Big Kahuna's Barbeque

★★★★☆
  • 8221 N Lombard St

    Portland, OR 97203

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  • 503-522-4012

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They catered my outdoor wedding BBQ. So so happy! My guest loved their food and I loved their great, personal service. They were a huge part of making my day fun and memeralable! Love them and their food!

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They catered my outdoor wedding BBQ. So so happy! My guest loved their food and I loved their great, personal service. They were a huge part of making my day fun and memeralable! Love them and their food!

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My husband and I had Big Kahuna cater our Hawaiian Style Wedding Reception last week. The food was just fantastic. My guests were constantly saying how great the food was, some even went back for a third helping. Gary the owner makes all of his own BBQ sauces and they make the food even better. The service was great too, at the end of the evening we had a ton of leftovers and he went and bought tin foil and ziplocks to put them in just to be nice....Big Kahuna is OUTSTANDING!

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My husband and I had Big Kahuna cater our Hawaiian Style Wedding Reception last week. The food was just fantastic. My guests were constantly saying how great the food was, some even went back for a third helping. Gary the owner makes all of his own BBQ sauces and they make the food even better. The service was great too, at the end of the evening we had a ton of leftovers and he went and bought tin foil and ziplocks to put them in just to be nice....Big Kahuna is OUTSTANDING!

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FYI...can now be found at 7123 N Lomard St.
Just visited for the first time and were very pleasantly surprised by great service and even better food.
You get plenty for your buck here.

Look forward to our next visit.

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★★★★☆

FYI...can now be found at 7123 N Lomard St.
Just visited for the first time and were very pleasantly surprised by great service and even better food.
You get plenty for your buck here.

Look forward to our next visit.

Pros: Awesome BBQ and sauces

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Big Kahuna's has moved to 7123 N. Lombard Portland, Oregon
there food is really good there now smoking with wood and charcoal and there specials are the bomb!
Even the food network guy was there! very cool!
will be back soon! Thanks!

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★★★★★

Big Kahuna's has moved to 7123 N. Lombard Portland, Oregon
there food is really good there now smoking with wood and charcoal and there specials are the bomb!
Even the food network guy was there! very cool!
will be back soon! Thanks!

Pros: Great food fast!

Cons: did not see any! love this place a good BBQ Joint!

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The food court at the Spring Beer Fest this past weekend was small. Only about 5 vendors. I finally settled on Big Kahuna, even though I'm not a huge BBQ fan. I recall two outsiders coming up to me and saying how great the food is. One particular guy said he was a BBQ judge and Big Kahuna was the best thing ever. So I settled on the chicken sandwich. To say I was unimpressed is a big understatement. First, it was very small. I got a small chicken breast on a small bun, no lettuce, pickles, nothing. There was a fair chunk of fat on it too. I expected that to be trimmed off. I was also expecting to find it well barbecued, but no such luck, it looked like they just threw it on the grille for a few minutes. I could have done a better job. It wasn't hot, just luke warm. First impression is everything. Not much flavor, didn't give me the impression of BBQ, and the portion was not worth it. I can say with no doubt in my mind, I will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food court at the Spring Beer Fest this past weekend was small. Only about 5 vendors. I finally settled on Big Kahuna, even though I'm not a huge BBQ fan. I recall two outsiders coming up to me and saying how great the food is. One particular guy said he was a BBQ judge and Big Kahuna was the best thing ever. So I settled on the chicken sandwich. To say I was unimpressed is a big understatement. First, it was very small. I got a small chicken breast on a small bun, no lettuce, pickles, nothing. There was a fair chunk of fat on it too. I expected that to be trimmed off. I was also expecting to find it well barbecued, but no such luck, it looked like they just threw it on the grille for a few minutes. I could have done a better job. It wasn't hot, just luke warm. First impression is everything. Not much flavor, didn't give me the impression of BBQ, and the portion was not worth it. I can say with no doubt in my mind, I will never go back.

Pros: It was cheap

Cons: Luke warm, did not get the impression of BBQ, little flavor, very small portion

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I read the reviews and not sure what there talking about Big Kahuna's BBQ has great food! there pulled pork is the best around, and there portions are huge I can never eat it all! I to was at the beer and wine fest and the food was hot! maybe that person was drunk, I will be at the beer fest this year and belive me, I will be eating at Big Kahuna's BBQ! Just can't see why any one would say bad things about this place! the place is clean, there food is great! there service is fast! Oh well! there lost! I say, give a look for your self and you will see! just know this place is busy! if you have to, call your order ahead of time. Trust me I have been to many BBQ places and it somtimes takes for ever! Big Kahuna's is great food served fast.. Just my two cents

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★★★★★

I read the reviews and not sure what there talking about Big Kahuna's BBQ has great food! there pulled pork is the best around, and there portions are huge I can never eat it all! I to was at the beer and wine fest and the food was hot! maybe that person was drunk, I will be at the beer fest this year and belive me, I will be eating at Big Kahuna's BBQ! Just can't see why any one would say bad things about this place! the place is clean, there food is great! there service is fast! Oh well! there lost! I say, give a look for your self and you will see! just know this place is busy! if you have to, call your order ahead of time. Trust me I have been to many BBQ places and it somtimes takes for ever! Big Kahuna's is great food served fast.. Just my two cents

Pros: Great BBQ served fast! Pulled pork and ribs

Cons: Not enough locations!

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We had our company lunch for 60 people catered by Big Kahuna, I am so glad that I found them on the internet! They were here right on time, set up and serving in no time. Food was hot, and our people got through the serving line quickly. We had pulled pork, beef, and sausage. Good sized portions, no one left hungry. I have been looking for good pulled pork for a long time, and I have found it! Tender and moist. And the BBQ sauce, spicy or mild, is served on the side, the spicy is very good, and has a good 'kick' to it. The potato salad was also very good. Everything was delicious, and I am anxious to take my family to their restaurant. I am hoping they will get their second location down in this area! Great Job, Big Kahuna!

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★★★★★

We had our company lunch for 60 people catered by Big Kahuna, I am so glad that I found them on the internet! They were here right on time, set up and serving in no time. Food was hot, and our people got through the serving line quickly. We had pulled pork, beef, and sausage. Good sized portions, no one left hungry. I have been looking for good pulled pork for a long time, and I have found it! Tender and moist. And the BBQ sauce, spicy or mild, is served on the side, the spicy is very good, and has a good 'kick' to it. The potato salad was also very good. Everything was delicious, and I am anxious to take my family to their restaurant. I am hoping they will get their second location down in this area! Great Job, Big Kahuna!

Pros: Great Food!

Cons: Lombard is so far away!

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So, I've been eating a lot of teriyaki things lately, and I thought I'd give this place a try. I had teriyaki chicken with tropical fruit and some vegetables (the latter comes with cheese, but I was allowed to order them without, no problem). For some reason I had expected larger portions; it turned out to be a relatively poor value for $6.75. The sides especially seemed small, and were good enough but nothing fantastic (particularly the fruit, which came straight from a can).

More positively, they have a nice website, which offers great coupons--I ended up paying $5.25 for my meal, which seemed about right. The food was decent overall, and I'm sure my experience would've been different had I arrived earlier and ordered something hot off the bbq. The bathroom, also, is top notch, always a plus in my book.

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★★★☆☆

So, I've been eating a lot of teriyaki things lately, and I thought I'd give this place a try. I had teriyaki chicken with tropical fruit and some vegetables (the latter comes with cheese, but I was allowed to order them without, no problem). For some reason I had expected larger portions; it turned out to be a relatively poor value for $6.75. The sides especially seemed small, and were good enough but nothing fantastic (particularly the fruit, which came straight from a can).

More positively, they have a nice website, which offers great coupons--I ended up paying $5.25 for my meal, which seemed about right. The food was decent overall, and I'm sure my experience would've been different had I arrived earlier and ordered something hot off the bbq. The bathroom, also, is top notch, always a plus in my book.

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Me and my girlfriend went into Big Kahuna's today to get some lunch, she had the Pork ribs with mango cole slaw and mild bbq sauce and I had the pulled pork sandwich with the cole slaw as well, let me tell you the pulled pork is the bomb with the spicy bbq sauce and my friend said she loved the ribs, it was tender and great flavor. the place was full we were luck to get a table. the sevice was great! and I understand the Hawaiian lady that works there teaches hula class after the restaurant closes. how fun! anyway, we will be back soon to try more things off the menu.

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★★★★★

Me and my girlfriend went into Big Kahuna's today to get some lunch, she had the Pork ribs with mango cole slaw and mild bbq sauce and I had the pulled pork sandwich with the cole slaw as well, let me tell you the pulled pork is the bomb with the spicy bbq sauce and my friend said she loved the ribs, it was tender and great flavor. the place was full we were luck to get a table. the sevice was great! and I understand the Hawaiian lady that works there teaches hula class after the restaurant closes. how fun! anyway, we will be back soon to try more things off the menu.

Pros: Great Hawaiian BBQ, very clean bathroom!

Cons: Needs more seating

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we had the plate lunch it came with your choice of sides and I got the pork ribs and pulled pork and I have to say the rib's were the best I have ever had, the pulled pork so tender and most you need to check this place out. we will be back for sure.

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★★★★★

we had the plate lunch it came with your choice of sides and I got the pork ribs and pulled pork and I have to say the rib's were the best I have ever had, the pulled pork so tender and most you need to check this place out. we will be back for sure.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: needs more seating

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Not sure why anyone would think Big Kahuna's pork is watered down? I went there yesterday for lunch and the place was packed! Big Kahuna himself was behind the line and a big guy with a aloha shirt was behind the till great customer service by the way! anyway, I ordered the pork sandwich with two sides potato salad and mango cole slaw, the potato salad was ok, but the mango cole slaw was great! crisp and sasy. I also ordered the spicy BBQ sauce on the side as I did not know how hot it might be, Let me tell you what, that sauce was the bomb! spicy but not to spicy. that guy did not know BBQ Kahuna, Don't pay no attention to his comments I am not local to St. John's but let me tell you I will be back for more real soon and I will tell all my friends about The BIG KAHUNA"S BBQ. Keep up the good Q.

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★★★★★

Not sure why anyone would think Big Kahuna's pork is watered down? I went there yesterday for lunch and the place was packed! Big Kahuna himself was behind the line and a big guy with a aloha shirt was behind the till great customer service by the way! anyway, I ordered the pork sandwich with two sides potato salad and mango cole slaw, the potato salad was ok, but the mango cole slaw was great! crisp and sasy. I also ordered the spicy BBQ sauce on the side as I did not know how hot it might be, Let me tell you what, that sauce was the bomb! spicy but not to spicy. that guy did not know BBQ Kahuna, Don't pay no attention to his comments I am not local to St. John's but let me tell you I will be back for more real soon and I will tell all my friends about The BIG KAHUNA"S BBQ. Keep up the good Q.

Pros: Great Q, Great service, Grear deal!

Cons: need more location! Lake Oswego Maybe :)

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I have been to Big Kahunas twice and left both times very unimpressed. I have to start by saying I cannot say anything about the catering because I have only been to the restaurant. I hate to put down a business in my neighborhood (St. Johns) but I also feel the need to share my personal experience.

To start off with the lady who took my order seemed negative and was not helpful when I asked sincerly what dishes are the peoples favorite and which meats have won awards. Seemed to be annoyed at the questions.

The first time I got the pulled pork and it was sort of watery and luke warm and did not have much flavor, particularily lacking the smoked flavor. The beans that came with the meal tasted exactly like heinz beans out of a can (Not accusing anyone.... just comparing). As for the sauce it is not my preference but I appreciate that it is something different. My wife just got a couple sides (due to the fact that she is a semi vegetarian) and did not like her food.

Because I dont like to write off a place after one visit I went back with my buddy a month later. For the record the person serving me this time was better. I got the pork ribs and again I was not impressed. They were "falling off the bone" but the meat again lacked the smokey flavor or any flavor for that matter and again were kind of watery. My friend and I left disatisfied with nothing to show but a lighter wallet and a vow to not return to this BBQ restarurant. I love BBQ and I really wish this place lived up to its "award winning" reputation but I will have to wait for quality BBQ in St. Johns.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Big Kahunas twice and left both times very unimpressed. I have to start by saying I cannot say anything about the catering because I have only been to the restaurant. I hate to put down a business in my neighborhood (St. Johns) but I also feel the need to share my personal experience.

To start off with the lady who took my order seemed negative and was not helpful when I asked sincerly what dishes are the peoples favorite and which meats have won awards. Seemed to be annoyed at the questions.

The first time I got the pulled pork and it was sort of watery and luke warm and did not have much flavor, particularily lacking the smoked flavor. The beans that came with the meal tasted exactly like heinz beans out of a can (Not accusing anyone.... just comparing). As for the sauce it is not my preference but I appreciate that it is something different. My wife just got a couple sides (due to the fact that she is a semi vegetarian) and did not like her food.

Because I dont like to write off a place after one visit I went back with my buddy a month later. For the record the person serving me this time was better. I got the pork ribs and again I was not impressed. They were "falling off the bone" but the meat again lacked the smokey flavor or any flavor for that matter and again were kind of watery. My friend and I left disatisfied with nothing to show but a lighter wallet and a vow to not return to this BBQ restarurant. I love BBQ and I really wish this place lived up to its "award winning" reputation but I will have to wait for quality BBQ in St. Johns.

Pros: Parking Lot, Original Concept, Location

Cons: Food, Service

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We had a grad party to go to on friday and no time to really make anything, I looked up BBQ on thre net and I found Big Kahuna's BBQ, I called up and asked if I could oreder 5 racks of ribs to go and the gal on the phone said sure when do you want them, I said 5pm no problem she said. when I picked up the ribs they were hot and ready to eat. I asked for the sauce on the side and I ordered the spicy and mild. boy, were they the best ribs I have ever had, sad thing is I sould of kept a rack for my self for later, as they were the first thing to go at the table. Thanks Big Kahuna I told them I BBQed them my self you made my the hit of the party. We will be back to try the rest of your BBQ.

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★★★★★

We had a grad party to go to on friday and no time to really make anything, I looked up BBQ on thre net and I found Big Kahuna's BBQ, I called up and asked if I could oreder 5 racks of ribs to go and the gal on the phone said sure when do you want them, I said 5pm no problem she said. when I picked up the ribs they were hot and ready to eat. I asked for the sauce on the side and I ordered the spicy and mild. boy, were they the best ribs I have ever had, sad thing is I sould of kept a rack for my self for later, as they were the first thing to go at the table. Thanks Big Kahuna I told them I BBQed them my self you made my the hit of the party. We will be back to try the rest of your BBQ.

Pros: Drive up window, calling ahead for order

Cons: very busy place

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I stoped in for lunch today to see what the hub bub was all about, a buddy of mine told me the pork sandwich was the real thing! so I gave it a try, and boy he was right! the pork was so tender and juicy and since I love bbq sauce I tried Big kahuna's spicy BBQ sauce and it hit the mark with a bulls eye. his mango slaw was so fresh and crisp sweet and tangy and no mayo. I also tried his beans and it was good too! big portions, I will be back! Just a sugestion call ahead he is pack at lunch I will use his drive- up window next time. Just my two cents.

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★★★★★

I stoped in for lunch today to see what the hub bub was all about, a buddy of mine told me the pork sandwich was the real thing! so I gave it a try, and boy he was right! the pork was so tender and juicy and since I love bbq sauce I tried Big kahuna's spicy BBQ sauce and it hit the mark with a bulls eye. his mango slaw was so fresh and crisp sweet and tangy and no mayo. I also tried his beans and it was good too! big portions, I will be back! Just a sugestion call ahead he is pack at lunch I will use his drive- up window next time. Just my two cents.

Pros: The real deal BBQ

Cons: call ahead there busy

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Great Job Big Kahuna! we had Big Kahuna cater our birthday party of 150 people and it was great! the ribs were falling off the bone, the chicken tender and juicy and the mango cole slaw was so fresh. we also were at the beer and wine fest. our food was hot and the beer's were running cold you did a great job Kahuna! hope your there next year! keep up the good work.

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★★★★★

Great Job Big Kahuna! we had Big Kahuna cater our birthday party of 150 people and it was great! the ribs were falling off the bone, the chicken tender and juicy and the mango cole slaw was so fresh. we also were at the beer and wine fest. our food was hot and the beer's were running cold you did a great job Kahuna! hope your there next year! keep up the good work.

Pros: Great Catering, Great BBQ, Good prices

Cons: Need more locations, He's over booked

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I tried the Big Kahuna combo plate at the Spring Brew and Wine Festival. All of the food was barely above room temperature. The food tasted fine, but nothing very exciting. I would choose Nohos before Big Kahuna.

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★★☆☆☆

I tried the Big Kahuna combo plate at the Spring Brew and Wine Festival. All of the food was barely above room temperature. The food tasted fine, but nothing very exciting. I would choose Nohos before Big Kahuna.

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I stoped into Big kahuna's today to have lunch, the new hawaiian gal there gave me a taste of the new simin noodle soup there going to have with her inhouse made kimchee, Let me tell you what! It's the BOMB! and some of his price's are going down. he said he's very busy! and hope to open more location here soon! I knew this place would do well! good luck Big Kahuna! I'l be back for some of that Good BBQ and great soup with kimchee!

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★★★★★

I stoped into Big kahuna's today to have lunch, the new hawaiian gal there gave me a taste of the new simin noodle soup there going to have with her inhouse made kimchee, Let me tell you what! It's the BOMB! and some of his price's are going down. he said he's very busy! and hope to open more location here soon! I knew this place would do well! good luck Big Kahuna! I'l be back for some of that Good BBQ and great soup with kimchee!

Pros: Great Pork Ribs, Great Prices, Lot's of food

Cons: Closed to early, not open on sunday, no moco loco

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I had the one meat plate I ordered the kalua pig, it is so tender and juicy it melted in my mouth. WOW! Great BBQ. the place is clean the prices are good. I will be back. it's nice to see the sauce can come on the side. the spicy BBQ is great. like I said I will be back!

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★★★★★

I had the one meat plate I ordered the kalua pig, it is so tender and juicy it melted in my mouth. WOW! Great BBQ. the place is clean the prices are good. I will be back. it's nice to see the sauce can come on the side. the spicy BBQ is great. like I said I will be back!

Pros: Clean, Lot's of Food, great value

Cons: Need more locations, need brekfast menu, no beef ribs

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We had the pork it was so tender and jucy, the chicken was great! the beef also tender and juicy. this place has big portions, fresh, fast, and great value. The ribs are out of this world. Big Kahuna does it right! they offer you Spicy, mild, sweet chili or teriyaki sauce on or on the side, as many of us true BBQ lovers like it dry, there are time I like sauce on it. Big Kahuna! I and my friends will be back and we will let everyone know you are the BIG KAHUNA of BBQ.

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★★★★★

We had the pork it was so tender and jucy, the chicken was great! the beef also tender and juicy. this place has big portions, fresh, fast, and great value. The ribs are out of this world. Big Kahuna does it right! they offer you Spicy, mild, sweet chili or teriyaki sauce on or on the side, as many of us true BBQ lovers like it dry, there are time I like sauce on it. Big Kahuna! I and my friends will be back and we will let everyone know you are the BIG KAHUNA of BBQ.

Pros: Off street parking, good food fast, great value

Cons: Need more Iland foods, To much food, need napp ater eating

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Casual eatery specializes in slow-roasted Island barbecue cooked on real wood for lunch and early dinner; on- and off-site catering available.

 

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