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Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill

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3533 Hwy. 70, Thatcher, AZ 85552
+1 928-792-2118
10:30 - 20:30
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Central, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a favorite spot for lunch for my wife and myself. The menu is basically Hawaiian and everything is good. We general eat salads, but have tried most of the menu. Eric, the owner, is a great guy and a good community supporter. The atmosphere is island style, kicked back. You order at the counter and the food is... More 

Thank Ted P
Architect70, Owner at Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you Ted for your kind words and your support of Kainoa's. More 

Los Lunas, United States
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

With how poor most of my experiences in Safford/Thatcher were last week, this place was a shining star. Great fish tacos, great rice, but the macaroni salad was just 'meh'. Really surprising how good it all was though, two tacos is enough.

Thatcher, Arizona
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Not exactly sure what type of restaurant this is, you would think Hawaiian but I'm not so sure. I had the pulled pork as well as the Mac and Cheese. The pulled pork was horrible, I am assuming it was baked and not BBQ'd. The BBQ sauce that came with the pork tasted strongly of vinegar, I asked for a... More 

Thank Gueon_LHC
Architect70, Owner at Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill, responded to this review

Sorry you did not enjoy your food. If you have never been to Hawaii you would not know the difference. Mac salad is the word you were looking for. We do not have Mac and cheese. Kalua Pork is not BBQ pork, it is slow roasted over night and not baked. There is no vinegar in the house sauce, it... More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

So we go to this place. We thought it was like most Hawaiian food places. It's not. Hot dogs to whatever delicacy they sell. We got the teriyaki chicken, a scoop of rice, some yellow beige Mac salad. No teriyaki sauce, it cost 50 cents more if you want it, it will resemble a jelloy substance. Basically what we had... More 

Thank dirtbag57
Architect70, Owner at Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill, responded to this review

I am sorry to read your review regarding my restaurant . As for the pizza place down the road, R&R Pizza is a great place, they are good friends of mine. I'm glad you found something you enjoyed while visiting Thatcher. More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The kalua pork is excellent. The orange vinaigrette dressing is awesome and the salad greens are always fresh and crisp. The drive-up window is for pick-up only. A large scoop of white or brown sticky rice is served with every salad.

Thank Robert L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

I absolutely loved this restaurant!! They have a pretty good selection of both chicken and beef and they have salads as well as meals. I had the marinated beef with rice and salad and it was all delicious! I love the salad dressing! Great prices. You'll be glad you stopped.

Thank JMcCabe1991
Pima, AZ
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36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Kainoa's is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in town. They have a very diverse menu but I always alternate between the same two entrees because they are so good! Each entree is served with two sides - rice and the best macaroni salad I've ever had. You can also substitute a fresh green salad with a yummy sweet dressing... More 

Thank Diane D
Architect70, Owner at Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill, responded to this review

Diane, Thank you for your kind Review! We appreciate your business!!! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Kainoas is a great place, take out or eat in. The food is always good and consistent. The staff is friendly and courteous, as well as informative about their dishes on the menu. Kainoas, also reminds me of Hawaii. Yes, there are food trucks and other small places that have very similar dishes. I miss the Islands, I've visit 3... More 

Thank CandysKitchen
Architect70, Owner at Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It makes my day when customers can make the connection between my place and the "Plate Lunch" shops in Hawaii. Mahalo More 

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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Meals are always tasty here. I would eat here more if someone would clean the place once in awhile. The ceilings and walls and floorboards are so caked in dust and grime that it makes me wonder what the kitchen cleanliness standard is. You NEVER get greeted with a hello before you order, although they ARE very friendly it's just... More 

Thank 817jeannea
Architect70, Owner at Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We will use your comments for training. Our kitchen is visible from the dining area and we keep it very clean. During a rush it can get messy but never dirty because we are trying to cater to the customer and their limited time. Our average wait times are 5min or less even when we... More 

Thatcher, Arizona
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Great for a quick lunch. Salads are wonderful, I love the Katsu chicken or Bulgolgi beef. The rice is just regular sticky white rice. The macaroni salad is great if you put a little pepper on it. The best part of this place is the smoothies. They are wonderful!!

Thank eireheather

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 13
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3533 Hwy. 70, Thatcher, AZ 85552
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Thatcher
  • Phone Number: +1 928-792-2118
Fast Casual Hawaiian BBQ

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