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Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ

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810 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3313
+1 415-453-2003
11:00 - 21:00
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Novato, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

I'm reluctant to give this place a good review because there aren't a lot of seats and I don't want to stand in line like they do at Sol Food. I am in a rut and always get the Kalua Pork, but have tasted other things my family gets and everything is tasty.

Thank rhardman2016
San Diego, California
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301 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We found this place by accident next to a city parking lot. We enjoyed the BBQ chicken and coleslaw so much that we went back the next night. The portions are generous. They have a large variety of beverages, including beer. The staff is friendly and helpful. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the food and atmosphere. We would definitely go... More 

Thank SanDiegoBJ
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Best Hawaiian fare outside of the islands! The Spam musibi is the best. The Kaluia pork is excellent as are the Korean spareribs. And you can finish up with a shave ice.

Thank Michael W
San Francisco, California
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128 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

In a toss-up between which ethnic cuisine to go to -- this eatery situated on the same block as Sol Food has no waiting lines, is easy to get to and be done with. The food is Hawaiian as expected and the prices carry the Hawaiian tag. Perhaps, answers why the majority gravitate a little further to the Sol Food... More 

Thank 99MD2015
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Fast friendly service. Great atmosphere. I had the Hawaiian BBQ chicken on my first visit, coconut shrimp on the second trip. Sides were rice and macaroni. Outstanding! Flavor filled served hot and fresh. A real gem.

Thank fprandy
Richmond, Virginia
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

So much great barbecue for a great price! I got the Hawaiian bbq chicken and it was delicious and a very generous portion. I would definitely come often if I lived in the area!

2 Thank Allie T
San Anselmo, California
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

On very short notice I had to find some food for a group of 8 hard working guys in the late afternoon. Recalling that Mauna Loa was a short walk away, I called them and said, "Can you please make a take out order for 8 guys. Just make it the favorite dishes and I'm certain that will be fine."... More 

1 Thank Bruce415453
Concord, California
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278 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

When you just can't face another meal without kalua pig or musubi, the Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ may be the place to go. Their lunch specials are a very good deal. The dinner prices are reasonable enough, but there is sooo much food. I always end up taking a bunch home. I'm kind of stuck on a Kalua pig thing... More 

Thank N_skier
san francisco
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

The food is very tasty, unique, well prepared, and a real value. The dining room is friendly and informal, with an aloha vibe.

Thank dave_tr
San Rafael, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Lunch or dinner at Hawaiian barbecue is always good. The Kahului pork is great as is the teriyaki chicken or steak. Shaved is is a nice treat too.

Thank Gregory W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Fast food, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 810 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3313
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-453-2003

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