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Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill

American, Fish & Chips, Barbecue, Gastropub
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970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-1898
+1 808-254-1112
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Description: Windward Oahu's prime place for family fun dining with ono grinds and...
Windward Oahu's prime place for family fun dining with ono grinds and daily pupu specials. Live music Friday nights featuring local artists. Kailua's largest bar with 11 large screen TVs for sports lovers. Perfect for special gatherings or Hail and Farewells for our Military Ohana for up to 120. To best serve you, kindly request reservations for parties greater than 8. Located at the corner of Mokapu and Kalaheo in Kailua just a half mile from MCBH back gate. We are your windward place for good times and family fun.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
"Unreal live musician"

While attending a wedding in Kailua we decided to go in to Pinky's for a quick beer. Place looked empty, bar only had a couple of people and was really quite, 8:00 pm or so. The bartender was great, he was friendly and mellow at the same time, but on it, guess he had the time. The draft beers... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Paia, Hawaii
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Paia, Hawaii
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

While attending a wedding in Kailua we decided to go in to Pinky's for a quick beer. Place looked empty, bar only had a couple of people and was really quite, 8:00 pm or so. The bartender was great, he was friendly and mellow at the same time, but on it, guess he had the time. The draft beers came... More 

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I just moved here and REALLY wanted this place to be great since it's so close to home. Sadly, it was less than mediocre. The burger I had (ordered medium rare, came out well done) tasted like a mass produced frozen patty and was slick with grease. My husband's Kalua pork nachos were very salty and cold. Our order came... More 

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PinkysOahu, Manager at Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill, responded to this review

We thank you for dining with us and are sorry your burger and kalua pork nachos fail to meet your expectations? We strive to provide quality fare to every customer. Did you have a chance to speak with the manager on duty upon discovering that your food was not prepared to your order specifications? We are delighted that you were... More 

Sierra Vista, Arizona
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We always visit Pinkys when we come to kailua, however this last time, Sep 2014(tradition we stop there),there is no more PUPU platter. Ouch!!! thats why we go there, if Pinkys doesnt have that anymore, then we have no intention of going, Thast what made the place, Bring back the PUPU platter. otherwise its an ok place. Without the PUPU... More 

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Hawaii
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Hilarious response by the manager 4 months later. Ok, well, ironically, 2 days before the "manager" responded to my poor review, I went to Pinky's because I was desperate to see a great nba playoff game, and I needed to eat lunch before going to work. If it is possible, the place had gotten WORSE since I wrote my terrible... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I have been to Pinky's 3 times. First time was in April 2014 and the food was good nothing special. Apparently since then the ownership has changed. I was there again in April 2015 and the food and service were amazing. It is definitely not the same menu as before. I think it is simpler and the quality has greatly... More 

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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We have ordered the breakfast for us and we loved it. I also got the mystery earring in my eggs, both were very delicious, I only can joke about this experience. Yet, I still highly recommend them. The staff is friendly and they took good care of us considering the situation. Yes, we are definitely going back.

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Kailua, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I went there for dinner last night, it was my first visit. I actually went home and brushed my teeth to remove the greasy feel in my mouth. The cheeseburger was so greasy and tasted of a grill that needed scrubbing. The cooked onions I ordered, to put on my hamburger, arrived as we were leaving and were barely cooked... More 

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PinkysOahu, Manager at Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We greatly regret not meeting your expectations. We at Pinky's are striving to provide excellent food at a fair price, with good service. We have undergone numerous changes over the last few months and now have a Chef in place who produces excellent fare. We hope he has the opportunity to serve you. Please ask... More 

Hawaii
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Pinky's recent renovation and owner change has only made aesthetic improvements, while all the underlying things that make for a good restaurant have been markedly made worse. The menu has shockingly few choices, Hawaiian style pupus and plates are gone. The prices are now so high that there is no item choice that is a good value, especially since the... More 

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PinkysOahu, Manager at Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back. We are sorry to not have met your expectations. We have undergone many changes are progressing on more. You mentioned that there were no Hawaiian style Pupus. Might we suggest the Kalua Pork Nachos. We also have daily pupu specials from 3-6pm for $6. Our menu is undergoing revisions and upgrade with our new... More 

lansing mi
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255 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

More of a local and military place but they have a great aloha hour. Drinks are priced right and the apps are good. Pork Sliders were the best. Mi tais came with a free glass..wow..and the bartenders were great and very entertaining

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PinkysOahu, Manager at Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed our happy hour and the kalua pork sliders! We now have live music on Friday's featuring rotating local artists. As always, pupu and drink specials are available daily from 3-6pm, and we are now open for lunch from 11am-3pm. We very much look forward to serving you again. Mahalo... More 

Kailua
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

First off, the place is worst eatery in Kailua period! Since reopening, this place has gone down even more. The menu is so limited and bland. The staff could care less. The place shuts down at 9pm now, because nobody is in the restaurant. They start shutting off the lights at 8:30pm, while people are still eating! The general manager... More 

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Additional Information about Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill

Address: 970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-1898
Phone Number: +1 808-254-1112
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
Open Hours:
Monday 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Fish & Chips, Barbecue, Gastropub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-1898
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
  • Phone Number: +1 808-254-1112

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Fish & Chips, Barbecue, Gastropub

Description

Windward Oahu's prime place for family fun dining with ono grinds and daily pupu specials. Live music Friday nights featuring local artists. Kailua's largest bar with 11 large screen TVs for sports lovers. Perfect for special gatherings or Hail and Farewells for our Military Ohana for up to 120. To best serve you, kindly request reservations for parties greater than 8. Located at the corner of Mokapu and Kalaheo in Kailua just a half mile from MCBH back gate. We are your windward place for good times and family fun.
Open Hours
Monday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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