Hula Grill Waikiki

Hula Grill Waikiki – Where You Enjoy Beautiful Ocean Views and a Varied Menu
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Hula Grill serves diners tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch dishes in a friendly atmosphere. You cannot miss this highly popular spot for its upgraded versions of classic Hawaiian food or its unforgettable views of Waikiki Beach.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

If you crave flavorful food with relaxing views of the ocean and beach, make reservations for a meal at Hula Grill in Waikiki. This casual dining spot has a casual, family-friendly atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.

As one of the busiest spots around Waikiki thanks to its beach views, the restaurant often has a wait for tables. You can make reservations. However, the pre-booking fills up quickly, so call to reserve a table as soon as you know that you will be in the area. Otherwise, bring some patience to wait for a host to seat you if you don’t have reservations.

Once seated, you’ll have the chance to browse the menu. Food at Hula Grill Waikiki epitomizes the melting pot that is Hawaiian cuisine. You’ll enjoy tastes that bring together the flavors from foods around the Pacific rim and beyond. For instance, bao bun benedict with local eggs and Portuguese sausage is a flavor you’ll never find outside Hawaii’s unique food scene. If you want to try Hawaiian standards with slight upgrades to improve the classics, you must dine at Hula Grill.

Use the following recommended dishes as a starting point if you don’t know what to order from the Hula Grill Waikiki menu:

Mushroom Fries
In the pupus and raw bar sections of the lunch, bar, and dinner menus, you’ll find an unusual appetizer that packs a punch of umami flavor. Mushroom fries are buttermilk battered and fried slices of portobello mushrooms. These fries come with a tangy and spicy sriracha yuzu aioli. You won’t miss eating potato-based fries when you have these mushroom fries as an appetizer.

Kimo’s Original Hula Pie
Kimo’s Original Hula Pie is a staple at Hula Grill Waikiki. You should share this towering slice of ice cream pie with others at your table. But the pie tastes so good that you may not want to.

A chocolate cookie crust base holds piles of macadamia nut ice cream. Each slice comes topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, and chopped macadamia nuts. This pie is so highly rated that previous diners suggest leaving room for it or trying a bite even if you feel full.

Poke Tacos
While poke tacos appear as an appetizer, many diners make a meal of poke tacos with other appetizers. Crispy shells wrap around marinated raw ahi tuna, sweet Maui onions, avocado, and wasabi aioli. Everyone who has ordered this remarked on its tastiness. Well-marinated and high-quality tuna propel this appetizer to the top of diners’ favorite dishes from Hula Grill Waikiki.

Chef’s Burger and Fries
You may not think about ordering a burger and fries when the menu at Hula Grill Waikiki offers so many other unique dishes. However, don’t miss out on this filling lunch. First, the meat used is not like any you may have eaten before. Chefs blend Angus chuck meat and brisket to create the half-pound patties for each burger. The combination of meats ensures that you get a juicy, flavorful patty.

Aged white cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, and secret sauce complete the dish. Don’t hold the secret sauce. Those who have ordered the burger claim that it takes the flavor of this sandwich to another level.

Diners recommend adding bacon to the burger for an even more spectacular taste. If you don’t eat meat or need a gluten-free bun, the restaurant does offer the option to switch the beef for a vegetarian patty and the bun for a gluten-free one. The burger also comes with melt-in-your-mouth french fries that receive rave reviews as much as the burger at Hula Grill Waikiki does.

Inside the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, Hula Grill serves improved versions of classic Hawaiian dishes with beautiful views of Waikiki Beach. For a meal that comes with a memorable ocean view, you must visit Hula Grill.

Insider Tips:
-The menu includes gluten-friendly options. This means the kitchen serves you dishes that don’t contain gluten but were prepared in a kitchen that also makes gluten-containing dishes. Let the staff know if you have serious gluten allergies.  
-If you stay in the Outrigger Hotel, order room service from Hula Grill Waikiki.