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Hula's Island Grill

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622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1008
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Berkeley, California
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105 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came for lunch and ordered the recommended shrimp tacos - $15 for 4 (I was told). I got 2 generous tacos in 4 tortillas. Service was quick and food tasted like parts of it were prepared in advance. Rice was watery and overcooked, beans lacked flavor as did the habanero salsa. I was lacking the freshness of ingredients and... More 

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South Jamesport, New York
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A small gem of a place to relax after walking around Monterey. There is a sitting area in the back where we relaxed and took in the wonderful music. Food excellent, waitress excellent..drinks delicious

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Kincardine, Ontario
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85 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Hula's Island Grill Oct 20 2016 for supper. We sat out in the back patio area which was heated. I had the spicy thai chicken bowl and my wife had the shrimp tacos. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals which were unlike anything we had seen before. The staff was wonderful but the music was a bit loud for... More 

Thank heritagehei
nassau county,ny
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting Monteray was great and knowing there was a gluten free menu made our day! The menu had a lot to choose from and our waiter from Massachusetts was very endearing!! Great fresh food!

Thank dustqueen
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very clear why this is a top place on TripAdvisor. Excellent food, warm friendly service and very reasonably priced. We always enjoy going to local places while on vacations and Hula's didn't disappoint. I had the bento box (a lunch special that day) with ceviche, macaroni salad and bbq ribs. The ribs were wonderful; a great sweet and spicy crust... More 

Thank Michael B
Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy, eclectic menu, very friendly staff Lots of Hawaiian food on menu. Very reasonable, especially happy hour!

Thank 154943Maggie
Honolulu, Hawaii
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had eaten here before and it is worth coming back 5000 miles to do it again. If your in Monterey you must give it a try, excellent and unique food topped off with a cocktail

Thank RevRoss
Santa Clara, California
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I ate here on our first night in Monterey. It was a Thursday and there was a wait when we arrived at 7:45pm. There are three sections: the Tiki Lounge, the Bar, and the Patio. The young woman hostess offered to have us wait in the patio at a couch that had just been vacated. The area... More 

Thank Gerry L
Visalia, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of our favorite go-to places in Monterey! Food is great, friendly staff and reasonably priced. We love the macadamia-nut crusted mahi mahi, thai chicken bowl and sweet potato fries!!

Thank Genny H
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place doesn't look too attractive from the outside and the inside is dated, but don't let that influence your dining experience. The staff are very friendly and accommodating! Had the shrimp roll appy, it was great. My wife had the macadamia nut encrusted salmon and I had the lemongrass encrusted ono. Both were very delicious. The slaw is also... More 

Thank Mike H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $21
American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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
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

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