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Aloha Island Grille

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Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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1700 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4917
+1 831-479-3299
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Piedmont, California
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I'm torn giving Aloha Grill a low rating, but the food I received was inedible - overcooked and too salty. While I did enjoy the island vibes upon walking inside, the food I picked up for the beach were a whole different story. Food: Loco Moco. Avoid! Everything was overcooked from the the patties to the eggs. The patties and... More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

Expected a local gem based on the reviews, but we got a very old and sorry looking place and people clearly didn't look like they wanted to be there. Interestingly it appeared to be a place that would be much more lively in the late evening than the 4-5pm hour we showed up. Nothing was memorable there except the poke,... More 

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Berkeley, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

Casual, low key restaurant decorated ala surf/tiki/Hawaiian. Born and raised in Hawaii I am totally over eating this kind of fare and am super critical but curiosity drove me to try their food. I tried two dishes and was pleasantly surprised--the kalua pork was not as smoky as truly smoked in the imu pork tastes like and was on the... More 

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Thank Bruce P
Santa Cruz, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

Very good Hawaiian-esqe place lots of locals go there so don't act like a kook the food there also good , the beach is also close by. The location is pretty convenient if you want to go back into santa cruz or go to portola.

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Thank Kevin C
Roseville, California
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144 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Murry S
Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Judith B
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank joanne m
San Salvador, El Salvador
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26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Fresno, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1700 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4917
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-479-3299

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?