Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room

Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
New Monterey, Monterey
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  • Andy B.
    "The luau pork plate is awesome."(3 Tips)
    Martha L.
    "... As well as the pink bikini martini, vodka infused with pineapple and..."(2 Tips)
    Philipp
    "The Blackened Ahi Steak Sandwich will change your life."(7 Tips)
    Brent C.
    "Fish tacos were good and hula pie dessert was awesome."(3 Tips)
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  • Thodoris R.
    Thodoris RadSeptember 6, 2016
    I found this place on 4sq as I was passing by Monterey on my way south. The food was amazing. Especially my gfs tuna salad was melting in the mouth. Staff is great, very friendly and very keen to help
  • Miris
    MirisJune 22, 2016
    Ribeye, Thai Chicken Bowl, Hula Burger. Mac Cheese & Cheese started the meal off well. Everyone most pleased - Nikki served us excellently. Too bad we don't live here or we'd be regulars.
  • Natalie N.
    Natalie NoblittJuly 4, 2014
    If you order the kid's mac & cheese, ask them to dump it out on a plate to cool. They serve it in a scalding hot crock it bakes in, which is barely safe for adults. We enjoyed a good meal, though.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LeAnneNovember 8, 2011
    try the calamari steak sandwich with sweet potato fries & their secret dipping sauce. it is immensely wonderful. if you don't want their fries, try the coleslaw. its surprisingly good, for coleslaw!
  • Astri K.
    Astri KDecember 19, 2014
    Ceviche and sweet potato fries were amazing. Mango chicken Caesar salad were yummy too. Large size, so order with care.
  • Luis David S.
    The jungle tofu was very good. Cubano Pork tacos were great as well, could do without the coleslaw. Big portions make for a happy tummy
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganFebruary 15, 2015
    Jalapeño bacon Mac n cheese is great of course but I really liked the coconut cake. Moist and with just enough sweetness
  • Jon C.
    Jon CollinsFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on a Tuesday when appetizers are $5 all night and try the spicy edamame and the wasabi mashed potatoes. Amazing!
  • Derek F.
    Derek FlanzraichSeptember 25, 2015
    So tiki-tastic. $6 apps & drinks for happy hour! Get the painkiller, though the zombie comes in a fun cup.
  • Martha L.
    Martha LopezMay 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The tofu tacos are absolutely delish!!! As well as the pink bikini martini, vodka infused with pineapple and watermelon, ohhhh heaven!!
  • Rodney
    RodneyFebruary 11, 2014
    Macadamia nut encrusted fish with mango, papaya salsa is simply the best!
  • Thodoris R.
    Thodoris RadSeptember 24, 2016
    fantastic food and great, friendly staff! skip the places at the pier and get to this place for your meal.
  • Maryellen
    MaryellenSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun atmosphere and delicious food. Appetizers and fruity cocktails, a great way to unwind after work!
  • Amélie B.
    Amélie BeerensDecember 16, 2014
    Delicious cocktail (tiki bar) and hawaii specialties! Hawaii atmosphere !
  • Hannes ☕.
    Hannes ☕April 27, 2016
    The jerk pork is good. The sauce isn't as hot as they say it is.
  • Mikahla V.
    Great service and delicious food. Saturday happy hour is from 2-6, so grab some tiki drinks for sure.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinDecember 27, 2014
    The food was very good and the staff was super friendly. Get the pot brownie for dessert!
  • Jill H.
    Jill HarrisonOctober 17, 2014
    Jerk sauce was spicy and amazing with super fresh fish! Delicious Hawaii 5-0 cocktail too.
  • Frank
    FrankMarch 3, 2013
    The owners of this place are awesome and the shrimp ceviche is the perfect mix of spicy and savory.
  • Sriram K.
    Sriram KrishnanMay 19, 2014
    The best edamames I have ever had. Vege meals were amazing too. Highly recommended!
  • Ian C.
    Ian CApril 27, 2014
    Poke was very good. Cubano pork and Luau pork were under seasoned. Don't be afraid of salt!
  • Nabeel H.
    Nabeel HyattAugust 19, 2012
    Walk a block from the bad food near the aquarium and eat here. Mac n Cheese is great. Drinks awesome.
  • Katie
    KatieMay 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously, the best service, best food- in Monterey. Hands down. EVERYTHING on the menu is THE BEST!!!!
  • lanamaniac
    lanamaniacMarch 17, 2013
    The Hawaii fish soup is tasty but is actually quite spicy so sensitive bellies beware! The plantains are yummy tho.
  • Philipp
    PhilippJune 11, 2013
    The Blackened Ahi Steak Sandwich will change your life.
  • SeeMonterey
    SeeMontereySeptember 15, 2011
    The fish sandwich and sweet potatoe fries are to die for! They also have a fantastic Happy Hour
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FungAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hawaiian ceviche, sweet potato fries, fried plantains, duke's luau pork...good eats. And a Zombie. Go happy hour!
  • SpyTeal21
    SpyTeal21August 22, 2015
    Dukes pork plate is awesome. Best sweet potato fries ever the secret sauce is amazing.
  • Brent C.
    Brent CihonskiAugust 30, 2014
    Solid food, solid service. Fish tacos were good and hula pie dessert was awesome.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsNovember 1, 2015
    Drinks are on the sweet side but come in such festive vessels! Try the dr. Funk
  • Talisha H.
    Talisha HillApril 1, 2014
    Seared Ahi Tuna wontons are great! The Mai Tai is good too.
  • AJ L.
    AJ LJanuary 6, 2016
    Happy Hour! Try the Banh Mi Bao Sliders or the Chicken Wings. :)
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AltmanApril 6, 2015
    Amazing fish dishes and appetizers. Happy Hour is 6$ apps and drinks.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CaputoAugust 3, 2015
    The ahi tuna steak sandwich was tasty and the sweet potato fries are worth trying.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O.August 13, 2013
    Get there before 6pm for a great happy hour drink and appetizer menu! All $5!
  • Johnny P.
    Johnny PomattoApril 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Hawaiian Fish Soup is outstanding. Plus, the waitresses are good to go.
  • Sandy E.
    Sandy EOctober 26, 2015
    Various fresh fish served how you like. Sat. night was busy crowded noisy. Not enough seating for group of 12; they ran out of small tables to make one long table; had to cram together. Food is decent
  • Alex
    AlexJuly 13, 2015
    Great tiki drinks and decent food!
  • Alan W.
    Alan WyseJanuary 23, 2015
    Everything we tried was delicious, have the edamame!!!
  • Marianna C.
    Marianna CarreraApril 26, 2014
    The dressing of the blackened ahi cesar salad is awsome
  • Neal U.
    Neal U.September 30, 2013
    Servers weren't the friendliest but the happy hour food & drink specials are amazing.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HavensJanuary 1, 2014
    The fish soup and crab curry are insanely delicious!
  • Jeni
    JeniMay 25, 2014
    Jalapeño Mac and cheese is Mac and cheese with just a little bit of kick.
  • Giuseppe M.
    Giuseppe MaricondaMay 30, 2015
    Food is really good and also the cocktails are terrific!
  • G G.
    G GAugust 16, 2015
    Ask for the Hula’s Mai Tai drinks it is awesome.
  • courtney j.
    courtney julepDecember 4, 2015
    Jungle bowl and Tiki drinks.... Cute back patio too. Love Hulas to pieces.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah Trott2 weeks ago
    The baja-style (fried) fish tacos here are pretty good
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserApril 11, 2014
    Check out the great vegetarian menu. Tofu many ways.
  • Mylifeontour
    MylifeontourJanuary 31, 2011
    MUST get the sweet potatoes fries with the "secret" dip sauce! drool-worthy!
  • Miris
    MirisJune 22, 2016
    Ribeye, Thai Chicken Bowl, Hula Burger and Mac and Cheese.
  • Sergey M.
    Sergey MkhitaryanFebruary 9, 2014
    Pot brownie is sooo great and large.
  • Al B.
    Al BNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Seared Ahi, Mac Salad and Rice!! Wash it down with a Double Zombie!
  • mike g.
    mike giovannelliFebruary 14, 2013
    A cant miss menu, I am hooked on the pork plates.
  • Petr P.
    Petr PinkasJanuary 2, 2013
    Just awesome veggie burger with great bun.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CrocianiFebruary 9, 2015
    Great tuna with wasabi sauce.
  • Krista P.
    Krista PaganoJuly 19, 2013
    Get the fish tacos and the scorpion bowl!
  • Egor A.
    Egor ANovember 9, 2013
    Great, so tasty. Amazong Hulas burger.
  • Kymm N.
    Kymm N.March 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check in on yelp wed half price bottle of wine.
  • Riccardo D.
    Riccardo DaidoneAugust 30, 2014
    Be careful: spicy could be very spicy!
  • Todd T.
    Todd TylerMarch 25, 2014
    Have to try the Zombie!!!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LeAnneNovember 8, 2011
    also try their coconut shrimp rolls! so, so good...
  • Justin .
    Justin 🍗August 30, 2013
    Not a trashy tiki bar. Ceviche and pork sandwich yummy.
  • TravisD
    TravisDSeptember 19, 2016
    Drinks are huge!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BourgeoisFebruary 12, 2011
    The luau pork plate is awesome. Finish it off with some Hula pie.
  • Cheryl B.
    Cheryl ButnerJuly 25, 2010
    the pink bikini martini is ridiculously delicious!!and the hula pie too.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AMay 10, 2015
    All happy hour drinks and Kingston Crab Curry.
  • Nic M.
    Nic MirandaFebruary 24, 2013
    Just get the fish tacos; don't even bother looking at the menu.
  • Stuart M.
    Stuart MurdochJuly 31, 2014
    Wine Wednesday means wine is 50% off
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GrantJuly 3, 2010
    Ahi Tuna Wonton Salad (when they have it) is AWESOME!
  • Corey W.
    Corey WelchSeptember 28, 2016
    Korean style ribs are fantastic!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MurphySeptember 20, 2013
    A Tiki room with service and quality food.
  • Monica T.
    Monica TakacsNovember 5, 2011
    The tofu entrees are really yummy.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HughesMay 17, 2016
    Delish! Can't wait to go back.
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaDecember 31, 2014
    Seriously so slow...mediocre food, sadly only came because all the good Monterey seafood was too busy
  • Yves V.
    Yves Van GoethemFebruary 21, 2013
    Great food, great drinks, great service!
  • Simon M.
    Simon MorrisFebruary 7, 2012
    The Johnny Cakes are awesome.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BartholomewJuly 17, 2016
    Amazing Mai Tai!
  • Lazy S.
    Lazy SmurfAugust 13, 2013
    Amazing vegan options
  • Dimitris S.
    Dimitris SarantopoulosFebruary 7, 2013
    Incredible "lilikoi Pie".... OMG!!!!!!
  • Mary L.
    Mary Lewis DickinsonJanuary 12, 2016
    The best fish ever !!
  • jarred w.
    jarred wheelerNovember 21, 2014
    Cajun burger is good
  • Corey W.
    Corey WelchOctober 3, 2016
    Rib are the bomb!
  • Jaden F.
    Jaden FelixNovember 27, 2013
    Tuesday is happy hour all day!
  • Greg L.
    Greg LeeOctober 7, 2011
    Calamari steak sandwich FTW!
  • Shauna W.
    Shauna WiseAugust 20, 2013
    Tropical Itch is my favorite!
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Seared Ahi wontons are simply yum!
  • Bruno G.
    Bruno GielJanuary 23, 2015
    Pinapple, cocconut and meat
  • Sandy E.
    Sandy EOctober 26, 2015
    Went with group of 12 - we had to cram together due to lack of tables & space. They would only write one big check for the table; we needed it split. Food was fairly good. Great kale & cashew salad.
  • Austin C.
    Austin CrossMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good vegetarian options
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GarciaNovember 20, 2009
    Try the scorpion bowl. Alcohol + fire is always good combo. . .
  • Claudia T.
    Claudia TibbsAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    So apparently @LoveHulas charges you a dollar extra for ordering a drink on the rocks! WTF?!?? So lame! Never again!
  • Daniela O.
    Daniela ObregónJuly 4, 2013
    I went to this place once, but we have found out that Military are not welcome. My tip: avoid this place. And she YELLED at a customer.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BalancioMay 18, 2015
    Happy hour specials
    Downvoted Apr 24
  • Daniel D.
    Wow! Ambiente - Service - Essen - Preise - einfach alles klasse!! Go In and have fun!!!
  • Gerson A.
    Gerson AnhaiaMarch 14, 2016
    Hambúrguer maravilhoso e não deixe de experimentar a limonada!!!!
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BorroSeptember 18, 2014
    ótimo atendimento, comida muito saborosa, limonada da casa é uma ótima opção de bebida
  • Carole F.
    Carole F.December 20, 2011
    Excellente ambiance surf/hawaii. Tester le mahi mahi (:
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoDecember 16, 2016
    Leí buenas recomendaciones pero no estuvo tan rico
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