Kona Grill - Denver
Kona Grill - Denver

Kona Grill - Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.konagrill.com/
  • Phone: (720) 974-1300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary American
  • 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: 1st Ave & Fillmore St
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Kona Grill - Denver
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 - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (6)hot spot (6)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Excellent Service
    NettieVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food was ok, the desserts were good, but the service was outstanding! Our waiter was Zack and he had a great sense of humor. What an excellent way to be professional yet warm and personable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cohena
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have eaten at the Kona Grill in Las Vegas several times. Food was outstanding and we hoped for the same experience here. ///asked guests to join us. We all were disappointed with food quality with one exception; the sea bass was very nice. But the other meals were mediocre. The clam chowder came totally covered with oyster crackers and both who ordered could not eat it. The rest of their meals were not even eaten Felt badly for suggesting tho restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adequate
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nothing special. Service was good food average. Nothing stood out. Convenient for mall shoppers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    Ginny
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Very much enjoyed the food and the service was attentive but not obtrusive. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in a while and we were able to talk, eat and enjoy the food and each other's company in the quiet atmosphere with just the right amount of service from the staff. I would definitely go back to try other items on the menu or enjoy the same one (ahi tuna sandwich). My friends enjoyed it very much, too and were happy that I selected the Kona Grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food...
    krasser
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was good but the server was slow to get orders throughout the meal and to clear away dishes. It was an hour I to the meal before dinner was ordered, after the appetizers were gone. All orders were correct, just very slow service in getting all things considered.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable!
    GolfGod
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was my third time to visit Kona Grill. I refuse to rate a resteraunt until I've tried them at least 3 times. You never know if you caught a server on a bad night, but 3 times starts to give you a pattern. In this case the pattern is very good. I've now been there on a Friday, a Saturday and a Monday night. The wait staff had been consistently pleasant and attentive. I've come to define the food quality in this expression "I've never been disappointed here. If it sounds good I'm sure you will like it."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Zayde2be
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went during restaurant week expecting the place to be full. It was pretty empty. Both appetizers were good. Wife ordered pork dish which was good, hot and tasty. I had macadamia encrusted chicken which had no flavor at all. It did have a crunchy crust made from the nuts. Server asked if I wanted more sauce which I did. But that didn't help. Dessert was really good. Brownie with caramel and chocolate sauces along with ice cream. I'm not going to rush back. Portion sizes are large but if the food doesn't have any flavor, what's the point of returning? Too many other, better choices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great variety
    hopalong
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Something for everyone on their menu. Food was good and service was fast. This was our first time at Kona Grill and were pleasantly surprised with the good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 254 reviews are from the Kona Grill - Denver reviews archive.
  • Slow and inaccurate order
    girlslunchout
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The atmosphere was pleasant. Service was slow and inattentive. The portions were quite large. One of our orders should have been Gluten Free. It was not. The guest got ill. Chef came out and comped that meal and offered dessert to take home. Overall, it was pricey. We would probably not return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner at the Kona Grill
    relda
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had a large party of 10…. our waitress was great.. we also had some small kids and everyone was very accommodating. The sushi rolls that we had were delicious. The pad thai that two of the guests had was good but not tasty enough to order again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Construction
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I think we would have had a better time if there was no construction. No view, difficult to park (even with the valet) and kinda claustrophobic. The whole patio/restaurant is blocked by 14 ft. tall construction walls. Service was good, food was good but we went for a Birthday. Not a wonderful way to celebrate ;-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kona Grill is a favorite!
    NewTuneVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    As usual, the food and service at Kona Grill was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kids' Bento Boxes
    RarelyEatOut
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Healthy and affordable kids' meals, complete with orange carved into a bear, healthy protein and vegetable sides. Service on this and recent visits has been friendly but painfully slow. They have been attentive to food allergies for us. Consistent good food quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Dinner with a Baby
    VegasEnthusiast
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I met another couple with our infants for an early Saturday dinner. Five o'clock on Saturday and the place was relatively empty. We had plenty of space for the high-chairs/carseats and a a quiet environment so the babies could sleep. Service was friendly and generally attentive. I split the shrimp and lemon pasta with my wife and it was excellent. Great flavor and a good dish for a hot summer day. The waitress talked us into the caprese salad (which was the special salad that day) and it was very good - but turned out to be a $10 salad when I thought we were just adding a $3 side salad to our entrée. We've been to Kona a few times and would certainly go back, but it's not on the top of our list. Also, draft beer list is lacking.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food; hit or miss service
    ckmd25VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food here tends to be pretty good. The appetizers are usually nice, we had the avocado eggrolls and the steak tacos, the sushi is usually pretty good and their entrees are respectable. The only problem is the wait staff can be great or awful. It is odd how it can fluctuate so much. We've been very impressed and very disappointed at different occasions. We have had to get up and get our own water before, the manager has had to help service the table because our wiatress was MIA, but at other times they can be quite good. It just depends on the luck of the draw I guess. But the food is usually consistently good. Unless the waiter is so out of it that they bring it cold. Which has happened. But it is usually hot and delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eating at the bar
    ABBA
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ate at the bar for Mothers Day early evening dinner. Had planned on a table but arriving early and getting seated and served at the bar we just stayed there. Good app selection, great service. Will return for a relaxing break from shopping
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good.
    fff444tt
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food quality has dropped a notch. We are from the foothills so we don't get there often. It feels like they have a new chef or new owner and they are less committed to quality.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dining experience
    MikeCVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for Mother's Day and the food was good as well as the service. We had the Surf and Turf special. The food was good, although the serving of lobster was rather small.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's decent.
    tamen
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was great. The service was awful. The server was awful. You had to track him down to get a refill. Some people never received one. It is very pricey, but you get a decent amount of food. Won't go back simply because I don't have 2 hours to eat dinner.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyable
    DenverGalVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I loved the avocado egg roll app. My macadamia nut encrusted chicken salad was very good. Some of their specialty drinks are fun too. I would go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    dinerjoe
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    the soup was fantastic and the other food was great too, and not very crowded or noisy, great business lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Party for the twins
    BrianDVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food was good but not as good as our expectations. The wine was great and I appreciated the staff and the service. The sauce on the Ahi was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going downhill
    Kritik
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Service was not up to par. Food was not cooked to requested "done-ness". Silverware was not clean. Need I go on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1 Hour burger
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Mid afternoon lunch took 40 minutes for a burned burger that had to be sent back. I would skip this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration
    Ericdiner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Two of my friends and myself had dinner at the Kona Grill in the Cherry Creek Mall, Denver, CO on Sat 4/5/2014. Everything was perfect. All of us chose different entrees and each of us were very happy with what we got. I'm sorry I did not get the name of our server, but she did an excellent. She didn't hover, which I hate, but she was always there when we needed something. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    mssbailey
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Kona is a great place to meet friends for an evening. We enjoyed the food and the service was fantastic. Of course, my favorite...the Creme Brulee. YUM
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK
    Michigan
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Sushi was good; rest of meal was just ok; not worth the bill. Server was nice, but service was too quick. It wasn't busy so the food came out quickly. Seemed to rush us out even though the restaurant was more than half empty.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was good
    Dwe1962
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Shrimp and lobster roll, great, steak and lobster roll really good. All food was well prepared and tasty. Service, pretty good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the BEST!!!
    Inge
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We LOVED this place. We were a party of 8 and had a wonderful dining experience! None of us ever dined here before. We were very pleased in picking this rare find for 5280. Very generous portions, great wait staff, excellent service and such a wide variety of food options. Food and dessert fabulous!!! Will definitely go back time and time again! You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I ordered the sweet chili
    Yvonne
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I ordered the sweet chili salmon....I asked for rare....it came well done covered with soy sauce....the vegetables were drenched in oil and garlic. The apps were great. The service was great...the waiter outstanding. All in all had a good evening because the company was great
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    we were supposed to go for dinner but arrived early so opted for the patio. The food and drinks were excellent but the service was extremely slow. However, the waiter was very friendly and helpful when he had time to attend to us. I think they need more waiters. Also, there is no Happy Hour on Saturday, disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food! Excellent service!
    AngelaV
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was great! Our server was awesome! And the dessert was out of this world awesome. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prompt and attentive service,
    stvndocs
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Prompt and attentive service, food better than expected...just wish you didn't have to be "on display" to people walking by in the mall and acting like the restaurant is an art gallery
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, so-so atmosphere
    EaterX
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We would have given Kona Grill a better review score were it not for the fact that it is located at one end of the Cherry Creek Mall. While we were eatin with friends on Valentines Day, we had to endure shoppers walking by and looking over the ledge at our food. There wasn't even any glass to separate the shoppers from our table. If you go there, request an inside table!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    StanVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very weak cocktails. Ordered surf n turf. Meat good, cooked perfectly. But lobster tail very small, doubt it was 5 oz. Creme brûlée too lemony. Overall, disappointed. Won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot for a mall location...
    BobK
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Outstanding food, good service.... What 's not to like ! The selection of sushi is remarkable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Order wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Didn't get what was ordered and wasn't checked on well and was still billed for missing food items. Once paid bill and stayed and talked no service at all once tip was given. Don't plan on returning
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheap eats for Cherry Creek
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Perfect Pairings on menu is great. I had miso soup and a crab crunch roll for $10 or $11. My friend had the Kona burger which is what he always gets (with bacon added). The male host was very friendly and the server was great. That day I think our server got slammed with a lunch rush and so it took kind of long to get the bill. Everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    DienverDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My 21 year-old wanted to have her birthday dinner at Kona Grill. I had rather low expectations since it was in a mall. Was I surprised. Everything about our dining experience was great. The food, service, quality, price, the whole nine yards. This is must try for anyone looking for a wonderful night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever
    AlbeVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Not organization on servers, managers don't know need of customers. Take more than several times to ask for services, also we need to keep requesting Same drinks or items over and over,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate