Kona Grill - Carmel
Kona Grill - Carmel

Kona Grill - Carmel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.konagrill.com/
  • Phone: (317) 566-1400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Our Bar stays open an additional hour Monday - Saturday. Please call for our Happy Hour specials!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Fred Scott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Thomas 3175661400

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Kona Grill - Carmel
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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Kona Grill - Carmel reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (30)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (23)great for outdoor dining (20)romantic (17)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (15)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great for Sushi and Seafood
    BillnBarbVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    They have a very nice selection of sushi as well as a nice variety on the regular menu. Leave room for dessert....they are huge and can be shared with 4 people. I'm serious! We had the fudge brownie with ice cream covered with chocolate and caramel sauce and there was enough for the 4 of us.....delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service this time was aweful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    The guy just had no service skills. Did the job but just barely seemed to care.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Service
    JutziVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We go to Kona Grille frequently and will continue to do so. The food is very good as it was on this visit. We normally go to the bar. The mistake was going here with 7 people for a special occasion. We made our reservation thru Open Table well in advance. We received phone, email, and text confirmations. Yet when we arrived on time, we could not be seated. Finally, we were seated in the private dining room 15 minutes after our reservation. Sadly, no one told the server....or he just did not have time for us. We were served drinks 40 minutes after our original reservation. We were tucked away in the room with no window, so we were forgotten most of the night. When our order was taken, 6 of the 7 of us were asked....then he left the room. We had to ask a busboy to come back and take the 7th order. Good food....just stay in the bar.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm
    Ambassadors
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Amazing as always probably the best salmon dish I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch - 7 women all agreed - PERFECT!!!
    janL1
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I'm so glad I chose Kona Grill for my birthday lunch! There were seven of us - Everyone loved their food and the service we received from James, was excellent. We were seated in the back at a big round table just as I had requested when I made the reservation. We had a great afternoon & plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a cool place, and very good
    Ambassadors
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I love this place!! My go to restaurant for the whole greater indy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehhh.
    IndyLady
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Kona grill used to be one of my favorite restaurants. Hopefully my last visit was not representative of their level of service. The "highlights" were the following. First, the "auctioning" of food to our table by food runner...the restaurant should require servers to use table place numbers so food runners can confidently set food in front of the proper patron without interruption. Second, the salad I ordered as my main course did not make it to the table until I asked the server to check on it. I got it about 10 minutes after the rest of my table received their food. Finally, about half way through our meal a food runner came to our table attempting to deliver food that we didn't order. I hope this was an isolate experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    A good option for sushi in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis. Kids enjoyed the restaurant and there were kid-friendly options with great food choices for adults. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & service - OUTSTANDING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Best salmon dish in Indiana. Wine list is top noych. Excellent for family and group dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    RemyandZoey
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was our first visit to the Kona Grill and we absolutely loved it ! The view out of the window in the hearth seating area was so relaxing, an upscale ambiance yet elegant casual. The food was fabulous. We had the Pork sliders with Sweet Potato fries (heavenly), beef aus juice sandwich, great and the Ahi Tuna was awesome. Great variety on the menu, much better than most restaurants. The service was fast, professional and caring. This is definitely going to be one of our favorite restaurants from now on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Location
    VegasFriends
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Returned to Kona Grill for a superb dinner with friends. Love the available sushi as well as regular dinners that are offerred, and preparation on seafood entres were better than some far more expensive options in Indy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special occasions
    michindtx
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    somewhat expensive therefore most appropriate for special occasions. Food was good but filet was slightly over cooked and a little dry. But was a nice place and worth trying out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just "OK"
    JimH
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The hostesses seemed overwhelmed by the four small parties (including us) in the lobby when we arrived. The server was polite, but seemed confused. He was a bit slow too, even to bring simple things like water and Coke and to clear long-empty plates away. Even though we were dining fairly early and the restaurant was only 1/3 full when we arrived, our meals took quite a while to arrive. The food itself was reasonably good. All in all, everything about the meal was just "OK". Nothing terrible, no horror stories, just a bit less than I expect of a restaurant of this caliber in all respects.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi
    RNmomof2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Kona Grill has great sushi. I have been to several other places in Indianapolis and they were not good at all! Myself and my family really enjoyed our sushi. The sunshine roll is DEELISH! Also, service is great. The wait staff was very attentive. Will definitely go back to Kona Grill!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    IndysharkVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    They have consistently good food and great service. The waitress noted what we were eating and asked about other options or things we might like. She was great and we found more items to order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. The service was absolutely outstanding, it was some of the best we have ever had anywhere! The green tea was mild, with a hint of floral--would definitely order again. I had the Macadamia Nut Chicken, and the sauce was out of this world good! The green beans tasted pan roasted with garlice, and they maintained their snap--delicious! I had the Key Lime Pie, and it was truly authentic and now I am craving more! My husband had the Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and he said everything was delicious. A friend ordered the chicken and broccoli, and it was fairly spicy, and it didn't appear to be much food for the price. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What did you say? I can't hear you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to dinner at Kona Grill for a late Saturday dinner, around 9pm. The sushi appetizer was very good. Our dinne entrees were good also and well presented. I have two complaints about the restaurant. First and foremost, the restaurant plays music so loud it was not possible to carry on a normal conversation. It was also difficult to hear the waitress. I found the overly loud music to be obnoxious and over-stimulating. Second, we ordered simple meals but they seemed to take a very long time to arrive at our table even though the restaurant was about half full. Overall, this is good food, especially the sushi. Just don't expect to have any type of meaningful conversation, or any conversation at all, over the loud music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice but noisy
    booyah5
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was good but background music was too loud-70/80's rock
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food and sushi. Excellent wine list with good selection of wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood with Super Service
    MorindyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My spouse and I ordered the Tomato Basil Bisque soup as a starter and it was excellent - wonderful combined flavors of fresh tomatoes, basil and asiago cheese! My husband had the salmon salad and loved it and I ordered the Las Vegas sushi, a seafood combo roll with cream cheese. It was fresh and delicious - served on a teriyaki sauce. We shared the Butter Cake for dessert which was a moist butter cake with a sugared crust, served in a raspberry sauce, and accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream - fantastic! We also enjoyed a wine special - very good chardonnay for $5.00/glass! Our server was friendly and very attentive. The restaurant can be noisy inside but the food and service make up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PM
    AM2PMVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were party of 12 and it took them very long to get our food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food - Poor and slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is great but poor service. Took an hour and a half to get to the entrees, including the kid meal. Unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was good. Service was fair at best. We have been before and have had much better experiences.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, but service slow
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was good, as usual. We always like the variety on the menu. But, the service was very slow. The restaurant was not busy, so we expected to get our food much quicker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Kudos for Kona
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great address for vegans and vegetarians while catering to omnivores. Nice outside seating also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great sushi and reasonably priced wine list make this a very dependable dining spot! A place you will come back to time and again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience!!
    JudgeJudie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The entire evening was wonderful. I am not usually a sit-outside-diner but the couple we ere with wanted to sit outside, and it really made for a great evening. Why? No bugs, flies, or ants!!! Our server was Lela and she was great. she took the time to go over items on the menu, and she even took my special request for no onions back to the chef, who cheerfully complied. My husband is a sushi afficianado and he said the sushi was very fresh and flavorful. My food has to be cooked and my chilean sea bass came out just right. A perfect birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    ANHull
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I are never disappointed we we eat at Kona! The service is great and the food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Good; Service Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to this restaurant and, although the food is good, the service has been consistently poor. This time, we waited over 15 minutes before a server came to our table, and then he seemed to be totally confused throughout the meal service. He paid attention to only one table and another table adjacent to ours placed a complaint regarding the length of time it took to be served. It's too bad, because poor service can ruin an otherwise good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food here is of outstanding quality. From the main course to the veggies it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staff
    Karmamechanic
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waitress was attentive and not overly intrusive. She handled our son's awkward manners fantastically and felt like she was fully concerned that our dining experience was a good one. Beyond that the food was great, fresh and filling. For example, my wife ordered a piece of carrot cake that could feed 3 people and was very well made. My son received a free creme brulee which he raved about as well. Not bad for a place in an open air mall with a view of an Old Navy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was excellent. Outside seating is awesome! Service was a little slow but maybe because we were outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    Ilovethelasvegasrole1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I enjoyed everything food wise! And of course it's a beautiful restaurant . Except the music was so loud and there were very little people in the restaurant so i was yelling across the table... So if your looking for a peaceful quiet place- not where you should go
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sushi; Good Service
    IndysharkVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    With a limited time between meetings, we chose Kona Grill. They didn't disappoint us -- we had good sushi and prompt service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Planner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Kona Grill was the perfect place for our team building luncheon. Great food...great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 510 reviews are from the Kona Grill - Carmel reviews archive.
  • Cool fish tank in the bar!
    PaulincAshburnVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was our first time, and we would go back if someone wanted to try it (excellent avacado egg rolls! ) but there are too many other restaurants to try before we lock in on favorites.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to eat!
    mlayman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My family and I really enjoy Kona Grill. Not all of us like sushi and the menu offers a wide variety to make everyone happy. I have never had anything that I didn't enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please work on the acoustics
    PapaBear
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    While the fish was very good, the noise level made it difficult to enjoy our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    RickVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    It has been a while since we have dined here. Manager not too friendly who sat me. Same manager brought out our dinners and 'threw' the plates down in front of us. Food was average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Care
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had a diverse group - kids, grandparents and myself. Everyone was happy. Grandparents enjoyed their traditional steak and salmon dinners. The kids loved the fish tank and their bento boxes with a bear crafted out of an orange. And my husband and I enjoyed some sushi. Something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic