Good food. We deperately tried to make reservations 2 weeks prior on a saturday night 11/4/06 and were told no, but since it was going to be a large party they would make an exception we were givin the managers info and left messages to no response, finally after trying for over a week got the manager and were told NO! So we ended up showing up that saturday with a large and crashed the resturant we waited for about 1 hour for a large enough space to accomidate us, while we took over the bar and got trashed on good drinks. Unfortuantely we witnessed several other large parties get turned away, may they should make reservation for parties of 10 or more on the weekends? The food was good as usual and there was a variety for those that are not big on traditonal Hawaiian food.
better than most of the Hawaiian themed restaurants in the bay area. This place is pretty decent. They have live music during the weekend, the food is always decent and the drinks aren't bad. The people that work there are pretty cool for the most part. It's a place to just kick it before you go to the bars and clubs or if you just want to bring a friend and grub. They need a bigger TV though! I think I'm getting tunnel vision watching those small screens. STEP IT UP OWNER! PUT SOME MONEY INTO YOUR RESTAURANT! Thanks!
Good tropical drinks, OK food, odd ambience.
I have been to the Hukilau several times. The building is a run down victorian that kind of smells in places, seating is kind of haphazard. Kind of odd for a Hawaiian restaurant.
I am kind of an Aloha fan, so I would rate the drinks as pretty tasty for the genre. The food is ok, but not the best Hawaiian around. The staff is spotty, sometimes ignoring you, sometimes on the spot. The live music that play frequently is really nice and pretty authentic Hawaiian. You definitely get a feeling of the spirit of Aloha when the band plays!
Laidback Hawaiian scene offering home-style island eats and unique tiki drinks.. This colorful eatery offers those peculiar Hawaiian favorites like grilled Spam and Loco Moco that transplanted islanders crave, plus burgers, teriyaki and roast pork. The bartenders mix a selection of fruity island drinks, including the Wahine Banger (Malibu rum, Galliano and pineapple juice) and the Al-oha (raspberry, guava and Stoli). There's live music on Fridays and Saturdays, drawing from various island cultures. Weekend brunches entice families with kids.
Excellent Ambiance, below average food.. I went there on a nice sunny day, so I got to eat out at the patio. The atosphere was really relaxing, which I enjoyed a lot. Now about the food, I ordered a Moco Loco, which was 2 hambuger patties, over easy egg, and gravy on top of rice, with a side a macaroni salad. The hamburger patties were overcooked, which made it dry and chewy. The gravy was not that good either. We also paid $18 for an appetizer sampler which consisted of about 6 chicken wings, poki, and portuguese sausage. For $18, I dont think it was worth it. All in all, go there for the relaxing atmosphere and bar, but not for the food.
I thought they were cool. I read a review here at city search and decided to try hukilau out anyway. The review described the staff as surley and rude. I found the staff to be sweet, funny and almost overly nice but not fake. I had a great time. Don't expect to be seated immediately. There are only like 19 tables and when a live band is playing, we saw a good one, no one wants to leave. I will be going back with more friends next time. Bring your patience to hukilau, it's worth it. They don't take reservations on weekends.
never going back again. This place used to be fun (the food was always so-so). When it first opened I used to come here a lot. I went back recently and the place had definitely gone downhill. We stood at the bar on a not-crowded Saturday night while the bartender and bar back and wait staff ignored us for 10 minutes. Literally. They did not even acknowledge our presence as we tried to flag them down. I felt disgusted and embarassed that I had convinced my friends to go to this place. Now when I drive by I still feel pissed and I realize the aloha spirit is long gone from this place. If you read the other reviews on this place, one thing that they agree on is the poor service. Since Hukilau has been around for a couple years now they've gotten an attitude that is definitely not worth it. Ahahana!
not a good place. can't recommend hukilau because the overpriced food is not tasty. worse, the wait is long. it takes an hour to be seated and another 30 minutes for the food on week nights. i tried to go on one friday night but left after waiting 20 minutes.
Potential to be good. We've been to this place a few times. The first time it was good...all except the service. I agree the mac salad is good. Last week, we went for the last time. Two people at the table ordered short ribs. On both plates, only one rib was edible. The rest of the ribs were all fat. The fish was overcooked and everyone seems to agree on the service.....slow. We'll go to the Hawaiian drive-in or the place in the sunset next time we are craving Hawaiian. This is an overpriced plate lunch. Not worth it!
nice every once in a while. During the weekends it's packed. Having a band is a nice thing to have but it gets too loud at times since the place is so small. I think the atmosphere overshadows the food(which isn't all that great). The best thing about the place is that you can sit outside with screens blocking the traffic and heatlamps to keep you warm. The lamps and screens help cause the effect that you're no longer in the city.
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