Pono Santa Monica

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$30 and under
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In Hawaiian, “pono” means “to do things the right way.” For Chef Makani of Pono Burger, that translates to fresh, never frozen organic beef from pasture raised, grass-fed cows; organic ingredients from local farmer’s markets; and fresh cut organic French fries that are not only good for you, but are good for the planet. “I wouldn’t feed our guests anything I wouldn’t feed my family. So eat better, feel better and live better, because at Pono, we do it the right way!”
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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anjana
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, burgers are amazing here, perfect portion sizes and quality ingredients. Cute building and nice ambience.

SG
ShawnG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was perfect!!

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jflo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good and friendly service and unique burger recipes that really taste great. Burgers are a little overpriced for their medium size though.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for dinner with college kids + roommates. Staff, recommendations, food and milkshakes were all great. Good quantity and fun venue. Walk to SM Pier after dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods are amazing, great taste, interesting fusion.

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vipwillio
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was an underwhelming dining experience. Nothing bad about the place but nothing special either. 3 of us got different burgers and shakes and we while there wasn't anything bad about the food there simply wasn't anything to bring us back. Went with a 22 year old, a 90 year old and I'm 55 so you have almost every demographic covered. We'll be trying something else next time we want burgers and shakes.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location food and service.. vegetables are fresh and meat is so juicy.. would definitely visit again

SL
SLTRKNY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best burger I've ever had in my life (the posh burger). I'm gluten-free and everything was clearly labeled. My burger even had a wooden stick in it labeling it as gluten-free. Their outdoor dining area is adorable and the employees were super friendly. I will visit this place anytime I'm in the LA area in the future!

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Latino1
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have a great time and great service. The foods were delicious and the drink.

R
Roberto
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nice place, simple and with good food. And they also have a nice short beer list.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here prior to my visit on Santa Monica Pier, and wanted something close. This place is fairly close to the pier, with bike connection nearby. The burgers were great, and had good quality meat. The decoration was nice, and I had a good time here with my family. Recommended :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went we their for Mother's Day. Those who were their for the first time loved the unusual burgers and beer selection. This is about my 8th or 9th time at Pono Burger and I have yet to be disappointed by any aspect of the food or service. I have nothing but praise.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, welcoming restaurant with great service and tasty menu options.

KD
KrisD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! The food was incredible, the atmosphere was so cool..a converted greenhouse makes a cozy eating space, the outdoor area was private and quiet with heaters (cold night). We had a great experience and if ever back in LA will make the trip to santa monica for this restaurant!

MM
MarkM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were quite early. 5:00pm. Very casual. Small eating area. All of us had burgers and fries. Burgers were very good. Fries could have been crisper. Shake was tasty.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciate fresh healthy food with gluten free options! Makes Pono one of our top picks!

S
Shaun1976
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a trendy hub and brilliant service by the waiter who couldn't do enough.
If you like a proper burger come here👌🍔👍

BB
vipBrunosBest
Milwaukee
52 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent burgers and fries!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always a family fave...fig burger, sweet potato fries and good wine!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food & drinks

M
vipMenu
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not bad, just terribly overpriced.

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Pono Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Pono Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.