Makani Gerardi at Pono Burger

About Makani Gerardi

Makani Geradi is he chef/owner of Pono Burger. She didn’t intend to build a gourmet burger empire, but with two successful outposts--Ultimate Burger in Kona, HI and Pono Burger in Santa Monica, CA--she’s on her way. She appreciates the relaxed, casual vibe of a burger but elevates it with her technical training and reliance on local, environmentally conscious ingredients.

Accolades

  • Best Thing We Ate Winner
    Zagat
  • 15 Criminally Underrated Burgers In Los Angeles
    LAist
  • Top Los Angeles Milkshakes
    Food GPS

My Restaurants

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Chef Makani Gerardi reviews  at post.venue.name
"Our newest addition to the menu at our Santa Monica location this season! The Lanui burger in time for Christmas 🎄 Made with only organic, fresh and housemade ingredients! | #pono #ponoburger #christmas"
instagram icon
Chef Makani Gerardi reviews  at post.venue.name
"Here's our holiday special burger...The Lanui! 🎄 Free range, antibiotic free turkey patty topped with organic housemade cranberry relish, housemade mashed potatoes & gravy and a housemade sweet potato nest! Grab a bite at our spot in Santa Monica on Broadway! | #pono #ponoburger #christmas"
instagram icon
Chef Makani Gerardi reviews  at post.venue.name
"There isn't a better time of year than winter to be enjoying mouth-watering desserts! 🤤 We've got Chia pudding, Chocolate mousse made with local berries and maple whipped cream among much more! | #pono #ponoburger #desserts"
instagram icon
Chef Makani Gerardi reviews  at post.venue.name
"As we enter the winter season and the days get cooler, nothing beats delicious, homely food! 😊 This is our Panko Fried Chicken with beer battered Chicken breast, pommel purée, shiitake mushroom gravy and blue lake green beans... available at either our Venice or West Hollywood location! | #pono #ponoburger"
instagram icon
Chef Makani Gerardi reviews  at post.venue.name
"Niman Ranch Curry Pork Chop with wood fried bone-in pork chop, carrot puree, miso butter and summer vegetables 😍 Available at our Venice and West Hollywood locations only! | #pono #ponoburger"
instagram icon
Chef Makani Gerardi reviews  at post.venue.name
"The new Wood Fired Beets...Cypress Grove chèvre, walnuts, pea tendrils and papaya seed dressing, the perfect mix of delicious, clean goodness! 😊 | #pono #ponoburger"
instagram icon

From My Menu