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Aloha Island Grille

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1700 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4917
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout

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Good Food

Everything on the menu is good. Staff is friendly and very dog friendly. We enjoy out meal out on the patio.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
joanne m
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Roseville, California
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100 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Some places need a refresh. Aloha Island Grille is desperate for it. This applies to the physical as well as the food. As fans of Saimin, we wandered late on Saturday afternoon under cool but sunny sky. Since our dog was with us, only the outside deck was available. We appreciate this, as does our poo cross. I chose chicken... More 

Thank Murry S
Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The Aloha Grill is one of our family’s favorites, including our dog who was with us on the outside deck! The serving person was kind enough to bring a water bowl for him without being asked. Simple food, well prepared in the classic non-luau style of entre, rice & macaroni salad. They also have side of seaweed salad, which is... More 

Thank Judith B
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Everything on the menu is good. Staff is friendly and very dog friendly. We enjoy out meal out on the patio.

Thank joanne m
San Salvador, El Salvador
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The best hawaiian Burger I have eaten so flavorful and nothing but a treat for any tourist visiting Santa Cruz that wants a good meal

Thank cebollamendez
Fresno, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is a very casual place to dine out. You can eat inside or outside and it's pet friendly too. It's very close to several hotels and we just walked over which was super convenient. The menu is diverse and the food was very good. Super reasonable prices too! I would definitely stop there again when in that general location... More 

Thank ladybug6445
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a neighborhood treasure in LIve Oak area of Santa Cruz. Those of us who live in Live Oak, go to this place fairly often for a quick lunch or dinner that is not too expensive, and is very good. I especially like the good cold Hawaiian beers on tap. Staff is helpful and service is pretty quick as... More 

Thank Paul B
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

There were four of us when we went, and ordered different things from the menu. We tasted each other's food, It ALL was so good. I had Kalua Pig...Yummy ! I have had it in Hawaii, and this was great ! They have a different version of Kim-Chee that you can get on the side, different , but Delicious !... More 

Thank calidreamin43
Mammoth Lakes, California
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Take the time to find this place, it's worth it! Had the Kal Bi which was excellent, my lady had fresh grilled Ono which was also great. This is your typical island plate lunch atmosphere serving really great food. Had a Primo beer to go with it (if you're kamaaina you know what that is). Took home Spam musubi and... More 

Thank gary w
San Jose, California
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a serve yourself type place. We had a larger party, but we pulled some tables together and made it work. Not fancy, VERY limited parking. But good food and they had POG (Pineapple, orange, and guava) just like in Hawaii : ) The prices were reasonable.

Thank amychav
Redwood City, California
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I took my mom (who was born & raised in Hawaii) for lunch and was very happy with everything we ordered! The kimchi and spam musubi were on point, the mac salad was good!

Thank lcwickstrom

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1700 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4917
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-479-3299

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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