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“Best burger in town”
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Pono Burger
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Ranked #4 of 678 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Hawaiian, American
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Description: Pono Burger is a neighborhood destination where Chef Makani uses organic, farm fresh ingredients to create handcrafted burgers made with integrity that, above all, taste great. Her burgers feature organic, grass-fed beef cooked on a wood-burning grill, organic French fries, two vegetarian burgers, a farmers market salad, organic ice cream milkshakes, local wines and craft beers. We also take reservations for parties of 8 or more. Come in to see us soon!
Romford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Best burger in town”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I had the dig burger but with the turkey rather than beef and I can say hands down it's the nicest burger I've ever had, the staff are friendly, it's centrally located, food is responsibly sourced. Just go!

Thank Ahsha O
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent burger with organic materials”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

The best burger ever had! If you visit Santa Monica this place is a must if you want to eat a classic American burger with organic materials or the burger choice of the chef. The staff is very kind and general the place is great value for money.

Visited June 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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136 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good burgers, but a disappointing experience”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

The burgers we had were very good, but the food is not the only aspect when eating out. There was a general lack of attention to detail:
- notice was not taken of a request to leave the salad off one of the burgers
- our table was wobbly and we had to request that it be stabilized
- one of the knives had a sharp splinter of metal jutting out of the handle and had to be changed after one of our party got stabbed in the hand by it
- the toilets were not particularly clean.
So,the food was good but a disappointing experience because of above items, and it wasn't cheap either.

Visited June 2014
Thank SuaGiLo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best burger ever”
Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We've been on a road trip through the US and had many burgers along the way. Without a doubt this was the best one! And to top it off they also have the best sweet potato fries! Can definitely recommend this place for the food, the drinks and the very kind staff!

Thank Marvin v
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Pacific Palisades, CA
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“amazing sauces!”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Loved the atmosphere at Pono Burger, (it was a little loud) but the burgers were well worth it! We tried The Paniolo - it had a kona coffee bourbon barbecue sauce (make sure you get a little extra) topped with onion rings, yum! The Kuawa Crunch had a spicy guava rum sauce that was amazing. Great beers, and an awesome staff. The ingredients were fresh, unique and cooked to perfection. I highly recommend checking this place out.

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