Hula's Modern Tiki

Phoenix, AZ
Bar & Restaurant
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4700 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ
Opened in 2009
Mon 11am-10pm
Tue-Thu 11am-midnight
Fri 11am-2am
Sat 10:30am-2am
Sun 10:30am-10pm
(602) 265-8454

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Hula's Modern Tiki

7.2

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Decor 7.2
Drink Quality 7.6
Drink Selection 7.2
Food Quality 7.8
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 6.3
Music 5.7
Service 8.9
Tikiness 5.9
Tilt 7.3
Vibe 7.3

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Humuhumu’s description

Hula's Modern Tiki opened in Phoenix in late 2009, and comes from the same minds behind the hit Hula's restaurants in Monterey
Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room
Monterey, CA
Bar & Restaurant
8.3
and Santa Cruz
Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room
Santa Cruz, CA
Bar & Restaurant
8.4
. The concept here is a bit different—while the Monterey and Santa Cruz locations have more of a surf-meets-tiki feel, the aesthetic here is a mix of midcentury modern and tiki.
The dominant feature of the space is a massive, hexagonal window that looks straight out of a '70s sci-fi film set (the building actually dates to 1965). The interiors are all sleek, but executed with a variety of organic materials to bring a sort of barely-primitive feel. The indoor area features a large bar, and there is outdoor dining.
There is at least one large Tiki tOny tiki. Tiki mugs, especially from Munktiki, fill cases around the restaurant. Volcano bowl drinks are available, and drinks are served in glassware with the Hula's tiki logo. Like the other Hula's locations, it has won raves for its food.

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Hula's Modern Tiki is in a small strip mall on the east side of Central Blvd., a couple of blocks south of Camelback Road.

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There is parking available in the shopping center's lot.

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March 20, 2016, 11:53 AM
The place was crowded on a Saturday night but they got us seated quickly. We enjoyed the food and the service was good. The drinks were tasty but felt watered down. The Hawaii 5-0 that I had at the Santa Cruz Hula's a couple weeks earlier tasted much better. Mai Tai has juice, so, yeah.
JenTiki
JenTiki has visited Hula's Modern Tiki.
August 15, 2014, 12:00 PM
Definitely more Modern than Tiki. Even a large percentage of the tiki mugs displayed were the more modern sleek-lined Munktiki mugs, rather than classic/vintage mugs. On the plus side: the food was great and plentiful; the tv in the bar was showing a Frankie & Annette surf movie; service was quick and friendly. I was there on a Tuesday night and it was definitely not busy. There were a few tables of people in the dining room and the patio was about half full.

I do prefer my tiki bars to be darker and more cluttered, but I would certainly go back for good food a really good prices if I were in the neighborhood. Not sure it's worth the cab fare from downtown Phoenix though for a return trip. But definitely worth going at least once if you haven't been.
darcsylver
darcsylver has visited Hula's Modern Tiki.
March 12, 2013, 9:07 PM
I really like this place. I thought the drinks were great, though Happy Hour is busy and the bartenders take awhile to return. They offer a few collectibles... the Dr. Funk standard from China and the signature glasses in two colors. I got these and really like them in my collection! I'll be back!
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