Kona Grill - Carmel

4.6
2008 Reviews
$30 and under
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 ambiance provide the perfect venue for special occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, birthday celebrations, business meetings, date night, or just any occasion really.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 8:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM

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vipCosmorific
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We sat at the bar and unfortunately the bartender repeatedly let us know that he thought that you should have not been opened, and told us that he didn’t want to be there. I understand that it was a holiday but it made us very uncomfortable while we sat at the bar.

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ChrisandTammyC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointing. Terrible service, and food was average at best. I can think of a couple dozen restaurants that would be far better for this price point.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 11 hours ago

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food sat in the window. Korean ribs were very tough. House salad was fantastic. Carrot cake was superb. Quality could have been better for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great, however, I noticed that the prices have sharply increased. We have been regulars there but feel as if they are pricing themselves to the point of us looking for other options as a go-to place to eat. It’s a great place, but getting a bit greedy on the pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Calamari was wonderful but my entree and sides were luke warm and had little seasoning. Disappointed as I have always loved the food at prior visits.

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Anonymous
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dynamite roll is the best item here. It needs to be on the menu.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tommy did a good job. He was very nice.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We're glad Tommy took good care of you and will pass along your compliments We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That man with the buzz cut is super ripped! Damn he is handsome.

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Anonymous
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You should make craft cocktails with fireball. It would be really great in the winter time.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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Anonymous
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The carrot cake was delicious. Just like Kevin........Meow!

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess staff is so polite and sweet. They really give a great first impression.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin is the best server ever. He rocks my world.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to seeing you and "rocking out" again with Kevin soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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LynnF
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with "old" friends. Waiter was amazing, food was amazing. It was a great, fun evening. We'll be back.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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Kp1BBM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We had reservations for 2 in the dining room but were sat at a very small table in the bar area. The bar area was a very warm temperature (heat must have been cranked) and uncomfortable. The waitress finally addressed us after 10 minutes of waiting, apologizing that she was the only waitress in that area and that she asked the hosts to stop seating people in her section and walked away. Another 10 minutes passed with no service, we decided to be asked to be seated in the main dining room. From this point on, service was excellent and the food was good. I just wished they had seated us appropriately to start per our reservation. Don’t sit in the bar area unless that is your only option.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipMilnadgreat
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Good tool too long. And the bartender was more worried about keep the bar clean and organized than check what the costumer needed . The other blond girl at the bar was slow and ignoring us when we tried to call for her attention.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipRobertM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Our order took over 1 hour from when we ordered it to get to the table. Not sure if it was a staffing issue or an uncommonly busy night.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipDaveP
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Everything was spot on!

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipJodee
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tood and service

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Sushi came out quickly and was great. Mains took over an hour to receive. One of them was ok, one of them was not customized as ordered. Was offered a free dessert but my date and I had spent two hours there in the cold outer bar section and just wanted to leave. Probably won't be back any time soon.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 17, 2021

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Dinner took two hours and we had to inquire about the status of our food twice.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 11 hours ago

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipheatherV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Our reservation was at 6:15pm and we didn't receive our food until 7:30pm. We ordered pretty soon after sitting down. My husband and I both ordered the fish special (halibut) and our kids did the kids bento box. All the food was COLD. The halibut was inedible. You could barely cut it with a fork it was so hard. It appeared the fish had been overcooked and then sitting out for a very long time. I ate my brussel sprouts and the kids ate their edamame while we waited on the waitress to return so we could provide feedback. The server was very gracious when she returned and got the manager quickly. The manager apologized profusely and said they were having some staffing issues. The restaurant was packed, so I can't imagine the food that all those people were being served that night. The manager comped our entire meal, which was very nice given I had had a glass of wine and my husband had sake (drinks were finished since we waited for food for over an hour). And the manager gave us $10 off coupons for our next visit. I like Kona Grill for lunch when it's not so crowded, so I will use those. We left our uneaten food and went to Five Guys and got a burger for dinner.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Wait staff is doing a good job for it being busy!

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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BrianF
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I made a reservation for 2 at 6 and we got there early and checked in and was seated promptly. The digital menu was okay but preferred a paper menu which we asked for and was given, much better having an actual menu. The food was great, sushi was amazing but the steak we asked for was medium and we received a medium well steak-not a big deal it was still good. Drinks are a little steep in price but overall very good experience.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the review. Please let us know what we can improve on your next visit so we can make your 4 star a 5 star! We hope too see you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Poor service overall. Over 15 minutes from seating to initial service. I was asked if I wanted my wine was straight up or on the rocks. Quite an odd time at somewhere that usually has good service

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous server!!! Very conscientious!

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the review. Please let us know what we can improve on your next visit so we can make your 4 star a 5 star! We hope too see you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipCecil
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had a reservation but we were seated in the bar. The tall bar chairs are not very comfortable. We also did not appreciate being charged for an additional side item, when we were told that there would be a small up charge for changing the chips to fries on our meal. We received fries, no chips as ordered, but see no reason for such a large up charge. Also, they kept bringing out fries from the kitchen trying to find out who had ordered them after we had received our meals. We have dined there many times over the years. Usually the food & service are much better.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

We apologize about your experience Cecil. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnAprilMiracle
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Last time we went we had a wonderful experience. Last night was the opposite. It took a long time and multiple requests to get a coca-cola, all other drinks came fairly quick. Calamari was not very good, greasy. My dish came out about 10minutes before the others with me and yet nothing was said. My husband was disappointed in his dish, when it did finally make it out. It was the fish special. He said it was just ok. Coffee came out luke warm. The server was nice, but not outstanding. They were very busy and a bit overwhelmed so I am sure that played a large part in our experience.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

We apologize about your experience AnAprilMiracle. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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Momof3
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

They didn’t have our reservation when we arrived. Very Loud, took about an hour to get our food. Food was great, but for a 7:00 reservation we didn’t leave there till 9:00.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I can appreciate new staff but our wait time for food and drinks was exceptionally long. Our appetizers and main courses were cold as well.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

We apologize about your experience. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The manager and the wait staff were very kind and accommodating.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely fabulous, and the cocktails were delightful and reasonably priced. It was a little loud for us, but it was a Friday night. We were seated at a table near the front, which wasn’t conducive to conversation. So we asked to be moved; once in a booth, the noise level was not nearly as much of an issue.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review LisaP. We hope too see you again soon! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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Ryan
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for a date night. The service was very good and the food was excellent.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the review. Please let us know what we can improve on your next visit so we can make your 4 star a 5 star! We hope too see you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite date night spot !! So glad to see everything going back to normal !!!!

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Give Adam a raise. He is a good bartender.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We hope too see you again soon! We love Adam too! Please ask for me on your next visit I would love to meet you and buy you a piece of our delicious carrot cake. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipJustphil70
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Picked a place we haven't been for our 26th Anniversary. Did OpenTable reservation and put Anniversary on the reservation. We had a nice greeting at the door by the hostess. We were immediately sat. They weren't very busy on Monday night. In about a minute we had our server. We ordered tea and looked over the menu. I will admit I kinda chose this place for me because I like sea food, but the do have steak on the menu my husband likes. Their salads are a mix of ingredients we both don't care for but they were able to make a salad with just the basics. I ordered Surf and Turf: a Filet with California Rolls. Very interesting way to do Surf and Turf. Mine came with Green Beans and Garlic Fingerling Potatoes. Husband got Filet with Mac N Cheese and Green Beans. We both said the Filet was tuff, had zero taste, no char. It looked like it was pan fried with zero seasoning or butter and had zero color. I make much better steak at home with a dry Porcini Mushroom Rub. My Potatoes were under done but had good flavor. Husband ate all his Mac n Cheese. He hated the Green Beans but I liked them. The California Rolls were delicious. When a manager came by to ask how dinner was my husband wasn't going to say anything. I'm usually the one not to say something. We let her know the steaks were a total disappointment and I told her the California Rolls were delicious. She apologized and actually took the meals off our bill. I would have been happy with one taken off since the California Rolls were good. We ordered the Triple Brownie which was great. No mention of our anniversary. We have eaten at Kona Jack and it has always been good. Even though our meals were comped the server was still appropriately tipped. I don't know that everyone thinks of that. It wasn't the servers fault.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 16, 2021

We apologize about your experience Justphil70. We strive to give the best service and provide the best food and we did not meet your or our expectations. Can you please contact me at 317-566-1400. I want to talk to you personally about your experience and have the opportunity to win you back as guest. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. Looking forward to the thanksgiving day menu.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to hosting you and your family on Thanksgiving! Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kona Grill is the best! Whoop! Whoop! There it is!

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 7, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to "whoop whoop" it up with you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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Anonymous
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam is my favorite bartender. He remind me of Ed Norton.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 7, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We will pass along your comments to Ed Norton -- eh Adam -- and look forward to seeing you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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vipAnonymous
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shawna is very polite. We enjoyed her stopping by the table to check on us.

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 7, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and service! We look forward to seeing you again. Please ask for me on your next visit -- I would like to meet you and buy you dessert. Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

Kona Grill - Carmel
Responded on November 7, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal! We hope to see you again soon! Take care and stay safe. Thanks, Kelli Thornburg Manager

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FAQs

Kona Grill - Carmel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (317) 566-1400.

Kona Grill - Carmel is rated 4.6 stars by 2008 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.