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$10 - $20
CUISINES
Hawaiian, American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Santa Monica
0.6 miles from Santa Monica State Beach
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Reviewed December 11, 2020

This is what burgers should be - an experience. The variety is excellent. The quality of ingredients - outstanding. The amounts - perfect. Just great in every detail. And the people that work there are just the perfect addition to a great experience. Every aspect...of food, service, attitude, atmosphere is outstanding every time. Consistently over years. That is hard if not impossible to find today. Bravo Pono .More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020 via mobile

Really good restaurant! and kid friendly. Spend Friday night there and the waiter and host were super nice. Ordered the chicken bites, avocado dip, burger with onion rings -the classic- (forgot the name) and a lemonade. Everything was super tasty!!! Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Really love the burgers and fries.Great place if you value quality over quantity. True farm to table, even though I am a bit tired of that phrase. Small-ish burgers, but always enough for me when sharing an order of fries washed down with a nice...cold pint of beer. Not inexpensive, but not outrageous. The quality is well worth the cost. The service is inconsistent, but never snotty or rude. Just a bit clueless at times. You should definitely check it out!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 24, 2019 via mobile

As the name says, this is a burger place. Stopped by on my way back to the hotel from a walk. Looked after and saw it was ranked pretty high. Was not very busy and I would say service was just okay. Didn’t check in...that much. Had the Piku burger which was very good along with the sweet potato fries. The chipotle aioli dip was very good. Would give 5 if service was a bit more attentive.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed the burger on my visit to Pono, I was looking for a nice place in the area and I thought it was a great found.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2019 via mobile

I love a good burger and I’m happy to report this is a great burger. Not to large in size but great flavour and texture. Highly recommended I will return.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019 via mobile

Good place for burgers in Santa Monica. You’ll get different types. Not much other food. Reasonable prices, staff friendly and quick. Book in advance.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

My seven year old and I ended up at Pono Burger as they have a Pokemon Gym (don't ask...) virtually located at their restaurant so we stopped in to kill two birds with one stone be it fighting a 5-start Pokemon battle as well as...eat. We had a burger each, two lemonades and a small bowl of VERY GOOD, thin fries. Respectfully, I wasn't paying much attention until the bill came and it was $64 with the tip for the two of us. WOW. It was good. Too many dudes with Man-buns for this non-hipster but the food was good albeit expensive.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

We were all very happy with the food whiwh was very nice (burgers) and the sweet potatoesfries are really good!!:) Thank you for this great moment!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 4, 2019

At Pono, it's all about the design of the burger, and they offer some interesting ones. The burgers are a melange of styles and flavors. We tried the Paniolo (a burger topped with sauce and onion rings) and the Posh (blue cheese and truffle aioli)....Both were good, but we liked the Paniolo better. The service was warm and friendly.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Carolianian
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Burgers can come wrapped in lettuce, or with gluten-free buns.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pono Burger

Yes, Pono Burger offers takeout services.

Pono Burger is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4