Pono Hawaiian Grill

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 7 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Restaurant
50% of 4 votes say it's Celiac friendly

120 Union Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 426-7666
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    5 ratingJune 25, 2017

    All the dishes I ordered were labeled gluten free. They made sure the kitchen knew I had celiac disease when putting in the order for the poke as an extra careful measure. I have eaten here several times and never gotten sick. I do usually stick to the poke and don't have experience with their cooked food items.

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    1 ratingJuly 27, 2016

    This is NOT a restaurant for celiacs. They were not at all accommodating, and do not take any measures to avoid cross contamination. The woman taking our order acted irritated about our questions about avoiding gluten. The non-celiacs in our family had poke and it was fantastic. Our celiac had to just eat rice, as that was the only safe option.

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    1 ratingFebruary 18, 2016

    Steer clear. The owners do not have a real understanding of what contains gluten. For example, my entree was gluten free, but it came with a salad dressed with soy sauce and fries from a shared fryer(I could even see bits of flour on them). The staff does not understand what gluten free means. There are much safer options elsewhere nearby.

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    2 ratingFebruary 03, 2016

    Be very careful here. There are many things on the GF menu that are actually not gluten-free. The girls at the counter walked me through what I could eat when I said I had celiac. The grill is shared too. Be sure to ask a lot of questions.

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    5 ratingSeptember 20, 2015

    amazing atmosphere! nice gluten free selection. if you are very sensitive you might have a problem.

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    5 ratingAugust 10, 2015

    Very delicious! However, regular fries are mislabeled on menu board. They are not gluten free but the sweet potato fries are gluten free. My daughter and I were able to get a gf version of teriyaki chicken with rice and steamed vegetables.

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    5 ratingApril 10, 2015

    Excellent atmosphere and food large gluten free menu with a lot of options. Kalua chicken was delicious as are gluten free teriyaki bowls. They have a Poke menu with a large variety of fresh fish.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Restaurant
11 am - 10 pm
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