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Pounders, Laie, HI

Pounders

3.5
3.5
91 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Celebrity Chef Graham Elliott brings in an elevated experience of Farm Fresh Island Style dining unique to Hawaii and it's tropical flavors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 293-3287

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Graham Elliot

  • Private party facilities

    Our Outdoor Patio can be rented out for private events, maxing out at 50 people. Please contact the restaurant and ask for the General Manager to learn more.

What 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Great for Brunch

  • Hawaii

    Kid Friendly

  • Oahu

    Great for Brunch

  • Oahu

    Kid Friendly

  • Oahu

    American

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  1. e

    eurobear

    Hawaii

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best place to eat in a 5 mi radius
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was friendly but the food was absolutely awful. Too expensive to be so basic and lacking.
  3. OC

    OCURLUPNDYE

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    They seem to have been out of quite a few menu items, and it was a Wednesday at a 12:30 lunch reservation. Was somewhat disappointing.
  4. C

    Cterr3

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    What we did have was good, but they were out of a lot if items we wanted. The Ahi Poke Nachos were incredible though.
  5. KL

    KathyL

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Yummy pizza and fish sandwich. It’s a “dry town” so no cocktails with dinner. Desserts looked amazing. No room for dessert
  6. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Went for an anniversary / birthday dinner. First 15 minutes the music in the PCC was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk across the table (we were on the outside patio). When it stopped, it was fine. Had a small adjustment in our order (bacon cheeseburger - asked for everything left off it except the bacon) and the adjustment was still done wrong (forgot the bacon). Brought our bill when we were still finishing our main - not even offered dessert. Another server (not ours) mentioned to our server in passing 'why does the rush always have to happen later?' Felt like we were being rushed out.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Friendly service. We ordered a ton of food- the best was the smoked marlin dip and we loved the house salad dressing.
  8. S

    Samm

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Good, simple ambiance. Good is pretty good. Would go back. If you are staying at the Courtyard, walking distance, which is nice
  9. N

    None

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food vale was good. You could do a little better now that the Pandemic is sort of controlled and bring back some of the old menu items.
  10. LG

    LocalGirl

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I made reservations online and wanted to sit inside where I knew it would be a quieter place to visit. I had visitors from the Mainland and I wanted them to try some of my favorites from Pounders. When I arrived, they seated us outside. When I said that I had requested inside seating, our hostess was openly irritated. She let me know that all the tables were taken. I asked how long we could wait for an inside table and she was even more annoyed. This isn't the way locals or anyone should be treated. Eventually, a different hostess came and greeted us with a warm smile and led us to a booth. I know that you cater to tourists, but that was the first time I had been back to Pounders for months not only because of the price increases, but because of similar treatment.
  11. DD

    DemetraD

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    It was okay. The burgers were extremely dry, and neither one of us could finish our food. The drinks were good and the service was great, but past that the food was not worth it, even with the coupon we had for it
  12. HD

    HiDe

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were seated promptly. The outdoor area had big fans to keep you cool and the tables were relatively far apart. The menu is relatively simple so it made ordering relatively easy. Our server was nice, but he wasn’t attentive. The food came out relatively quickly.
  13. F

    Farrah

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive, informative, efficient and very friendly. We had the ahi poke nachos… it was my first time trying ahi poke and I heard in Hawaii it’s so fresh and delicious and that it was. For entrees my sister and I split the Holy Cow Pizza and the Hawaiian Mango Pizza. Being from NY we really appreciated the flavors, texture of the pies, and creativity of ingredients. The bbq mix with bacon and ranch and chicken was delicious. The Hawaiian Mango was my favorite because I’m a cheese lover and with the mozzarella and mascarpone … cheese heaven. The honey drizzle added amazing flavor too! My mom raves about the fish snags which (forgot which that is on the menu) and dad was over the moon with his surf and turf bowl with garlic shrimp… yummy!!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Pounders is sort of what a Hawaiian restaurant would be if it was at Universal Studies - an attempt at the real thing but misses the mark. The food was mediocre, late to arrive and warm not hot, the restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license and ambience was tourist, not island. There are better options by far on the north shore.
  15. CE

    CarlE

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    There are not many choices in that part of the island, but I would look for alternatives.
  16. NG

    NikkiG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The staff are friendly and genuine, reserving a table last minute was quick and very accommodating. We had called ahead just before the end of the night and the workers were friendly I know it's not the most ideal thing to do with an hour before closing. The food presentation was lovely, and all items were fresh. It's not outstanding, but it's a good eat. Establishment itself is lively and clean.
  17. RB

    RobinB

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    One of our four meals was never delivered so we ultimately cancelled that order once the others were nearly finished eating. Food was just average. I would not recommend.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Shrimp fried rice is not shrimp fried rice. Do not order.
  19. KJ

    KurtJ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    (1) Main dishes arrived at the table 5 minutes after the starters, at this time !!! the person who had ordered Shrimp fried rice was told that theay were out of it ..... (2) we asked the waiter to take the main dihes back to the kitchen and keep them warm , first she did not understand why it was a problem to have everythin at the table. After i explaiuned that I dont want thw fish to be already cold when I strart eating it, she took it back (no excuse ..) (3) 5 minutes later another waiter brought everything again (nor together with chicken which was ordered instead of the fried rice (must have been ready to serve in he kitchen already). Same discussion as before - he finally took it back again (4) Another 5 minutes -we were still working on the starters (good tastinmg, large portions), the first waiter showed up again with all the plates .. We gave up, when we started with the main dishes they were not as warm any more as intended. (5) Have we been asked whether we want desert: No!
  20. KT

    KaylynnT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Arrived at 11:30 with reservation. Not busy at all at the time and super quiet. Was seated immediately and attended to well upon arrival. Ordered without issue. When food started arriving, it came out in 4 different parts for a party of 8. 4 dishes, then a few minutes later 2 dishes, a few minutes later another dish. About 8 minutes later they brought fries for the final person to eat. About 5 minutes after that our final person received their food, when almost everyone else was finished. The waitress apologized multiple times for the late food and stated she would speak with her manager. She, close to the very end of the meal, brought out another dish as an apology… but we were all full so it was just a waste. We also had a member who ordered a plate that normally comes with mash but was asked to substitute salad instead. Asking for no starches. When their food arrived, it was as ordered without mash and salad instead. However, as they began eating, they realized that the food was originally sat on a plate of mash, picked back up and then sat on a plate of salad. So their was mash covering the whole bottom of their food between the regular food and salad. If this was an allergy issue, that could have had a very drastic outcome. Luckily it was just a food preference and our family member was able to just push part of the food to the side, leaving it uneaten. Lastly, our fish on 3 plates was over cooked so much that the skin/base was super hard. We had to use a knife to even cut it, using plenty of pressure. Ultimately, it was inedible. Quite disappointed. No attempt was made to lower our bill to make up for mistakes. No manager came out to apologize. Just got an extra appetizer at the very end of a disappointing meal. Would I come back, sure…. But not anytime soon!! Hopefully the next experience will be better if we return.
  21. PV

    PaulineV

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The service was wonderful and the ambiance was good. I was very excited to try this place after reading about their chef but I’d have to say I was deeply disappointed. I ordered the whole fish dish they had and it was fried nicely and then drowned in sweet chili sauce, the Korean fried chicken had sweet chili sauce mixed in and even the special with steak and fish - the sauce tasted like mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce. I like sweet chili sauce but definitely not expected from a “world renowned” chef. Had the pasta also and asked for shrimp - the shrimp was just “cooked” maybe some salt and nothing else. Again, this is food I could have easily made at home but I guess I can say I tried it!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly staff and really nice food. Look forward to visiting again!
  23. R

    Rayneman

    Sacramento

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious food, flavorful cocktails, and live music was the icing on the cake!!! Mahalo again Moani!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Numerous menu items weren’t available. Tried to order a pizza but was told they had to clean the oven so couldn’t have that either. Ended up with ribs on a huge portion of purple sweet potato. All food except for the French fries came out cold. Calamari tasted awful. Burgers were nothing to be excited over. Outside music was so loud you couldn’t hear conversation. Server was nice and attentive. Won’t return. Thankfully there are plenty of other food options in the marketplace area.
  25. MG

    MauiG

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    While the food itself was fine, it took exceptionally long to come. I rated down the service primarily due to this. The server was very attentive but the kitchen impacted everything. Took way too long for a simple meal
  26. TG

    ToniG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service was slow. Poor customer greeting at the host desk. Server was low energy. Failed to ask for my drink order but helped my kids. Never checked in on us after waiting for 30 minutes after putting in our order (another waitstaff brought it to us). Steaks (surf & turf special) were cold, (barely lukewarm) but my kids consumed them anyways (they were famished). The bacon cheeseburger was okay after scrapping off what seemed liked 10 tablespoons of mayonnaise. The fries were the highlight of the entire meal…sad but true.
  27. MP

    MattP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Never have left a review, but the experience we had deserved to be documented. I have know doubt they’re trying and will figure it out but the food and service during our trip was terrible.
  28. M

    Mimi

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We saw this “Graham” restaurant available instead of Luan Buffet for a day at the Polynesian Center, so we decided to look it up and splurge. First disappointing point: no alcohol at all… we are on vacation, we were looking for a drink before the night show… nothing. Second, we ordered a variety of plates; being a restaurant with a well known executive chef we had a good feeling. Bit we were disappointed. The ahi tuna salad was the worst plate of our day. The Ahi Tuna and the sauce on top was nice, but the salad was soaked in dressing…. This is a no, no ?! Then came the Mango- prosciutto pizza. Really nice twist on an original Hawaiian, ham and pineapple. But we couldn’t find much prosciutto , and there was too many mango- tasted great, just needed a better balance of ingredients. Burger fine, but not much challenge there, it’s a burger. Just really disappointed after the reservation excitement.
  29. ES

    EthanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Ambience was fantastic but the food was not great. I had the ribs and they were fatty and covered with BBQ sauce. I prefers ribs that are smoked, lean, and fall off the bone and don’t require BBQ sauce for flavor. Their desserts we dry and I didn’t think like the flavor except for the coconut, which was good. Service was lacking as we had to wait 20 minutes for a refill. Overall based on the price of the plates I expected better food and service.
  30. WM

    WendyM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the best meals here. The special was ribeye & garlic shrimp on white rice. It was very delicious!
  31. LJ

    LJM1

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal. Service was good. That said, there were definitely things that were not up to standard. I ordered the crispy sunfish - excellent and beautiful presentation. We ordered Hibiscus Tea and ginger lime ade - both good - hibiscus tea was really good. My husband ordered kalbi ribs - meh - the ribs are cut as a standard slab of ribs not like kalbi. The seasoning was similar to a standard midwestern bbq sauce, not asian, not kalbi. They were not horrible, they just were not a treat at all. We ordered the chopped wedge salad with papaya - do not order that. Not good. We had the calimari with a curry sauce - not the best we have had, but good. The sauce was interesting. Our meal for two was just over $100.00. A little disappointing because Graham Eliott is the executive chef now and we expected to be wowed. There are much better restaurants on the island, but not that many on the north shore. Hoping Pounders can step up its game - we used to love the restaurant and kindof feel that it has lost some of its appeal with this new menu.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were great! They accommodated a last minute lunch group of 14 people! Food was good. Everything in Hawaii is expensive so value is hard to measure but awesome little place.
  33. F

    Florida

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Ordered special, which was a rice bowl with ahi and sliced steak. Meat was half fat, and the ahi was a piece of white fish, cooked through (when I questioned the waiter, was told it was to be ahi tuna, seared but rare in the middle). Also, the rice was undercooked and you'd find yourself crunching through a piece that was raw. All of this for $33 - and it was noisy because right across from the restaurant was music, but they were Loud. Very disappointed.
  34. AE

    AnthonyE

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Plan to just hit buffet next time at PCC as Pounders is a bit underwhelming for the price.
  35. KD

    KimDofChicago

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pounders was fair. We were sat early. One of the hostesses noted when asked about
  36. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great alternative for dinner/lunch at Polynesian Cultural Center if you don't have tickets to buffet/luau. There was virtually no wait for our reservations and it was not crowded at all. I had anticipated slow service based on previous reviews, but I did not find that to be the case at all. Very reasonable price and they had good varied menu.
  37. SJ

    SamanthaJ

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I would call this mediocre at best. I expected more from a famous chef. However, there are not many dining options in the area for a “nicer” sit down meal.
  38. TO

    TODDW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The people were amazing. The food was amazing. The price was a little high but in the end the experience was an excellent one.
  39. M

    Moe1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Carb and sugar rich foods without a lot of other options available. Soda was flat.
  40. BP

    BirthdayPrincess

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We ate here prior to touring the Polynesian Cultural Center. We were intrigued by the menu and thought it would be a good fit for everyone in our party of 3. All of us ordered different things and we all were disappointed. The pizza didn’t have much flavor and could have been cooked longer. The ribs were mushy and served over tasteless mush- “mash”. The fish sandwich had little flavor compared to how it was presented to us. Our server was wonderful. The restaurant was clean and spacious. Food was terrible :(

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Pounders is rated 3.5 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

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 14 times today
Google Map for Pounders

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Laie

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Graham Elliot

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (808) 293-3287

  • Private party facilities

    Our Outdoor Patio can be rented out for private events, maxing out at 50 people. Please contact the restaurant and ask for the General Manager to learn more.

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