Kona Grill - Kansas City

3.9
1681 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.

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

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Ricb
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
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.

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KSConejo
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

DJ was terrible and music was way too loud. Had a reservation and walk in customers were getting seats before hand. Food was excellent, wait staff was great. Need to update open table to reflect that this location does not have outdoor seating.

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Julietc
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience2

I dont even know where to start, made a reservation at minimum 2 weeks in advance when we arrived putting in the comment section we were celebrating our daughter's 21st birthday. Host tried to seat us in a middle booth with long table basically blocking us in. I explained table was Unacceptable, and pointed to 6 other tables that would work her comment was those are for reservations 🤯 I said yes! I have a reservation she just stood there staring at me as 5 of us were standing in the way ...I finally marched our party back up front and asked to speak to a manager to be fair he was very accommodating and sat us else where. We ordered drinks, 3 appetizers and soups which we received ate and STILL didn't have our drinks seriously 21st birthday party and we were all stone cold sober! At this point we were over it! Ordered the least amount of food we could to not be starving, got drinks, one person waited a additional 10 minutes for a bottle of hot saki which by the way is all we ordered saki and beer simple ...not complicated. Food arrived everyones but again one person me who ordered a freaking house salad didn't get food,finally received after table was half done with there food. Terrible terrible they need to cut off to go orders and focus on people who actual made the effort to make a reservation, get dressed drive down to the plaza and spend money at there restaurant! NOT to go orders. $240 for one of the top worse dinners 👎 we would have stayed and ordered more food and drinks easily could have been a $500 night so in the end I guess they lost. Wont EVER go back this is the 3rd horrible experience I've had here at this location.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter took are order he came out with the wrong drink. When I told him it was wrong he looked very annoyed, then he came back and asked us what did we order again. After my first drink I ordered my second drink that wasn’t very good so I told him I did not care for the drink, he grabs the wine glass he drops and breaks the wine glass so at this point I have red wine all over my shoes. I’ve dined in several times at Kona and I’ve never experienced this type of service. It almost seemed like the waiter was on drugs. I will never be returning

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vipEllie
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience2

I have had traditionally wonderful experiences at Kona Grill, however these past two have been uncharacteristically poor. I brought my friend to celebrate her end of deployment and we had anything but a lovely night. Our server was kind but overwhelmed with a party so we were unable to receive decent service. Some of our food and beverages were forgotten because they were so overwhelmed. The food however, was wonderful as always. The following day I placed a to-go order for my friend because she enjoyed the food so much. When I arrived I was told there was a miscommunication and my order was not placed. When I finally got the order and gave it to my friend we discovered I received a salad with no dressing and the incorrect roll. When attempting to call to see what could be done, I was placed on hold for almost 15 minutes and then disconnected. Overall I am very disappointed.

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vipEric
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Usually we have a terrific experience at Kona; however, this past Saturday, we were not happy with the service. While we were late for our reservation, I understand the short wait to get a table, that was on us. When we got the table, we waited 30 minutes for someone to come by and give us water. A little later, a server came by and took out order. Sixty minutes later, we had not seen the server again, except when they dropped off one napkin and a set of chop sticks, for a party of three. People that were seated after us had eaten and paid. At this point, with no prospect of getting food, we moved on to another restaurant.

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vipJohnS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

There were SO many knats flying around our table it was hard to enjoy the meal. This happened the last time I was there too and thought I’d give it another shot and was disappointed.

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Shermie
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kona Grill is one of the best places in Kansas City for lunch. The food is outstanding.

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LaurenK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in Kansas City for sushi!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Bit slow to get started but after our server arrived the meal was very nice. Cocktails very well balanced and the seasonal menu was backed with good options.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was ok. My Waiter recommended the Picasso, according to the sushi chef. Picasso, tasted fishie.
Waiter, Eric did a fine job. The steam dumplings were good the California type sushi roll with cream cheese was good. Price point could be better for what you receive.

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JoJo
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group of 5 fir birthday dinner. Food was great but our host, Tavita, was excellent! I was reluctant to order lemon pasta but did in his recommendation and it was fantastic!
We had a great night and will be back.

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DocCletus
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was poor, we think our server may have been new. It was expensive, it had $$ but probably should have had $$$ on its listing. Loud, a DJ was playing as if he was in a dance club. Food: sushi, acceptable, we’ve had much better for less money; beer was cold; starter and sides were OK.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender was great!

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vipbeau
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was subpar. Too much salt. Too much vinegar. Fish was not fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious. Service was great!

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fun to talk to during our meal, had a lot of good recommendations as well.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Steak was bland. Had to search for the waitress everytime we needed refills. Mashed potatoes were cold and hard. Overall I was not very impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My experience was honestly terrible. I called at 10:30 asking if my reservation was still good since they closed at 11. The person on the phone said no worries come on by. I get there and the server was very rude. She said she never talked to me at all. The manager came over and was quite rude as well. Idk why they would tell me to come if i was going to be treated so poorly.

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vipAnneR
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server (from Hawaii, can't remember his name) was outstanding! Please share with the restaurant that he made our meal so enjoyable!

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vipRickM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Really liked the food. We reserved outdoor seating on Open Table. However when we got to the restaurant they told us outdoor seating is first come first served.

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SharonR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was great. Would highly suggest the butter cake, it’s fantastic and not too heavy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Way overpriced for the food served. They also no longer offer their amazing pulled pork sliders.

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RogerF
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Host was great nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for a date night.

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vipMadtown
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lunch service was very slow and quite pricey for a power lunch special.

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RodT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very efficient wait staff, quick service, varied drink menu, nice ambience

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Richie
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Tried sushi for the first there and it was amazing

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TracyO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

At first the service was not the best. I was left sitting at my table for 10 minutes. I asked the hostess if the area i was sat in had waiter service and that's when my waiter came by apologizing that he got his area confused. Ok... I'll let it go.
Then my order came quickly. It was very good and drinks were great. He didn't make any suggestions which I might have been open to.... so lost sales there. The place wasn't busy as in the past so I feel like the service could have been better. The opportunity to be amazing to get us to come back was not taken.
I still tipped 20% but only because the waiter might have been having an off day.

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KylieD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great , food came quick. Good service

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onreak
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour is worthy

Service always top notch

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AmyH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Kona..it is one of my fav places to dine! We had great service last night (which is rare to find these days). Why the lower rating!? Increased prices ($4 for tea) and decreased portions (the avacado rolls were like a child's portion).

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sspoindex
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Party of 2 Seated - 15+ min not recognized. Got up went to kitchen to get own water and tea.

They then realized something must be wrong as I was pouring my water in the side station. Manager Matt seemed rattled that I would seek to self serve. I told him that it had been 15 min since seated. We watched a table of 10-12 seat after us and they had waters and cocktails a duce was seated beverage and app order taken. A 4 top seated and waters given. I might not have been as irritated had my wife not chosen this for her birthday.

The server apologized, and started to again and I asked did she even knew she had been seated. If you don't know your seated you cannot provide service so I did not feel it was her fault at all. She was very sweet.

Food was ok, restaurant loud, and value for the experience just ok.
Recovery just ok.
Most likely will not go back for dinner.....perhaps try for lunch.

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MikeL
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a very good dinner. I had the sea bass, which was exceptional. My wife had the filet mignon, which was good, not great. The side dish with her steak was Brussel sprouts, which she usually loves, but these weren't cooked enough, so they were not very tender. The sushi as an appetizer was excellent. My daughter and her boyfriend dined with us and said their meals were very good as well.

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KathleenA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food quality and freshness has continued to decline for the last several visits. This last visit will be our last. This really makes us sad as this was our favorite date night destination. Not sure that the new ownership has the same commitment to quality as the previous.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I had the spicy lobster avocado toast. They had a nice brunch menu. The mimosas were very good. The service was great. We plan to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server was very sweet. You could tell she was very busy but she was very pleasant to us the whole time. I commend her for that idk how they do it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly staff, even better food!

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Shay
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely! Took a bit of time to get our food, but it was worth it.

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ChrisA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Bartender and one waiter were used to cover the entire bar area and outdoor seating. Clearly understaffed. Waited at least 5 minutes to be acknowledged and another few minutes before drink order was taken. Waitress took our uncomplicated food order w/o writing anything down and as a result shared salad not split, sushi included ingredient we ordered without and received my salad w/o chicken, which it comes with per the menu. Manager had sushi and salad remade. Sushi came out fine. Salad delivered was the wrong salad altogether.
I appreciate the manager comped the sushi and salad but root of the problem needs addressed.

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 3.9 stars by 1681 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.