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Pono Hawaiian Grill

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Polynesian, Hawaiian, Bar, Pub
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120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
+1 831-426-7666
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had to help push up the ratings after my experience here!! I was looking for a healthier option for lunch at 3pm and came to this place after a few scrolls on local popular place. Loved the poke bowls and the laid back ambience (since it was holiday for me)

Thank ckoay
Napa, California
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143 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

..ate here about 3pm on a Thursday...a few peeps at the bar/Happy Hour & a couple tables full...hubby had loco coco & said it was good...I had teri chicken plate...delicious...comes with the mac salad & sticky rice. Island decor/feel...they said there's HI music on the wkends.

Thank charlotte a
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was my first time eating Hawaiian food and I loved it, it was super tasty, the vibe was chilled, people seemed cool and the service was good, I will definitely be going back.

Thank Greenbirds01
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I fell in love with this spot because I'm a big fan of Hawaii. The ambiance is so chill and has an island vibe to it. The food is delicious, I like how you can add kalua pork to your poke bowl. They have so many types of poke, we went with the combination one. On Mondays they have happy... More 

Thank Natalie W
Denver, Colorado
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124 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped into Pono to grab a bite and brew after hitting the surf. Definitely glad I did! Looking around at what others were eating, the food looked really fresh and well prepared. Lots of good fun Hawaiian choices on the menu for sure. A little something for all. I ordered the poke wrap and it tasted fresh and was yummy.... More 

Thank CO-Heres_to_Life
Nashville, Tennessee
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I was wavering on the rating & chose very good because of the overall experience. Went here for lunch on a Saturday with family including small children; we sat outside because the weather was optimal. The employees were friendly and the food was tasty although I was disappointed that the ginger chilli shoyu poke bowl wasn't spicy, it was still... More 

Thank rpennington
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

The staff has been friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is nice. The food is really really good! I was surprised that my kid has never been here until I suggested it last week! Now they know!

Thank wsmac
Santa Cruz
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I'm a creature of habit when it comes to Pono. I get the tomato and avocado ahi poke pretty much every time I come here. Oh, that and a side of fries! I love coming here for groups because you order and pay BEFORE you sit down. Which means that you are only paying for what you ordered and not... More 

Thank caligirlsc
San Jose, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We were craving Hawaiian food and found this gem on Yelp. Pros: live music (amateur), indoor seating, and outdoor seating (with Hawaiian feel/foliage). The fam ordered Kalbi ribs (good!) and I ordered kuhuku shrimp (kinda bland). Overall the service was friendly and ambiance great. It's about 6 minutes from the boardwalk if you have a car, and street parking was... More 

Thank whatthemel
Centralia, Washington
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Fresh Yummy AWESOME!!! staff is so nice and helpful. Don't just walk by it is so worth the stop. Cute sitting area in back. Great drinks.

Thank Topanga L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Polynesian, Hawaiian, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-426-7666

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?