Kona Grill - Austin
Kona Grill - Austin

Kona Grill - Austin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.konagrill.com/
  • Phone: (512) 835-5900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: 28312
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Esperanza Crossing
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Kona Grill - Austin
Kona Grill offers diners freshly prepared food, personalized service, and a warm contemporary ambiance that creates an exceptional, yet affordable dining experience. The diverse menu includes a wide variety of mainstream American dishes, as well as a variety of entrees and appetizers with an international influence. Specialties include Baked Sea Bass in a miso-sake marinade, Filets, Almond Crusted Pork Tenderloin, and Kona Grill's signature dish - Macadamia Nut Chicken. Kona Grill also features an award-winning sushi menu containing all of the traditional favorites plus several unique dishes created by talented sushi chefs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Kona Grill - Austin reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)special occasion (6)romantic (5)hot spot (5)neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not a good experience
    poppyq
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Arrived with a 7:45 reservation and taken to a circular table in the middle. I asked for one of the open booths but was told they were reserved. Why was I forced to sit in one spot when others were open? When our waitress finally arrived (long enough that we had already decided what we were ordering), she then took almost as long to finally return with our waters. She didn't bother asking if we were ready to order but simply dropped the waters off and left. From seating to food arriving took over an hour with a lot of empty glasses. Our waitress appeared to have only two tables (I could see her come from the kitchen area). My lobster mac & cheese was horribly disappointing. I expected more from Kona Grill. I won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Sushi was fresh and service was very good. I recommend the mix drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressionable Experience
    LaMeraMera
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I overall liked the whole experience since I wanted everything to be perfect since I was bringing a first timer there, the only thing that kept it from being like that is my food didn't look appetizing and presentable because the pasta looked dry and the bread was over toasted making it have the black burnt look on it..I didn't eat that of course since I don't like burnt bread, but the pasta was good and he said his burger was good as well..
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    DaveP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our party of 12 had a great time and everyone enjoyed the apps and meals! I was surprised that we only had one server for such a large group but our server didn't miss a beat and provided awesome service with respect and a smile all night. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    MamaLisa
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A great place for a family birthday celebration. Something tasty for everyone. The service was very good and attentive. The birthday girl even got a free yummy dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One bite!
    4porsches
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One bite is all I could stand. First time I can ever remember getting a dish that was totally inedible. I got the jambalaya and it didn't taste like any jambalaya I've ever had. It was almost bland and extremely bitter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came for my wife's birthday, 9 of us. Everything was great from walking in the door to paying and walking out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pinkie666
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wine glass was dirty so returned it Waitress was ok until she got larger party then we were forgotten The pasta dish was not good We have eaten there several times and this was the worst It was my wives birthday dinner too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent choice!
    AustinBlueDog
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant. We loved the food, quality, selections and staff were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent happy hour
    Sabrina411
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Sushi offered at half off during happy hour was excellent. Bar service attentive and friendly. Great place for a girls' night out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 267 reviews are from the Kona Grill - Austin reviews archive.
  • Flavorless Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I've been to this Kona Grill and the one in San Antonio, and the food at the one in San Antonio has so much more flavor. We ordered the Potstickers and the Beef tacos for Apps. When you cut into the Potstickers, it looked like hamburger meat was inside with very little flavor. Most of the flavor came from the dipping sauce. For some reason, the Beef Tacos came with chicken in them, and they were rolled up, not folded like a taco should be. The flavor was very bland also. I ordered the Meatloaf, and it has chopped carrots in it. I've never seen that before. when I went to take a bite, each piece disintegrated every time my fork touched it. You couldn't stick your fork in it, you had to scoop it up. I ended up leaving most on the plate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Lunch...
    Melanie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My parents are pretty traditional and classic when it comes to cuisine. So, when I mentioned Asian-Hawaiian-American fusion cuisine, they were a bit apprehensive. But the food won them over! Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some great stuff, slow bar service
    TexasT
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I am a known fan of Kona and the Macadamia Nut Chicken. This time it was cold and a bit bland and had to be sent back, as did my Meyers & Pineapple Juice. Twice. First time it was Meyers & coke, not PJ. Second time there was soda in the drink, which I can't have. Sigh. Everybody was pleasant, but not super-apologetic, and no "we'll take that off your bill" or a return visit from the mgr. Calamari was outstanding, as was the bread pudding. Seriously yummy. Potstickers, unfortunately, were hard and kind of tasteless. Sushi rolls were 1/2 and 1/2. One was fishy, other spicy and tasty. It's a pretty location, but they didn't deal particularly well with 8 people. I give Kona 4 stars in general, but only 3 for this trip.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This was my first visit to Kona Grill and the service and food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Group dining made fun
    Cindyprr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We went to Kona Grill with a group of 7. It took them a very short time to arrange our table. The food was good, the drinks were good and the service was great. The butter cake is to die for! I will definitely be going back. Very nice place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and experience!
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This was my first time to Kona and the food was fabulous! Took a client for lunch and left completely satisfied. I ate their new tuna/lobster flatbread - awesome! Sushi fabulous. Look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, atmo just OK
    FoodNerd
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had the spinach & artichoke dip which was tasty, but I'm knocking the food down one star because the spinach was whole leaves, which made it hard to eat. The spinach was fresh though. We ordered the oriental salad & the Cobb-like salad. Both were very tasty & well-dressed (one of my peeves is when restaurants bring your a large bowl of salad with 1 tsp of dressing.) Hah - When I called & asked for a quiet table, the waitress said that they had no tables available. I said, but I just made a reservation. Then she said, well, we do have a booth. The hostess was very accommodating, seating my mom & me as far from the noise of the bar as possible. Our waiter seemed green, lacking training. Other patrons were quite the hoi polloi
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Mother's Day Lunch
    Cakey
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ate Mother's Day lunch at Kona Grill and it was fantastic! We all had several seafood items; I had the Seabass---melt in your mouth delicious, my husband had the Tuna--he said it was great, and my son had combo-steak and fish...all wonderful, delicious choices. Can't wait to return to try other items on the menu. Come here for a memorable lunch or dinner at the domain.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • People Menu Too
    Forgettable
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    LOUD but fun. Wish I were younger....very cruisy and gorgeous waiters and HOT HOT young people.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3/3 Steaks cooked wrong
    Trow
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    All three in party ordered the ribeye steaks cooked medium. When they arrived one was rare and the other two were medium rare. We sent the rare steak back to be cooked longer and settled on the other two that were medium rare as we did not want them over cooked. The server never once apologized. Never got a visit to the table from the manager with an apology. No offer of comping the steak or offering dessert as compensation for the error. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time
    Mimi
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was my first time at Kona Grill and I will return to try something different. The food was good
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Heaven
    Sorell
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went to Kona specifically for the sushi on this occasion. The menu and fresh fish selections did not disappoint. We are obsessed with the spicier "Kona" selections. We dined on the jalapeno yellowtail shashimi, the Checkerboard Roll, the Bama roll and the Picasso. All were fresh and expertly prepared. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B-Day Dinner
    LynnTE
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great place to have a b-day dinner with the family. All of us loved our entrees, will definitely come back and check out the lunch menu. Afterwards, we walked the Domaine. It was a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for families
    Freintime
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Don't get me wrong ... "great place for families" should not be construed as a boring or meh dining spot. Yes, it is a chain. But we've taken our 2.5 year old there multiple times now -- the spot up in the Austin Arboretum -- and not only does she, along with us, get great healthy food choices but enjoys her meal. Added bonus for us with two children under 3 years old are the big booths that afford some privacy. Good, if not outstanding meals, good to great service attentiveness, and nice decor with the big fishtanks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch date
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was good; but what made the experience outstanding was the service. Our waiter was thoughtful caring and kind. He was attentive and genuinely committed to serve. This man was a rare find. It made the entire experience perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesnt have an identitiy
    MrandMrsCVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Bad, food, bad music,ok services. They cant decide it they are a bar, sushi or fusion joint. Just bad. If you are at the domain just drive past. There are many other quality restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kona Grill was great
    armywifet
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a good time. They accommodated our large party. Food was great
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I have enjoyed Kona's happy hour many times but now I know that's all they have. We went for dinner and everything was a disappointment. Sushi was bad, miso soup tasteless, Cobb salad bad. The pad Thai was decent but we waited an hour for food almost. Our waitress forgot one of our friends entire order and had an excuse for everything. We got wine glasses with lipstick on them. Food runners brought our food but would forget things like soy sauce for sushi and silverware. The list really goes on and on. After that experience, I probably won't even go back for happy hour.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kona 2/28/14
    EatingOut
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Good: Sea Bass special was delicious. Server was polite if not entertaining. Atmosphere was OK. Not too loud. Interior was pleasant to look at. Not so Good: Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic was mediocre. Seemed a bit watered down. Tonic was flat. Appetizer plate was dirty. Had to ask for another one. Too pricey for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to remember
    RTBK
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The atmosphere was nice and the food was outstanding. I appreciate the chef making changes to the recipes to meet my diet restrictions as I had requested. Service was one of the best we have received in a while. Wine list is very nice. great place to take a date or have a date night. they go out of the way to make it right. Management staff were very attentive to my needs and I appreciated that, and will return for another date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good variety for lunch or
    bpnobleVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Good variety for lunch or dinner. Good for Happy Hour, too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; service ; and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food; service ; and hospitality energetic servicers ! We definitely will return !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place w/ great food n service
    TheShredda
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The place looked great. The waiter was excellence. The food was awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolute must!!!
    foodcritic2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This restaurant was everything. The food was better than great. The atmosphere was phenomenal. Although it was very pricey, it was well worth it. I commend the chef!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Surprise
    krayzierussian
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was a very pleasant experience. Came here for the first time and was quiet surprised. Very nice atmosphere, food tasted excellent. Had the Jambalaya and a couple of their sushi rolls. The drinks were also great! My girlfriend had their Mojito and it tasted excellent. Would definitely recommend this place and will likely come back to visit again soon. I didn't rate it 5 stars simply because to me 5 stars is for a place that really blows me away and surpasses quality of service and food. None the less, this is an excellent restaurant to visit!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant Valentines!
    Karla
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went to Kona for Valentines Day and had the best time ever! Food was delicious, staff was friendly, and the wait people stellar! Wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's
    Pulak
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took a girl out for Valentine's day. Great food, reasonable prices, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the seared ahi
    Daniel
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The atmosphere was nice, our server was attentive and the food was excellent! The seared ahi was wonderful and was presented beautifully. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mat eve and keeton were fabulous Fr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Mat eve and keeton were fabulous Free dessert cause my spouse was not wow about the meatloaf
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    Larry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a very nice Valentines dinner. Very good waiter, pleasant staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.