Kona Grill - Sarasota

4.1
607 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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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We sat at a hi-top in the bar. Everything was great except the table smelled like it was cleaned with a dirty rag.

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vipmtgeorge
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Recent menu changes. Food was not as good as it used to be.

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KEG22222
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, decent menu, sushi was very good and service was timely

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vipLoves2eatout
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Disappointed!
Going to dinner during COVID times is tough enough ... but to be rushed at dinner bc “they have a large party coming” is unacceptable! I had made an Open Table reservation to secure seating and we arrived kn time. Most of restaurant was blocked off however, and they used the OR codes for the menu but tables were not clean and were sticky! We did take a while with the menus bc with everyone using their phones to look, it is cumbersome if not familiar with the menus. Our waitress seemed nice but overwhelmed. The kicker was the manager who came by more then once to tell us about the large party they were expecting ...had we ordered yet? And then as we FINALLY received our food, manager was back to take plates away!! Asking if we wanted boxes to go !!! meanwhile the “large party” had yet to show. Saving grace is food was good (salmon, sushi and some pasta) But unfortunately NOT worth a return visit!

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Kathy
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for drinks and appetizers. Very delicious food.
Our server was Larissa and she was OUTSTANDING! She balanced excellent service with being available just when we needed her. Awe will request her when we go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great Sushi, we really enjoyed the service and the menu.

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JackieB
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Happy hour is a good deal but the sushi was not fresh. Sliders and pot stickers were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Honestly, this restaurant did not follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and initially placed us with our 2 year old child at a table inches away from the loud crowded bar and had to be moved. Loud music all over very unprofessional and disappointing. Not the Kona grill I used to go to.

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vipMikeB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Every thing was good except for the music being way to loud!!!!

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Erica
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

DJ was unnecessary and too loud, bartenders didn’t pay much attention at all and the food was overpriced and mediocre. I’ve been to the one in Tampa and had a much better experience.

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LynnV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience! I would recommend. Our waitress was very attentive, professional and friendly

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SueC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very good meal. Atmosphere was very nice and our waitress was outstanding.

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vipPaulT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service excellent food quality and respect to social distancing

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RussN
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great date night there. Food was delicious and everything went well.

Kona Grill - Sarasota
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star review!! Glad we could be a part of making your date night great!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi and atmosphere!

Kona Grill - Sarasota
Responded on July 30, 2020

We appreciate the great review!! Come back and try some more sushi anytime!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant looked worn out and the tables were sticky and just didn’t look clean. Won’t need to go back

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vipTracyP
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. I have a gluten allergy and they accommodated that without a problem.

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SusanR
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy dining at Kona Grill. The food is always good & we enjoy the wine. They are taking all appropriate actions to keep the experience safe during Covid-19. We'll go again!

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vipJeannieC
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is really good and we had a great server. She was always there when we needed her. I feel the food is a bit over priced for a lot of the items on the menu and I normally don’t complain about that. Though, their happy hour is a great value and many items on the happy hour menu. They also offer it all day Sundays.

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RebeccaS
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food Was excellent- the service was great - the only thing that I can complain about is that we sat outside and it being Covid and all, the tables outside were not that clean. in between the slats of the table was dried on food, crumbs, etc. Someone should take a power washer and some bleach to them.

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CharlesS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I ordered the yogurt lime cilantro chicken skewers and they were covered with the most horribly spicy sauce which had no flavor but plenty of heat. Nowhere in the menu description does it say there is a sauce nor was a warning that it is extremely spicy.

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vipCatherineC
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for happy hour and celebrating Birthdays

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vipLizardKing
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Sushi rolls were terribly overpriced compared to other restaurants in the area. The quality was not good as well. We have eaten at Kona many times over the past few years and couldn’t help but notice the change in price and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server Ocean, was Outstanding!! It is hard to come by exceptional servers like her!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good ! Loved eating outside

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MichaelM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite sushi place - great for a date night

Kona Grill - Sarasota
Responded on June 22, 2020

Thant you for chose us and that reviews to, see you!

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Sushilover
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always . Very good job at adhering to the new distancing and sanitizing guidelines. Felt comfortable and safe. Will continue to be a go to place for me

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KenB
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Kona has raised their prices significantly! I won’t be going back for average food. Paid $20 for Pad Thai. Average at best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Mary
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had to wait for plates after sushi/appetizer came; need to give coasters for water glasses-pools of water all over table within minutes from glasses sweating; daughter ordered plain lemon garlic penne, it came with shrimp in it; broccolini was hard/tough. They need to focus on the details but the flavor of the food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Harry was amazing and made the evening.

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vipsmartblond
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second meal out post lockdown and we enjoyed it so much. They took great pains to ensure safety without making it uncomfortable. Happy hour started at 9pm and there was much to choose from despite a limited menu. Service was excellent as was the food. I am so grateful to these people who are working so hard to make the guest experience so good. We will definitely be back.

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vipannie
Tampa
75 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very clean. Staff was attentive wearing masks gloves. Food was great.

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KaitlinS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Kona Grill. Our server Ocean was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and gave us some great recommendations! We loved the crunchy spicy tuna roll and the California roll. We will be back!

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vipBobcat
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good lunch. Entree came out too fast. Was not done with soup or salad!

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vipSteveO
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I go to Kona Grill for one thing and one thing only - Happy Hour. Over the last two years or so, Kona has changed the face of the Happy Hour, and not in a good way. The available times have been shortened, prices have escalated considerably and both the food and drink choices have been reduced.

So what's the good news ? Sad to say, there is none in the case of the Kona Grill.

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vipCarol
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Nice rewards program too.

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RosemaryD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was delicious, service excellent and we happened to go on a night that had a DJ, loved it!

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25yearsinsarasota
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Patrick was excellent and very accommodating. Our waitress Taylor very pleasant and nice

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vipDeniseH
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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FAQs

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

Kona Grill - Sarasota is rated 4.1 stars by 607 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.