Kona Grill - Kansas City

4.3
1123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Kona Grill in Country Club Plaza, Kansas City’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Visitors and locals alike can come in to enjoy our scratch kitchen and award-winning sushi after reveling in the art festivals and special events. Stop by for happy hour to taste our handcrafted cocktails infused with freshly squeezed juices. Enjoy a diverse menu featuring a wide variety of contemporary American dishes, as well as unique entrées and appetizers with a global flair. Specialties include Miso-saké Sea Bass in a delicious marinade, filets, almond-crusted Pork-Tenderloin, and Kona Grill’s signature dish – Macadamia Nut Chicken. The restaurant’s contemporary ambience and its new patio 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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BD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was mostly good. My martini was definitely not a full glass, nor served at a good temperature. Server was less that good. Mediocre at best. Sushi and appetizers were great!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy Kona Grill. I recommend it to my family and friends. Good selections are great and drinks are too! Staff is friendly. I will have me a seat at the table for happy hour since the weather is good. See you there!

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D
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a birthday! The manager was extra attentive to us and very nice and gave us dessert. Carrot cake was way better than we expected. Sushi was delicious and good quality. Service was a little bit slow in the beginning but got better through our meal!

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t
St. Louis
29 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good. I have a shellfish allergy and the staff was very concerned that they get it right. It was fun and lively. I wish they had a rice without shellfish to go with the salmon. We will try Kona Grill again, just for the appetizers and drinks.

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CC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very welcoming upon arrival, even though 10 minutes late. Ushered right to our booth we were met and discussed with waiter our order. We were pleased with sushi rolls, I had the Picasso sp? They were delicious and spicy hot- I was advised. Waiter even brought rolls and butter to cool off my mouth between bites. We will return!

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TE
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved our server and wish I could remember her name. She was on point all evening and exceeded any expectations we had. Great sushi, salad, and their brewed beer was excellent also!

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LK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!
Xavier was his name.
It's hard to receive good customer service anymore and he simply made our experience worth it.

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BH
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good times.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

First of... our sweet server was the only good part about this dinning experience. Kona grill has dumb rules about being only walk in for the happy hour but then there is no self seating...?? They are asshats and it made no sense. Then the little front hostess could t even seat us till 20 mins after our reservation which then made me basically a walk in but I still could not have happy hour. They were clearly short staffed but our wonderful waitress was so kind and working very hard.

I will not be back to Kona grill nor recommend it to friends.

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor service.. salad was old and limp. Complained but never saw a mananger and barely got an apology.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night! Everything was excellent!

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server made both beverage and food suggestions which were amazing. Service was excellent. The sea bass was delicious! We will definitely be returning when in the area.

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AB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was on point! The dining area was kinda of loud. The food was good.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The appetizer order was not put in until we reminded our server after about 30 minutes. Then she offered another appetizer which never came.

The main course came two minutes after the appetizer.
Then, food we didn't order came to our table.

It was expensive for a rather disorganized meal.

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r
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to believe, after visiting the Plaza regularly since 2003, and then in 97-98, we had never tried this place. Bad call. But, we finally went, and it was great. We will be back!!!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The bar area was so loud that the noise carried throughout the restaurant. This is not a quiet dining atmosphere. The food can best be described as alright and extremely overpriced. The highlight was the server was friendly and accommodating.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the guests in my party uses a wheelchair, I have never used OpenTable to make a reservation with special circumstances before. I made a note on the online reservation that we needed an accessible table. When I arrived, our table was ready with an accessible spot for the wheelchair, they walked us right back with no waiting and staff immediately offered us water while we got settled. Customer service was great, food was delicious as always (we stayed from cocktails through dessert!), and I really appreciate that making the reservation with a special request was so easy!

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AS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

"Crab cake" sliders were disgusting and flavorless. Pad Thai was way too sweet, and had the tiniest salad shrimp. Will never return.

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JJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a fun and energetic atmosphere. A bustling “scene.”

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S
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

If I could give zero stars I would. My husband ordered the snapper- $25 and it was so bland. Had zero taste. It was awful. I ordered the Korean Chicken sandwich at the recommendation of our waitress. I couldn’t eat it. It tasted worse than a freezer burnt piece of chicken. McDonalds would have been more satisfying than this place. Really disappointed.

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

Very upbeat and lively atmosphere. The food is great and the carrot cake is amazing.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For Happy Hour
Appetizers way over priced, probably 10% food cost.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

I made reservations for 9:30 happy hour only to get there for my reservations and they tell me they don’t accept reservations for happy hour!! WHY is reservations on here for happy hour then? I had to wait an additional 45 minutes to be seated and the manager didn’t want to accommodate me!!

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KB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The place was packed and I think that’s the only reason the service was a bit slow. Server was great, food was great, but it was crazy loud and super busy. I think the server had too many tables to keep up with.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a very pleasant experience, nice light and tasty sushi, only complaint was some of the noise from the bar area.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend outing.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great and prices were amazing. The door greeter/seating lady had the worst attitude and was trying to steer people away by saying there was an hour wait and we were the first on the list so it took 5 minutes. Waiters made up for her attitude and atmosphere was very fun.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was pretty good waitress did a great job. We did make reservations however apparently you can't make reservations for happy hour even though it doesn't include that on the website. The wait for happy hour was an additional 40 minutes. I wish they had a happy hour for the entire resteraunt instead of select areas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday. They have a great rewards program that gave me a coupon for $15 off. It was fantastic.

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Terrible, the service I received was sub-par and the food wasn’t that great either. I made a reservation at a later time because the website said that was the only free time but when I get there people were able to do walk ins. Got seated at the worst table and waited for two hours for sushi and a chicken sandwich, and the food wasn’t cheap either I feel like the only thing that was worth the money was the atmosphere. Definitely wouldn’t recommend to anyone else.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mona Grill was awesome ! The food was great and not super expensive . We’ll go to Kona Grill mor often .

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great, happy hour was amazing! Service was poor.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! We had not been there since they redid the menu. We were happy with the changes

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H
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Love that you can get sushi as well as many other items. Great happy hour deals.

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n
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Manager Rob is a complete jerk. Dam shame he even has a job there. Food great but ruined by a nasty manager.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

here for my Birthday this past Sunday . Happy hour at 7pm on a Sunday who knew a bunch of young ppl would be drunk and obnoxious. Sunday happy hours are a NO in my book - esp the manager had to get security 2 times to get ppl out and settle fighting down this is NoT a Fight club ppl I was disappointed over that bczzz ppl like us are here to enjoy the food. The food and our waiter was great.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask anyone, Kona will not disappoint!!! I 10/10 recommend. It’s also very spacious so there is plenty of seating even on the busiest nights and this does not come at the cost of poor service. Great service, great food, great atmosphere!

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

AWESOME SUSHI!!! AWESOME SUSHI!!! AWESOME SUSHI!!! AWESOME SUSHI!!! AWESOME SUSHI!!!

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WD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service. Our server was very good and recommended some sushi that was amazing!

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