Big Kahuna

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Big Kahuna combines the the surf and south by offering a creative menu featuring fresh ingredients and eclectic flavors. This California Mexican restaurant in Atlanta overlooks the downtown skyline with amazing crafted tacos, juicy burgers, tasty burritos and refreshing cocktails like margaritas, moscow mules, numerous draft beers and an 80 inch to watch all your favorite games.

Our coastal setting allows the customer to be comfortable in Atlanta while envisioning the crashing waves of the Pacific Coast. Big Kahuna brings Southern California surf inspired Baja-mex and classic American food prepared with a coastal flair.

Big Kahuna is the perfect location for business luncheons and dinners, convention events, students and large parties. Contact us to set up a great meeting or event for your group.
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. Staff was willing to work with the party and offered excellent service. The food was amazing and offered many different options for the various eating orientations present. Will definitely dine again!

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Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opened at noon and we were the only couple there. The service was immediate as well as the food. The lightly battered fried oysters were fresh and hot. The drinks were great. Overall the menu covered the spectrum of food but we settled for the steak,shrimp and chicken fajita. Wonderful. One note: If it gets crowded it will be because there are too many tables in a small space.

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KN
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a large party, the space was kind of tight. But the staff is very friendly and welcoming. A lot of menu options. Food was nice and hot when it arrived only downfall none of the food came out at the same time.

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SH
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The young lady who served our table was less than friendly and left the impression we were an in convenience to her. The food was overpriced for the quality and portions.

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JM
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Wasn't many people on the place on a Tuesday but food and beverages were fine. Nothing to rush back to.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not disappointed our large party! Was able to do separate checks and all! Good food, drinks, service and ambiance - Thank you!!

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Big Kahuna. It's a great stop in after work place for a quick bite and beverages.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We dined with a large party (~25) and the staff stayed open late for us to enjoy our meals. The staff were pleasant, responsive, and friendly. Stockton (behind the bar) makes exceptional, made-to-order drinks! The food was delicious, the location was easy, and the vibe was great. Will return again.

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MD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Thank you for accommodating our group! We had such a good time. Thanks for great food and service

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KT
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Had a large party (18 people). The restaurant was empty, except for us, and we were all cramped together. The food was so so - basic bar food. Everything is fried. My clothes smelled like a deep fryer for hours after. I would not go back.

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TE
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was awful. We only had the opportunity to order drinks, but left before we received them. We were only the second group of people in the place. Won’t be going back.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Big Kahuna's so much we went there three times, in the week we were there for work. Casual and fun environment. However, it was deliciousness of the food that really brought us back. Queso was almost drank from the bowl. The grilled chicken for the Cali Mex sandwich was cooked to perfection. Tacos were superb. They were super busy the Wednesday night we were there, and we could tell the staff was a little stressed, but we still felt they did a great job and the best they could. Will visit again in ever back in Atlanta. I never write reviews but had to, since I'm already missing the place.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th bday for my wife.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 12:15. Upon arriving at the restaurant around 12:10, I gave the host my name and reservation time. We were told there were no tables and that we could sit at the bar. As this was a formal lunch with a job candidate, sitting at the bar would have been inappropriate and not practical. As a result, we left and went to another restaurant. What’s the purpose of having reservations if you’re not going to honor them?

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Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter (Troy?) was not only waiting on us, he was the host and the bartender. We had a group of 13 and he was able to keep up with all of our requests - outstanding job on his part.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Good food but super slow considering we were the only guests.

Service was terrible and dishes were somewhat dirty.

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WS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a group of 22 and they were very accommodating. Entire group was very pleased with their food!

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RY
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good selection of menu items and drinks. I have one criticism: my wife ordered a Pacifico beer (a listed menu item), and the server replied, "We don't have any." This was less than friendly response.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation and when we got there (after walking several blocks), the restaurant was dark and the doors were locked. The restaurant was closed!

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SS
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish tacos are the best! Excellent food and service. Always a favorite when I am in Atlanta.

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Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We stumbled on this place a couple of years ago. The food has always been good, but the service was poor. And honestly, it wasn’t because of bad servers, it just appeared they were understaffed. It took maybe 15 minutes to get a frozen drink from the bar (you just had to pull a lever)....but honestly we watched our server, and he didn’t stop once. I felt sorry for them.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Hello. We met a friend for lunch and then menu looked awesome. The place was really full and there weren’t enough servers for the restaurant crowd so service could definitely have been better and was slow. We were one of the first people there for lunch and our food for three guests didn’t come out at the same time. Also it was really loud and the food was fair. A little disappointed, because everything looks so good on the menu.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Big group, terrible service. Had a 7pm reservation, couldn’t get seated till 7:45. 8:30 still no food or water. Couldn’t handle a big group.

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DM
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good Cali-Mex food. I had trio fajitas - chicken, beef and shrimp. Spicy, but good spicy. Compares favorably to fajitas I've had at much more expensive restaurants. My wife had the bbq chicken quesadillas. She enjoyed them thoroughly. The guacamole was good, even if I had to pay $1 for a very small cup's worth. Chips and salsa cost a nominal charge, whereas at many Mex, Cali-Mex or Tex-Mex restaurants they are complimentary. The tortilla chips were okay. The salsa was very good. We would eat at Big Kahuna again if in the area.

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H
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was just fine. That's about all I can really rate it. The place was a very casual, hard top table atmosphere. I thought it was a little overprice for the quality. Not bad, but certainly not what I'd consider a good dinner spot on a date night. The Pacific Bar ambiance they advertise is pretty lacking, and the place feels more like a fast casual spot, but with higher prices.
For example, I got a steak burrito which came wrapped in aluminum foils (like a Chipotle or Moe's), but it was priced quite a bit higher than those places. I did enjoy having Longboard Beer on draft. Overall, it was just fine. Not good, not bad, just okay.

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OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, BIG portions....will definitely come here again.

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CL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok, but not great. Short handed on help for the group meant service was compromised. I like the menu and its variety. The draft selection was limited, but decent pics on it.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Although we had a confirmed reservation, Big Kahuna refused to seat us because they said they don’t accept Open Table reservations made on the same day. They did not apologize, and objected when we stood in the entry trying to figure out where we should go. Don’t go there, or at least don’t count on a confirmed reservation there.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great, easy to get a table. The music was just a bit loud and kind of inappropriate for a restaurant (a lot of hip hop). Overall, I would still go back!! 👍🏼

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great variety of food and reasonably priced. Service was awesome.

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LN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Convenient to hotel. Good variety of food. The food we purchased was very good with very generous portions.

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Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were in town for a busy market when we know that most restaurants downtown require a reservation. We had an 8:45 reservation and got there about 10 minutes late due to poor directions. When we arrived, the place was empty and we were told that the kitchen was closed! It was a Friday!!!
The only good news is that the manager referred us to Gibneys in the neighborhood where we had amazing burgers and wonderful service!

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Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked Big Kahuna for dinner before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. We had a group of 10 that included kids 9-14 years of age. Even though there was no kids menu, the selection of tacos, burgers and appetizers gave the kids plenty to choose from (and they even accommodated a picky eater by making a cheese quesadilla!) . The tacos blended traditional taco fillings with unexpected creating a refreshing taste. Great beer selection, too. The service was excellent! We had planned to walk from the restaurant to the Georgia Dome (about 20 minutes by foot in 40 degree temps) but to our surprise the restaurant was offering a free shuttle to the stadium! BONUS!! We will definitely visit again.

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p
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Big Kahuna was great! The food was great and the service was great! I will be visiting again when I'm in Atlanta.

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RH
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in Atlanta for a seminar and stayed through the weekend. It happened to be the same weekend as the SEC Championship game. We found this unique restaurant nearby. It was supposed to be closed all day for a private party but the manager graciously left it open. There was nobody sitting inside as the weather was gorgeous outside. It took a while to get our menus and drinks but we were not in any hurry. The staff was very friendly. The food was delicious and the manager made us his unique drink. We just had a fabulous time and will visit again.

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Y
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall we had a nice lunch at Big Kahuna. Good menu and the wait staff essentially kept our beverages full until... One note...if you decide you want the "grilled" cod fish tacos, they apparently don't exist...despite what the menu says. That is what I ordered but was brought fried fish tacos. When I inquired about it, our waitress said they don't have that and that all their fish was lightly battered...huh? Anyway, I said I did not want fried food and asked for her to change it our for the grilled chicken. After sent the fried fish back, we all felt our service started to wane...

In the end the food was good but service very average...won't go back as it is out of the way and I don't consider it to have been an exceptional experience.

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New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2013
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Its a cool place to go watch sports....food is just your average bar food...not a big deal...prices are ok for the food u get..staff was eating at the table next to ours while on break..

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience at Big Kahuna. Great menu with delicious food and very reasonably priced drinks. Kudos to the wait staff. Very attentive and friendly and even made an item for us that wasn't on the lunch menu. My only complaint would be the "please seat yourself" - had to wait a bit both times we were there for a waitress to notice we had sat down. Would be better if they showed you to a table.

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