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Pono Hawaiian Grill

120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
+1 831-426-7666
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“kalua pork” (8 reviews)
“poke bowl” (7 reviews)
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Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pub
££ - £££
120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3708
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1 - 10 of 86 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank charlotte a
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
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...More

Thank Natalie W
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...More

Thank CO-Heres_to_Life
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...More

Thank rpennington
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Restaurant Details

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