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Kona Grill - Kansas City

4.2
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1400 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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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Sun 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Sat 9:00AM - 11:00AM

What 1400 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience during Covid. Social distancing was appropriately followed.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Extremely disappointed, we have dined here countless times for girls night with no issue. However when trying to enjoy the same great time as a family, we were told that our “party” was to large. The GM was extremely rude and did not make our experience very enjoyable, we didn’t get to eat because they wanted to separate my family across the restaurant (although they didn’t mind us sitting by complete strangers). We were put out, in 46 degree weather, and while standing outside with my disabled veteran husband and 5 children trying to make a reservation with a restaurant that would allow our family to dine together, the GM Rose Tingley came outside and called security on us for standing outside. I have dined at Kona for years and have never had such a horrible experience. The way she made my family feel should be an insult to the Company.

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KELLYV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kona has been my favorite restaurant for many years so we've gone a lot. The last several visits, I ordered my usual, the macadamia nut chicken. I think they have slightly changed the recipe (and the menu, and the prices) and it's just not what it was. Went back again and the same- just not very good anymore. So this trip, I went with sushi and was not disappointed. I had the shrimp tempura which was excellent. I still miss my normal macadamia nut chicken though. They also took off the menu my favorite drink - the coconut mojito. Ask the bartender if he could still make one and said they don't have Malibu Rum. What bar doesn't carry Malibu Rum? I'll still continue to go but just not my favorite restaurant anymore.

Kona Grill - Kansas City
Responded 3 days ago

KELLYV Thank you so much for taking the time to give such a detailed review. We will be sure to also share your feedback with our team to use as coaching tool for future visits. Please join us again soon for a chance to provide you with the full 5 star experience.

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JeremyH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately, we had to go somewhere else, as they were not able or willing to accommodate our group needs. We had 11 people, and due to COVID protocol, could only reserve up to 6 per table. For some reason, they would not allow us to reserve another table for 5 within decent proximity...even the the dining area was nearly empty. We wound up going to Bucca de Beppo who were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Good food but disappointed due to the nats that have been present in the restaurant.

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Christian
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table outside. When we arrived at the time we reserved, we were told it would be an hour wait. Given the concerns of the virus, this was unacceptable. They did not offer any type of consideration given this significant oversight.

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Bonnie
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual along that street, parking is a bit of a challenge but that’s fine. The food was outstanding. We liked the cocktails (Red Sangria and an Old Fashioned). Quick service. Food served piping hot. Casual dining. No complaints.

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vipJennyH
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

For years and years, Kona has been overrun with fruit flies and poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I absolutely love going to Kona Grill with my friends or for date night. The food is awesome and moderately priced. My only reason for not giving five stars is because one of the employees at the door was extremely rude when I asked if she could help me find my party. She said “I don’t know where they are” hastily and dismissed me. Luckily, another employee was able to direct me to my table.

Kona Grill - Kansas City
Responded on October 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review. We will use this feedback as a way to coach our staff to insure your next experience with us is one worthy of 5 stars.

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KimY
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I took his five-year-old niece to dinner here on a Saturday night and it couldn't have been easier, safer or more pleasant. The booths are tastefully surrounded by plexiglass so that you feel as if you are in your own protected pod. The staff not only wears makes but also gloves while easily conveying information and providing excellent service. Our little dinner Guest was thrilled with her bento box and our dinner was fabulous. I do recommend this restaurant- with or without little ones.

Kona Grill - Kansas City
Responded on October 7, 2020

KimY thank you so much for the positive review and 5 star rating. Please come back too see us soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The feel of the restaurant was great and the food was amazing!

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MaxT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Our table wasn’t clean when we were seated. Plates were wet when served to us. Restroom was extremely dirty.
We are in the middle of the pandemic and Kona grill Kansas City’s overall cleanliness clearly needs some improvement.

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RandyM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The amenities were great the bathroom was clean the food was great the service was excellent I’ll give it a four-star rating

Kona Grill - Kansas City
Responded on October 3, 2020

Hello RandyM! Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We are so glad to hear you had an exceptional experience dining with us here at Kona Grill. We hope to see you back very soon!

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Stephen
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Food was outstanding. Just a bit loud.

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ChadR
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing...from the food to the servers, well done!

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KathleenL
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kona is our go to place for Happy Hour and delicious sushi!

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RoyceW
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My pizza wasn’t hot, so they remade it without any problems!

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Illinoisguests
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not specified a booth on my reservation as I didn’t realize there were tables now (with Covid). They graciously worked to find us a booth which we really wanted. Our waiter was great and the food was excellent as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kona has the most enjoyable flavors of dishes anywhere in KC. Whether it’s a main entree fish or steak, a side vegetable or appetizer. Everything we’ve tried here is unique and enjoyable, will continue coming to Kona and trying their whole menu!

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GeoffR
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We had never been there before. A bit noisy but my brother who had been several times, said it isnt usually loud. Maybe people just wanted to be out.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a special night. I was greatly pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

It was very horrible experience from the beginning. I made reservation ahead of time when and our table was not ready at all. the tables was not cleaned so I have to wait 15 more minutes. After we set down our server came and took our order we receive the water after 31 minute, some of our food came in before we receive our other drinks and some of the drink never showed up at all and the rest of the foos showed up 69min late and we try to cancel the food we did not receive and they said they can’t because they made the order already. Over all the experience was not good at all. They did not even sanitized or really clean tables after every use. Highly not recommend. It’s over rated.

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LeslieS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service plus fun atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Lots of gnats flying around

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AmyM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A little disappointed in the sushi, the potstickers were fantastic. Our server was amazing!

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LoriH
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt they did a great job of keeping everyone social distanced and feeling safe at the restaurant. Food was absolutely fantastic! I definitely need to come back here more often.

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RominaG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is delicious, good service and the music was at a perfect volume. We had a great dinner.

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, they had a live DJ the night we went and our waiter was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was amazing!

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DannieRDH
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It took about an hour to get our food and hardly any apology. Manager came by and asked how everything was and we told her how long we were waiting. She left and we never saw her again. Our waitress kept saying it’s just taking a while sorry. And they are not even close to COVID capacity. It was also a Monday night.

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JimM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too noisy, not a good value. Have gone here many times over ears but there are better places out there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jakie was our server. Her personality and energy made our experience all the more enjoyable. 10/10 will absolutely be coming back and asking for her.

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KayS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Took a bit too long to get our food. It wasn’t busy at all either.

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Tadiorx
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crunch crab rolls and potstickers are amazing!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Over priced for what you get to eat

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Lillian
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to get sushi! So delicious and worth the price. Went to celebrate my birthday and staff there made it extra special. Definitely start with the potstickers (my favorite appetizer)!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious. Waitress Michelle was wonderful but I think had too many tables as her service got slow in the middle and waited awhile for drinks. But don’t think her fault. Also we booked for 730 and then got a call that they were overbooked and couldn’t get us in until 930. Not sure if that was an open table or kona issue so that was frustrating.

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BriannaB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

My husband and I came in on 8/8/20. Upon arriving we noticed that some of the other guests were intoxicated. One woman was wearing jeans and a sports bra, with her underwear pulled up over her pants. The group was shouting to the bartender from their table. Which we completely understand that the staff has no control over others, but the manager was walking around and did not address it. If I am going to come to the Plaza, and spend over $100 on dinner for only 2 people, I would expect there to be some type of boundaries for the type of people, and actions that are allowed in the restaurant. At least a dress code. It made the experience very unpleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The servers are wonderful and kind. My friend and I had a little goodbye dinner before college and out waitress was super sweet and talked to us and asked us where we were going. The food was amazing and came out quickly.

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Rahul
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food. Felt like a fast food for sushi place when it should have been a bit more eclectic.
Server was great. Watermelon margarita is highly recommended.

FAQs

Kona Grill - Kansas City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 931-5888.

Kona Grill - Kansas City is rated 4.2 stars by 1400 OpenTable diners.

Kona Grill - Kansas City 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.