On Wednesday afternoon, we visited Hula Bay Restaurant in south Tampa for lunch. The Hawaiian, surfer-themed waterfront restaurant is a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing from Honolulu, Hawaii. Kahanamoku introduced surfing to the world and was a gold and silver medal winner at the Stockholm Olympics. The restaurant is reminiscent of the original Duke’s restaurant at the Outrigger Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.
This was the lunchtime crowd during our visit Wednesday afternoon. Many of the customers dine outdoors in the waterfront patio. There’s also an indoor dining room.
Most of the entrees, burgers and seafood sandwiches at Hula Bay are priced above $10, if you are on a budget. The “Surf and Turf” at $27. The Chicken Katsu is $15. The menu also has Duke’s Hawaii Fish Sandwich (market price). Hula’s Burgers include “The Hawaii Five-O” ($10.20) and “Wipe-Out” ($10.20)
Our lunch budget today was $10. Our server and the staff were helpful in suggesting what we could order for $10 or less. The service also was good at our table. Our bill for 1 sushi roll, a glass of water, sales tax and tip was $13.24.
For under $10, the staff recommended the Crunchy Grouper Nuggets ($9.70), The Twins ($8.20) in the appetizers section. Under salads, there are The Wedge ($8.50). The Chop ($9.70) and a Caesar Salad ($8.70).
Our server also suggested 2 orders of sushi to meet our $10 budget for lunch. Two pieces of fish over rice range from white tuna ($4) to eel ($7).
Hula Bay is located at 5210 W. Tyson Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611 near S. West Shore Boulevard in south Tampa. The restaurant is south of Gandy Boulevard. For more information, visit http://www.hulabayclub.com or call 813-837-4852.