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Mar 24, 2008 08:23 PM

looking for a good Hawaiian restaurant in LA (westside/SF Valley if possible) that caters. Needs to be authentic.

Looking for good Hawaiian restaurant that caters in LA Iprefer Westside/SF Valley but will go further for the right place that caters. We love good Hawaiian plate lunch places on our trips to Hawii and want to throw a big luau here in LA


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    1. There is only 1 authentic restaurant that I know of.Don't know if it caters.Rutts Hut on Washington blvd in Mar Vista/Culver city area.

      1. not sure if you consider it authentic, but ono hawaiian barbecue is great and they have a hollywood location. they do bbq plates, katsu, shrimp, mahi, curry, musubi, and a darn good seafood noodle soup.

          1. re: ns1

            That's a good suggestion. *spang*, here's a thread if you're interested in the huli-huli chicken specialist.


            Hawaiian Chicken
            686 North Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

            1. re: PayOrPlay

              Seriously though, the place is awesome. Their chicken is great, the sauce beyond addictive (I would say moreso than El Pollo Brasa's Aji sauce), and I love their mac salad.

              Their other entrees aren't too shabby either, but the chicken is where it's at.

          2. I suspect that most of the Hawaiian places will cater, at least in the sense of making big trays of food suitable for crowds.

            Rutts is indeed the best Hawaiian place on the westside (not much competition, really) and they do cater. The menu is a little smaller than ideal--e.g. no chicken long rice, no lomi lomi, no poi as far as I know --but what they do have is generally pretty good.

            Back Home in Lahaina, on Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, is not bad. Bigger selection than Rutts, a little more expensive, more commercial. But not bad.

            There's an L&L fast food place on Lincoln in Santa Monica which I've tried once, and wasn't particularly impressed.

            Most of the posts around here suggest that the Hawaiian food improves the further south you go toward Gardena, Torrance, Lomita, and environs. I haven't tried enough of these places to opine. Actually the best Hawaiian place in LA that we've tried so far is Shaka's in Alhambra.

            Also I have no suggestions about where you'd get the hula dancers for your luau. :-


            Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe
            12114 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            Loft Hawaiian
            23305 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

            Back Home In Lahaina
            916 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

            101 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

            2300 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

            L & L Hawaiian Barbecue
            1916 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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            1. re: PayOrPlay

              Bruddah's > Shakas. By a large margin. A VERY large margin.

                1. re: ns1

                  Ate at Bruddah's yesterday...mixed plate special for me and it was wonderful. Love the short ribs! and yes, agree w/ns1.