Kona Grill - Kansas City

4.2
1708 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00AM - 12:00AM 9:00AM - 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 9:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM

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MariaR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated immediately upon arrival, and the waitress was at our table within minutes. Drinks and appetizer came promptly after ordering, and sushi was served within 15 minutes of ordering. One of us ordered pad Thai, and that took close to 25 minutes to come from the kitchen for some reason. All the food was very good, just took longer than expected.

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FranksRealty
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Wife and Son ordered the Chicken Macadamia Nut dish. Chicken and potatoes were super bland. Daughter and I ordered the Penne pasta and pad Thai dishes which were great! Server was awesome!

DM
vipDaveM
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic. She made great recommendations and was attentive to our needs, even on a very busy night. Our party enjoyed sushi rolls, pasta and a sandwich, which shows how varied the menu can be.

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vipDonP
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You’ve got to try the sea bass sliders

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were awesome. I wasn’t expecting the high noise level but it was still a great experience.

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GinaS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had to wait 20 minutes for our table even though we had reservations. Was only given one out of our two appetizers after waiting an extremely long time after ordering. Got our sushi before our second appetizer was even brought out and had to go and find our server to get the bill taken care of. Our server was very nice as I don’t think the mistakes were her fault but overall, not a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I've been to Kona before several times and have had a good experience. However, this time I wasn't impressed with the brunch menu and the service was pretty slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We t for the first time with a friend for Happy Hour. Great specials. Awesome service.
I definitely will be back for a date night or girls night!

KB
KellyB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Unfortunately this was our first time there and nothing about it was a good time. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. We sat for a good 9 min before we were even greeted. Once greeted we ordered cocktails and tried to order appetizers as well however the waiter walked away so quickly we did not get to order. We then sat there for 13 min before our drinks arrived at which time we also had to ask for napkins. We could see the place was full and our waiter was very busy. We asked if we could place our appetizer order and our dinner order as we were seeing a show in 2 hours but were worried by the slow service we might not make it. He apologized and said he was very busy and would come right back to get our order. We waited and waited and then finally grabbed him as he walled by and said we really needed to order. We ordered another round of drinks and appetizers and our dinners. The appetizers did not take long to arrive. We asked the person delivering the appetizers if we could please have plates as we were all sharing the the apps. She neve4r4 brought the plates back so we asked another waiter who was walking by if he could bring us plates. He never brought them either. By this time we were finished with the apps and had to awkwardly eat off the plates with another couple that we didn't know very well. Our appetizers were gone and we asked our waiter if our second round of drinks were coming as we had ordered them when we ordered the appetizers. He apologized again and said they were ready at the bar but he need to take the order at the table next to us first. By this time we are all more than frustrated. We did wait along time for our meals to come. Everyone was pleased with what they got. We all wanted to order another drink but did not as we worried it would take another 15min to get them and we did not have time for that. Overall this was not a good first impression.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s Birthday 🎂

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations here for an anniversary and was greeted with an offer to sit at the open seating bar since they didn’t do any special seating for reservations??
Sat at the bar, bartender took about 10min to greet us and offer us a drink. Another 10-15 min after, once we ordered and had an appetizer and was not offered any silverware nor napkins until we had to grab them ourselves from behind the counter.
Bartender didn’t check on us at all during our meal even when we were at the bar facing him.
When dinner arrived, we were not offered anything. No soy sauce, no plateware, no refills. Just a here you go.
Will not be returning to this Kona Grill location. It’s been going downhill and the experiences keep getting worse to what used to be a go-to almost every weekend.

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JonS
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The sushi rolls and meatball app were very good, but the tuna sashimi was inedible. Full of fat / marble. I mentioned it to the waitress afterwards, and without asking, the manager took it off the tab.

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BirthdayBlues
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation for our daughter’s birthday. Took 45 minutes to get our drinks. No compensation, only excuses. There was a dj. Super loud for for dinner. Food was good but came out at different times. Overall not worth it for us. Also they made NO mention of the birthday even tho it was part of our reservation. Two thumbs down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommend.

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diningout2gether
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was terrific from our waitress, Brylin. She was very attentive and knowledgeable about the various selections on the menu. The food was prepared very tastefully.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I dislike leaving bad reviews. 0/10

Regarding food only.

I ate the sea bass sushi and lobster n cheese.
I have ordered this three separate time in last two months here; & it made me sick. The food isn’t fresh or is being cooked or pre-pared wrong. The sea bass sliders to. I can now not eat sea bass it has ruined it for me from gettin sick three separate times.

I really had loved kona before it is sad to see it go downhill.

+ On the most recent visit 10.30.2021 Sunday he had shasmi and miso soup & ended up REALLY sick on night of & right now : 11.1.2021. Not ok.

I do not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! But the best part of the evening was our waiter Sander!! Hands down the best waiter We’ve ever had! We will definitely be back and specifically ask for him! Thank you Sander!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Our server Paloma R was amazing!

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AmyW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

There were gnats that kept flying around our table. Waiter did not offer us the choice of potato that accompanied our meal-he chose for us. Got our appetizer order incorrect. Our steaks were overcooked & flavorless. Overall, the food was okay, but not the quality expected for the price we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Very nice server and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for the Duke’s Waikiki experience in Kansas City, then this is your first choice!
The Big Island Ribeye Steak and Cucumber Salad is a mouthwatering treat.
The sushi rolls are fresh and expertly crafted. The Sushi and Sashimi couldn’t be any fresher and are selected by experts at the local fish market in Honolulu, flown directly to Kansas City daily!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was delicious! Sheri Wa helped with recommendations and her service was excellent. The live DJ was great but a little too loud. We can’t wait to go back!

AW
AbieW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Booths were super uncomfortable!! Our backs hurt from sitting up so straight and table was too high. Seats were sunken down. Food was ehh…it was a Saturday night and they had a DJ and it was a bit loud. Won’t got back .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous

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RoyceW
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and the service was great!

AH
AlesiaH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Food was delicious! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok it was good

DJ
DianeJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The sushi and Salmon were absolutely delicious!!!! My husband, who is not a seafood lover ordered the cheeseburger and he said is was one the best he's ever had. Loved the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value. Our waitress Twiggy was awesome!! Would definitely recommend this restaurant

JL
JoneL
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and efficient. Food was great. Will be back.

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Scorb
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, Staff very nice and hard working, accommodated moving us to a quieter table which was nice.

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Tamika
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Restaurant had gnats. Service was very slow. Addressed the gnat problem with manager and server. Even after removing the dishes from the table still was having the same problem. The service was very slow and almost non existent to the point we had to keep asking for our order and drinks.

FM
FaithM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was my fiancé’s and I first time sining and the food was amazing!! Hot, flavorful, and delicious! I had the Kona Grill stir fry with shrimp and he had pad Thai noodles! I ate most of his and all of mine! The food was amazing! The service was so great!

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Joemc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lot of variety and imagination resulting in interesting, delicious food.

AH
AngelaH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Food was good, the appetizers could have been larger portions for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice time with our family and we enjoyed the 80’s music!
Our waiter was very attentive and helpful!
Our starters were excellent and carrot cake was awesome!

HL
HeatherL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always fantastic, this is our favorite restaurant in KC. Hope they continue to have excellent food!

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Ricb
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Our server did his very best. Very understaffed. All servers were running around trying to cover too many tables. Had to wait for water because server said everything was dirty because of being understaffed. Music was way too loud. Food took forever to get.

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 1708 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.