waiter told us we were free to leave. When we asked for a manager she told us the waiter shouldn't have sat us before other guests (I'm not sure how that is OUR fault) and we asked for our bill so we could pay for our drinks. We obviously had no intention of paying for the absolutely untouched food on the table after this horrid experience. The drink bill never came and when I got up to check on it the general manager Ed Buttman was rude, arrogant, contemptuous and condescending and told me the waiter would bring the bill, which never came. I called the police dept, which arrived to escort my family from this nightmare. We will not be returning to Hula Hut.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 31, 2021

Couldnt get chips, salsa, water, drinks, silverware...food came but we were So disgusted by the Waiter, and 2 mngrs teliing us to get it yoreself...including a lady mngr and a pinhead mngr named Ed that we begged for a tab on the round of drinks...so we could leave...im disabled w a heart condition and it was too much Stress and Anxiety. God bless all...i only pray others arent treated like this. Happy Memorial day to All...Thank you for your serviceMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021

Have to eat here once a week to get my Fish Taco Fix. I haven't tried anything else (except the ridiculously delicious key lime pie). Good T. Great service. See you next week

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 19, 2021 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Hulu Hut. We had fish tacos and shrimp chili relleno; both were very good and Tex-Mex. The atmosphere was fun and different on the lake, especially since we had a storm come through.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 16, 2021 via mobile

One of the most overrated chains I’ve ever seen. We went to one in North Texas and it was awful. I heard this one in Austin was awesome, so we gave it a shot. Brought 14 family members for a reunion of sorts and outside...of our server who was wonderful, this place is a disaster. The 16 year olds working front of the house have no idea what they’re doing. I had to talk to a manager about our seating situation and she was clearly forcing being friendly and not at all helpful. The food is Tex Mex with a Hawaiian flare that means nothing more than putting a canned pineapple slice on the plate. According to our entire party, food was average at best. I will say their drinks are good. Bathrooms are like being at a frat party. Never again will I return to a Hula Hut and I would recommend you stay away as well. 2 stars only because our server was awesome and I wish I remembered her name so I could give a shout out.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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February 25, 2019|
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Response from ashleysA1409RY | Reviewed this property |
I’ve only been there one time it wasn’t very busy when we went but it was during the week.
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Response from jposttx | Reviewed this property |
Yes - but the view is so nice outside!
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June 20, 2016|
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Response from conner19 | Reviewed this property |
I was there recently and no dogs were anywhere. It is so "tight" between tables that room is really limited.
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Hula Hut is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5