Restaurant of the Week: Oke Poke, Chino Hills


Oke Poke, 3277 Grand Ave. (at Peyton), Chino Hills

Poke, as the menu helpfully explains “is a classic Hawaiian dish comprised of sliced, raw fish and various mix-ins.” It’s becoming popular out our way, with several poke spots having opened in Rancho Cucamonga, for instance, and two in the works for Claremont, which currently has none.

Oke Poke, pronounced like okey-dokey, is a chain with a location in Chino Hills in Payne Ranch Center across Peyton from the Shoppes. It opened in 2015. I met a CHills friend there for lunch recently for my second poke experience this summer (the other was in LA).

As with Chipotle or Pieology, you get in line and proceed to make a series of choices for your bowl: a size (regular $9, large $11), a base (white or brown rice, salad, noodles or cucumber), add-ons, fish (up to five selections for a large), sauce and toppings. Or you can save some brain cells and order a pre-selected bowl. Bowls are all they have, except for miso soup and dessert. Note that all seafood options are the same price, a rarity, and that avocado is free, likewise.


I got salmon, ahi tuna and scallops atop brown rice with moku seasoning, above; my friend had ahi atop a salad with sesame dressing, below. Both were regular sized.


They were tasty, light but filling. “I think that was a carb-free lunch,” my friend said with satisfaction. Then she pulled out her phone and played Pokemon Go for a minute (her daughter is hooked too) when a virtual creature appeared at the table next to ours.

Yes, fittingly, the poke restaurant is a poke stop.


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  • DebB

    I’ve had poke once, at the Hawaiian BBQ, and although it was a little spicy for me, I liked it. So your post intrigued me, and I went to Oke Poke for lunch today. I had the regular salad bowl with cucumbers, edamame, green onions and cilantro (I meant to try seaweed but just forgot), with 2 scoops of ahi tuna and 1 of salmon. I tried the Oke sauce and the Sesame sauce together (the person in front of me did that so I copied!) and some crunchy onion flakes on top. I liked it a lot! Not too much, not too little, light and refreshing, and very tasty. The only (very slight) negative: the freestyle machine ran out of diet Sprite before my cup was full! Next time (and there will be one) I think I’ll try one of their special bowls.

    • davidallen909

      Hey, glad to hear you made practical use of this blog post and were the better for it.