Kona Grill - Sarasota

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822 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome to Kona Grill Sarasota at the Mall at University Town Center. Enjoy your local paradise after a day of shopping or family meal complete with kid’s bento boxes. Fresh, wild caught fish is flown in daily to craft award-winning sushi, while contemporary American entrees are prepared from scratch in-house. Relax on the shaded patio and enjoy one of the best happy hours in Sarasota. And don’t leave until you’ve tried one of the handcrafted cocktails, ice cold draft beer, or a glass of wine selected from the extensive drink menu. The restaurant’s diverse menu and contemporary ambience 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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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

What 822 people are saying
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ZKnight
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great location, nice choices on the menu, cooked to perfection. Somewhat pricey, but had a good time on Friday night.
Thank you,

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SusanB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The nana roll was excellent!

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tallsman
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience
Good apps
And entrees

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Before I even go in I was stopped in the door way while I’m holding the door open with a baby in my hands and asked if I had a reservation.. no how are you welcome in. Nothing. I couldn’t even get all the way in the door first before being stopped. The service was great though the waiter was on top of it. The food was nothing special and The atmosphere is more fit for a club then a fancy dining experience. I will probably never go here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star all around but the tables need serious repair.

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vipHeather
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here. The food was very good, sushi menu had some unique rolls. The cocktail list was creative! Had a delicious sparkling sake! Our server Veronica was excellent!

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vipGampo
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We sat outside, per request. However, the music was so loud, we couldn't converse comfortably. It was much better after we asked to have the sound turned down. The food was OK, but nothing to rave about. My friend enjoyed his Pad Thai and my sushi and lettuce wraps were fine. However, my wife's Macadamia Nut Chicken was not as good as usual and her mashed potatoes were pasty and inedible. Our server was pretty much incompetent. She got my drink order wrong, served our friend's entree with the wrong side dish, and pretty much did not seem to know what she was doing.
It's not likely that we will go back, There are much better dining options in the area.

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vipShelleyR
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sebastian waited on our table. He was very attentive and personable. We thoroughly enjoyed Happy Hour drinks and Appetizers for our Sisters Weekend Birthday Celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was comfortable space was easy to navigate with a little one. Waiter was helpful. Patient. Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for a business meeting. Service and food always 5 Star!

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vipLydiaT
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding … will definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a business meeting. Requested a certain table and that was not an issue. Staff is very professional and the food is off the charts!

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vipMeducator
Tampa
154 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Disappointed. Food was ok, nothing special , fried rice soaked in oil, the Sea Bass was delicious , that and excellent server made up for the deficiencies. Considering all the nearby alternatives ,pass on this one. The interior of restaurant was tired, needs a refresh , tables all marked up, banquettes wearing. If you have a choice , choose one of the nearby alternatives. Won’t return to this location.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was out with my women friends. We had a great time in large part because our server, Darling. She was so amazingly affable and spot on with service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night at Kona is always our spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately the food was really undercooked. The prices do not reflect the food quality. Service was decent.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times and have never been disappointed! Appetizers were all amazing- avocado rolls a true surprise, chicken satay, and potstickers a must. Sushi is always delicious. Several delicious drinks to enjoy throughout.

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vipMichaelW
Naples
71 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Our food was inventive and good. The space was open, full of light but I'm guessing it could be quite noisy when full (we dined off-peak). On the outside of a busy mall, so lots of parking and good for a reasonable, quick meal.
Major problem was that the place wasn't really clean. The high-tops' table surface was sticky. The restrooms were beautiful, but weren't kept up.

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vipNyki5500
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their food!!!
I always get the Chinese salad. Yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kona Grill never disappoints! Food, Staff, and Cleanliness is always on point!

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vipBruceL
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Too loud
But the food and service were great

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vipKevinS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

AC wasn’t working (97° outside) and both people at front desk could care less about anything. They stood there, not doing anything. Seemed unhappy to greet us. We had called 5x to say we were going to be a few mins late. Kept being put on hold, ‘Pls Wait’. Once getting there we expected a line out the door and that they were mobbed. Nope. They just didn’t feel like doing their job. Music was on 10. Horribly loud. The front smelled like Axe body spray. Would NEVER go back to a Kona Grill b/c of this experience. Walked over to Seasons 52 and the entire vibe was different. Friendly, polite, upbeat and we felt welcomed.

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Saramar
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was delicious. Table and banquet sticky and dirty. Chair broken. Service rushed then stood still when computer system crashed. Had to wait 45 minutes to pay, no coffee, drinks or water offered because supposedly we were checking out. Music like a loud 60s disco. Lots of kids eating here, so it’s definitely family friendly.

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EllenS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

If this had been my first and only time eating here, I would never go back. A friend and I ate lunch outside. She asked 3 times for them to turn DOWN the music. We were the only people out there for most of the hour plus. Never happened. The menu featured mostly "Rolls" No pictures. I asked the waitress to describe what the rolls looked like. No help there.... It wasn't until we were served, we discovered they were Sushi. Mine (Shrimp Tempura) was dry and tasteless. Very disappointing. Like I said, I would never go back, if I hadn't been before and liked my meal. That time, I ordered the specialty soup and a big lunch salad. Location and parking are good for me, but their pricing is high, especially for what we got. Wondering if getting good staff is affecting their service?

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Carol
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is predictable and the drinks are weak.

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vipMichelleN
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My daughter’s 16th birthday. The music was fun, but way too loud. Couldn’t speak to anyone at the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love Kona. This particular location could use a little love on the physical restaurant itself (lots of wear and tear in different places), but the food is always good.

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vipluarte07
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There was noisy table with children right next to us...not anyones fault. The wait person did the best she could given the circumstances... I believe you were short staffed. I thought my call martini was expensive $12,...and didn't arrive as ordered.

A rather disappointing experience...I'm glad it's not the norm...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

The food was great the service was slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night. Me and my honey bun had a blast. Place is extremely clean. However, the tables are very sticky from the Chemicals used to clean during Covid. Service is top notch and the food is to die for.

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Sammie4
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

My food and service were fine. Dinner guests meat was way overdone. Restaurant needs upgrading and cleaning. Ambience poor. Full of mosquitoes. We moved from Dallas where the restaurant is much nicer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All in all typical quality for Kona. Good service.

Only negative. Outside fans and misters broken. Manage did attempt to open another door to let air con circulate a bit.

If you’re wanting outside eating venue, wait till fans are fixed.

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vipHuggy
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently great. Service was good as well.

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vipMGReview
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We sat outside however the fans nor the mist were functioning. We noticed that since ownership change the overall experience is going south!

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CarrieGirl
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very disappointed with our brunch at Kona Grill. The Food was below average. Our server, Matt was terrible. He mis-took our order and the appetizers were not put on the original order. Entrees came out, so/so and when reminded of Appetizers, it took another 14 minutes. Matt kept running his fingers through his hair, disgusting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife was amazing! My favorite restaurant for affordable prices and excellent service.

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vipDianeC
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you want to go someplace you can hold a conversation, this is not the place! It was VERY noisy here! Food was good and the service was great! A bit pricey for what we ordered!

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WarrenF
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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vipDandJ
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second meal at Kona, our first having been brunch. The menu is well rounded and they describe it as a from scratch kitchen. We all had good meals that were flavorful and our server was upbeat, friendly and attentive.

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vipDanimal
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The tables are disgustingly dirty and sticky, some of the booths are torn up and the service took forever. We were there for 2 hours and not because we wanted to be.

FAQs

Kona Grill - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 256-8005.

Kona Grill - Sarasota is rated 4 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Kona Grill - Sarasota 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.