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Kona Grill - Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

Kona Grill - Sarasota

3.9
3.9
1090 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 2:00 pm–6:00 pm Mon–Thu 9:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (941) 256-8005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Catering available for delivery or pickup through EZ Cater at: https://www.ezcater.com/catering/kona-grill-sarasota

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    N Cattleman Rd

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Kona Grill Date Night

    $39.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    The search is over for the PERFECT DATE NIGHT! Make your reservation for DATE NIGHT at Kona Grill, offered every Sunday through Wednesday for $39 per person. This special menu features your choice of 1 of the 3 listed signature starters, Ribeye Meatballs or Lobster Toast or Ribeye Sliders. Followed by your choice of 2 of the 4 listed entrees, Sweet-Chili Glazed Salmon or Big Island Ribeye or Korean 5-Spiced Ribs or Assorted Sushi Board. Finishing your night off with Coffee Bread Pudding & a shot of Bailey’s. Add a bottle of Lunetta Prosecco, Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay, or Two Vines Cabernet for $25.

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What 1,090 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Good for Groups

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. L

    Littlemac

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat on the patio and it was very pleasant. Our server was very attentive. The food was good but the prices were very high.
  2. KE

    KevinE

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Kona Grill Sarasota UTC 9/16/22 – arrived for lunch at 11:45 AM with my sig other of 25 years, got seated outdoors on the patio without problems, ordered a drink, and asked if the music (which was dance/club, and very loud) could be turned down. Note: we were the ONLY patrons seated on the patio. The server said she would ask the manager to do that. When server returned to take our order, I noted that the music had not been turned down, so I asked again, and server said the manager is working on it. Appetizer was delivered by another employee, and I again asked about the loud music being turned down and this employee also indicated that they would tell the manager. So, there we are 15 minutes into lunch, club/dance music blaring, noon, no other patrons out on the patio. So, we decided to leave. The only item we had touched was a martini, a few sips out of that, so I told the server we were leaving, after which she insisted, we at least pay for the martini, which I reluctantly agreed to do. The manager was right with the server and I as we were checking out and his only feedback was, “we always have music on the patio.” Yes, with tax, three sips of a martini cost $17.12 at Kona Sarasota UTC, but the noise and attitude were free. This was my first visit to Kona Grill. Pretty sure I won't be back anytime soon. The most consistent complaint in these Reviews about Kona Sarasota UTC is the loudness of the music. These complaints have been disregarded by Kona management. Kona's response typically is that they have a DJ on weekend evenings and to come back on a weekday when it is quieter. We dined on a weekday, 11:45 AM, and our voiced concerns were disregarded by staff and management just as other diners' experiences about excessively loud music have been disregarded throughout these Reviews.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was very good, the food, the service… the waitress Fiona was very attentive to us and the recommendations were excellent.
  4. A

    Amyb

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious experience. Our waitress was very attentive.
  5. JF

    JennyFromTheBlock

    Tampa

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Our server was very nice and attentive. Food was just ok. A little pricey for what it is. I won’t be in a hurry to go back.
  6. l

    lindar

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their Happy Hour is the best in the area!! Had a wonderful birthday celebration.
  7. PS

    PaulaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing at Kona Grill. We went for the Taste of UTC. The Asian salad was tasty. The Avocado Chicken Club was the best chicken sandwich that iv'e had in a long time. The fries were perfect, hot & crispy, not greasy. The Carrot Cake was delicious!
  8. FS

    FrankS

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Noticed small portion sizes. Not worth the cost. The sushi was average nothing to get excited about. Service was good.
  9. R

    Ronald

    Cincinnati

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Disappointing. Prices were very high for the quality of food. Definitely not as good as the last time we were there a few months ago.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Kona is just nothing like it was 10 years ago Menu items are not unique We could have gone to Chili’s for better variety and value And we don’t go to chili’s Can’t wait for Yardhouse to open
  11. AC

    AnthonyC

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Order three specialty rolls. Pepper tuna, Sunset, and picasso. #1, 2 of 3 were made with little detail, and sliced in odd sizes. Harder to share. For $22 per roll I expect high end. The quality did not match the cost. I would only come here again if they priced the rolls in line with what they put out. $12-$15 tops. Standard rolls were outrageously priced as well. A spicy tuna roll should be $10 not $17. Inflation! maybe, but their neighbor which is an actual sushi place has 10x the quality at 20-30% less. Not recommended for sushi rolls
  12. TR

    TaylorR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Our experience wasn’t the same as the first time, unfortunately. We were very excited to come back, but it just wasn’t the same experience. The steaks were yummy but served without a key ingredient and the sushi tasted a lot fishier than it should. The server was very nice and let us know that they had a problem with that particular roll earlier on in the week, but didn’t offer anything to make up for it. So we paid for something that didn’t get eaten because of the quality. Overall, not a terrible experience but it’s the little things that add up!
  13. LM

    LaurelM

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going to Kona is always a great experience. Starting with great service and ending with delicious food choices. I always enjoy my time.
  14. DG

    DarleneG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NIce establishment! Our family had a variaty of items on the menu, and they were all very GOOD. Food was cooked and prepared "nicely!"
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was terrific! We love going here. Food is always good but lemon garlic penne was crazy spicy and soupy this time. The music even outside is a bit too loud. Otherwise everything was wonderful.
  16. R

    Retster

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Have not been to Kona in a few years. Food is pretty average, and the restaurant was mostly empty on a Friday night. The Taste of UTC brought us in, three course meal for $34. The prime rib was dry and overcooked, but appetizer and dessert were good. Server was sweet and attentive, but the entree was served while we were still eating our appetizer. And she was consistent in bringing the dessert before we had finished the main course. The prime rib tastes like it had been sitting under the heat lamp from early in our meal. Staging seems to be a problem. It certainly was not because the kitchen was slammed. It's a place I want to like, I like the Asian fusion idea. It is off season which partially explains the lack of patrons.
  17. SJ

    SiestaJ

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good and our server was very pleasant. The menus were dirty/greasy and it took several tries to find someone who knew about the special menu that I had received an email about.
  18. R

    Rogerc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great appetizers and food!
  19. L

    Lad50

    Tampa

    144 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Due to its convenience, etc., I really want to like this place. However, I have had two not great visits in a row. First off, the service was much better this time around. Our server was enthusiastic and had good timing, etc. Second, drinks, appetizers and our entrees came out quickly. The custom cocktails were good. The potsticker appetizer was good, but that was about it on the food side. We ordered a spicy tuna roll and it was really not very good. Tuna looked like it had been put in a blender and was really mushy and not much flavor at all. I ordered the chicken stir fry and if it had 3 ounces of chicken in it, I would be really surprised. It really was just a vegetable stir fry! So, for a dinner with tip for $175, it was really a poor showing. A lot of other choices in the area that have much better food.
  20. T

    Terr1983

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My husband and I had a reservation for 7pm. The hostess (very nice lady) sat us outside. We waited and watched a server attend to two tables for twenty minutes. We were never acknowledged. We brought our menu's back to the front to the hostess, informed her of what happened, and she apologized before we left.
  21. P

    Patron22

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were a group of nine. When we didn't want the high-top table, they very quickly changed us. Most everyone was very pleased with their entrees. The fish was fresh; the various presentations were very interesting. One person who ordered only an appetizer sushi roll was disappointed that there were only two shrimp. Otherwise, everything was most appealing.
  22. A

    Anthony

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Lettuce wrap appetizer was very good. Ordered 3 special rolls for main course, it was the worst sushi my wife and I ever had. We were so disappointed in the quality and taste. It is without exaggeration the worst sushi ever presented for a dinner!
  23. K

    Kenzie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Chose from the happy hour menu and we were not disappointed. Will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A good place to have a date, it has diversity and it's not boring. Exquisite food and good drinks. Thanks to Yania, my waitress that night!
  25. JV

    JVJV

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good atmosphere I liked it perfect for a good dinner my server Gracie was very attentive and the food was very good
  26. AS

    AlexandreS

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Awful. Way too expensive. Very noisy . We asked 3 times to lower the music. I will never go back . Not good for the value .

    Kona Grill - SarasotaResponded on August 24, 2022Sorry to hear about your experience, AlexandreS. As part of our KONA - vibe we do have a DJ on the weekends and the ambience is more energetic and upbeat. We would love for you to come out during the week day sometime and check out our value menu for Happy Hour! A little bit of something for everyone. Hope to see you soon.

  27. AW

    AlinaW

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    The iced tea had a weird aftertaste, the rolls were terrible, and it’s way overpriced.
  28. CJ

    CJsNumber1Mom

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    They accommodated as well, the waitress was fantastic however the music was way too loud
  29. KD

    KDowney

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Bday meal. Food was OK. Over priced for the quality. Arrived and a WSN show was being filmed. The lights were very bright. Glad they were doing this, but would have like to know during my booking. We would have chosen somewhere else.
  30. J

    Jukie

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The food was bland, unfortunately. The steaks were low quality meat. It was my son’s birthday and I told the waitress twice but there was no singing or celebration given. Party of 3 each got desserts. I ordered the carrot cake first. I feel that the waitress should have told me it was huge so it could have been shared.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Music was unnecessarily way too loud inside and out at 7pm. Prefer to have table conversation with background music levels instead of club scene volume.

    Kona Grill - SarasotaResponded on July 31, 2022We appreciate the time you took to provide feedback! We do have a DJ on site Fri & Sat night elevating the atmosphere and pumping out KONA-VIBES! It is somewhat more laid back during the week. Perhaps we could invite you out mid-week (sans-DJ) and see what you think about the ambience on that visit. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  32. JN

    JamesN

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good service, good food, the music was too loud in the restaurant though.

    Kona Grill - SarasotaResponded on August 3, 2022James - sorry about the music. As part of our KONA-VIBE we have a DJ onsite Fri, Sat morn, Sat night, and Sun Morn. It helps up our energy around here and compliments the atmosphere we are known to provide. It is somewhat quieter during the week w/o the DJ...but our house music is on and the KONA_VIBE is still flowing! Give us another chance, come on out during the week - ask for Michael. If I'm here - I will attend to you personally.

  33. PB

    PeteB

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Wife beater shirts. Loud
  34. BD

    BillyD

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  35. DF

    DanF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Half of the food ordered was cold and not heated to temperature. They were blasting techno music at 6pm when the median age was over 50 and no one inside enjoyed the music.

    Kona Grill - SarasotaResponded on July 29, 2022Dan, so sorry to hear about dining experience. It is our intent to course your meal perfectly and obviously we missed the mark. We do have a DJ onsite Fri @ 6pm, Sat 10AM and again at 6pm - and sun at 10am pumping out that KONA vibe. It is a bit quieter during the week. Perhaps we might entice you back out during the week?

  36. ID

    IlleneD

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    the prices have really gone up and for those kind of prices I would expect a calmer enjoyable atmosphere. The music was so loud, and the choice of music was like dance club music which made no sense for fine dining I could not hear my table companions talking, there were babies crying, food delivery and drink delivery was very slow, the waitress was very nice the food taste was average just OK not exceptional

    Kona Grill - SarasotaResponded on July 19, 2022Illene - I'm sorry to hear about your experience. We do have a DJ onsite Fri, Sat, and Sun as part of our Kona-vibe....and I agree that we can more closely monitor the level for our patrons. Hoping you might consider giving us another visit where we can show a true Kona experience.

  37. P

    Piper

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Music very load. Asked to turn down several times as unable to hear our friends. Made it an unpleasant experience even though the food was good.
  38. F

    Foxie4

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Terrible food & service
  39. C

    Chester

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our meal was very good. The restaurant was not very busy during our visit, so the noise level was low……excellent. We would have appreciated more water in our water glasses…..we were never asked if we wanted a refill of water. Otherwise, a fine dining experience.
  40. MK

    MelodyK

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The restaurant is very nice and the food was delicious. We had the avocado spring rolls and a few sushi rolls. The only negative was the dirty plexiglass separating the tables. We were grossed out with all the hand prints and dirt; asked for something to clean it with and got a dry towel. We felt that the server should have offered to clean it for us. Not a huge deal but why I only gave it 4 stars.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Kona Grill - Sarasota using the Order Online button. Kona Grill - Sarasota also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 256-8005.

Kona Grill - Sarasota is rated 3.9 stars by 1090 OpenTable diners.

Kona Grill - Sarasota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Kona Grill - Sarasota

150 University Town Center Drive, Suite 173, Sarasota, FL 34243

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Cattleman Rd

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 2:00 pm–6:00 pm Mon–Thu 9:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 256-8005

  • Catering

    Catering available for delivery or pickup through EZ Cater at: https://www.ezcater.com/catering/kona-grill-sarasota

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