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Chris' Ono Grinds Cafe & Grill

$$ - $$$
Grill, Hawaiian
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4561 Mission Gorge Pl, San Diego, CA 92120-4152
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Seattle, Washington
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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2014

Had 4 of the plates for takeout plus some sides. Food was OK....just not something I would do again. The medium rare hamburger covered in fried egg and over rice with gravy was just odd. The grilled beef flank ribs were good. Beans were good. Just so much gravy with everything. Glad we tried it but not something I would... More 

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San Diego, California
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

Wonderful food, very long beer list, excellent staff. My Mom, husband and I went in for lunch. We were greeted and seated very politely. Service was very quick but NOT hurried. We got individual attention. The waitress made several suggestions at our request. She was very knowledgeable about the menu. We chose a variety of dishes and were very satisfied.... More 

Thank Linda K
San Diego, California
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26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Huli Huli Chicken and Kalua pork is very good. Extensive beer list includes craft beers. Good spot for a casual dinner with the family.

Thank James L
San Diego, California
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228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

This is the best hawaiian plate linch spot in san diego. I'm from Hawaii so I need my loco moco fix every now and then. I've tried all the Hawaiian spots in san diego and Chris's is the best. The loco moco is made with freshly grilled ground beef patties not the frozen preformed burger patties. The mac salad is... More 

Thank satobt
on the road to Rock'n'Roll
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

We've returned here many times since our first visit and thought I'd update my review. This is still a good choice for lunch or dinner. They've taken a couple items off the menu lately, but it's largely the same and the food is still quite good. After our initial visit, I was surprised to see reviews reporting small portion sizes,... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

First of all, this place is located in what looked to us like an industrial commercial zone. Second, price was outrageous for what we got! We started off with 1(one plate) of Ahi Poke. Serving consisted of @ 1/4 cup of Ahi Poke and triple the amount of veggies, all for $11.99!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!! Wife(Haole) and I(local boy) both ordered a... More 

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on the road to Rock'n'Roll
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Finally had a chance to try this place out last Weekend - talk about impressed! We expected this to be a more basic, order-at-the-counter type of place, but it's a very comfortable sit-down restaurant with table service. Not fancy, but nicely decorated & clean, with Hawaiian artwork, nice wooden tables, etc. Very pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. The service was very good... More 

Thank bamalamalu
San Diego, California
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

My wife and I had lunch today at this great find. I am always looking for a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch with Kalua Pork, 2 scoop rice and 1 scoop macaroni salad. My wife wanted something more salad oriented. I ordered my favorite and my wife ordered the mixed green salad with seared ahi. However, the waitress recommended the special... More 

Thank tomscot2
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

I was visiting my hometown and friends took me there for lunch. Awesome food and the owner was very friendly!!! I will definitely head back there next time in San Diego. I wish they had a location in TN...Hmmm Huli Gravy and Biscuits anyone??? Try it out it is a hidden gem for locals.

Thank Ira W
Newbury Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

You have to use your GPS to find this place. Huli chicken, Kalua Pork, Poke and all other hawaiian favorites are here.

Thank DVC1959

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $13
Grill, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4561 Mission Gorge Pl, San Diego, CA 92120-4152
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-794-2060
Hidden Gem lost amongst a quiet business park in Grantville. From the outside, it looks like a drab 70's era warehouse, but the gem is revealed as you step inside. This place is spacious with big picnic sized tables centering the dining room and smaller two-and four-seater tables aligning the Hawaiiana decorated walls. The bar is handcrafted and has dozens of local, Hawaiian, and imported craft beers. A foosball table is to the left of a small stage area where they have live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. The two big screen TVs are usually on sports or something funky while kick-back tunes play in the background.

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