Ono Hawaiian BBQ
2800 Del Paso Rd Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95834
Located in the Sprouts shopping center in Natomas, Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings their popular chain of restaurants featuring Hawaiian plate lunches to the Sacramento area. The restaurant was fairly busy during their soft-opening phase with most of the seating occupied and line stretching out the door. This location holds their grand opening on Friday, April 19, 2019. Upon entering, we reviewed their digital menu board and decided on what to order.
Today, we ordered the Kalua Combo with Katsu and the Hawaiian BBQ Mix plates. There is a sauce station to the right of the registers where patrons can get their own katsu sauce and teriyaki sauce. The teriyaki sauce is actually heated and comes out hot from the dispenser. There are also a variety of other sauces in packets as well. After a brief wait, our number was called, and the food was ready. The Kalua pork was juicy and tender with just the right amount of saltiness. The chicken katsu tasted OK, but the breading was very thick so I felt like I was eating more flour than chicken. The accompanying katsu sauce did taste good with the chicken. From the Hawaiian BBQ Mix plate, the BBQ chicken was juicy and flavorful, which went well with the teriyaki sauce. The BBQ beef was equally as tasty and went well with the teriyaki sauce. The kalbi short ribs were tender for the most part, but one of our pieces was a bit on the dry side. The macaroni salad tasted OK and had some seasoning, but the flavors did lean towards the blander side. The rice was cooked just fine. I did like how Ono places the meat on a bed of cooked vegetables, which makes the meal seem healthier.
Overall, Ono Hawaiian BBQ serves up some tasty plate lunches in a fairly authentic fashion. The restaurant did a great job during their soft opening and seems much cleaner than the various L&L establishments in the area. Food quality is good, and pricing is in line for plate lunches. If you haven’t tried Ono’s yet, you should definitely give them a try! They will also be opening additional locations in the Sacramento area, so you can get to Aloha quicker.