Kona Grill - Kansas City
Kona Grill - Kansas City
  • Address:
    444 Ward Parkway
    Country Club Plaza
    Kansas City, MO 64112
    Neighborhood:
    Plaza / Brookside
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Kona Grill - Kansas City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.konagrill.com/
  • Phone: (816) 931-5888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00am
  • 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: Broadway & Pennsylvania
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Kona Grill - Kansas City
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Kona Grill - Kansas City reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)vibrant bar scene (41)hot spot (37)special occasion (35)good for groups (34)romantic (23)great for lunch (20)great for outdoor dining (17)neighborhood gem (15)late-night find (15)notable wine list (10)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Foodulous
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good food, server must have had too many tables because she was gone for long periods of time. They were great in accommodating our baby with a high chair and storing the stroller for us. They got us to our table within seconds of checking in for our reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always dinne here!!! Love it
    Fox21
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Every one so friendly love the food, love their Tuna tower, bama roll, just so sad that they stop having hibiscus flower champagne :( it was our favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Food was quite expensive, although quantity was fairly large for the entrée. Process made more difficult by an online menu that fails to list prices, at least at this time. Probably won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique flavor offerings.
    Gems
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Blending flavors that truly compliment the various offerings. Surprising pallet combinations that will have you coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place is overpriced and very inflexible with their sushi rolls. I go to Sake in Olathe and they are very creative about making rolls without rice that are shareable. Not so much at Kona. I won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice evening
    EmptyNester
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Just an all around nice evening from the food to the service and atmosphere. Relaxing and enjoyable. Love the sushi rolls and macadamia nut crusted chicken! Lots of great places for casual dining on the plaza and this is one to enjoy with friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dress code!?
    ManagementNags101
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've always worn a hat to Kona Grill and it was never a problem. The manager was a punk about the whole situation so that disturbed me because I felt like I was treated like a kid. It's not a fancy 5 star restaurant or anything. The good is always good but everything else couldn't compare to the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great!
    Hillaryxfaith
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I love Kona! The service is always top-notch; not constantly circling, but available when needed. The sushi is amazing. I am never afraid to try something new because I have never been disappointed with anything I've ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I made a reservation at Kona Grill one month before the plaza art fair for a large group girl's night. The service was poor and we all felt like they were just trying to rush us and get us out of the restaurant. Our drinks weren't refilled and we were never even offered dessert or second cocktails/wine. The minute we sat down they were rushing us to order. The food was okay. The sushi was good, but the calamari was mostly breading and hardly any calamari. They shouldn't take reservations for large groups if they aren't going to treat them like any other paying customer. I won't be going back to Kona even though I really like the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not impressed
    happydinersVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Waitress nice but didn't know the menu. This was the night of Plaza Art Fair so bar area load but we were seated to back of restaurants we got bothered by little gnats throughout the meal. Not a great experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Impressed, but not blown away
    nomnomnomVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I tried Kona Grill for the first time with a friend. We each got sushi, and the food was very good. I was unimpressed, however, by the ambiance, especially because there were several flies that bothered us while we were eating inside. It also felt kind of like a generic upscale chain restaurant. The service was decent, though, and I would consider going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time with Friends
    C12345VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our time at this restaurant is always good. The staff and food is a quality experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food,poor service,
    Diningdawn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved this place the moment we saw it. Cool bar , cool booths, loved the food (the meatloaf was awesome) however our waiter was horrible! We will not return
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad night for Kona
    ActionMan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our sever was new and was unfamiliar with the menu. All is the red wines were refrigerated. The manager was surprised and I was told that they serve red wines cold. I ask if the bartender was new and they said she was a veteran bartender.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The lounge was really loud with a very sparse wine and taquila selection. Dinner was good. Our waiter, Eddie, was wonderful. Ambience could be better as the restaraunt is also loud. In general, good experience thanks to Eddie and tasty food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servier was the best part!
    Fantasticf1sttime
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing first time experience! The host said out server had been there a long time, short with glasses and bob haircut! She helped recommend the good and drinks! She worked 8-15-14 night! Great night overall!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good vegetarian options
    plazadiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I selected Kona specifically because they have options for vegetarians. One member of our party is a vegetarian and at too many other places the options are not exciting. The menu offers plenty of options to satisfy a wide range of tastes. The Sashimi is not exceptional and is over-priced for this market. But the rolls are good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • travelerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went on a Friday evening. Hot, loud, crowded. Normally good but not so much this past Friday. I'll still return because this was an out of the ordinary experience. Great wait staff though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for lunch
    TNGnashvilleVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for lunch and had the best sandwich ever! The turkey and Brie! I loved it so much I went back a couple of days later!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    Christen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Party of 6 on a busy Saturdat night. Food was great, service was impeccable. Highly recommend!! We will be back for sure!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The noise level was deafening. The food was nicely presented and I'm sure if you enjoy sushi, the food was taste. This is an eating & drinking establishment taylored to the younger crowd.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Anniversary Evening
    RforE
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I were celebrating a special occasion and ended the evening visiting the restaurant where we had our first date. The service was excellent, we were seated immediately and had an outstanding waitress. The food came out in a quick manner and it tasted amazing. We were in and out, without feeling rushed, and plan to come back very soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi
    kelcut
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was only my second visit to Kona Grill, but it was still as delicious as I remembered. The sushi is so fresh tasting & fantastic. The only negative were the gnats (or maybe fruit flies)? I know they keep the doors open during day time hours, so maybe that's the issue. We had a few fly around the entire time, which was a tad annoying, but the food & the service more than make up for that one irritation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kimmie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Love Love Love Kona grill the food is fantastic and the service outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kona Grill on the Plaza
    eatrice
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Came here with my wife for my birthday because I love sushi. I made reservations and was seated as soon as I met the hostess. Our server was courteous and ran down the list of specials. The temptation roll sounded new and exciting and it truly was! The beef tacos appetizer was quite tasty and the sushi, like always, was delightful. We have come here quite often and have never been disappointed with our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Am I at Denny's???
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Fruit flies definitely an issue they need to address. But the thing we couldn't understand was why, when the restaurant closes at 10:00, there was a massive cleaning effort underway starting at 9:00. One waitress was loudly banging her broom underneath the booth behind us and when we asked nicely if she could wait to do that, she gave us an irritated look and said "I'm done" and went on to the next booth. Really?? We're spending $80 on dinner and apparently our request was an imposition on her finishing her shift duties. As this continued all around us, we finally asked to speak to the manager. He listened, said "thank you" and walked away. No "I'm sorry", "I'll address that" or any kind of concession. Disappointing to be sure...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gnats!!!!!
    Mlucky1015
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    There were a ton of gnats bothering us our entire meal!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the sea bass
    Underseige
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the food. We ordered seconds on the ratatouille! The butter cake is melt in your mouth. Same with the sea bass. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Excellent offering
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great sushi and main dishes too! Good portion sizes and excellent flavors. This was our first time to the restaurant and we definitely will be back. The sea bass was perfectly cooked and the chicken and broccoli, while spicy, had a great blend of Asian flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    1357mj
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waiter was on it. Was energetic, fun and was on his specials. We actually ate the specials. It was an overall great time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Overall
    RoyTheExperienceGuy
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Had the chicken broccoli stir fry...accompanying white rice was an idible paste. An unbelievable amount of little gnats flying around the food and drinks. Might be because front of the restaurant is open to the street and the river just past that. Sea bass entree was quite good. Wait stuff was okay. Manager did come by to ask how things were. I told her and she comped the dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I love Kona Grill the service and food is always excellent however the past two trips the fruit flies/gnats has been horrible. It was disruptive and annoying to constantly be swatting at them during my eating and conversation. I hope they get on top of this otherwise it will be a while until I return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Experience
    DateNight
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a really nice time. The Sushi was not the best. The rolls were all falling apart. The service was great until the end. We waited 30 minutes for the waiter to come back to the table so we could tell him we were ready for the check. The service before that was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 477 reviews are from the Kona Grill - Kansas City reviews archive.
  • What a disappointment.. :(
    Jenrenkc
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went to Kona to celebrate our anniversary and it was a real bummer. It was really loud, there were some sort of fruit flies bugging us the whole time, the waiter we had was nice but non-existent, and the sushi wasn't wrapped really well- it fell apart as you tried to pick it up. We have been there prior to this a few times and the service is always "just okay" but usually the food is really good. I'd say this is a great place for a happy hour but not a celebration of a special occasion. We probably won't go back. Not worth spending that kind of money to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as great as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My husband and I decided to go to Kona Grill for our 14 year anniversary. We have eaten there several times in the past and have always been happy. The food was great as usual, however my drink (mojito) was not near as good as it usually is. Also, we got there an hour before our reservation to partake in Happy Hour. However, after standing there for 30 minutes with no open tables to sit at, we chose to simply sit down and eat prior to our reservation. My main complaint is that there were several fruit flies swarming around us the entire time we ate. It was gross and annoying. The service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kona grill
    rleibach
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had never been to kona grill before. We were very happy with the food, we had some delicious sushi and spinich artichoke dip. We will definitely be going back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was wonderful, thanks for a great night out, and for being on Open Table to make the reservation process easy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I expected better.
    lovetoexplore
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The service was great; staff was attentive and helpful.. but everything past that was awful. The amount of noise in the building makes it impossible to hear what the person next to you has to say. There were flies everywhere, the restrooms were a nightmare- toilet paper and body fluids everywhere. The food was average- coupled with the flies and other bugs, it definitely didn't taste too great. I'm someone that values cleanliness in restaurants above other things- and kona just BOMBED on that account.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was great and the service was even better. There was a timing problem with our entres coming out before our appetizer. They took them back and brought out the appetizer immediately. We didn't complain but both the server and manager apologized and took the appetizer off the bill. That's the way to handle mistakes. Highly recommend Kona Grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    CKindle
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We just ordered off the sushi menu and everything we had was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.