Kona Grill - Carmel

4.5
1270 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Kona Grill Carmel at Clay Terrace, steps away from The Lawn. Enjoy your local paradise after work, a day of shopping, or before an event. Fresh, wild caught fish is flown in daily to craft award-winning sushi, while contemporary American entrees are prepared from scratch in-house. Happy hour on the beautiful, shaded patio is a must. And don’t leave until you’ve tried one of the handcrafted cocktails, ice cold draft beer, or a glass of wine selected from the extensive drink menu. The restaurant’s diverse menu and contemporary ambience provide the perfect venue for special occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, birthday celebrations, business meetings, date night, or just any occasion really.
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OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very loud, don’t remember music being so noisy.
Steak and sushi weren’t the same level of quality as our usual experience

CS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food. I have Celiac and they offer many GF entrees and drinks. Try the Kona Cosmo! They never disappoint.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated with a small family dinner. We ordered our food and my daughter asked if it was possible to get my granddaughter’s food as quickly as possible (she’s almost 15 months). He said absolutely. It was out in minutes and she was content the whole time. Our server was attentive and our orders were accurate and delicious.

TD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

AO
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu. He was prompt with drinks and checked on us several times. Food was delicious. Will definitely bring the family back.

J
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were outside on the patio. There was a noisy group next to our table but nowhere else to sit. But the service, food and drinks more than made up for it - plus the treat of being outside in a great setting. We will go back, often.

m
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Everything was great, but we did have a few flies that were around out table. We could have asked to move, but we just put up with it and enjoyed our food.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike made our experience amazing !! Thank you!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Happy hour food delicious .
Mixed cocktail terrible—-very watered down. Moscow mule and margarita both tasted the same —-like lime water.
Waiter was not personable. We questioned the drinks and he stated we needed to pay extra otherwise drinks are pre-mixed. We were not informed prior to our order.
We asked for another piece of lettuce to add to the last 2 pieces so we 3 could each have another wrap with what was left to divide— he never brought it. He addressed us once food was delivered and we never saw him again until he brought the bills.
Poor service.

TK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, service was great. Loved the atmosphere. We will definitely go back next time we are in town. Even my very picky husband was impressed.

RP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Kona is a great place to go. We had our granddaughter with us this visit (she is 2yrs old) and they were very accommodating. The food for kids was good too.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner with good food and service

M
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great experience. Desserts were outstanding.

MU
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Parking was a real problem due to concert in the park!

AS
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty. Many people were there; it may help to have a reservation as I did for two.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is delicious, but I have been noticing that the service is suffering a bit.

I
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our waitress was not very friendly at all, barely smiled or spoke to us other than to take our order. We all ordered salads and once we ordered the waitress ignored our table. We waited for quite sometime, only during this time did refill our waters once. As we watched other tables around us receive their food, who our waitress was waiting on, we inquired about our salads. Our salads finally arrived, all but one, once it did it had chicken in it instead of shrimp as ordered. Our waitress, replied “oh I heard chicken”, she did not apologize. We waited for at least 5-8 minutes before going to ask for the manager who did replace the salad with shrimp but left off the blue cheese! He seemed annoyed that he had to go back to get blue cheese. All in all not a great experience.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Kona Grill!!! The food was perfect as well as the service!!

MF
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

M
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been to Kona on several occasions and the food has always been good. This time my dinner was not great but everything else we ordered was exactly as it has been previously! The thing that saved this experience was the manager's response to the issue and our waitress's great service throughout the entire dining experience. Very nicely done Kona Grill. I fully understand that it can be just an off night in the kitchen, it happens but Kona's service can't be beat!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great meal! Staff made great accommodations for my allergies and I got a fantastic meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my son’s choice for his birthday dinner!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service very slow despite waiter said not busy even though it looked busy. Food was overcooked. Had to request help from other servers.

ER
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

It took our server 3 times to try and get our bill correct. We had reservations at 9pm so we could take advantage of the happy hour menu items that we like so much. However, when we got our bill only one item was recognized as Happy Hour and we told him this is incorrect plus we downloaded the KG app which also was good for one free sushi roll but after the third attempt I figured this is an unfortunate event since the service has always been great and the sushi amazing.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a very good experience. The food was delicious. The service was excellent - attentive without being overbearing. The noise level is quite high though.

E
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Kona Grill is an awesome neighborhood restaurant that provides great value and excellent service.

B
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The tomato bisque soup was excellent. Had an entree salad that ok.
Our server was attentive and did an excellent job. Music was too loud for conversations.

J
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat next to the open windows in the bar area. Wonderful spot with great ambiance. Our server was excellent as was the food and timing. We were delighted.

P
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kona Grill is a noisy, fun place with a welcoming vibe & excellent food. We were a party of three and had avocado egg rolls ( Like nowhere else - majorly avocado, crispy hot with dipping sauces) soft shell crab sushi, crab and shrimp sushi. My husband had a great steak & my adult daughter & I split a Chile glazed salmon dinner - (individually. plated, thank you) plenty of food for two and flavor & prep were perfection.Service, as always was impeccable.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

C
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The ambience is nice...casual and open. We ate in the bar. Our waitress was less than attentive. We thought she was probably a rookie.

C
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We like the newer menu and new items but please bring back the Creme Brulee!

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never dissapoints. Great place for date night.

TT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a solid place to eat and have drinks, but nothing about it is an exceeds expectations.

FA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Warn salad and main dish was cold. The waitress brought my main dish first and salad after.
Avg costumer service.

f
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin, our server, did a wonderful job of accommodating a vegan in our group. The food was phenomenal as always.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed The sushi , appetizers and desert. The value for 5 people and service was great with great suggestions

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing dinner!

SC
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. A bit noisy. I do recommend it. Open Table reservation worked perfectly.

LH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service from Samantha Hillard.

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