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“Good Food, Good Music, Good Vibes”

Pono Hawaiian Grill
Ranked #81 of 379 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: After-hours
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Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We have been to Pono's/The Reef Bar the last two Friday nights. We love the beautiful Hawaiian music and sometimes hula dancers on Friday nights. It does make me miss Hawaii though. We have always enjoyed our meals, very tastey.

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Thank seashoregal05
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Over the years I've eaten saimin (Hawaiian noodle soup) many times on every Hawaiian island, but the chicken saimin at Pono Hawaiian Grill is my hands-down favorite. First of all it's HUGE, easily enough for two people. It's loaded with delicious chunks of barbecued chicken, noodles and veggies, and topped with a boiled egg and fish cake. The broth is sooooo rich and flavorful. AND, it's very reasonably priced - best bang for your buck in downtown Santa Cruz. Their teriyaki rice bowls are also good. The vibe is hang-loose Hawaii, a great spot for lunch or dinner.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Cool local Hawaiian feel. Not fancy, but friendly staff. Only tried the spam musubi, which was killer. Nice thick slabs of spam, served to order. Will definitely come back to try some of their other dishes !! Stop on by and give em a try!

Thank docheffe
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Pono offers a great, authentic Hawaiian meal and as a bonus, Hawaiian music too. The Ahi Poke is delicious. We happened to be there on a Friday night and were treated to ukelele and a small ensemble. It was very enjoyable. The only down side is that you have to go to the bar for drinks and can not order those with the food order. It gets busy and has limited seating but it is worth a wait for sure.

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Thank JeriLG
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

This has been one of the best dinner we had in Santa Cruz. Really nice place, amazing food (expecially the HAWAIIAN KALUA PORK), live music and often you can see someone who is dancing. Can't pay by card

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