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Pounders, Laie, HI

Pounders

3.7
3.7
69 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Celebrity Chef Graham Elliott brings in an elevated experience of Farm Fresh Island Style dining unique to Hawaii and it's tropical flavors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 293-3287

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Graham Elliot

  • Private party facilities

    Our Outdoor Patio can be rented out for private events, maxing out at 50 people. Please contact the restaurant and ask for the General Manager to learn more.

What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Oahu

    American

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  1. R

    Rayneman

    Sacramento

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious food, flavorful cocktails, and live music was the icing on the cake!!! Mahalo again Moani!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Numerous menu items weren’t available. Tried to order a pizza but was told they had to clean the oven so couldn’t have that either. Ended up with ribs on a huge portion of purple sweet potato. All food except for the French fries came out cold. Calamari tasted awful. Burgers were nothing to be excited over. Outside music was so loud you couldn’t hear conversation. Server was nice and attentive. Won’t return. Thankfully there are plenty of other food options in the marketplace area.
  3. MG

    MauiG

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    While the food itself was fine, it took exceptionally long to come. I rated down the service primarily due to this. The server was very attentive but the kitchen impacted everything. Took way too long for a simple meal
  4. TG

    ToniG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service was slow. Poor customer greeting at the host desk. Server was low energy. Failed to ask for my drink order but helped my kids. Never checked in on us after waiting for 30 minutes after putting in our order (another waitstaff brought it to us). Steaks (surf & turf special) were cold, (barely lukewarm) but my kids consumed them anyways (they were famished). The bacon cheeseburger was okay after scrapping off what seemed liked 10 tablespoons of mayonnaise. The fries were the highlight of the entire meal…sad but true.
  5. MP

    MattP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Never have left a review, but the experience we had deserved to be documented. I have know doubt they’re trying and will figure it out but the food and service during our trip was terrible.
  6. M

    Mimi

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We saw this “Graham” restaurant available instead of Luan Buffet for a day at the Polynesian Center, so we decided to look it up and splurge. First disappointing point: no alcohol at all… we are on vacation, we were looking for a drink before the night show… nothing. Second, we ordered a variety of plates; being a restaurant with a well known executive chef we had a good feeling. Bit we were disappointed. The ahi tuna salad was the worst plate of our day. The Ahi Tuna and the sauce on top was nice, but the salad was soaked in dressing…. This is a no, no ?! Then came the Mango- prosciutto pizza. Really nice twist on an original Hawaiian, ham and pineapple. But we couldn’t find much prosciutto , and there was too many mango- tasted great, just needed a better balance of ingredients. Burger fine, but not much challenge there, it’s a burger. Just really disappointed after the reservation excitement.
  7. ES

    EthanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Ambience was fantastic but the food was not great. I had the ribs and they were fatty and covered with BBQ sauce. I prefers ribs that are smoked, lean, and fall off the bone and don’t require BBQ sauce for flavor. Their desserts we dry and I didn’t think like the flavor except for the coconut, which was good. Service was lacking as we had to wait 20 minutes for a refill. Overall based on the price of the plates I expected better food and service.
  8. WM

    WendyM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the best meals here. The special was ribeye & garlic shrimp on white rice. It was very delicious!
  9. LJ

    LJM1

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal. Service was good. That said, there were definitely things that were not up to standard. I ordered the crispy sunfish - excellent and beautiful presentation. We ordered Hibiscus Tea and ginger lime ade - both good - hibiscus tea was really good. My husband ordered kalbi ribs - meh - the ribs are cut as a standard slab of ribs not like kalbi. The seasoning was similar to a standard midwestern bbq sauce, not asian, not kalbi. They were not horrible, they just were not a treat at all. We ordered the chopped wedge salad with papaya - do not order that. Not good. We had the calimari with a curry sauce - not the best we have had, but good. The sauce was interesting. Our meal for two was just over $100.00. A little disappointing because Graham Eliott is the executive chef now and we expected to be wowed. There are much better restaurants on the island, but not that many on the north shore. Hoping Pounders can step up its game - we used to love the restaurant and kindof feel that it has lost some of its appeal with this new menu.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were great! They accommodated a last minute lunch group of 14 people! Food was good. Everything in Hawaii is expensive so value is hard to measure but awesome little place.
  11. F

    Florida

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Ordered special, which was a rice bowl with ahi and sliced steak. Meat was half fat, and the ahi was a piece of white fish, cooked through (when I questioned the waiter, was told it was to be ahi tuna, seared but rare in the middle). Also, the rice was undercooked and you'd find yourself crunching through a piece that was raw. All of this for $33 - and it was noisy because right across from the restaurant was music, but they were Loud. Very disappointed.
  12. AE

    AnthonyE

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Plan to just hit buffet next time at PCC as Pounders is a bit underwhelming for the price.
  13. KD

    KimDofChicago

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pounders was fair. We were sat early. One of the hostesses noted when asked about
  14. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great alternative for dinner/lunch at Polynesian Cultural Center if you don't have tickets to buffet/luau. There was virtually no wait for our reservations and it was not crowded at all. I had anticipated slow service based on previous reviews, but I did not find that to be the case at all. Very reasonable price and they had good varied menu.
  15. SJ

    SamanthaJ

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I would call this mediocre at best. I expected more from a famous chef. However, there are not many dining options in the area for a “nicer” sit down meal.
  16. TO

    TODDW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The people were amazing. The food was amazing. The price was a little high but in the end the experience was an excellent one.
  17. M

    Moe1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Carb and sugar rich foods without a lot of other options available. Soda was flat.
  18. BP

    BirthdayPrincess

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We ate here prior to touring the Polynesian Cultural Center. We were intrigued by the menu and thought it would be a good fit for everyone in our party of 3. All of us ordered different things and we all were disappointed. The pizza didn’t have much flavor and could have been cooked longer. The ribs were mushy and served over tasteless mush- “mash”. The fish sandwich had little flavor compared to how it was presented to us. Our server was wonderful. The restaurant was clean and spacious. Food was terrible :(
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 6 had an assortment of the pizzas before heading I to the Polynesian Cultural Center - we’re glad we did as the food was amazing, artisanal quality and a cut above the food trucks in the center. Our server was delightful and we’d return again if visiting the PCC.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    When visiting the website, we expected fine dining. When we arrived, it felt more like Denny’s. Don’t get me wrong, the staff was lovely and the service was very good. The food, however was mediocre. It wasn’t bad, but living in the island, I have definitely had better, especially for the price. You would do better to stop at the Huli Huli chicken joint down the road. We really wanted to love this place but feel that it just fell short.
  21. OC

    OCURLUPNDYE

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is small but delicious with a good amount of variety. The Special Seared Ahi Salad looked good and the dressing was light and went with everything on the plate. My Grahamburger was moist and delicious!! Our server was delightful and attentive.
  22. KY

    KirkY

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had lunch and the food and service was spot on. We came back for dinner and the server we had to call to our table. We had no clue it would be so slacking compared to lunch. I was wondering why. They had to know folks would be grabbing dinner before the PCC evening show.
  23. TR

    TruReview

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Whole fish tasted good but had very very little meat.
  24. JK

    JohnK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was terrible and there was no alcohol. Never again
  25. JC

    JoyC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From Beginning, service was excellent from our waitress:server Kuulei. Very personable and helpful in explaining the dishes. The food was excellent Ellen’s as well. Had the appetizer of coconut fried calamari-excellent and tasteful. A lot and was enough for two. Our bacon cheeseburger was also delicious and was so huge that took home leftovers. All in all…excellent and beyond our expectations! Thank you
  26. K

    Kanute

    New England

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    This was terrible. No alcohol and the food was dreadful. We started with calamari which was deep fried from the freezer and was hard and tasteless. My wife had Caesar salad where the lettuce looked as though it was cut hours ago and was beginning to go brown at the edges. I had the ribs which were tough and despite the sauce were completely without any taste. This chef needs to get his act together. It’s one of the worst meals I have had in a long time
  27. NY

    NYnow

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The diner food offered was over priced, pre-made and not tasty or pleasing to the eye. It is a tourist trap restaurant, do not waste your money eating there.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food. Loved the taro rolls!
  29. JT

    JeanThomspon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was absolutely amazing! Great flavor cooked to perfection. Reasonable wait time for what we ordered. Ate our first meal as husband and wife here. Will be back for sure. Thank you for being a part of our wedding night and making it so perfectly magical.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was good but spent much of our time trying to swat knats and flies around the table. Server brought out our pupus the same time as our meal and only checked in with us once if everything was okay.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the service was amazing!
  32. AB

    AmyB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Not worth the money. The food was not great and they had music play in the outdoor seating area at the same time as the live music in the market. The only bright spot was our server. Wish I knew her name - she was great!
  33. c

    carolinej

    Atlanta

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    The food is very bland there is no ambience or decor is akin to a bakery or a diner… There are no cocktails or alcohol served as it is a dry town…... That info is not clear from the menu or from the website and the hotel we are staying at did not let us know. Clearly more information should be out there about this restaurant. It is not fine dining it is very average bland food. We ordered a pizza that tasted like it was out of a box two different pasta dishes both of which were bland and not particularly edible. My husband had the pokey and steak salad which he actually enjoyed and said was decent poke. I would not recommend this place. The wait staff was very friendly and nice.
  34. B

    Brumpton

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve never written a review for a restaurant before. After our experience last night at Pounders, I thought it was time. We have been there a few times before, and with the exception of a month ago, honestly not the best. We ordered the Thai Chicken appetizer, which was about as good of a Chicken dish as we have had. Then the Kalbi Beef, which we had ordered a month ago (Outstanding) it came with leeks and island mash. (Delightful) we ended up getting the island bar for dessert, which was a totally different taste, that topped it all off perfectly! We have been hoping for a place where we didn’t have to drive to Haleiwa Joe’s to experience. Consider it found!
  35. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    With a 6PM reservation for outdoor dining I checked in at 5:50, Hostess asked if we preferred indoors or outdoors. I confirmed outdoors and at 6:15 they finally came to get us. We were told that “unfortunately we had to seat someone outdoors but have a table indoors.” At this point we should’ve run for the food trucks for it was an odd rationale. Catch of the day dry and tough. The pasta noodle dish with egg lacked flavor and was likewise tough and barely edible. When server asked how everything was I told him. The response, that’s how they make it here. Part of order, an extra salad not delivered and that was the best experience, for I knew at least we saved a little bit, of course it was on the bill. Had to explain this to waiter and, while he was confused, it eventually was taken off. Strange vibe from the minute we walked in, disorganized and poorly trained staff, with food I would never recommend. Went to use the bathroom before leaving and it was not clean and and a mess. Absolutely the worst meal I’ve had in years. The guy in charge is on a cooking show where he judges food?? He would not want to even sample this poor attempt at meal preparation. If he did, it would be an F.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always need to stop at one of my favorite restaurants on Oahu.
  37. L

    Lizzy

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing! Eloquent traditional Hawaiian dishes full of flavor!
  38. CS

    CasieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, server was very helpful in selecting menu items.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Calamari appetizer was cold, mixed green salad was dry mixed greens with onion and cucumber. Unable to get an extra dressing before entree was brought out. Shrimp pizza was ok but fresh fish entree served with dry mashed potatoes and extremely soggy and limp Chinese broccoli. Based on this meal it seems like this restaurant is surviving off the fact that it is located in a tourist destination with captive audience. It was not worth the $110 price tag I paid.
  40. SJ

    ShawnteJ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good fast service- sitting out on patio is the best!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Pounders is rated 3.7 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Pounders

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy Laie, HI 96762

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Laie

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Graham Elliot

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (808) 293-3287

  • Private party facilities

    Our Outdoor Patio can be rented out for private events, maxing out at 50 people. Please contact the restaurant and ask for the General Manager to learn more.

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