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Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4419
+1 831-426-4852
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon 16:30 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good food (especially fish) and attentive service. This place also gets high marks for ambiance, which creates an enjoyable dining experience but can't be created at will by the owners. The atmosphere is friendly and congenial, with the diners contributing readily. The positive air about the place clearly encourage the diners to add their own good will. It can... More 

Thank TK_SantaCruz
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this place so much, its really chill with the best drinks (very strong!) really great ceviche, and other seafood dishes. I went here two nights in a row while i was in town.

Thank travelchica782017
Santa Clarita, California, United States
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212 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While no reservations unless you have a party of 6 or more we arrived at 630 and were seated in 30. They will take your name a cell phone so you enjoy you're time walking along Pacific Blvd while you wait. Parking is on street or in metered lots Fifty cents per hour 8am to 8 pm. Fairly priced drinks... More 

Thank Steven A
Leesburg, Virginia
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116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Happy Hour is a good time to frequent Hula's Island Grill - the HH menu offers some great choices at reasonable prices and good portion sizes. There is ample seating for parties of any size though the bar is nice and lively with entertaining bartenders who know all the locals and talk surfing and snowboarding. You won't regret going!

Thank Mohamed E
Santa Cruz, California
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Hula's is a pacific tiki themed restaurant and bar in downtown Santa Cruz.Surf videos play all day in the bar and front room and the themed room in the back is a 60s throwback with grass mat walls etc. My kids love it. The food is average. I usually have one of the rice bowls. Some are spicy some not.... More 

Thank Sara R
Rio del Mar, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Interesting menu, open later than most restaurants in SC, and a fun decor. Try the pork buns or Hawaiian dishes

Thank warbler44
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I enjoy coming to this place for happy hour at the bar. 6 dollar Mai Tais , Hurricanes etc.The drinks pack a punch even when they don't have punch in them.6 dollar bar bites..I like the shrimp cocunut rolls, chicken wings, ceviche and pulled pork sliders. The bartenders are always busy and friendly. Sitting at the bar is friendly on... More 

Thank beggarsbanquet
Vancouver, Canada
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Tuesday happy hour is all day. Half price drinks and appys. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The place was packed from 5 pm on. They will take reservations. The food was excellent. The rib eye steak dinner was superb, very tender and tasty. The calamari is wonderful, it almost tastes like abalone. I think we had every apply... More 

Thank TurkeyVisit
Victoria, BC
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Our appetizers were amazing. We had the ceviche and seaweed salad. Both tasted very fresh. Our mains were just ok, nothing to say that was terribly bad, but generally disappointing compared to the appie experience.

Thank Lisa-in-Victoria
Vallentuna, Sweden
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This Hawaiian restaurant offers a good selection of offers for grownups and kids. All very fresh. And sizes of portions are slightly smaller than normal and hence easier to finish. The interior is inspired by Hawaii and surf culture.

Thank Stefan T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4419
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-4852

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?