ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is nestled amid the beautiful grounds of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel on Hawaii Island. Offering exceptional regional cuisine just steps from the warm Pacific Ocean, this stylish restaurant has become a destination in its own right.

In Hawaiian, ulu means “breadfruit,” a vitally important food staple to Hawaiians and their Polynesian ancestors. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the region’s history, when the land was first planted with the green treats.

Designed to be fun not formal, ʻUlu puts more than half of its 200 seats outside on the beach terrace. The Kailua-Kona restaurant elegantly blends Hawaiian indoor/outdoor architecture with a modern flair, and ocean views are available from nearly every seat in the house, including the Sushi Lounge. Sunsets are legendary along Hawaii’s Kohala Coast and ʻUlu provides you with a front-row seat in a luxurious setting. The warmth of the sun’s rays is drawn indoors by the use of sand-colored tile and glass bubble partitions. After the sun sets, you can relax around the beach terrace fire pits while sipping an Asian Pear Saketini, Kona Lime or any of the other signature libations. 

Partnering with more than 160 island farmers and fishermen, executive chef Massimo Falsini creates mouth-watering entrées showcasing the best of Hawaii Island’s seafood and local livestock. Using what’s referred to as a “regional, seasonal, artisanal” approach to fine dining, at least 75 percent of ’Ulu’s cuisine is grown on island, so expect to find innovative entrées from the mountains (mauka), like Big Island wild boar with poha berry chutney, and ocean (makai) dishes, such as the ʻUlu Sushi Lounge’s signature ahi sashimi served on a block of pink hued salt to bring out the flavor of the fish.

Reservations are strongly recommended for this modern and lively restaurant. The combination of natural beauty and inventive cuisine make ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge a sought-after choice for discerning diners on the Big Island.

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