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“Amazing restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hula's Island Grill

Hula's Island Grill
Ranked #4 of 297 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $21
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brooklyn, New York
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

One of the best meals. Instead of the regular local seafood restaurants that all had mediocre reviews, we thought this seemed interesting after viewing the menu. It has a great atmosphere, well decorated with the Hawaiian theme and amazing food. We had the best ceviche and calamari. Then shared a coconut seafood soup. Absolutely delicious. Great service. Yum!!!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Discovery Bay, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Horrible Service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

My family and I went to Hula's after reading the great reviews it got. We were very disappointed in the service and the expensive mixed drinks. We were seated alone in a room that looked like it was an afterthought and left there to study the menu. Our drink order was taken finally by a waiter who was mad from the start. The expensive drinks were disappointing and the food was OK. Our waiter was rude and distant the entire time we were there, We will not return to Hula's and not recommend it.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Fullerton, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“excellent tacos”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 reviews
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“Great food, better service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mississauga, Canada
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“$5 happy hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

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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