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“Good but not Four Seasons standards.”

Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
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Ranked #2 of 288 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good but not Four Seasons standards.”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Our waiter didn't know our name or just didn't use it. Not typical of our experience at a Four Seasons restaurant. The fish entrees we had were fresh and very high quality, but somewhat lacking in flavor. Our entree arrived after our appetizer and before salad. Our waiter accepted responsibility for the mistake, and the restaurant tried to compensate by comping our cocktails and dessert. Admirable as this gesture was, we were still disappointed as we really wanted those fresh island tomatoes (but not after our entrees). In this instance the Four Seasons did not exceed my expectations (which was its motto for many years). While the atmosphere is great, you can get a better overall experience at Brown's at the Fairmont Orchid or the Canoe House at the Mauna Lani.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Overpriced hotel food at best”
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

The evening started out great with expertly crafted cocktails and friendly bar service. We were seated well before our reservation and with ample time to enjoy the sunset. Our waiter was friendly and appeared to be on top of our service by initially anticipating our needs. However, once our food arrived we never saw him again. The appetizers were average although the poke was personally crafted at our table which was a nice touch. The ribeye flavorless and the lobster dry and over cooked. For a high end restaurant boasting a locally sourced menu it was very limited and bland. This is overpriced hotel food at best. The house music was too loud and if you are expecting any sort of Hawaiian experience this place is not for you. Take away the sunset and palm trees and you may as well be in any three star convention hotel restaurant on the mainland.

  • Visited July 2014
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Northbrook, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Wonderful breakfast choice”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We have breakfast every day at Ulu. Wonderful views of the ocean. The buffet was great. Very relaxing way to wake up to start the day.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Lew H
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Anchorage, Alaska
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent in Every way”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Great romantic beach front restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort. Great and friendly service. Wonderful food. Excellent wine list by the bottle or the glass. From where I sat, every table looked like it had a good view of the ocean and sunset. Indoor and outdoor seating. Although spendy, no more than any of the upscale restaurants on the Big Island and less than some. Don't miss this place if you are looking for the near perfect restaurant!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank raybro25
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Sammamish, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Party of 14 to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary was marvelous”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Great service from Carola and excellent food highlighted our event. Table was placed very close to beach, service was very attentive, all thought their meals was excellent, wine selection was very reasonable and enhanced our meals. Highly recomend this location for that special event.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Charles K
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