Kona Grill - The Woodlands
Kona Grill - The Woodlands

Kona Grill - The Woodlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.konagrill.com/
  • Phone: (281) 466-4061
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Robbins & Woodloch Forest Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Kona Grill - The Woodlands
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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Kona Grill - The Woodlands reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
61% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (11)great for outdoor dining (10)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (10)special occasion (8)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (7)romantic (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Service is going down
    JuicyjackVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We may not try this place for a while. Something has changed in their wait staff. The last 4-5 times we have been there, the waitstaff has been very forgetful and careless. This time, the waiter failed to hear a very small request in the order. When we got our food and asked about our request, he said he could send it back. We said no that's fine, then he comes back and says he didn't hear us ask for that cause he would have told us they didn't carry it. We had guests with us that clearly heard the entire conversation. Then he would disappears for what seems like eternity. It was mid day so they were not busy at all. It was quite embarrassing to say the least. We had talked to highly of that place. To top it off, we could smell his cologne over our food. He must have dropped the bottle on himself that day. We won't be going back. This is the woodlands Kona, don't think this inconsistent and unprofessional waitstaff can last.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost as good as usual
    JuicyjackVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This is the second time lately that the service has been very off point. This is not a common thing for Kona but it's also unacceptable. Waiter forgot some basics like chopsticks, got order wrong and rarely came around. Not good. Guess it's training 101.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh it was okay
    Drdustin
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Sushi was nothing spectacular. Drinks were a little weak. Menu seemed strange. Could either have super sweet or spicy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasant
    keedi
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu..great recommendation on food and drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour Hot Spot
    WoodlandsVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went in for an early dinner and it was clear that this is a Happy Hour Hot Spot. Had a nice dinner. Food good, but not earth shattering. Wait staff is nice and pleasant, but not professionally trained. At a 4-top with easy access to all seats, the server passed the plates across the table to serve, and asked us to pass the plates across the table when they were ready to be cleared. That was a negative feature for me and the restaurant does not give the feel of "family style" so I felt it down graded the experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party not outstanding as hoped
    not2happy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was my second time at Kona Grill. The first time the food was exceptional, however, the service was a bit slow. This time I booked a party for a birthday - group was under 10. The food was good, however, my friends I invited to impress stated their food was bland. The staff was very friendly but did not check back soon enough after food was served, forgot beverages, water ran empty. Expected more attentive service for the price point. I will not be booking another party there again. I will come to dine with a friend at lunch or a special dinner though. Just not good for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good price
    Batoro
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food flavors are no the best, cocktails are neither. Price is fair, place is new but furniture looks old and damaged.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TKSDBlack
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    our table was ready for our group, but it took awhile for our waiter to come over, my sister ordered a drink and when it finally came it was flat another one was brought out but again it was flat as well. We were at the table for well over 30 minutes before we got to order. Several ordered the steak which had not seasoning whatsoever and my jambalaya was too spicy to even enjoy. This was a birthday dinner that just wasn't as great as I thought it would be.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I rated the ambiance with two stars, as we were seated in one of the more unattractive areas in the restaurant near the restrooms, although we had a reservation and the restaurant was only half full. The food was good but not great. The rolls were similar to those I have purchased in the local Kroger, so they were unimpressive. Especially considering the restaurant is Asian fusion. I expected a signature presentation and taste. We had two servers. One was fantastic, the other poor. I had to split the difference by rating service with three stars. I would not recommend and will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have eaten here many times with business associates and guests. The food is always great and service is outstanding! My friend tried the Jambalya with fried rice instead of white. He said it was amazing! Ingredients are always fresh and tasty and portions are enough to allow some dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food; Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was my first time dining at Kona Grill. The extensive, variable menu was fantastic and the food was wonderful. Unfortunately, we had a very poor service experience. Our concerns were extended to the manager and I feel sure that they will be addressed. I would definitely give it another shot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RedRaider1976
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We sat outside at 7:00 on Saturday night. Although the temperature was in the low 80's, the fans and the air-conditioning escaping from inside made it pleasant. We did not experience any problem with flies or other flying insects, which is sometimes a problem when eating outdoors. The house salad was ample size and quality for a starter and reasonably priced at $4. The Sea Bass was very good and reasonably priced at $24. The butter cake dessert was excellent. However, the ice cream that was served with it had many ice crystals in it from being thawed and refrozen. You might want to skip the ice cream and just ask for some whipped cream on the side instead.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cynthia was great
    DrKoVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our server Cynthia was great. The food was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Eaten at Kona twice. Both times were a let down. Substandard service with chain quality food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit to Kona Grill and we brought along another first-time couple. We were all very disappointed in the service. We had to wait a very long time for drinks and our waters/tea were never refilled. One drink never did get delivered and a couple of the cocktails were not as ordered. Food was good however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay not Great
    MetzgerZooKeeperVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First contemporary American is not the cuisine, in my book. Definitely has an asain flair especially with the sauces used. Best thing on menu is sushi. If you stick to it you will be happy. Our other entrees were okay. My husband had the ribeye and it was rather grisly and tough. The pulled pork sliders were pretty spicy, and the sea bass was served with ratatouille that was so spicy that both of us that ordered it left it on the plate. It completely overpowered the fish. Restaurant layout was nice with great spacing between tables. Lots of large groups there that night but our service did NOT suffer as a result. Overall okay. It would not be our first choice with all hte outstanding restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • islandgirl0422
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The miso sea bass was to die for! The staff was friendly and our server did a splendid job! Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BHANVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    At a business lunch for 3 the food was very good. We ordered a variety of sushi and salads but after our food came our waiter disappeared. We finally had to ask someone to trac down our check, which was delivered by someone not our waiter. We waited so long we finally decided to take the check to the hostess stand to pay. Our waiter "caught" us on the way out and took our credit card with a mumbled apology. I will be back with hopes for better service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch...
    delmardi
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Would recommend Kona Grill for lunch in the Woodlands. It was a low key yet elegant atmosphere that allowed for a good conversation. It was not overly noisy, the service staff were attentive not effusive and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All good things come to an end
    Highlander
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have been a regular diner at Kona of The Woodlands since it opened. I am not sure if I was suffering from puppy love, or if the service at this restaurant has just not ever been acceptable. Either way the service is definitely not acceptable any longer. From the moment I walked in to the moment I left, this visit disappointed. Even though I stated I had lunch reservations for four. The greeter attempted to push Sunday happy hour seating onto my party. In hindsight she was probably right because this meal was nearly serve/help yourself. No plates. No utensils. Slow slow food delivery. One of the four meals wasn't delivered to the table and I had to point that fact out to the waiters. Unfortunately this was not unique to this visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic date night!
    rnorrell83
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We our patents to two small children and do not get away much no when we do, we make the best of it and try to pack as much into one night as possible but we're enjoying ourselves so much we didn't have to go any where else! We had such a wonderful time at Kona! We were celebrating my husband's birthday and we're treated like royalty :) our waitress was classy abs efficient, knowledgeable and patient with our first time guest questions. We stayed the entire evening and had a blast. The food was incredible and the manner Helen brought several sauces to try. She was so kind and really made us feel special. We soo appreciate the excellent experience! Thank you and we will be recommending you!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointmented Diners
    woodlandsfoodie13
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We enjoyed the meals and ambiance when we dined at the Kona Grill in Kansas City and expected to have the same experience at The Woodlands location. Big disappointment! We had to wait for someone to Valet park our car, my husband's drink order was messed up, my Cosmo was very weak and almost tasted watered down, and the food was just ok. We could tell our waiter was new and inexperienced which added to our frustration. There are too many dining options to choose from which makes it very unlikely we will ever return to The Woodlands Kona Grill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite Pleased!
    luvmytri
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Was a bit concerned since there are so many recent unfavorable reviews. Had a group of 5. Bartenders were not overly friendly, but service and drinks were decent. Later at our table, service was good (not outstanding) and everyone was for the most part happy with the food. My dish was very good - the sea bass. Will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 77 reviews are from the Kona Grill - The Woodlands reviews archive.
  • All Sizzle... No Steak!
    DocBVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Kona Grill is beautiful! The location is excellent, the ambiance is electric, and the food is pedestrian. The sushi was lackluster. I ordered one of the signature dishes (Hawaiian Ribeye), and could not have been more disappointed. The steak was not trimmed or marinated well. The sides were cafeteria-esque, and the onion rings and pineapple on top were both superfluous and incongruent. In all, the meal simply did not deliver. On a positive note, the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunate Bad Review
    TannerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'll have to say, most of the time I come to Kona I have a pretty great experience overall. Unfortunately this time, not so much. First they sat us in a dark corner right next to the bathroom and when we asked to be moved they moved us literally 5 feet away. The foot was good but our waiter kind of cut us off of drinks by suggesting one of us needed to drive (which we had literally had two drinks a piece).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My oldest daughter had been asking to try out Kona Grill ever since it opened. We decided to surprise her with lunch there on her 20th birthday. The food was delicious. Portions were decent for the price and the service was friendly and good. Overall, a great experience for our special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service was poor (slow); food was very below average; after spending over $300 will not be back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    cjtx
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have previously enjoyed dining at Kona Grill in San Antonio and were expecting the same great food and excellent service at The Woodlands location. Didn't happen - service, food, and bar were all lacking. We will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for nothing...
    dineenthusiast
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place is terrible. From the wait time to barely any alcohol in our drinks, it was awful. The sushi was the worst sushi I have ever eaten and probably the most expensive. I think people assume if it's in a prime location in the Woodlands that the food will be good....WRONG! I would rather eat at a taco truck off of Navigation than to go here again. Good luck if you brave this place after my review!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Over40
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went with three other couples.. Great food, little slow service at first but got better. But, it was way to hot in restaurant with the bar area wide open. It had been raining earlier and it turned into a sauna after. They tried to make it cooler by adjusting a/c but it wasn't much better. So overall, great food, drinks, and sweets but leaving there with my dress wet wasn't so fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CPhisownself
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service were both very good and prices were reasonable, particlularly considering the location in the waterway area. We will go back. The ceviche was excellent, as was the key lime pie. The sea bass was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why all the salt?
    AuditMan1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We met friends for dinner here recently and enjoyed it. Our only complaint concerns the food. As food is the reason for going to a restaurant, it's a big deal. We don't understand why the food comes from the kitchen with so much salt. In case the chefs don't know it, there is salt on the tables for customers to over-salt their food, it doesn't HAVE to come from the kitchen that way.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    mrm1915
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was my first time at any Kona Grill. The restaurant was moderately loud but with the table arrangement you could hear what was being said at your table. The food was great and the perfect lunch size.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is Now my Favorite Location!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I came to this location (1st time) on father's day and I fell in love!! Amazing interior design with a chic, sleek ambiance. We just loved the aquarium. Will definitely be back. Complimentary valet as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodlands Wonder
    Tommy
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in The Woodlands. Try the miso-sake Chilean sea bass.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kona, just OK
    PeteRVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had lunch at Kona for the first time the other day. It was ok but not near as good Uni's. Food was ok, my sushi did not taste super fresh. Nice atmosphere and close to my office but nothing that makes me say man I cant wait to go back. Plus I thought it was very expensive. Dumplings alone were $10 and they only give 5. When a couple orders to share there should always be 6 to share. Will probably stick to my Favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My first visit was very disappointing. Our food selection was Pepperoni Flatbread, Two selections of Sushi, and one kids Hamburger meal with French Fries and Macaroni. The Flatbread was highly salted and mushy. The Macaroni was watery and had no flavor. Part of the Sushi was not eadible due to texture. We were wanting desert, but decided to go home and maybe come back and just try desert by itself. The view of the Anadarko and area might be worth the second visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was great! we had ordered 3 desserts and they had ran out of ice cream and because we had to wait maybe 10 minutes the manager came over and gave us three gift cards for next visit! Will return !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kona Grill is the place to be!!
    Jianei
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went to the Kona Grill for Mother's day and I must say, the service there was on par! The waiter we had was very nice and he made sure that we were having a good time and enjoying our food. The food at Kona is very good and the only complaint I have is that I couldn't stay longer! My mom enjoyed her time here and we will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen is closed
    Ummm
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    They tell you that the kitchen is about to close in about an half an hour so if you can please place your order so they can make your sushi. Ummmm ok
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate