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“The ultimate dining experience on the Island”

Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
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Ranked #2 of 288 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy
Description: ‘ULU Ocean Grill & Sushi Lounge is the breathtaking new oceanfront fish and seafood restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where Executive Chef James Babian’s acclaimed “R.S.A. - Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal” cuisine is served in Hawaii’s most beautiful setting - alongside the surf and under the stars. The restaurant showcases a stylish blend of Hawaiian architecture and modern flair - a lively, informal setting where guests are inspired, surprised and delighted by the Hawaii’s beauty and the flavors of the Pacific, through an innovative menu with playful tableside presentation. Cuisine is prepared oven roasted, flame grilled and wok fired, while an extensive wine list, with a special selection of boutique wines is presented via iPad. The modern sushi lounge and ocean view bar feature the Island's freshest sushi, as well as craft cocktails, sake and Japanese beers. Casual, friendly and knowledgeable servers guide guests through a social dining experience not to be forgotten.
West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The ultimate dining experience on the Island”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at most every high end restaurant on the Island and without question we would say Ulu is the best. We couldn't have been seated any closer to the ocean without being in it. The service was impeccable in every aspect. The drinks, appetizers, main entres and desert were all imaginitve and expertly prepared. Of course be prepared to spend a little more than the other high end places but when considering the whole fine dining experience you won't be disappointed.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“From the Morning to the Evening ~ this site is great!!!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We loved every meal that we had at the "Ulu" .... the food was perfection!!! It is the place to be in the morning with the breakfast buffet and the beautiful morning view.. The unique event on Saturday night "Farm to Table" is great! I HIGHLY recommend that seating if you are there during that time frame. This is the the premier spot for breakfast and evening fine dining!

Visited February 2013
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Breakfast Treat”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Whether ordering a la carte or getting the buffet, the view and the service made mornings a real treat.

Visited February 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 804 helpful votes
“Farm to Table on Saturday is a fun dinner party event”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

We went to the Saturday-night Farm to Table dinner and really enjoyed it. It is not really a substitute for the former Surf, Sand & Stars because a major component is interaction with other diners (SS&S gave you the option of privacy), but it is a fun dinner party event.

When we reserved a couple of months in advance, we were told food was served "family style" but that parties could have their own table. As it turned out, there were communal tables of about 8 people and the courses were served plated. Less romantic (no privacy) but overall quite enjoyable given we met interesting people to sit with during the pre-dinner cocktail reception.

The food was very good but not great--passed canapes and cocktails on the sand at 6 PM, followed by dinner consisting of 3 courses: appetizer salad, fish course (opah), meat course (filet), dessert (chocolate banana bread pudding). One quibble is that the fish and meat courses were very protein-centric, with large servings of fish and meat--given the "farm to table" theme I had expected proportionately more vegetables, not just veggies as garnish. We ordered champagne by the glass instead of the wine parings.

Verdict: We'd do it again next trip, for the interesting people and conversation and dinner-party ambiance. For a straight food/romance experience, we'll either eat at Beach Tree (which we also did this trip) or try Ulu's regular menu/experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“amazing breakfast”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

The best view while you dine in hawaii. Four seasons caliber of service through and through. The quality of food is top notch as well! Im not a big sushi eater but there sea food was delicious as well!

Visited January 2013
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