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Pono Hawaiian Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pub
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120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
+1 831-426-7666
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Montreal, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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. The place is well decorated which gives it a nice Hawaiian feel

Thank samir46
Gresham, Oregon
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 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 dancers from different halau's. The food is so good too. true to Hawaii. i feel... More 

Thank Alicia L
McLean, Virginia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 (since it was holiday for me)

Thank ckoay
Napa, California
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147 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

..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 13 helpful votes
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
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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129 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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
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 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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

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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
Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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?