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Pono Pacific Kitchen, Grover Beach, CA

Pono Pacific Kitchen

4.9
4.9
498 Reviews
$31 to $50
Pacific Rim
Pono Pacific Kitchen offers Pacific Rim cuisine that focuses on local favorites with a style of cooking and presenting dishes that combines ingredients, influences and techniques from not only Hawaii but also Asia, California and Mexico and the western coasts in general.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pacific Rim, American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 202-8115
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Preston Tripp
  • Private party facilities
    Our heated patio is available to rent out for up to 25 guests. We will be offering off site catering options very soon. Please email hello@ponopacifickitchen.com to inquire about availability.
  • Neighborhood
    Pismo Beach
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 498 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Best Overall

  • California Central Coast

    Best Food

  • California Central Coast

    Best Service

  • California Central Coast

    Best Value

  • Pismo Beach

    Most Booked

498 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just moved 2 blocks from this amazing restaurant 2 weeks ago, we wanted to try it out for ourselves. Best ceviche we’ve had in a long time. The entree, was just on a different level. The presentation was amazing but the food was even better. We highly recommend this place. We will be back.

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  2. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a thrill...we have so many choices and they're all exceptional, makes for a perfect meal...amazing best ever crab cakes!!!! Asparagus fries - covers my veggie, and a great little crunch...nice. Swordfish prep - clean plate club! Thank you for doing what you do, and so good at it.....see you soon!

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  3. msgjkg88

    Central Coast

    162 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    162 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We found the quality of the seafood at Pono very good. Prices are a bit on the high side (even for seafood). Unfortunately we are not a fan of the heavy sauces they use on their seafood -- tastes good but masks the taste of the fish and ends up feeling very heavy by the end of the meal. We loved the arugula salad -- nice variety! The scallops were good and cooked to perfection BUT there were only 3 on the plate -- one was large and the other two were small! Either do 3 large or 5 small! Pretty disappointing for the price. We also ordered the grilled sour dough bread for $9!!!! Consisted of 4 slices of bread with butter! That's a bit extreme! Another disappointment was when we made the reservation we mentioned it was our anniversary but they made NO mention of it!

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  4. NoelN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommended by another Chef from Dhao. Fantastic. Best meat yet.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reminded us of Roy’s. Spoke to the Chef to see where he crafted his expertise and sure enough, he worked in Hawaii in one of Roy Yamaguchi’s kitchens. Be prepared for a rich meal that will satisfy. My white cod dish cooked to perfection. My wife’s sablefish was sublime. Winner of the evening was the Crab Roe Bisque. The roe is blended so no texture issues other than silk. Full umami bomb that will leave you craving for more. Could have walked out with a gallon it was that great. Don’t expect dinner to be cheap but with these flavor profiles and inspirational dishes, you’re paying for more than an ordinary piece of fish. We will definitely return.

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  6. JenRecommends

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another terrific meal here! I came last week with a friend and brought my husband back this time! Scallops were amazing as were the crab cakes and butter fish. The poke appetizer was the only thing that was sort of ‘meh’ - still tasty but by comparison to everything else, a big flat. Monday and Tuesdays are wine bottle discount nights too. 👍 I’ll be back without a doubt.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I found this restaurant through open table. Reviews were spot on; what a culinary experience! We enjoyed it so much we are bringing guests there tonight.

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  8. JenRecommends

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food in a beautiful environment. This place has an incredible, innovative chef and everything we ordered was mouth-watering delicious! Can't wait to return

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  9. Stuart

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal- every dish was amazing!!! Kindness, hospitality and amazing food and drinks!!!!

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  10. KellyW

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food but was disappointed in service. Not sure what happened but we were sat and waited 15 minutes before I asked hostess about our server. There were two tables sat after us and got drinks and appetizers before we were even acknowledged. This made for awkward interaction with the waiter. We ordered crab cake, fillet and mahi. All the food was great but hard to get over the poor service and no offer to make up for the botched beginning of our meal. Would go there again but disappointed in what was planned as a nice anniversary dinner/date night.

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FAQs

Pono Pacific Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 202-8115.

Pono Pacific Kitchen is rated 4.9 stars by 498 OpenTable diners.

Pono Pacific Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pono Pacific Kitchen

228 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Pismo Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pacific Rim, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Preston Tripp
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 202-8115
  • Private party facilities
    Our heated patio is available to rent out for up to 25 guests. We will be offering off site catering options very soon. Please email hello@ponopacifickitchen.com to inquire about availability.
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