Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 20 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Restaurant
66% of 9 votes say it's Celiac friendly

622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940 Directions

(831) 655-4852
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    2 rating
    7 months ago

    We went to Hulas tonight for the first time. I had been wanting to go there for over a year as in the local Monterey newspaper it is ranked #1 for gluten free. We tried to go there before tonight but it was always too crowded to get in. They do have a gf menu that includes French fries and other fried gf food but when I asked the server if it is a dedicated fryer the server said no - “sometimes they fry other items in that fryer”. She basically said it wasn’t safe for people with allergies. So of course she recommended a salad side instead. As far as I am concerned this is dangerous for people with serious allergies and false advertising. Should be fine for the “I want to eat gf” crowd. It may be that the server was misinformed but I didn’t get that impression. Be careful. They do have a house made gf bun for burgers etc. kudos to them for that. I ordered it and it was very dense and heavy. Again the Monterey newspaper lists this as the number 1 gf eating destination so maybe I had a bad experience. But I don’t think so - if you are gf intolerant and celiac ask lots of questions.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    One of my local favorites! The food is always delicious, they have a gluten free menu, and it is a fun atmosphere with very friendly staff!

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Such amazing food! Grilled spicy edamame was a hit, as were the lightly curried chicken wings. Fish was very yummy too! Gluten free menu made things really easy. Service was excellent, friendly.

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    Not celiac
    3 rating
    2 years ago

    Gluten free menu but pretty limited once they tell you they no longer have the GF buns listed. Fish tacos were tasty as was the rib eye sandwich from regular menu. Service very good.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    High quality food with great service in a surfer / tiki bar setting. Special GF menu. Poke, shishito peppers, and wings are great. Fish tacos are solid too. If I lived in Monterey this would be my spot!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    2 years ago

    they have a gluten free menu. it says that fryers and cooking space may share space with gluten and to talk to your server for more information, so may not be very celiac friendly but for me it was sufficient. their food is really yummy.

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    3 years ago

    NO LONGER GLUTEN FREE!!! And they are rude about it!

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    3 rating
    3 years ago

    Have to be careful and ask a lot of questions. I had the fish tacos and they were tasty. As previously stated no designated fryer. I woke up feeling fine so had no cross contamination.

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    Not celiac
    3 rating
    4 years ago

    Gluten free buns would expand the GF choices.

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    4 rating
    4 years ago

    Not for someone very sensitive. The food was tasty, but no separate fryer. I got pulled pork with jerk sauce, rice, mango salsa. It was really good. Rainbow sorbet for dessert was tasty. Lots of rum drinks. I wasn't cross contaminated as I stayed away from the fried food.

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    Celiac
    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Have gluten free menu, but more for the by-choice gluten free people. They use the same fryers and prep spaces!! Cross contamination

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Lots of choices on the gluten free menu and the staff was so helpful and knowledgeable. I had delicious Cuban tacos and the tortillas were excellent. Would definitely go back!

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    3 rating
    4 years ago

    Service at Hula's has always been attentive and friendly, but in the past I was not that impressed with the food. I recently tried it again (Dec 2013) and found the menu quality much improved. There are not a lot of GF options, but what they have is tasty and well prepared. I had fish tacos which were surprisingly good.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    There's a gluten free menu. Good selection. I had gluten free fish tacos. They were stellar. I had plantains as an appetizer. This entire meal was delicious. I will be back

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    5 years ago

    Nice selection from gluten free menu but disclaimer at the bottom says those with sever allergies ask your server. Sever said should not get anything fried or grilled. So got habanero chicken tacos and she said that was good. It tasted good (spicy hot) beans were delicious. But... I had a stomach ache all night and the next day.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    5 years ago

    Fun place with a good atmosphere and drinks! Gluten free menu just comes with all the other menus when you're sat, so you don't have to ask for it. They also have a vegetarian menu and take part in Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, so you can feel pretty good about the fish options. The only thing I would say is that most of the gluten free options are just the normal menu items without whatever was gluten-y in it. So for example, a burger without a bun, as opposed to substituting a gluten free bun. It's not a big deal though, as they have lots of choices!

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    6 years ago

    We didn't even have to ask for the GF menu, as they brought it to the table with the regular menu. The selection was fantastic. I had to fish tacos and I devoured them. So good. A little on the pricer side for serving size, yet the serving was the right size, service was nice and food came out fast!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    6 years ago

    Gluten -free menu with many items to choose from. Frier isn't dedicated gluten-free, but still lots of good food to choose from.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Still eating my meal and am really happy with my experience so far. Came here with a huge group and the waitress was really accommodating and seemed very aware of what was and wasn't ok with celiac.

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    1 year ago

    221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    The gluten free options are abysmal

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    Celiac
    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Well, props to them for at least having a GF menu. However, it's really just regular menu items without the sauces. I did have the fish tacos, they were disgusting, the fish was obviously frozen cod pieces and so not worth the expense. I've been here a couple times, but this was the last, I won't be back.

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    4 years ago

    221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Decent food. They have a "gluten friendly " menu but after explaining that I was celiac she said they are familiar and would treat me right. I ordered the fish tacos due to her recommendation. Honestly. They were burnt and the slaw they had on them was horrendous. However, after consuming I feel ok... I'm assuming since after eating I was spinning a bit that cross contamination had accrued, But the service was great and they were able to make me a tequila sunrise to my ordering which was awesome. Prob won't go back. But since I rely on reviews. Figured id leave one.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Went here with a big group of family and was anxious as usual eating at a new place, but I was pleasantly surprised! The gluten free menu had a lot of options on it. I let the server know I had pretty severe intolerance and was worried about cross-contamination. He said his girlfriend has Celiac so he completely understood and said the sauteed shrimp tacos I ordered would be a great option; they use clean pans for everything and he guaranteed the meal would be safe for me to eat. He asked if I would prefer brown rice to white rice and I said brown was fine, but didn't realize all substitutions on the menu are an extra $1. Small price to pay for a great menu, great service, and great meal.

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Monday
4 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday
4 pm - 9:30 pm
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