Turtle Bay is that little Oasis on the North Shore that tourists and locals alike go to get away from the city life of Honolulu. Within this oasis is several restaurants, one of which, Ola, sits right on Bay View Beach and serves lunch and dinner, and a great atmosphere.
We decided to head over to Ola for dinner one night recently while we were spending a little staycation at Turtle Bay Resort. Ola is an open air restaurant that promotes healthy eating choices and local produce. Their menu even states whats local or not and with all the farming in Kahuku, there’s plenty that is.
We arrived a little later in the evening, around 9 PM on a Saturday, and got right in. There are plenty of tables but if you’re coming before 9, I would recommend a reservation (see details below). We were seated near the bar/servers station at a high-top table looking directly out at the moonlit bay. Great stuff!
We ordered a bottle of wine after the server ran through some of the house specials, which included all those locally caught fish and locally grown produce. The prices are what you’d expect at a resort. $25 – $35 entrees, $12 pupu’s, with a bottle of wine actually being comparable to a chain restaurant like California Pizza Kitchen, not bad (depending on what you get of course).
We decided to skip the pupu, and get a salad with our meals which were the Five-Spiced Braised Beef Short Ribs and the Seared Ahi. Both arrived quickly and were delicious. They came with veggies that were great, tasted fresh and seasoned well. Sometimes a late night dinner can greet you with a cook that is ready for a nap, or a drink, and the food may be so so, but this was top notch.
With a bottle of wine down, a salad, and a filling entree, we decided to pass on dessert. But that doesn’t mean you should, we hear they have some great ways to cap off your meal with Kona Coffee infused in some their desserts.
All in all the service was very good. We weren’t there when it was too busy, so we can’t say what the dinner rush service is like, but it looked like they had more than enough servers. The food, service and price make this 5 stars in our book, but add the atmosphere of being on the beach in Turtle Bay and you can’t beat it.