72-100 Kaupulehu Drive
Looking for places to eat in Kona? Located on the beautiful Kōhala Coast at the Four Seasons Hualālai, ‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge in Kona is oceanside dining at its finest. Relax in the easy torch-lit tropical ambiance as the sun sets on the blue Pacific Ocean, the breeze rustling through the coconut palms and the gentle sound of the surf lapping the shore. Featuring Asian-Hawaiian fusion cuisine and fresh sushi, ‘ULU Ocean Grill is the epitome of Big Island fine dining. Named one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants as well as one of the 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America, this seaside gem is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. ‘ULU Ocean Grill also offers three private dining terraces that seat between 16 and 80 guests and an intimate beachside fire pit to relax by and enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.
‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge in Specialties
Unlike some places to eat in Kona, ‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge in Kona works in collaboration with over 160 local fishermen and farmers to bring you the freshest regional cuisine available. Their team of talented, creative chefs led by Chef de Cuisine Chad Yamamoto leaves no holds barred in flavor and presentation. Their extensive menu offers extraordinary culinary delights such as Grilled Sriracha Shrimp with watermelon, local herbs, and lemongrass dressing, Ginger Kampachi Sashimi, Keahole Lobster Tails, and Kona Abalone ‘XO’ Udon. If seafood isn’t for you, try their Black Pepper Prime NY Steak, Bazoi (lilikoi barbecued Big Island boar), or Grilled Berkshire Pork Duo. Vegetarians need not worry; there are numerous meat-free options available, such as WOW Farms Heirloom Tomato Salad, Roasted Kekela Beet Salad, and more. Prices at ‘ULU Ocean Grill are generally around $60; remember that enjoying some of the best fine dining in the U.S. is worth it.
How to Get There
From Kona, take Highway 19 (Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway) north for approximately thirteen miles to Kaupulehu Drive. You’ll know you’ve reached Kaupulehu Drive when you see a rock wall on your left with a sign that says “Hualālai.” Turn left and follow the road almost to the end where it will bend to the left. In the middle of the bend you’ll see a road going to the right; turn right and follow it to the parking lot. If the lot is full, go back out onto Kaupulehu Drive, turn right, and follow the road 200 feet to where it intersects with Kumukehu Street. At Kumukehu, turn right into the parking lot. Either way, walk towards the ocean through the lush grounds at the Four Seasons and you’ll find ‘ULU Ocean Grill next to the beach.
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