Aloha! From quick grab-n-go restaurants to fine dining with a casual feel, there is a dining option to fit every family’s style and budget at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa. We tried most of the restaurants and here is a review of what we thought about each restaurant we visited.
‘Ama ‘Ama is their fine dining location but it has a casual feel. This restaurant offers good food, excellent service, a great atmosphere and an amazing view. We ate here for both lunch and dinner. The lunch menu is not as ‘fancy’ but it still offers the excellent service and phenomenal view. We had the fish tacos and they were delicious! Our lunch total, which included 2 alcoholic beverages, was $80 with tip. For dinner, I had the Orecchiette alla Checca with shrimp and it was tasty. My hubby had the Oven Roasted Half-Chicken which he thought was just ‘ok.’ We split the Macaron Au Gratin appetizer and both really enjoyed it. Our dinner total, which included 2 alcoholic beverages, was $143 with tip. If you decide to dine here, be sure you request a water view. The scenery is beautiful during the day and if you time it just right, you might get to see the evening sunset.
Makahiki is the buffet restaurant that offers a character breakfast. We ate here for dinner one night and while the service and atmosphere were both excellent, we were both a little disappointed in the food, especially for the price we paid. In our opinion, there was not enough variety and the food was just ok. I felt like the best part of the selections here were the salad offerings and the desserts. For two adult buffets our total was $112 including tip. I have heard the character breakfast reviews are a little better but that could be more because of the character interactions rather than the food.
Ulu Café, the quick service restaurant, was our go-to place for most of our meals. It was quick, good food with great prices. They offer hot food, grab-n-go meals, bakery items and other snacks. For breakfast, we would typically split a breakfast platter, wrap or pizza and a bakery item. For lunch or dinner, we tried the salads, pizza and hot plates. Our meal total for both of us ranged between $20 and $40. By the way, this is also where you buy and refill your Disney mugs.
Off The Hook
Off The Hook is the poolside dining area and lounge. Here you will find a limited but tasty menu. We tried several of their menu options including the cheeseburger, veggie burger, kalua pork pizza and the kalua pork salad wraps. Our meals, which included alcoholic beverages, ranged between $60 and $70 including tip. In addition to delicious food, Off The Hook also offers fantastic poolside service. There are servers everywhere around the pool lounging orders ready to take your orders. Talk about being spoiled! LOL!
The Olelo Room is an open-air lounge that serves a variety of appetizers. We were pleasantly surprised with this little lounge. Here, you’ll find a super atmosphere with live musicians playing Hawaiian music, good service and tasty food. We chose to eat here for dinner one night. We ordered 3 appetizers and couldn’t finish it all. Our meal of appetizers, including alcoholic beverages, totaled $67 including the tip.
This post includes our thoughts and experiences based on our dining style preferences and budget. You may have a completely different experience based on your own preferences. In the end, I can confidently share that Disney’s Aulani Spa and Resort offers a wide variety of great dining choices that can please just about everyone.
Thanks for stopping by and have a Magical day!!
Melissa Dearman is one of our travel specialists for all Disney destinations. Contact her for your next adventure by land or by sea.