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Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill

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American, Fish & Chips, Seafood, Barbecue, Pub, Gastropub
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970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-1898
18082546255
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3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 14
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  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
My Husband Loved This Place

Very Hawaiian. Located in small town Hawaii not far from the Marine Corps base. I liked ordering the coconut shrimp.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Long Beach, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I can not stress this enough... If things don't always go as they should, it's the SERVICE RECOVERY that can make all the difference. Let me start with I have gone to Pinkys for years, hell I even worked there at one point under the original owners. After the old school managers and chefs left (Ian, Mary, Keola) the place... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Where do I start with Pinky's. This place was bad for many years. The original owers had this place running all cylinders, good food, beverages and service. Then Rudy became the owner, that's when this place took a nosedive. The food got cheap, service was slow and very inconsistent. The place looked real shabby. Then they partnered with another investor.... More 

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Our family stopped at Pinky's on a Friday afternoon and enjoyed the pork nachos. It is on the pupu menu and enough for at least 3 people. It was very good but could have been warmer. Seems it sat a little before adding the tomatoes and peppers. The kailua pork is delicious on the nachos. My daughter had the chili... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Good food and service. Had a good night here. The staff very friendly and helpfull. We being tourists in a unfamiliar area they gave us some tips about what to see and do in Kailua

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Madison, Wisconsin
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79 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Very Hawaiian. Located in small town Hawaii not far from the Marine Corps base. I liked ordering the coconut shrimp.

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Paia, Hawaii
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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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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PinkysOahu, Manager at Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the music. We take pride in offering an establishment where local musicians can share their craft with the community. Next time you stop in may we suggest the steak pupu platter as an appetizer. Also on Friday, July 24th we are having a beer "tap takeover" in conjunction with Kona brewery where they will be featuring... More 

Coos Bay, Oregon
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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
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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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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: 18082546255

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Fish & Chips, Seafood, Barbecue, Pub, 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
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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