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Pono Hawaiian Grill

€€ - €€€, , Hawaiian
120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
+1 831-426-7666
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“kalua pork” (6 reviews)
“loco moco” (5 reviews)
Closes in 13 min
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian
€€ - €€€
120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
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1 - 10 of 89 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here based upon the reviews from another app. I don't know what people were talking about. I chose the vegetarian Poke salad. Like meh. It was the most ordinary salad ever. I could have chosen this from the double arches. Believe the negative...More

Thank SarasotaBill
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Was at Pono with some friends and ordered a Poke Bowl with Tuna. It is seriously the worst meal I have ever had in my life. The fish was disgusting and the rice was extremely overcooked. The majority of my friends enjoyed their meal (they...More

1  Thank Nomnomnomnomm
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

This is a great chill spot to grab a bit to eat or a couple of drinks. Happy hour 3-6, live acoustic music and killer outdoor patio brings a wonderful vibe to the place.

1  Thank Ryan L
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

For a $10 salad I was not impressed. There wasn't much flavor, nor lettuce. The food was OK but nothing I would ever eat again. The back patio is open to dogs so that was a plus, but it was very run down and not...More

Thank Mallory J
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Very casual eatery - but delicious! We went for lunch. You line up to order your food, which is delivered at your table. They have quite a large indoor eating space, and a delightful patio, where we sat in the shade and enjoyed our meal....More

Thank travelhoundOttawa
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

People questions here, I get it it's cheap. But the dubious quality of ingredients makes me question the popularity, of course it's incredibly cheap. Skip and head to Betty noodle... cheap but authentic

Thank ChristineC813
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Great selection of fresh poke. Not really a restaurant where you sit and get served you have to order your food and bring it to your table yourself but we prefer it this way anyway. We were there for happy hour and enjoyed the drinks....More

Thank samir46
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I go to Santa Cruz at least once a year and i plan a trip to Pono at least once if not more. I love to go on Friday nights. They have a live band playing and it is so great to watch the hula...More

Thank Alicia L
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We ordered teriyaki chicken bowls, teriyaki kalua pork bowl, fried mahi plate lunch, kalua pork plate lunch, fried coconut prawns plate lunch. Service was friendly & food arrived hot & fresh. Seating was limited but live music was awesome!

1  Thank delacrue96
Reviewed 1 December 2016 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...More

Thank ckoay
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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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