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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu has three restaurants on its sprawling beachfront property, each with unique offerings. All three take advantage of the fresh ingredients available on the island. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort works with more than 160 local farms, with least a three-fourths of the dishes made from ingredients cultivated on the Big Island.
Known for its “barefoot elegance,” Beach Tree looks a lot like a Hawaiian-style beach house, with 16-foot ceilings and unrivaled ocean views. The California cuisine here has strong Italian influences, with menu items like ahi carpaccio with citrus and avocado, a gorgonzola pizza topped with macadamia nuts and figs, gnocchi with an oxtail ragout and risotto with Hamakua mushrooms.
'ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge boasts a menu that features an impressive 75 percent of ingredients locally sourced. The ocean-to-table menu features items such as lobster wonton soup, Hawaiian ahi poke and oven-roasted Big Island wild boar. The restaurant is one of the most romantic places to dine in Hawaii. Close your eyes and imagine a restaurant in Hawaii, and it probably looks like 'ULU, with its outdoor dining area with comfortable wood tables that practically sit on the sand. The setting was made for honeymooners and elegant dinners at sunset, and the impeccable hospitality makes it even lovelier (the staff happily snaps photos in between serving courses). It also serves a great breakfast.
Hualalai Grille, located above the Club Shop, is the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort’s casual dining restaurant, with an island-style gastro pub menu featuring a nice array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and signature burgers — all using fresh, local ingredients.
Unlike a lot of luxury resorts, Four Seasons Hualalai also offers a couple of places to simply grab a coffee or a sandwich if you want to eat on the go or on your private lanai. The coffee bar offers delicious Kona coffee, pastries and fresh fruit smoothies, while the general store is a charming throwback offering fresh salads, wonderful fresh baked bread, sandwiches and other items, as well as some excellent bottles of wine and cold local beers.