350 Clinton St Suite A, Costa Mesa


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I was craving spam musubi today and for the heck of it I ran a search for it in Yelp and 'Ai Pono popped up! A friend of ours had told my husband and I about this place, but I never knew how close it was to my office...less than a mile away! It's always a great feeling when you're walking up to a Hawaiian restaurant and you can hear the Hawaiian reggae jamming out the front door...and then you walk in to be greeted with by a big smile and "aloha!!!" full review
Dang, I really wanted to like 'Ai Pono. In fact, my friends and I would gush over the photos on Yelp, because it looked so freakin' good. But it was incredibly underwhelming and overpriced. I ordered the mento bento, which was supposed to be a nice sampling of various proteins and side dishes. The shrimp was soggy and underseasoned. Chicken also lacked seasoning and felt a little under temperature. Sausage and fried ahi were pretty good. The menu said the bento had noodles, full review
You won't find better/authentic Hawaiian food in OC than at Ai Pono. I have yet to find anything close to as good as Ai Pono. I probably come here 3x a week now and they aren't even open everyday. Dana and the rest of the team give the best customer service. Dana truly cares about her customers and wants to make sure you leave happy every time. I have tried multiple dishes here and every week has a very unique special that hasn't disappointed. They have full review

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