Kon Asian Bistro - Portland, ME

4.4
61 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Brunch
  • Cozy
Kon Asian Bistro Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is an upscale Asian restaurant with a new, modern flair. We offer a truly amazing dining experience. Japanese, Sushi, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese Hibachi cuisine offers tastes of the orient that leave you wanting more. Kon Asian Bistro is a truly exciting place to socialize and enjoy yourself.



Have a cocktail, glass of wine, beer, or other delightful beverage and relax and have fun. Experience our entertaining and delicious hibachi tables. They are something you won't soon forget! Our unique private party room can accommodate larger parties, from business meetings to birthday parties and more!



Please advise if your reservation is for the dining room or Hibachi.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Hibachi, Sushi
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Hours of operation

Monday - Thursday : 11:30am - 10:00pm

Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

Sunday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(207) 874-0000
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room
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KM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Chef was a blast...server was very dry & didn't seem to be happy to be there! She was blaaa!!! Thank god the cook changed the atmosphere, hope he gets a chunk of the tip!!!!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS! I am an avid hibachi eater and this place is great! Awesome Saki and amazing food, highly recommend.

Going here again for lunch before we leave!

Yum!

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New England
80 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good
It was quiet because it was 2pm
Would def go again.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. Chef was really entertaining. Was very good with kids. Fried rice is amazing as always. The birthday celebration for my wife was unique. I did not buy a drink this visit. From past visits I know drinks are very strong which makes them a good value if getting drunk is the goal. I had to drive so I did not risk it.

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NE
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely staff, had a good time at the Hibachi bar and would recommend to a friend.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very wonderful and attentive staff and had a wonderful time!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was over cooked. When we mentioned it to the waitress she just said, oh it happens. I was in shock. This is the second time in a row I have been disappointed here. The prices are way too high for the quality of food and service. I'm not sure we will visit again.

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was exceptionally friendly and attentive and our food was delicious as always. My only complaints, or things they could improve, would be that the drinks were really strong and the chef seemed like he wanted to be somewhere else, like he was just going through the motions.

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KC
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a large group for a retirement party. We were not allowed to sit until everyone was there. With 16 people coming after work, it’s not easy getting everyone there at the same time. If they had seated us, they could have sold us drinks while we waited for the few who showed up late, and maybe made a bit more money. We ate at the hibachi tables, which was great fun. The food was good, but very salty. Overall, it’s a good place to bring a group for a fun time.

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was Ladies Night! A large group of friends got together for a fun filled dinner prior to a night of dancing to the 80s music. Kon accommodated our large group woman with 2 hibachi cooks and great drinks. They made our dinner transaction easy, offering 7 options for a set price including tip for ease of payment. We appreciated that so much and want to thank them for great service, food, and atmosphere. We all had a lot of fun and one friend lots of Saki... there is always one in the group! :)

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time, our young chef was amazing, we did feel very rushed, the food almost came out before our food, seemed they wanted us in and out. Hostess, was very snoby.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I come here all the time and the food is very consistent, however the actual Hibachi show is not. We went this past Valentine's Day and had a very wonderful time it was just us and another young couple next to us. There was not much of a show, perhaps it was because it was Valentine's Day and they thought we were more into each other than the actual show but the one thing I always look forward to is the saki, there was no offering of any sake to drink from the bottle and that was a big let-down. Other than that food was wonderful, staff was wonderful,everything was wonderful.

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n
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Love the decor but everything else was nothing special. Had a group of 20 for Thursday and everyone got their food at different times. It took a really long time and server didn't seem too happy with such a big group. Slow to get more water and after we paid, no employee was to be found. Sushi was meh. Not great, not gross.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating our sons 13th birthday. Fun atmosphere great food prepared well and entertaining . We all loved what we ordered and also tries some sushi that was delicious.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the go-to place for my wife and me. We love coming here for our anniversary and we are never disappointed. I would recommend going here to anyone.

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Was very disappointed with our dining experience in the hibachi area. The waitress was inattentive and the hibachi chef was not interactive at all. Was expecting a better experience as this was a 40th birthday dinner for a friend(the restaurant was advised of this 30 days in advance when the reservation was made). The area we were seated at was so cold, it was like the heat was not on in the restaurant at all. Food was good, but overpriced. Overall very disappointing experience. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s were so much fun!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I went to Kon with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday and we were all vastly disappointed with the service. When I made the reservation, I was told that if my party (of 6) and I did not arrive by our 7 PM reservation time, they could not guarantee we would get the Hibachi table we requested. That is understandable, as I worked in food service and know that there are other people waiting and that essentially for Hibachi, they cannot just hold a table if the party is late. We showed up right at 7 PM and were seated within 10 minutes of waiting, which was fine as we were all excited to celebrate.

The largest issue came with the fact that while we were seated at 7:10, we did not have anyone come over the start the Hibachi grill until 8:15 PM. That is completely unacceptable that we would have to wait an hour for the 'show' to begin, after being told we needed to arrive promptly at our reservation time. We got our drinks around 7:30ish, and then just sat there, waiting for the Hibachi waiter to come to our table. We even tried to flag a couple waitresses down and ask if we had been forgotten about, and they said they would look into sending someone over. Furthermore, my friends requested that I get a birthday celebration, as they normally do here -- there were about 3 other birthdays in the entire restaurant, and they all got the Kon-themed celebration except for me. I'm not sure why, and we waited for it, but it never happened. To say this was a disappointing birthday dinner would be an understatement, and I would think twice before spending my money here again.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sashimi was excellent! The ambience was very nice it had a club feel to it. There was a large Buddha in the middle with the rock garden. We were one of two tables there at lunchtime and one other table came in while we were there.Easy access off the highway.The restaurant was a great quick find on OpenTable.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The presentation was fun but not outstanding. The food was OK but not great. The prices were sky high. Our family dinner cost us $185 which is outrageous for Portland, Maine.

Sadly, we experienced phenomenal hibachi while in Mexico this spring and couldn't help but compare...and there is no comparison. Their chefs are flamboyant and put on quite a show of cooking style. The chef we had seemed to be on autopilot, relying exclusively on adult and "baby" sake samples to wow us. Gimmicky.

We left with a lot less money and more than enough of this place.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a 6pm hibachi reservation for 4 adults and a toddler. We really enjoyed the food and drinks (sushi for me, hibachi for the rest of my family). The only down side was a long wait for our hibachi chef to arrive and get our meals going. Normally I probably would have just ordered an extra cocktail and an appetizer and not given it another thought, but with a young toddler, a long wait is a LONG wait!

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DV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

They "cram" too many people into a table. For the $$, customers need to have room to relax, enjoy a cocktail, conversation with family, without 9-10 people crammed into a space for 8... or 6, ideally! We have been going for years, but my last 2 experiences will cause me to think twice before we go again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, Kon's has enlarged the hibatchi side of the restaurant and it has plenty of room and over all open feeling. Once your chef starts his "show" you don't see or hear any of the other tables. The food, though you think there is not enough, turns our at the end of the meal, you are full. Food is tasty and made to order.
Well rounded meal and fun place to bring friends

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate in the hibachi so it was relatively quiet besides other tables being served. Food was pretty good and it was fun to have the enjoyable show.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hibachi was delicious and tons of fun! I would definitely go again!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and the experience was unreal. The chef, the waitress, the food even the bathroom was an awesome experience. I would recommend KON to all my family and friends.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Birthday, but was not celebrated

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a fantastic time! Our chef was amazing and made my daughter feel very special on her Birthday

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was excellent. Entire family had a blast! One first timer in our group and he thought it was great. Always entertaining.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good sushi and hibachi menu! Definitely a loud place, but it's a good energy. Great place for friends or family night out.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Kon Asian Bistro did a fantastic job helping us celebrate our 6 year olds birthday and making a fun night out for the whole family!

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B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with everything. I will be back.

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a great date night to go to Kon. We enjoy your excellent sushi chefs creations and the excellent wait staff that always do great in taking care of our requests. We look forward to going. Thank you.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine. I was expecting a little more food from the Hibachi grill. Other then that everyone seemed happy with dinner. The chef did not seem to put on the show that I have seen at other Hibachi Table restaurants.

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriend and I frequent Kon more than any other restaurant on Open Table. We have a great dining experience with every dinner. The meals are excellent along with great service. Thank you goes to the management and exceptional staff.

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CG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

The portions are large but the food was just OK. It had zero ambiance and I would not return nor recommend this restaurant.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food--the best Japanese I've ever had, hands down.

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I appreciated the hostess was very accomdating and kind. I had to call to mention that we would be late and they assured us that it wouldn't be a problem , which I appreciated. Our server greeted us very promptly. We received our drinks right away. The hibachi chef was entertaining and fun. I appreciate that Kon has lunch portions for hibachi! I like the smaller portions and price. Overall it was a very nice experience. Thank you

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the person who prepared the Hibachi was very skilled. I was better prepared for the banter with the chef but I find it borders on disruptive (I was with a group), rude and often sexist...this time the chef was a bit more shy and so we couldn't really hear what he was saying which is a good thing. I wish we would be asked if we want just the show without the banter and the peeing boy.... the answer would have been no.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The occasion was our twin grandsons graduating from Pharmacy school. They recommended Kon
Bistro as they have been may times with fellow students. Our quest enjoyed their selections and the quality of the food.

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