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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 good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“poke bowl” (9 reviews)
“kalua pork” (8 reviews)
“mac salad” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian
$$ - $$$
120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
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1 - 10 of 92 reviews

Reviewed 2 February 2018

This is not serious dining; head to Gabriella Cafe cross the street for that. A business friend and I were in a hurry at lunch time, and we were in and out in about 15 minutes, and we ate better food than at any fast...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Came here based on reviews on here and yelp. I ordered korean short ribs and it came out cold with the plate hot, it was much more expensive given that the order size was pretty small. The thing was the staff was nice and they...More

Thank Diana T
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Da Braddah Timmy Poke bowl is my poke dream come true! Love the atmosphere, total Santa Cruz-Hawaii fusion.

Thank Karmen R
Reviewed 15 October 2017 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 23 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
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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
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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