Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room

Bar & Restaurant
622 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, California, United States
Ph: (831) 655-4852 - Website
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Tue-Sat 11:30am-close
Sun-Mon 4pm-close
Opened in 1998
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Surf N Shack, Capitola 25.0 mi
40.2 km
Element Home Furnishings, Santa Cruz 25.9 mi
41.7 km
Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room, Santa Cruz 25.7 mi
41.3 km
The Zen Trading Post, Santa Cruz 25.9 mi
41.7 km
Tiki King's Ukuleles of Felton, Felton 31.8 mi
51.2 km
Front entrance of Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room in Monterey
July 2006, photo by Kevin Ruppenthal
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Humuhumu’s description:
Hula's Island Grill in Monterey started off initially with more of a Hawaiiana/Surf feel, but has been deepening its tiki roots over the years, most notably with the addition of their Tiki Room. Carved masks and trim details by the artist Bosko are throughout the restaurant, and a very large Tiki Tony carving shares the space with much bamboo and Leeteg reproductions. The restaurant is enormously popular with locals, and has a very cozy, intimate feel. Traditional drinks include a proper Mai Tai, and Hula's has their own tiki mug (produced by nearby Munktiki) available for sale.

In 2006, a second location opened up the coast in Santa Cruz, and Hula's Modern Tiki opened in Phoenix in 2009.

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January 28, 2011, 9:13 AM
I stopped on my last California adventure up the coast I enjoyed my visit i ate before i went but what i saw coming out of the kitchen looked and smelled awesome. I ended up getting a lobster coconut egg roll with pineapple dipping sauce which made my eyes cross because of the burst of flavor just awesome. Had a scorpion bowl and a Dr. Funk the funk was more to the coconut style than citrus but still good I will return again when im in the area.
The tiki pinstriper has visited Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room.

November 4, 2011, 9:19 PM
Visited here when they first opened a few years back and was thrilled to see them doing so well when we made it back to Monterey this weekend. It was PACKED tonight! I had the ahi katsu tacos which were heaven on a plate and a nice maitai. Happy to see they have opened 2 more locations and I hope to check them out too. Might hit the Santa Cruz location tomorrow!
catmomma has visited Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room.

March 13, 2012, 10:15 PM
The food here is awesome. The ceviche is easily the best thing on the menu! You owe it to yourself to try it. I was disappointed with the Tiki drink menu and the knowledge of the bartender. When I asked her what was in one of the drinks she said "rum and different juices." Duh! That's not very helpful. Also the Dr. Funk was nothing like how I know the drink which was kind of lame. It is very much more Hawaiian themed than Tiki themed in it's decore and play rock and roll music which isn't very Tiki at all. But the food was so good, I'd certainly go back.
Zombie Mike has visited Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room.

March 17, 2012, 4:48 PM
Enjoyed visiting Hula's Monterey. Decor is great, but the modern music is a little odd. Definitely worth a stop for an tikiphile, though.
Tiki Finky has visited Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room.

September 22, 2012, 9:28 PM
Decor A+ Drinks A+ Food A+...Bartender F-, unfriendly, she belongs in a Hooters not here! no knowledge of Tiki, not friendly to tourist, only to her friends(free drinks) and just updated her Facebook status at work.
TikiKolin has visited Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room.

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