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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 5 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 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

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  • 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 1 day 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 4 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 6 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 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    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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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience here. Will be back as we didn’t get to try what we originally came for. They didn’t acknowledge that we set our reservation around an anniversary but that’s okay. The food and the service were phenomenal.

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  12. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    an inviting menu, so many amazing choices. we get to switch it up and sometimes still stay with our favorites, mix and match!!! thanx for an incredible meal, see you soon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall very nice with great service. But, some of the dishes were disappointing.

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  14. RickyP

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was amazing. The ceviche was incredible, the best we’ve ever had. The coconut and lime took it to a whole new level. The crab cakes were super tasty and meaty, not like some that are overpowered by fillers. The She Crab Soup was so delicious, with enough pieces of crab for two to share. The chocolate mochi cake was so different and flavorful. The combination of the chocolate, bananas, and ice cream were spot on. Can’t wait to go back and try other dishes!

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  15. denverdiner

    Denver

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We're so glad we discovered Pono Pacific Kitchen. Fabulous food & service. Great wine recommendations too. It's a little away from the main drag in Pismo but definitely worth seeking out. Will be back in a heartbeat next time we're in Pismo.

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  16. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have our 'go to favorite dishes' but when Preston changes it a notch we're in. news to us "SHE crab soup" unique and bisque like, delicious! Enjoyed our night , thanx again for making it YUMMY!

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  17. BrianW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every once in a while, very rarely, you eat at a restaurant that has a dish that is so good, you can’t stop thinking about it. My wife and I are foodies. We’ve eaten at some of the best restaurants in the US. We’ve had incredible dishes. The Her Crab Soup at Pono was one of the best dishes we’ve ever had. Period. The rest of the meal was thoughtful, delicious, and well crafted. A wonderful meal. That soup though. My lord! Haunts me. Just so detailed and unique.

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  18. JenniferT

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clay did an excellent job with our group of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meal!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you have ever eaten at Roy’s, this is immeasurably better. The service was terrific but more than that, the food outstanding. Had the butterfish and Mahi Mahi and we could have licked the bowls, it was so good. Grilled oysters to start which were super. Will absolutely eat here again next time in town, as I’ve never had better Hawaiian fusion food. Watch out Roy’s: this chef is coming to take a number one spot at the table for this style of food.

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  20. TomW

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing. My only complaint was that the menu says no substitutions and we asked if Blue Cheese could be placed on the side of the steak dish and we were told absolutely not. I would not consider that a substitution. It did make us change our order to the macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi which was very good

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  21. Terrie

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful dinner at Pono Pacific Kitchen. The menu was broad enough with so many enticing selections. We had oysters on the half shell so fresh and delicious we could have eaten dozens. Our main dishes were giant scallops and butter fish. The portions are generous and beautifully plated. There is an extensive wine list including several sakes. And not to forget the bread with honey butter. So…oysters, entrees, bread and 2 glasses of Albariño came to $175 including tip. If you want a really great dining experience, come here.

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  22. ReyreyY

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly services, and excellent foods that are super tasty and very well prepared. We want to go back again!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED Pono. From the moment we walked in with the beautiful decor, we felt transported to the islands. Kendra was our server and was so knowledgeable and fun! The Lobster Ceviche with the taro chips was delectable. We had the arugula salad with beets and goat cheese , which was delicious with its citrusy dressing . The Sea scallops with purple potatoes were delicate and comforting. The Mahi with a peanut sauce was crisp and yummy. And OMG ! The chocolate mochi cake with caramel and bananas…I’d eat that everyday! The Yuzu tart was also soooo good! LOVE LOVE LOVE this place !

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  24. Cool

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went to Pono Pacific Kitchen Saturday night for dinner and the food was amazing again. The Manila Clams was unbelievably fantastic. There were five layers of flavor. Shocking a chef can continually come up with a mixture of flavors that work together. The Channel Islands White Sea Bass was incredibly great again. Best food on the Central Coast.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food- try the Butterfish and Mahi Mahi and the butter cake with bananas Foster

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  26. Merlin

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The is an excellent option for a unique dinner with 5 star service and food. The carb cakes were fantastic and our respective mains of butterfish and ahi tune were excellent. The closing act was the house made ice cream and coffee. Will definitely be someplace that we visit every time we are in the area.

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  27. JenT

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We could not have been any more pleased with the experience at Pono. We are so in awe of the atmosphere, items and service that we're sneaking in another visit this week before we leave town. I honestly don't know that I can think of a time when we've had more amazing seafood! Being from the Pacific NW and my husband is from Maine, we have high expectations for fresh seafood and Pono did not disappoint! The service was en pointe and even the wine list was delightful and impressive. Our only regret is that we will have to leave the area at the end of the week and end up so far away from this fabulous restaurant!

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  28. DeborahS

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were delightfully surprised to be able to get a table last minute. We both chose seafood dishes that were superb in their execution. My husband had the local white Seabass and I had the butterfish. Both sauces were amazing. We’re definitely going back.

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  29. chris

    Central Coast

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband was celebrating his 81st birthday and we had his Birthday dinner at Pono. We were very happy with all of the food including the appetizers and mains. Service was excellent. We enjoyed the Miso Butterfish, ahi tuna, duck spring rolls, and the lobster ceviche. Loved everything! (We are foodies)

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  30. BillK

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s not a steakhouse but the prime fillet mignon was superb. Tender, juicy, delicious.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Mahi Mahi I’ve ever had! Everything was so good! All 4 of us loved our time and meals here. We can’t wait to come back.

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  32. KatherineP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Pono was great! It was the second time we had been there and the food was delicious. I ordered the fried chicken and caviar, probably the best fried chicken dish I’ve had ever! Shoutout to Heidi, she was a great!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was exceptional! Nice decor too.

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  34. xoxoxox

    Central Coast

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    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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  35. Holly133

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    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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  36. CaseyC

    San Joaquin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    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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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    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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  38. ThadeusC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  39. JilB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  40. PattiR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

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

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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 5 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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