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-11pm
Fri 11am-midnight
Sat 10:30am-midnight
Sun 10:30am-10pm
(602) 265-8454

Critiki ratings

Hula's Modern Tiki

7

Overall

by 39 people

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Decor 7
Drink Quality 7.6
Drink Selection 7
Food Quality 7.6
Food Selection 7.8
Mood 6.4
Music 5.6
Service 8.6
Tikiness 5.9
Tilt 7.1
Vibe 6.9

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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
8.4
and Santa Cruz
Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Room
Santa Cruz, CA
Bar & Restaurant
8.3
. 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.

How to find it

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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.

Parking

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

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arcadiandj
arcadiandj is a semi-regular at Hula's Modern Tiki.
December 10, 2016, 10:03 AM
I really enjoy both Hula's locations. The one is Scottsdale is beautiful and polished while the one next to central is more like a California surfer's bar. They have a totally legit tiki vibe with food and drinks to go with it. The reason for my low rating has to do with the quality of their drinks and music. Their drinks are fine and certainly tiki and they are not as bad as say Joe's Crab shack, but they are what I would call "gringoized." Meaning, they are meant for the masses and not true lovers of tiki drinks. E.g., I was talking to a bar tender about their rum collection and he didn't know what demerara rum is.
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.
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