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Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill

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970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-1898
808-254-1112
Today
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great aloha hour place

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
sandy g
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lansing mi
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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90 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kailua, Hawaii
1 review
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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Hawaii
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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lansing mi
Top Contributor
253 reviews 253 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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Kailua
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I advise anyone who desires to come to this establishment, PLEASE DON'T!! The owners, Rudy and Ronnie laid off the entire staff with no notice. Rudy made promises to his loyal staff that he would take care of them but obviously it was all B.S. Both owners are NOT local, obviously on the way they handle their poor relations with... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

In such a convenient location, but everything else is lacking. Service was non existent to slow. Food was just not good food. Fries just tasted like grease. Nacho chips were flavorless. Etc. Would be ok to just have a drink - big bar area with lots of TVs. But don't plan on being able to easily order more than one...

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Jacksonville, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My friend brought me to Pinky's after arriving in Hawaii -- the food was served quickly and was tasty! I got the fish tacos and they were crispy and very fresh - the mini flower tortillas were perfect for a bite size. I'd come back and try other things.

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Oceanside, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The food is okay but the place is dated. The decor, carpet, tables, chairs, etc. are worn. The waitstaff are friendly however service is sloooowww. The food took a long time even though the place was only a third full. The prices seemed high for the quality of service and food. I'm not sure if I'll go back.

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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Sunday night at 7:00 pm and the restaurant was pretty empty. Despite a lot of vacant tables, they could only seat us in the lounge, not the restaurant. Not enough staff? Service was slow, but when we were finally helped, wait staff was nice. We had: Kahlua pig platter - very tasty pork! Fish tacos - only so-so. Coconut shrimp... More 

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Ottawa
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76 reviews 76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Had the Kalua pig plate since they ran out of ribs.The pork had no flavour.it matched well with the bland plain rice and blandMac salad! It was my worse meal during my week in o'ahu

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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: 808-254-1112
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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