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About Kona Grill - Kansas City

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.

444 Ward Parkway
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64112
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs: 11a-10p
Fri - Sat: 11a-11p
Sun: 11a-10p

Happy Hours:
Mon - Fri: 3p - 7p and 10p - 12a
Saturdays: 1p - 5p and 10p - 12a

Cross Street:
Broadway & Pennsylvania

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 931-5888

Website:
http://www.konagrill.com/

Catering:
Full catering capabilities.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Catering and Office parties.

Specials

holiday gift card promotion

Special valid Nov 13, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Seasonal Menu

Special valid Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 all week from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Complimentary Appetizer When You Become A Konavore

Special valid Jan 8, 2018 - May 8, 2018 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

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Special valid Nov 13, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

It's our favorite time of the year! From now until New Year's Eve, for every $50 you spend on gift cards you'll receive a $10 bonus card!. Excludes Tax and Tip. available in each restaurant and online at konagrill.com. Special valid Nov 13, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Seasonal Menu

Special valid Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 all week from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

Enjoy Kona Grill's new seasonal menu full of fresh, new items you're sure to love. Try them all before they're gone! Menu items: Beef Tostadas, Sebastian Roll w/ soft shell shrimp & king crab, Filet Oscar, Pumpkin Ginger Cake, & a seasonal cocktail. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Nov 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 all week from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Complimentary Appetizer When You Become A Konavore

Special valid Jan 8, 2018 - May 8, 2018 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

Complimentary Appetizer When You Become A Konavore. Excludes Tax and Tip. appetizer up to a $12 value. join here: http://www.konagrill.com/join-konavore. Special valid Jan 8, 2018 - May 8, 2018 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Kona Grill - Kansas City Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
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Casual (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Healthy (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Romantic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

Very disappointed. Poor service and average food for the price. One of the servers didn't even bring the sushi platter to the table but handed it to me from the back of the booth, very strange! And when I asked our main server why our food was taking so long he pointed to the
Kitchen and said, "I am waiting on them", we kind of knew that all ready, but he could have actually checked with the kitchen to see what was taking so long...too many great restaurants in KC to go back there.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The sashimi was perfection!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Sushi rolls were good, especially the picasso which was spicy. Carrot cake for dessert was delicious and huge! Four of us couldn't finish it.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Awesome time. Great food.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Per usual, Kona Grill did not disappoint. Great drinks, wonderful food and flawless service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food wasn't delicious, service was excellent! Two thumbs up!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Marissa was amazing! The food and atmosphere was really good as well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and interesting menu outweighs the noise from the bar area

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. My fiancé and I attempted to have lunch at the Kona Grill and needed to sit outside because we had a dog. We had a reservation and the only table available was a table for two directly in the sun! We sat there for 15 minutes while waiters as well as the manager ( Rachel) walked in and out many many times but didn’t greet us or offer us a glass of water. I went inside to get service twice and still no one came to service but again waiters came in and out multiple times looking at us sitting in the direct sun for 15 minutes. When I informed the hostess that we would actually be leaving because the service was just so bad some male waiter said OK and when I called and spoke to the manager Rachel she actually gave me the excuse that she saw us sitting in the direct sun and thought we were looking for another table I said to her that’s still no excuse for not being greeted or offered a menu or glass of water. The staff is young and very immature and I’m extremely disappointed in the NO Service. If you’re in the area and looking for a business lunch look elsewhere

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Usually my favorite place but our service was terrible and my salmon wasn't cooked fully! Our waitress failed to bring waters after repeatedly asking. There for almost 3 hours at an 8pm rsvp. Not pleased.

Tags: Fun
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 9, 2017

It was not bad; just so many better choices on the Plaza.

Tags: Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First time diners. Much quieter in mid to back area. Lovely night so doors were open to patio. Nice selection of menu choices. Flat bread stArter was delicious . We had sea bass, macadamia encrusted chicken and pork tenderloin. We were all very pleased.
Only downfall was nats or fruit flies hovering around.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was good, food was delicious and portions were decently sized. We ate outside so it was somewhat quiet but inside was fairly loud.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was my first time here. We were celebrating birthdays and I loved that the menu has something for everyone. There is a special menu for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

The food was very good and really fresh. And the dessert they brought out for the birthdays we were celebrating was HUGE. We chose the carrot cake and it was VERY good!

The waiter was attentive and made sure to only disturb us when absolutely necessary. He was very good at keeping our table clear of dirty dishes.

The prices were very reasonable and the restaurant is in a convenient location. I would recommend it for large parties and special occasions. We will be back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Friendly but very slow service. Had the macadamia chicken which has always been great in the past...over cooked to the point it was difficult to cut with my knife. My drink (Moscow Mule) was delicious and our sushi appetizer was good. Just felt leaving underwhelmed. Not as good as it has been especially for the money.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We were in town visiting family and decided to check out the Kona Grill for dinner for myself, my fiance, our cousin, and her husband.

I went ahead and made a reservation on Open Table and when we arrived early, we were directed to the bar to grab a drink. We went to grab a table while we waited (we were about 25min earlier than expected-parking wasnt bad for a busy night at the Plaza surprisingly) and were promptly asked not to sit as that was for bar customers. We stood at the bar for 10min before anyone asked us what we wanted to order for drinks, etc. Each of us got a different drink of choice, one of us choosing a whiskey sour (more on that later).

A hostess came up and said our table was ready and walked us over, where we would wait for 10min until I had asked someone for waters and was told "your server will get those for you", whoever our server even was (Trevor eventually came by). It was at this time, our cousin shared her whiskey sour tasted more like watered down lemonade. We sent it back and she ordered a dirty martini instead, which we then had to ask for a shot of olive juice as the drink was served crystal clear, not cloudy as dirty martinis traditionally are.

We had a good time visiting, but were really let down by the level of service and the fact that no one made any effort to apologize for the way were treated at the bar, not being greeted by our server, and being told no when asking for waters because the one we asked was not our server.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Server was friendly. Food was yummy. Although inside we were bothered by nats flying by us all throughout dinner.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Overall it was a good experience. We had some issues with getting the bill corrected a few times and there were a few of us who didn't get drink refills but we expected some imperfections with a party our size.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food is always good however, they just updated their menu and they removed the key lime pie. Please pretty please bring it back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Poor service. Slow. Food came out at different times and orders were forgotten. It took three hours to get out of the restaurant when it should've taken no more than an hour or so. Waters were never refilled and it took the bar twenty plus minutes to get us our drinks. Highly disappointed.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Our family celebrated a birthday at Kona Grill and had a good time; food and service were both excellent. One of our favorite places.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Not recommend if you have small children.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Took our 12 and13 tr old grands as this is their favorite dining spot on the Plaza. We all came away very happy, electing appetizers for our meal. We split 5 rounds of a variety each one tasty. The girls especially love the potstickers! Just a pretty happy place so on the noisy side but not terrible.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I've never had a bad experience here. Great service and food.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Waitress was not friendly at all. Acted like she was doing us a favor.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

The sushi was amazing! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food very good and service attentive. Need bigger beer selection. Noisy for a Saturday afternoon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great sushi, loved it, would recommend to anyone. Was a little loud, however over all I will always go back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

food and service were great. The cheese fondue with pretzel bites was amazing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The restaurant was loud making it hard to have a conversation. Food is pricey and quality is just ok. Next time I would choose a different place.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We went for my friend's birthday who had never tried Sushi. We had fun trying different kinds. My granddaughter ordered the combo sushi off the kids menu only to find out it was sashimi. The waiter was good about taking it back & bringing the California Roll. Only drawback was it was extremely loud & hard to talk to each other.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was amazing, drinks were good. Our waiter was not so great. We had to constantly wait for drinks and for him to clear our appetizer plates. Our table was stacked with so many empty glasses and plates at one point we had no room when they brought our food out. It was busy, but didn't look as though he had too many tables. I recommend Kona Grill to anyone, just hope you don't get the same server we had.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Had a wonderful evening at the Kona Grill this past Saturday evening. Was dining with some old friends. Heard great reviews about the Macadamia Nut Chicken and my wife settled on this and it was great. I chose the pork tenderloin and it was excellent. This was our first visit but will not be our last.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food is great and the atmosphere is vibrant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Omaha)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great dinner with our young kids while on a Plaza weekend. They loved the food and our service was spectacular. Sushi was very good. Great visit!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great choices! Quality menu.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We were disappointed with one of the appetizers - it was overcooked. We mentioned it to our waiter, who was great, and he said that he would send over a manager to talk more with us. No one every came.

The food was generally overcooked for everything, and seemed pre-made. There are a large number of better choices for restaurants in the area.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We went to Kona Grill for my daughters 23rd birthday. Food was good, but not great. Service was basically horrible. It was a Monday evening, and the restaurant was not very busy. Even so, our waiter was not at all friendly, everything was a rush. We did not feel like a guests.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We were in KC for a Royals game and a friend recommended this restaurant. From the cocktails and appetizers all the way through dessert we were extremely pleased as the food was fabulous! I highly recommend the macadamia nut chicken.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My husband and I love this restaurant and the carrot cake is phenomenal. The service we received on our last visit, however, was very disappointing. All though our waitress was nice she was not very attentive to our table. We waited about 15-20 minutes before she even greeted our table. Took too long to bring water, brought out the wrong drinks, appetizers came out the same time our meal did and it took 25 minutes just to get a fork so we could eat our cake. Also took her forever to bring our check. Asked for a specific desert to celebrate my husband's birthday and was brought something completely different. Had to speak to a manager who was super nice and made our experience there much better.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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