Kona Grill - Phoenix

Kona Grill - Phoenix

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.konagrill.com/
  • Phone: 4802895707
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Friday and Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Happy hour is 3:00pm-7:00pm Monday-Friday 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday and Reverse Happy Hour is 9:00pm-11:00pm Monday-Thursday and 10:00pm-Midnight Friday and Saturday.
  • 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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Beautiful Private Patio. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Bevins 4802895707

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Kona Grill - Phoenix
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 WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Kona Grill - Phoenix reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (11)special occasion (9)great for lunch (9)late-night find (8)hot spot (6)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (2)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good service and happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service was really friendly and fast! Happy hour was good too. It lasts until 7, which is sometimes hard to find! Good place to go with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    JustMeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a great time. I find the sushi is not always fresh so I stopped getting certain fish. Salmon being one of them. It was like they went to the grocery store and cut a peice that was on sale. Nasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out and dining treat!
    GDavis
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    With a party of 10 we were celebrating a birthday. Reservations, seating and menu choices were excellent. Every thing from sushi to flat-breads to burgers were great. Menu choices met our diverse needs. Happy hour pricing on Sunday was a bonus. The on-line reservations system is very convenient. Our waitress, Nicole, did a great job. Food service was fast and arrived quickly. She really did a nice job with special requests. Put a candle in a desert on request. Deserts were enormous and very good. Love the atmosphere at Kona Grille ... we're looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Not OK
    Terriwith2arfsVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a party of 5 - the restaurant was SO loud - acoustics are absolutely terrible! It wasn't real busy (Thurs nite - summer), yet you could barely hear each other in our booth! We were as far from the bar as we could get. The food was very under par for this place. The Chili Salmon was fishy and had virtually no chili sauce, the Macadamia Chicken was saturated with salt, the sushi was probably the best and that was just OK. Our server was sullen and really didn't want to be there (neither did we by then). She kept disappearing and at one point, my husband had to go and find her. It didn't look clean and we won't be back. Don't bother with this place, go somewhere with atmosphere, good food & pleasant servers!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the greatest sushi
    Sunshynee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The sushi here is not really worth eating. The fish is fresh, but they fall short on flavor and originality. Tried the butter cake and it was dry and bland. Butter cake should be sweet and moist (like Mastros does it!) overall this place is more for droning than it is for eating. If you want good sushi go somewhere else!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, fun atmosphere.
    VegasPete
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have many favorite dishes here, but the ones that stand out the best are: Passion Fruit Creme Brûlée Chicken Pad Thai Gouda Fondue (Special, may not be on the menu) Potstickers Dragon Roll Avocado & Eel Roll Picasso Roll The place has a lot of energy. Nice crowd & vibe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Lunch
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Kona Grill is a great place for a quick lunch or a leisurely afternoon. The fish is always fresh and the service and drinks are spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • average at best
    tmdaz
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    food was average at best and the service was poor. We had to wait quite a while for our drinks and some food was over-cooked while the sushi rolls were missing some of the ingredients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We sat outside under the misters because of the high noise level inside. I had never experienced that loud atmosphere at the Kona grill and probably would not return for dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic evening
    Suziq
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a fantastic evening celebrating a birthday. Rachael was incredible with her recommendations and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD EVEN BETTER SERVICE
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to Kona Grill a few times but this location is great due to the friendly staff who make a huge difference! Food was spot on as always but the service really made the experience all the better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour
    CathyandMike
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The bar was crowded because the Happy Hour was terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining experience
    fathersday061514
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our waitress was outstanding. And the manager visited our table and was also very accommodating. We didn't care for the spinach dip we ordered and the manager took it off our bill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 197 reviews are from the Kona Grill - Phoenix reviews archive.
  • Great Restaurant!
    AdesAFoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love, love, love this place! Awesome menu, especially the sushi. Awesome happy hour menu. Enjoy the atmosphere. Great location. Prices reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice Place for a Special Occasion
    Matt
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took the wife and son to the Kona Grill for Mother's Day. Nice attmosphere and a very courteous staff. My wife had the surf and turf special, I had the ribeye steak, and my son had the sliders. The food was good and the service was timely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, good service
    Bradley
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food had highlights and lowlights. The chicken Caprese sandwich was dry, but the softshell crab sliders were delicious. The kids meals were decent and Hawaiian rib eye was the star, cooked perfectly with good flavor. The service was great and the atmosphere was very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too warm inside also too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was good but value for money was marginal Rest of my review is meaningless filler to get to 50 characters in length what a stupid limitation
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place to Meet Clients
    bahem
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I love Kona Grill. It is always comfortable courteous and convenient. My favorite Kona is the one at Tatum in Desert Ridge. I take prospective buyers and Realtors there on a regular basis
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    Rider59
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Location is convenient at City North. High end surf and turf fare with reasonable prices. Great wine list and sophisticated service. Fun late-night happy hour.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Day For Lunch At Kona Grill
    LoveHighStreet
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Perfect place to enjoy the outdoors for a wonderful lunch at Kona Grill. Excellent food and always treated as you are the only table there to serve.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for business dinner
    DMK1
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    A perfect spot for a business dinner. The service and food was excellent as was the round table placed in a quiet spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My perfect night
    sugar36
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Was a second time there, really nice are server was very nice, she make are 13 year anniversary really special
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD EXPERIENCE AT SUSHI CHAIN
    NWeonphile1
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We went here because it was listed as kid friendly and we had a 14 mo old. We were seated almost immediately, had good service, and the food choices were realy good. Sushi was above average and good considering we were in Arizona. Prices were reasonable, ambience was lively and energetic, and portions were reasonably sized. Overall, a good Fri Night experience. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummi
    Camiche
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Go to Kona Grill and receive great service and food in a timely fashion. I will return soon to this location.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    VerdeV
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Mixed drinks were in error - tonic instead if soda- and weak. Service friendly but not special. The place was about 25% full on a Saturday night which says I impressive in peak season. This was our first visit there and even though we are local we won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I have eaten at
    xajA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at this particular Kona Grill and others a number of times and have always enjoyed it. But this was not one of those days. Gnats were flying about the table throughout the meal which completely took away from the enjoyment. The appetizer was crab crunch roll and spicy tuna rolls. Both were delicious and fresh tasting. For the entrees, I had the surf and turf special. While the steak was excellent, the lobster was kind of mushy and discolored. Not bright white and firm like it should have been. My wife had a pasta dish that did not impress her at all. All she remembers is it was a temporary one on a special menu. The service was spot on. Will we eat here again? Yes. I am chalking this visit up as a fluke.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kona is always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I was in Phoenix for a work trip, and it's always difficult to accomodate everyone's different tastes- Kona has something for everyone! Great, sharable portion sizes, great happy hour deals, and delicious food! What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food bad service
    Queenofhearts
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a 7pm reservation and didn't leave this place until 9:30. We had a large party of 15. Server took forever to place our order and when we finally placed the order 3 of us were notified the entrees we ordered were sold out. The food was great when it finally arrived. The outdoor seating?patio was very nice. Only complaint is how long it took to place and receive our food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food pre-prepared
    Jamd
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Very disappointed in the food - none of our special requests could be accomodated (i.e. sauces on the side). Apparently the food is already made - which tells me they are not cooking anything fresh - even sauces are already added. I would expect this from a fast food restaurant but not from a venue like this. Also, had pecan encrusted chicken salad - which was actually just breadcrumbs on the chicken breast - no pistachios in sight. Turkey burger was disgusting - charred on the outside and dripping in grease. Maybe this place is good for sushi but the other menu items were not fresh at all. Would not return and would definitely not recommend with so many other restaurants out there that use fresh ingredients.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Customer service
    Enjoyable
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had come here before and it wasn't the best experience butt his visit blew that one out of the water. Our waiter was very energetic and we joked before he took our order. We had drinks and apps and then proceeded with our entrees. We shared avocado rolls which are to die for. Po boys were awesome too. The cream brûlée wasn't he best, but everything else was up to par
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TopDog
    TopDog
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great food and service. A little bit noisey for a big group. This place also has excellent happy hour.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Sushi in Nice Setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    A nice place to shop, look around. It is growing a little. Average sushi, average service, a little pricey for the location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OKAY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Food was okay, Sushi was okay, wine list was okay, Desserts were good. I thought it was a bit pricey considering everything was just okay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy.
    kiefer
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    So we came in and the girl off the clock was nice enough to help us out with a smile on her face. We got to are table and the waiter kept checking on us making sure are drinks are refilled. I don't remember her name but she was sweet making sure everything was good. Had a great night
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Dinner after a movie
    WildflowerVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Too bright in the dining room and too cold, we sat in the front by the fish tank and it was freezing at 9:30 at night there was no reason to have the A/C on and the overhead lights blaring. The food was good though but the atmosphere was not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio Lunch
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    We enjoyed a relaxing lunch on the patio. The Seared Ahi was perfectly rare and the chili sauce was the a great pairing. Our server was attentive but not hovering and the patio was perfect in the late morning shade at City North.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JMarc
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I was there on an obvious first date. Our server was so eager to get our order in (and they weren't particularly busy) he came by 3, maybe 4 times when we hadn't even looked at the menu. This was in a span of 10 minutes at best. I know it's a balance -- they want to give good service and not ignore you -- but when you're so obviously in conversation please give us some space. When we did order we got served promptly. The ambiance is nice. The staff is friendly. The sushi was awful. Shameful. An inexpensive bottle of wine and a reasonable number of sushi rolls and one order of sashimi-- no specials -- hit me for $90 before tip. Dry and flavorless, it tasted like the sushi you buy pre-packed at the supermarket.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find Nearby
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Checking their menu, they seemed to have something for everyone...and they did! A huge plus was that they have Happy Hour prices all day on Sunday. A few in our group are seniors on fixed/limited budgets, so this worked perfectly. Everyone loved the food, which ranged from sushi to flatbreads to lettuce wraps. Our server was EXCELLENT! His name is Brian...so ask for him. The manager stopped by to ensure everything was up to par and we assured him it was above and beyond. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and the restaurant brought 2 (large) cupckes w. candles. which we shared (you really only need a few bites to satisfy). Plus, they didn't even charge us for them! We are definitely going back!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Twinkletoes
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We had a big party (with a ton of stragglers) and our server was so patient. He was friendly and helped recommend food and drinks. It was a fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Great Atmosphere
    Enjoyable
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Went with my wife for date night sat at the indoor/outdoor bar. Its finally starting to cool down so it was nice. The food was great and the service was better. The only thing was they were out if Angry orchard cider so I had to pick something different. will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.