Hula Grill Waikiki (Dinner/Dessert, Waikiki)
Our one typically tourist fancy pants dinner was here on our first night in Oahu. The place was packed when we got there for our 6:45 reservation and service was a little sluggish, but sweet. It’s a little loud but if you are capable of tuning that out the setting is really beautiful. Tiki torches and the sound of the waves, with stars making their first appearance in the darkening sky. Relaxing live music was playing on the other end of the restaurant. They served a nice assortment of breads with an interesting oil and vinegar. We got a mushroom risotto which was so buttery and divine. I got a mac nut encrusted monk fish which was prepared nicely with green beans. Jeff got a special that he enjoyed. Both meals were tasty to be sure, but nothing that knocked our socks off especially for the price. What really took the prize here was the hula pie. It is just absurd. A huge slab of pie piled mountain high with ice cream, hot fudge, mac nuts, and whipped cream. You really need more than two people to eat this…we almost finished it. I would definitely recommend coming for that, and the great atmosphere! I can’t imagine trying to find parking around here; we were lucky to be within walking distance from our hotel.