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Chris' Ono Grinds Cafe & Grill

$$ - $$$
Grill, Hawaiian
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4561 Mission Gorge Pl, San Diego, CA 92120-4152
+1 619-794-2060
11:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The first time my wife took me there was before our daughter's wedding. She had been there with friends. I was impressed with the music, atmosphere and food and fast friendly service. The menu was an explosion of Hawaiian flavor. food combinations I had never experienced. We did host the pre-wedding dinner there with great success and positive comments from... More 

Thank Patrick M
Seattle, Washington
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198 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 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 

Thank Frenchmanscove
San Diego, California
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65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 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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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

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
Hilo, Hawaii
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658 reviews
335 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 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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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 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 

Thank bamalamalu
North Carolina
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185 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 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 

Thank Bikerdudeandhiswife
on the road to Rock'n'Roll
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 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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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 20 August 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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16 reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 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

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$7 - US$13
Grill, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4561 Mission Gorge Pl, San Diego, CA 92120-4152
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-794-2060
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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