Kona Grill - Sarasota

4.3
727 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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Sun 9:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 6:00PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Fri 6:00PM - 8:45PM
Sat 9:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:45PM 6:00PM - 8:45PM

What 727 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service and food was terrible. The waitress was trying to do her job just no support from manager or team. We had a party of 7 waitress had to bring food by herself two at a time. My steak was not cooked properly. I went to the Kona Grill in Chicago they had amazing food and service. So for Mother’s Day I decided to take the family to the Kona Grill in Sarasota and it was terrible.

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tonyR
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

may have been because of Mothers' Day but service was very slow. Ordered coffee and desert for instance and got the desserts finished the desserts and still waited on coffee.

Food was very good but for the price the sushi rolls were not sufficient. Had to order sides to make up the difference. Glad we found it and will go back as the menu did offer a good variety of options.

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Barb
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter, we went for the brunch but at 11 they said it was over! They opened at 10 and the website said 11, so we couldn’t get outside. Our waiter came back and said the staff was mistaken and brunch was on. It was delicious so this made up for the confusion.

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KKTasty
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was really good a bit on the pricey end. Service was excellent. I had the sea bass and it was delicious.

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Hal4474
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday celebration and we had a fantastic evening. Food, Drinks, and service were above par! Thank You!

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AndyF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food is just “ok” and definitely overpriced - spend your money elsewhere.

Kona Grill - Sarasota
Responded on May 5, 2021

Andy, come in during our Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 2pm-6pm and all day on Sunday. Our pricing is from $3.00-$9.00. You will see the value is great. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

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vipMarley
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kona is amazing! The food is fabulous and the staff are wonderful! We go to Kona most Friday nights. Love it!

Kona Grill - Sarasota
Responded on May 4, 2021

Marley, Thank you for the 5 star review! See you on Friday and please introduce yourself to one of the Managers. Thank you again and have a wonderful day.

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SusanS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and large servings.

Kona Grill - Sarasota
Responded on April 30, 2021

Thank you for the great comments! Hope next time we can give u 5 star service!

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JudiH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our waiter Montana was fabulous. We had a fun night.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Noisy inside but we sat outside and it was perfect. Went for UTC dining special. Great value.

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vipDaul
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I thought there was a little attitude at the hostess stand by one of the hostess.. Very busy so that could have been it. Past service was very good. Food has always been very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Kona for our anniversary dinner. Our server was attentive and helpful. The food and drinks were delicious.

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steveswede
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and good Asian cuisine.... will go back

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was awesome and the drinks were too! I love the brunch vibes there! the dj was great!

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WillyandWinger
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time dining here. The service and food were excellent. Great sushi! We were glad that we were seated back toward the sushi bar because the music was loud in the main dining room. We didn't know they had outside tables. We will be back and will sit outside.

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Edon
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there/ great menu and service - margarita flight awesome and literally best salad ever!

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tallsman
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good , could benefit from timing the salad before meal. Not at the same time. And some kind of table snack with water.

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vipjoanne
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great outdoor experience. Food is as delicious.

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luarte07
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful and varied menu. Delightful wait staff...

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating someone’s 2nd COVID Vaccination plus 2 weeks

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vipEddie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The music so loud that couldn't hear others talking at the table unless they shouted.

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Lolo
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Extremely loud music. Hard to converse. Took away from dining experience

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Ken1
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating there in many years. Very good..eager to return

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TinaJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 out of the 4 of us all had the fish. 2 of the orders were slightly under cooked. It was still quite good. The music level on the patio was a bit too much.

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p3kids
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service on the outdoor patio. Meal was delicious and atmosphere was lively!

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RussG
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Though we had made reservations in advance, we had to wait about 20 minutes beyond our time slot. This was forgiven as the service was good and food even better. Might be 2nd or third time here in 2+ years. Well visit again soon.

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vipgolferchick24
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food. Loud music.

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Richard
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good sushi 🍣 and very helpful waitstaff! Will return!

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CarolynP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is not a restaurant to choose:
Service was not timely
Food was costly
Portions were tiny and cold
Orders were wrong
Sat on a cold patio
Will never return!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is unique make sure you ask what is in it. I accidentally ordered raw fish but they did remove it from my bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Playlist was outstanding. Compliments to the DJ.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was cold. I was there a week ago and it was a totally different experience which is why I went back. Except this time I took 5 other people with me because of my prior experience. I felt like I let them down.

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JORGEM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great combination of choices in the menu and good quality food

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RebeccaB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Excellent service and good food!
Great family restaurant.

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vipLeanne
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the manager at this location - he visits every table and is very personable. Food is always so yummy and hip. The decor/atmosphere is very good, but what ever they use on the tables to clean them makes the tables very sticky which I'm not a fan of...

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The music was too busy and loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience3

VERY spicy sushi even for people who like it spicy.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Told you it was for a birthday but the server never mentioned it or offered anything. Secondly the server brought out sushi on one plate when it was ordered separately as in not sharing. Overall we were somewhat disappointed with our first experience at your restaurant.

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viplsfcmh
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was lackluster at best. Took 15 minutes after being seated to get water. 20 minutes to get first course, blamed of course, on the kitchen having "a big order". Sushi is 95% rice, 5% fish and wrapper--total rip-off for both flavor and substance. 30 mins after finishing sushi appetizer dinner came, lukewarm--steak sandwich (with watery, flavorless au jus) and rock hard sliders, clearly sitting for a while prior to pick up. Manager did his obligatory check in around the patio asking how dinner was. Completely ignored my feedback (almost what i stated here) and said "thanks for joining us this evening". Too many other better restaurants at UTC if you want decent food and service. Would not recommend or return

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vipLaurieD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ordered the Tuna Poki bowl as usual and it was VERY spicy! Wish there was more shade on the patio for seating

FAQs

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

Kona Grill - Sarasota is rated 4.3 stars by 727 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.