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Pono Pacific Kitchen, Grover Beach, CA

Pono Pacific Kitchen

4.9
4.9
465 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 8 times today

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Dining areas

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 465 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 Value

  • California Central Coast

    Innovative

  • Pismo Beach

    Most Booked

465 Reviews
  1. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING DINNER! We invited a newby to join us in the fun, a night of flavors! Sharing several dishes and each one explosive with flavors! It now the top of our friend list for dining out! we thank you Chef , Ashlee and your staff for making our evening special. see you soon! THANX

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  2. Holly133

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Everything was delicious and creative a great evening

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  3. CaseyC

    San Joaquin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an amazing experience every single time! Taste bud explosion!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. Fish dishes cooked perfectly! A favorite place to dine.

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  5. ThadeusC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful experience and the food was absolutely delicious.

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  6. PattiR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything perfect- service and exceptional creative dishes

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  7. JilB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The gnocchi was the best I have ever had! I tried the butter fish for the first time, and it was outstanding. Tasted like butter! Love this place!!!

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  8. Foodie

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pono was truly wonderful. We went on Valentine's Day and were seated instantly and offered bubbly to start. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. I love interesting dishes and have to say the scallops were truly the best thing I've eaten in ages. Unfortunately they were out of one of the desserts we wanted to try, and the one we ordered said it had meringue but it was really more of a marshmallow fluff. While the prices are a bit high, you absolutely get what you pay for and I wouldn't hesitate to come back for another fancy date night!

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  9. GaryS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very fresh and clearly prepared by exceptional chefs!

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  10. NicoleC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing fresh seafood. Service was top notch. Food was the best I’ve tasted in a while! From the Cesar salad to the grilled SD/french bread and the swordfish atop potatoes au gratin- to die for! Definitely will go back for a special occasion!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such amazing food! Would definitely go here again.

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  12. Katrina

    Orange County

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My server had an unusual name Ellejae and she along with others were excellent. Beautiful decor evening the bathrooms. Got a little noisy but that was our only complaint. I had Mahi Mahi and my husband had Ahi, both excellent. Wish restaurants would still serve bread or something, always costs these days. We shared a bottle of Halter Grenache Blanc excellent. Also had a tart similar to key lime.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beat expectations. So yummy, from start to finish. Great flavor and balance through all courses.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner and great service. 100 %%%% very nice venue friendly staff and incredible food.

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  15. GittaW

    Central Coast

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants. Consistent in food/service, creative plating and seasonal changes makes you want to return. Love the happy hour also.

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  16. DonaldJ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was wonderful. A fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion. Made my wife's birthday more perfect!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We all had fish dinners, two had mahi mahi, one swordfish and I had sea bass. My fish was perfectly cooked atop purple potato and broccolini. We started with the duck confit egg rolls which imo are delicious. We also had an order of crab cakes that our friends love. I find them unworthy. Great service and real skill demonstrated in the kitchen.

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  18. CentralCoastTraveler

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    By far the best seafood restaurant in the area. Outstanding creative flavor combinations. Always a joy to dine here.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding. Loved taking my sister for a sister’s date and enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience. The macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi was pure magic, the generosity of the filet Mingon was uniquely special given inflation! Can’t wait to return.

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  20. DaveR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Server Kendra was amazing we would have never known it was her first night

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most fabulous food in the 5 cities area! A must go to for a special dinner or any occasion. Service is always so welcoming and professional

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  22. Guest

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The food was delicious, and the service was friendly.

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  23. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely evening under the stars! its January and we enjoying patio dining! brought an out of town friend along with his dog and everything was super tasty, he especially liked the butterfish and black rice its servers over. we're so lucky to have such fresh and tasty foods in the area to share with him. THANX

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  24. AmandaH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Great service! Definitely will return

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here twice so far and this restaurant is one of our new favorites. We will continue to come back for the food and the friendly service. The ambience is amazing in there as well.

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  26. Kathrin

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best restaurant in South SLO county, hands down. The food is worth the price at every level. The appetizers, salads, entrees are all perfect! Can’t wait to come back.

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  27. Greg

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab cake appetizer is really tasty, no filler, just crab. We went as a party of 7 and all tried different dishes. Across the board, the swordfish, the scallops, the Ahi, the poke, were really good. We started with two salads, the caesar and the lettuce salad, together were enough to satisfy the greens cravings of all seven of us and not fill us up. This is the closest restaurant we have found that is as good and similar to those we have gone to in Hawaii.

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  28. JessicaR

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely everything we had was amazing! From the bread and butter to the crab cakes to the butterfish. Food was well balanced and flavors were deep and rich!

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  29. SharonB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Pono. Eat there about once a month. Reminds us of Hawaii, were we lived for sometime.

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  30. Michellew

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very good tasting food. The services are very friendly.

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  31. SteveB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Salad was great! Wife did not care for the ceviche- didn’t eat most of it- we told the waitress, that we just didn’t care for it- it was prepared very different waitress asked if we wanted to send it back- but we said that’s ok. ( still think she could have offered something else, in the house). I got Macadamia Mahi Mahi - it had soo much sauce, it was almost like fish and soup…. Couldn’t really taste the fish, just the strong sauce ….

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  32. MichaelK

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular. We shared two appetizers, a salad, and the mahi-mahi. Loved every bite. Gorgeous room. Just go.

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  33. KarenT

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pono has become our favorite restaurant in the area. Food is outstanding. Service is great and friendly. Overall a great dining experience.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my new favorite place. It’s intimate, romantic, cozy, and delicious. This will be our go to stop all the way next time we return to the area.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of their people are speculator. Food is excellent

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  36. MikeS

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    YOU ASK ME EVERY TIME WE GO FOR DINNER. WE GO EVERY MONTH BECAUSE THE STALL AND THE FOOD ARE ALWAYS GREAT. THE SAUCES THAT THEY HAVE ARE AWESOME. WE LOVE THIS PLACE.

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  37. Carl

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding fresh ingredients crafted into amazing plates. We had a scallop ceviche as an appetizer, thin sliced, with paper thin radishes, sprouts, shaved red onion and a "leche de tigre" sauce. Delicious, and an eye-candy treat also. Followed by Chef Preston Tripp's marinated misoyaki butterfish (AKA sablefish, AKA black cod) atop perfectly steamed bok choy, and "forbidden rice" with a ponzu beurre blanc. Holy moley, folks, this cat is GOOD! Pretty good wine and sake list also.

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  38. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always start with your incredible crab cakes- the very best you'll ever find!!! Followed up with the caesar salad amazing caper surprise and topped with beautiful moist shrimp!!! Our entrees are always excellent and we thank you for your hard work and do appreciate you being open 7 days a week! see you soon!

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  39. SandyU

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alfredo was the best! Very attentive especially to folks that don't hear well (HA!) We enjoyed our meal very much.

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  40. burbanite

    Philadelphia

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate here last year and loved it. This meal topped even that. The special sea bass with morels, broccolini, buere blanc sauce was incredible. We shared that plus grilled shrimp, beet arugula salad with cashews champagne dressing, and duck rolls - all sublime. Wait staff and hostess were extremely Attentive and professional in the best way. Can’t wait to return!

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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 465 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 8 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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