Kona Grill - Cincinnati

3.9
1595 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Kona Grill Cincinnati at Liberty Center, in between The Square and rooftop garden. 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 rooftop patio overlooking The Square is a must. This is the best spot to catch a summer concert. 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 6:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri 12:00AM - 12:00AM 8:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 12:00AM - 12:00AM 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM

What 1595 people are saying
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RonM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an awesome experience at Kona. The food, the service, and atmosphere was superb! I could not have asked for a better experience. I am now planning my next visit! Everything was outstanding!

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TerryE
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The upstairs was very, very loud. We would not return on a Saturday night if we had to set upstairs

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Well it was our anniversary yesterday and so I planned a romantic night out with my lady. We made reservations for 7:00 and arrived at 6:50 ready to check-in, we were told it would be a few minutes before we would be seated. 30 minutes go by and we still have not been seated, we kindly go to the hostess and ask about our reservation for 7 and how long it will take before we are actually seated because now we are well past our scheduled time. She tells us it will only be a few more minutes now only a few parties are in front of us. Another 15 minutes go by, and by this time we just decide to leave and go to another restaurant. If we make reservations for a specific time then we expect to have a table reserved for us at that time. If you can’t guarantee a table for us then don’t have reservation slots open during that time.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Anonymous, We recognize your time is valuable and appreciate the feedback you have provided. Although our mission is to be the best restaurant in the market by delivering exceptional service for every guest, every time, we understand that we fell short of this during your recent visit with us- and for that we sincerely apologize. We would love the opportunity to make this right, if you could please contact a member of our management team at 513.988.7351, we would love to speak with you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation was 45 mins late to have us seated. We sat at our table for another 10 mins with no service. We left. I understand the issue with staffing, but either be upfront about it or don’t take as many reservations.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize that your visit was not up to not only yours but our standards as well. Please reach out to us at cincinnati@konagrill so that we may have the opportunity to make this inconvenience up to you as well as give you a fantastic Kona experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Doesn’t matter now

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Anonymous, We recognize your time is valuable and appreciate the feedback you have provided. Although our mission is to be the best restaurant in the market by delivering exceptional service for every guest, every time, we understand that we fell short of this during your recent visit with us- and for that we sincerely apologize. We would love the opportunity to make this right, if you could please contact a member of our management team at 513.988.7351, we would love to speak with you.

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MadelynA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very attentive and the sweetest person! Made our night an amazing experience.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 4 days ago

Hello MadelynA, We truly enjoyed your company and its guests like you who help us keep the remarkable experiences going. Thank you for creating memories with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up early and were taken in , friendly and quick service. Waitress helped us with advice towards entrees . Overall a great time

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 6 days ago

Wow thank you for the 5 Star review! We are so happy you enjoyed your Kona experience and that our team members made this such a memorable visit for you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipCherylH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

It was very busy and thus very noisy. I was in a group of three and we had to lean in over the table to hear each other speak. The service was excellent however.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for the constructive feedback. We are so pleased to hear the service you received was exceptional. We look forward to serving you once again.

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Andy11
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food and love the atmosphere.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 6 days ago

Andy, We are so pleased to hear you absolutely enjoyed your date night with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SharonB
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. But the service was slow at times with lots of staff standing around.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded 6 days ago

Sharon, Thank you for your feedback as it is the only way we may improve. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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Heister
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night. The service and food were excellent.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 13, 2021

Dear Hesiter, We are very pleased to see that you enjoyed your recent visit with us at Kona Grill and look forward to serving you again in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation at 6. Koma was very busy that night so we had to to wait an additional 45 mins. Once we got seated everything was wonderful and our waitress was exceptional.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 12, 2021

We are so pleased to hear you absolutely enjoyed your Kona experience!

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LauraO
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome!

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 12, 2021

Laura thank you for the 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, service and atmosphere was good. Glad we used OPEN TABLE to make our reservations.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us!

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JaniceD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service, fun atmosphere, good not as good as it has been in past.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 12, 2021

Janice thank you for your feedback. We are diligently working on re-staffing so that we may provide the excellent service we are known for!

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MicaG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We made a reservation on Wednesday for a Friday evening to celebrate 2 birthdays for 7:30. We arrived at 7:20 and were told they were working on finding us a place. We were finally sat at 8:15. The manager said he would have some complimentary apps sent to our table due to our long wait. Long story short we were there for almost three hours and didn't get our food until 10pm and it was all cold. The server rarely checked on us and we went without drinks for quite sometime. After our food came out cold, one of our friends went and found a manager and explained how our evening was not going so far. The manager came up and profusely apologized for the poor service and very long wait time for our food and drinks. She explained that they are going through growing pains and have hired a whole new staff. We completely understand how hard it is right now to find people who will work and did give them that grace. The wait time was very excessive and when the food came out cold that was unacceptable. One of our friends never even got her salad. The manager did take care of us and asked us to please come back and give them another try. It may be some time, but we will most likely give them another shot. Our visits before were much better so hopefully this is just a fluke and not the new norm.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 13, 2021

Dear MicaG, We recognize your time is valuable and appreciate the feedback you have provided. Although our mission is to be the best restaurant in the market by delivering exceptional service for every guest, every time, we understand that we fell short of this during your recent visit with us- and for that we sincerely apologize. We would love the opportunity to make this right, if you could please contact a member of our management team at 513.988.7351, we would love to speak with you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food were both wonderful! Cannot wait to go again!

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 11, 2021

Amazing Thank you for the excellent review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zandra was fabulous. One of the best servers we’ve had and we dine out often. She was friendly, polite, engaged, and attentive. Despite the busy evening she was on top of her game. Thanks to her for making a busy night a great one for my family.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 11, 2021

Amazing Thank you for the excellent review!

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trendy and Modern Food, lovely environment, excellent service.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 11, 2021

Amazing Thank you for the excellent review!

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michele
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server brought out soups and salads with the meal not before. She did not ask so we assumed that soups and salad
Would come first.
My food was room temp so not as appealing.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for the great feedback! We look forward to your next visit when you are back in town!

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JulieK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was extremely slow. I was completely stressed when we finally left.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 4, 2021

Julie, We understand your disappointment with us and we appreciate you bringing these issues to our attention, which has been shared with the team. We agree that your unusual experience did not match our exceptional standards and it is important to us that our guests receive the true Kona experience that we are known for. We will be reaching out via private message to follow up on your experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Love this location.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 4, 2021

Amazing! Thank you! We will be sure to share with the rest of our team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good experience! We are from out of state and love to eat here when visiting with family!!!

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for the great feedback! We look forward to your next visit when you are back in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son a d his friends are there for homecoming.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for the great feedback! We look forward to your next visit when you are back in town!

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Netta
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. The bartender was a transfer from ATL. They were great!

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you Netta! We always love hearting great reviews about our staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Took forever, received wrong food, and some of the food just never came. Dirty glasses. Food tasted like chemicals. Just overall gross. Excited to be on the rooftop as it’s beautiful, however we had to almost shout at each other because their fans overhead were so loud. Disappointing as we’ve been there before and it was great. Everyone is having a hard time with everything going on, especially restaurants, but this was a little extreme. Won’t be returning.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 4, 2021

Greetings from Kona Grill. I'd like to begin with thanking you for your patronage at Kona Grill and also in taking the time to leave us a review. I wanted to reach out to you personally and invite you back as I don't feel you received the experience we strive to give our guest. We strive to provide the highest level of service and to create a full dining experience for all our guest. If that experience was not provided, I would like to offer my sincerest of apologies.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It is a fine restaurant, but they were short on servers, and although I was not in a hurry, waits for food and desert were way too long. Otherwise, great food in a good restaurant.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on October 13, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your recent visit to Kona Grill. We are pleased to see you enjoyed the food and ambience of our establishment and appreciate your understanding during these trying times. We look forward to serving you again in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. The Brunch and Kona-mosaa are great. Need to have the rooftop area open on Sundays.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! We are working on getting the rooftop open for Sundays! Hopefully we can soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was cold

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 29, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're regretful to hear that your dining experience did not meet our standards. We're normally known for our exceptional attention to detail and we would like the opportunity to invite you back to make it right. If you could reply to this message, we will be in contact directly!

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TerryG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Expectations exceeded.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 29, 2021

Amazing! Thank you for the excellent review!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The hostesses forgot about us at the bar. We were 15 min early for our reservation so we decided to have a drink at the bar while we waited. We had to go back and check with them 20 min after our reservation time because we saw them seating walk ins as they arrived. They seated us immediately then, but I don’t think the servers were prepared because it took over 20 min for a server to come to our table. Our order had minor errors. The mashed potatoes were very dry and the green beans were tough. However the steak was great.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear your visit wasn't as spectacular as we strive to provide our guests. Please reach out to us at cincinnati@konagrill so that we may have the opportunity to make this up to you and bring you back in for the Kona experience you deserve!

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MonM
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not the night to be there for restaurantweek. Only received first course and eventually found out that our food ticket was lost, so our food have never been cooked. We left hungry after potstickers and salad. Not going to go back with so many other places to choose from. Disappointed:(

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 26, 2021

I want to sincerely apologize for the way your visit went. This is by no means the way that we take care of our guests and would love the opportunity to speak with you. Please reach out to us at cincinnati@konagrill so that we may have the chance to make this up to you!

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LE123
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I think they were having an off night. Our food wasn't as good as its been in the past, but our server was fantastic.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you Le123 for your feedback and support! We look forward to your next visit with us!

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vipMichaelE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service. Probably too busy. Server took order without writing it down. Got our order completely wrong. Wrong food. Wrong temperature. Really disappointed. Manager tried to make amends. Just too busy and lack of control. Chaotic service.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 26, 2021

Michael, thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear your visit was not a pleasant one. If you wouldn't mind, please reach out to us at cincinnati@konagrill so that we may obtain more information on your experience as well as have the opportunity to apologize and correct our errors.

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TomT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place. Pretty loud inside. Food was very good. Service was average. We would try it again.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 26, 2021

Tom, thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you soon!

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vipTomT
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time diners. Came for restaurant week. I had the miso sea bass which was perfectly cooked and really outstanding. Nice interior design. Wide variety on the menu.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 26, 2021

Tom, we love to read reviews like this and are pleased that you enjoyed your Kona experience. We strive to provide the best in service and delicious meals. We look forward to your next visit!

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RachelR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The power lunch special is a an excellent deal! I am a big fan of their traditional rolls and the lunch special provided many great sushi and other regular menu item options.

I am also a big fan of some extra heat and the spicy crunchy tuna roll really hit the spot!

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 26, 2021

Rachel thank you for the fantastic review! Can't wait to see you again soon.

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JackieH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our server’s first words were to tell us that she was new. We should have left right then. She had no idea what she was doing. We finally left without the dessert included in the Restaurant Week menu because we had been there for two hours and just couldn’t take any more of the insanity.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry your evening wasn't up to not only yours but our standards as well. Please reach out to us at cincinnati@konagrill so that we have the opportunity to speak with you. Your feedback is extremely helpful and is the only way we can improve!

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vipseasoned
Cincinnati
57 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

6pm reservations, 7:20 still waiting for entries.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry your evening wasn't up to not only yours but our standards as well. Please reach out to us at cincinnati@konagrill so that we have the opportunity to speak with you. Your feedback is extremely helpful and is the only way we can improve!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited as part of Cincinnati Restaurant Week and the menu they offered was outstanding. We started with pot stickers and sweet and blue salad. Both excellent. We both had the prime rib which was absolutely delicious and a very generous portion. We finished with carrot cake which also was fantastic. This restaurant is awesome. The food, the presentation and the service are all top notch. Try it!

Kona Grill - Cincinnati
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! We will share with the rest of our team!

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Kona Grill - Cincinnati offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 322-5860.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati is rated 3.9 stars by 1595 OpenTable diners.

Kona Grill - Cincinnati does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://konagrill.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

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.

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